DeKALB – Aaron Williams said he expected Riley Wittenberg to maybe finish with the third-highest score for the Sycamore bowling on Tuesday at the Interstate 8 tournament.
Wittenberg ended up with the overall third-best score, helping the Spartans take second behind LaSalle-Peru among the four I8 programs with bowling teams.
"I did pretty well," Wittenberg said. "I shot my best series ever so that felt good."
Wittenberg finished with a 1,315 as the Spartans finished with a 7,304. Riley Runowiecki was four overall, shooting a 1,270 for the Spartans. L-P finished with a 7,413 as a team, led by Landen Miller's 1,400 and Dylan Wyzgowski's 1,330 for a 1-2 finish atop the conference.
"What I expected out of Riley (Wittenberg) was probably third place on the team," Williams said. "But he came focused today an ready to bowl. And I love it. We've got regionals coming up here and he's going to be in that lineup and he's one of those kids that keeps the flow going."
The postseason starts Saturday for the Spartans, with both that regional and the following week's sectional being held at Mardi Gars Lanes.
Williams said he thought his team would come out a little stronger at Mardi Gras on Tuesday but fell down more than 100 pins to L-P, and was in third after the first game, behind Ottawa as well.
The Spartans outscored the Cavaliers in the final three games but couldn't come back.
"We dug a hole here against LaSalle," Williams said. "We should have defended our own center a little better than we did."
Williams said he was impressed with how Wittenberg rolled for a relatively inexperienced bowler.
"He's only bowled like four years and he's caught on," Williams said. "He has an easy shot, a non-complicated release and he just keeps putting the ball in the hole."
The performance left Williams feeling good, he said, heading into the regional.
"We feel good because it's here," Williams said. "We didn't bowl extremely good today but we did OK. We've got a couple things to work out. We'll do OK in the postseason. I'm pretty encouraged."