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Lundy, Pula, EP young ladies star at state competition

Lundy, Pula, EP young ladies star at state competition

Br. Rice senior Tony Lundy finished off an exceptional bowling season this colder time of year and spring in predominant design, winning the individual title of the Chicago Catholic League and aiding the Crusaders to the CCL group title.

Yet, with no state series being held by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), that was it for Lundy’s senior year.

“Getting back the Catholic League title, that implied the most. That meant the world,” Lundy said. “It’s our senior year, and the vast majority of our group was seniors. We got through and beat the competition. We were more loose than expected. We didn’t get down after a misfortune. We were having some good times.”

Nonetheless, Lundy’s year wasn’t exactly finished.

While the IHSA chose not to have a state series, which is a sectional round and a state meet for the two young men and young ladies, the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association (ISBPA) stepped in.

The ISBPA facilitated two state meets for secondary school contenders at Stardust Bowl in Addison with the young men contending on June 12 and the young ladies on June 13.

Groups and people qualified dependent on scores from the abbreviated secondary educational season.

Contending separately, Lundy completed twentieth out of 77 bowlers, moving a 1,255 series with a high round of 228.

While the one-day meet came up short on the extraordinary air of a common two-day state meet, Lundy (Mt. Greenwood) said he delighted in the opportunity to contend.

“It didn’t have a similar energy and pressing factor like a typical state meet, however it was fun,” Lundy said. “I delighted in it, and I was happy to get one last go-around.”

Lundy moved rounds of 228, 226 and 225 and said his exhibition was OK yet not much.

“I was a tad off. I didn’t have the scores I needed,” Lundy said. “I forgot about such a large number of pins there. It might have been something more.”

Indeed, even with the group’s CCL title, the Crusaders were one of the last groups to not get it done for the state meet. With his own cheering segment in participation, including his father, Phil, Lundy’s better half, Arianna, Br. Rice Coach Dan Dwyer and his future school mentor, Quincy University’s Nicholas Bohanan, Lundy said he bowled for his Crusader partners.

“Not making it’s anything but a group, it’s anything but a little hard on us,” Lundy said. “We unquestionably might have contended.”

Lundy will go to Quincy, a Division II program, to proceed with his scholarly athletic profession. Visiting the grounds and meeting Bohanan and his future partners, Lundy said, he tracked down the right fit.

“My primary objective was to play in school. I needed to bowl in secondary school and school and have a decent professional vocation after that,” Lundy said. “Mentor Bohanan is by and large what I need in a mentor. He comprehends my game and how I play.”

Connor Pula

Evergreen Park

After a strong junior season with the Mustangs, Pula liked the opportunity to bowl against a field of the state’s best people and groups.

Contending separately, Pula completed in twentieth spot, moving a 1,244 series with a high round of 257. He likewise bowled a 245 game.

“It felt extraordinary to have something to end my lesser year of secondary school,” Pula said. “I needed to make the Top 10, yet I needed to bowl decently well. It’s anything but an intense day, yet the high games, it’s a mood. It feels stunning, similar to you’re in a zone.”

Pula qualified for state as a sophomore for the Mustangs.

Pula’s father, Ron, is the Evergreen Park young men bowling trainer.

Mentor Pula was amazingly appreciative that the ISBPA set up the meet without prior warning spring, giving contenders from around the express an opportunity to contend.

“Credit to the ISBPA for assembling this,” he said. “It was great to give the young men and young ladies something.”

Evergreen Park young ladies bowling

Contending as the South Side Mustangs, the Evergreen Park young ladies bowling crew battled through an extreme day, completing eleventh out of 12 in the group standings.

Regardless of the score, senior Kiara Smith actually appreciated the fight.

The Mustangs added up to 4,723 pins collectively with Smith (1,166 series, 206 high game) driving the way.

“We battled a few, and extras killed us,” Smith said. “We’d been two or three times each week, however I feel like, if the meet was toward the finish of the period, we would have improved. With COVID, we didn’t think we’d have anything, so to check out a state meet, I was glad to have the option to play with my partners.”

Jessalyn Torres (50th spot, 961 series, 222 high game), Macy Brown (56th, 921 series, 179 high game), Jessica Rojas (57th, 888 series, 180 high game) and Grace Sisto (61st, 787 series, 153 high game) likewise scored for the Mustangs.

The young ladies meet included 12 groups and 70 bowlers.

Smith will proceed with her scholastic/athletic vocation at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

“I went to visit, truly loved the grounds and everybody was so decent,” Smith said. “They had a particularly uplifting outlook. Meeting the bowling crew, we as a whole clicked. It seemed like I’d known them for years. I enjoyed the school immediately.”

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