Boys Bowling: Lincoln-Way West trips Plainfield East
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media November 8, 2012 9:20PM
Lincoln-Way West's Josh Glover bowls during a dual meet with Plainfield East at Brunswick Zone in Romeoville Thursday, November 8, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:23AM
It’s a good thing the bowling pins don’t know what’s coming when Josh Glover has the ball in his hands. The Lincoln-Way West junior has the demeanor of a linebacker after he follows through and watches the pins scatter.
“All I think about when I’m at the line is taking one shot at a time, hitting my mark and just stand down,’’ Glover said. “That’s my focus, to get all them down, stay down.’’
Glover, a transfer from Marist, led West to a 2,659-2,573 season-opening victory Thursday night over Plainfield East. Glover rolled both high series (636) and high game (239) at Brunswick Zone in Romeoville.
“Keeping my team up, it’s the first match of the season so I wanted to get them motivated, motivate myself,’’ Glover said. “Just looking forward to a good season.’’
Also scoring in all three games for West were David Eggert (579), a freshman averaging 200, and Mike Baio (530), a senior.
“I tell my teammates before every practice, every match, ‘Spares are what wins games,’ ’’ Glover said. “ ‘You’re not going to strike every time, so go back and pick it up.’ ’’
West graduated four starters from last season’s team that was second to Andrew in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
“We’re trying to get our feet wet a little bit,’’ West coach Mike Vogler said. “We’ve got to rebuild a little bit. We’ve got a nice base.’’
Plainfield East was led by David Mireles with a 627 series, including back-to-back 223 games.
“They were coachable,’’ East coach Rich McElmeel said of the season opener. “David Mireles’ performance was outstanding. He doesn’t do a lot to the bowling ball. He has a tendency to be consistent.’’
Other top scorers for East were Gervon Miles (538) and Nick Protich (520).
“Miles averaged 190 in conference last year,’’ McElmeel said. “He’s incredibly talented. He knows the game, but he’s learning the game.’’