One team and several individuals from the area will compete Saturday at the Boylan Boys Bowling Sectional at Park Lanes in Loves Park with a chance to compete in the state finals.
McHenry headlines the local lineup, after going 13-1 this season and finishing second at last weekend’s Hononegah Regional to advance as a team. The Warriors' score of 6,553 was the second highest among teams advancing to the Boylan Sectional.
“We have a big group of seniors, and it’s nice to see all of their hard work finally pay off,” McHenry coach Kyle Funkhouser said. “I think if we show up and do exactly what we did at the regional, there’s a very good shot we will be in that top six.”
If they use the same lineup as at the regional, McHenry will be represented by Paul Colomer, Steve Churchill, Kody Hudjera, Thomas Reinhardt and Geoff McClaughry. Colomer, Churchill and Hudjera finished in the top four as individuals at the regional.
Five other local individual qualifiers will be competing at the sectional.
From the Hononegah Regional, freshman Jake Barton of Marengo and senior Tyler Busch of Woodstock co-op both narrowly made the cutoff to advance.
“I’m really excited,” Barton said. "This is the first big tournament I’ve ever really competed in and this is going to be a lot more fun."
Huntley’s Grant Gardner and Jacobs’ Brandon Biondo advanced out of the DeKalb Regional. Biondo advanced after participating without a complete team at the regional. Johnsburg’s Evan Hitchcock, another freshman, advanced out of the Lake Zurich Regional by finishing fourth among individual qualifiers.
The sectional, which starts at 9 a.m., will feature 16 teams and 40 individual qualifiers. After the completion of six games, the top six teams, plus the seven highest-scoring individuals not on one of those six teams, will advance to the two-day state final at St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights next weekend.