For the last ten years, the Joliet area has had at least one team take a trip to the Illinois High School Association Boys Bowling State Finals. There are two times a team has come back with the grand prize, Plainfield South in 2010 and Lockport Township in 2013.
For the 2018 edition of the state tournament, five teams advanced to compete for the title. Those teams were, Plainfield Central, Joliet West, Minooka, Lincoln Way Central and Lincoln Way West. Also, two individuals from the area advanced, Alex Acosta from Bolingbrook and Alec Buchhaas from Lockport.
This tournament has a unique format. On the first day of the tournament, 24 teams bowl six games, and the top 12 teams advance to the second day, in hopes to become the champions. If you are a part of a team that does not make it to day two but you bowl well, you can still advance to day two as an individual. For our local teams, Lincoln Way West and Central were the only ones who advanced to day two, but individuals from Plainfield Central, Minooka, and Joliet West were still competing.
(Image from The Herald-News website)
The weekend ended with Hononegah High School from the Rockford area walking away with their second state championship in the last four years. Second place honors went to Freeport and third place was to our own, Lincoln Way Central.
On the Individual side, Lockport Senior, Alex Buchhaas lead the whole tournament for 11 of the 12 games on the weekend, falling short to Hononegah Senior Nick Sommer, who was ten pins shy of perfection in last game. Bolingbrook senior Alex Acosta finished second to Sommer by a disappointing 2 pins. Buchhaas placed in the third spot. Also gaining all-state honors was Karl Burns from Plainfield Central, finishing in eighth place.