DeKALB – Sycamore hung onto first place in the Northern Illinois Big 12, beating rival DeKalb, 3,485-3,295.
The teams were neck and neck for a majority of the match, but it was in the late frames that Spartans assistant coach Art Reboletti said the Spartans pulled away.
“It’s always good to beat your rival,” Reboletti said. “What was impressive was that in the ninth and 10th frames, where you win and lose games, we won the games in those two frames.”
The Spartans were led by sophomore Christian Lanan, who rolled a 661 series on the night.
Lanan said that he felt good going into the match, but gave most of the credit to his teammates.
“The team’s been on a great roll lately,” Lanan said. “We’ve been throwing some better games. We’re just looking to keep moving forward as we progress on in our season. We’re just focusing on the basics.”
That focus on the little things seems to be coming from the top down for Sycamore. Reboletti said that his team isn’t taking anything for granted.
“We don’t like to look too far ahead,” Reboletti said. “We’re still looking into solidifying our postseason roster. Kids are positioning themselves nicely, working hard in practice. We’ll do the old cliché of taking it one day at a time.”
DeKalb was shorthanded coming into the match. Dylan Kersten tried to give it a go, but a shoulder injury kept him from rolling and forced coach Allen Collins to pull up a JV player to fill out his roster.
Collins said that wasn’t the reason why DeKalb came up short, though.
“We tend to lose a lot of points on missed spares,” Collins said. “These kids being youths think that they have to strike all the time. Ultimately, if you pick up your spares, you’re going to have close to a 200 game. … Miss a hard split if you’re going to miss something. But, you gotta hit the single pins.”
DeKalb was led by Nicklaus Eberly, who rolled a 615 over three games.
Sycamore and DeKalb will both roll at the Freeport invite at 10 a.m. Saturday.