DeKALB – Two rival teams, DeKalb and Sycamore, each qualified for the next round of the postseason, with the Barbs edging out the Spartans at the DeKalb Regional on Saturday and avenging a defeat earlier in the week.
The Barbs took third as a team and qualified for Rockford Jefferson Sectional next week. They finished with a 5,888. Sycamore trailed closely behind for fourth and qualified for sectionals with a 5,748.
“I’m happy with fourth. Obviously, third is better, but fourth, we still advance,” Sycamore coach Aaron Williams said. “That was the goal today, to advance.”
Coming off a heartbreaking second-place finish in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East to Sycamore last week, DeKalb really wanted to beat its rivals at regionals.
“In conference, it was a really close battle between us to the very end,” DeKalb senior Logan Zarek said. “I think we were a little bit more motivated.”
A second-half surge helped keep Sycamore in the hunt.
“We didn’t bowl really well this morning," Williams said. "We had a couple good games this morning as a team. We didn’t bowl like we know we can bowl. Usually, they do better in the afternoon."
That was not the case for DeKalb. It bowled very strongly as a team, especially in the morning.
“Today, we’re having a really good day," Zarek said. "Sycamore had a little bit of an off day at first, but they came back and did a lot better in the second half. We stayed strong for the whole time. That first half, we got enough points to stay ahead the whole time."
In the individual standings, Zarek came in third place at the meet for the Barbs with a finish of 1,314.
“When I’m bowling, I’m making sure that I’m adjusting everything, and I’m trying to hit the pocket and trying to strike,” Zarek said. “I was doing really good with the striking. Most of the time, I got most of my spares.”
Tommy Reboletti, a freshman bowler for Sycamore, took seventh with a finish of 1,266.
“In the last month, Tommy has changed something in his approach of the game, and he has just been head and shoulders above everybody else the last month,” Williams said. “He is peaking at the best time.”
Reboletti said, “I definitely started off the season rough and just got better as I went on. Now, I feel like I’ve reached my full potential. The thing that really helped me was the push off, which got everything going. I started that a week or two ago. I’ve been better since then.”
Other top individual scores for DeKalb included Nicklaus Eberly (1,252) for ninth and Michael Rae (1,206) for 13th.
Individual high scores for Sycamore were Matt Cusumano (1,159) for 16th, Jeffery Gasso (1,150) for 18th and Christian Lanan (1,100) for 24th.