Chicago Catholic League rolls into Habetler Bowl Saturday

Coaches at the Catholic League North South Meet Saturday

The Chicago Catholic League has sent more bowlers per conference (12, last season) down state than any other high school league in Chicago and one team in particular, St. Patrick High School, sends more than most.

Heading into Saturday’s Catholic League North South meet at Habetler Bowl in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago, the St. Patrick Shamrocks are looking to add to their pin-count in conference play.

St. Patrick head coach, Pete Dougherty said, “We did well last season counting on two freshman so I think this year we should be only that much better”.

Having gone to state as a team 5 of the last 8 seasons, the Shamrocks look to continue their winning tradition this season. With sophomore star bowler Dan Silva having opened the season last week by bowling a 248 and 258 the team looks primed to for another run.

The team is currently ranked third in conference.
“We didn’t roll our best game last week but I am confident with our returning team that we will get it going soon”, senior team captain Steve Randazzo said.

And they did, the Shamrock’s stellar play was good enough to win their individual match against St. Rita while bowling a team score of 2,057 pins, an astounding 137-pin advantage over the second highest total in Saturday’s North South meet, Brother Rice High School.

The Shamrocks will have to wait until Tuesday, when conference-scoring results are published, to see if their effort Saturday was enough to move them into first place in conference.

Mike Jorgensen, St. Patrick’s high-bowler Saturday, bowled for an average of 232, which was good enough to medal in this second conference meet of the season.

Also competing in the North South meet is Gordon Tech High School, who comes into Saturday’s meet ranked second overall in the Catholic League.

Last season Gordon Tech finished in fifth place overall in conference. But, behind the play of Ty Tres and Elliott Igunbor, who both enter Saturday’s meet averaging 200 pins per game, Tech looks to be competitive.

Senior Elliott Igunbor said, he has been bowling better than ever the last few weeks and looks forward to a good season that he said will hopefully finish up at the state tournament.

Unfortunately, after a terrific start to the season last week, Gordon Tech had what head coach Joe Hohrein called, “a disappointing meet”.

With a team score of just 1,684 pins, Tech lost their individual match against Mt. Carmel and finished in the middle of Saturday’s field.

Both teams will meet again Tuesday as conference play resumes at 4 p.m. at Habetler Bowl

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