ROCHELLE — Thursday’s nonconference bowling match against Geneseo was one that Rochelle sophomore Sergio Guevara won’t forget anytime soon.
Guevara struggled to find his rhythm over the first and second games, rolling 159 and 124 as the Maple Leafs claimed both games and surged ahead of the Hubs. Guevara didn’t give up, however, and the right-handed sophomore caught fire in the final game, shooting a career-high 266 to help Rochelle not only take the third game, but edge Geneseo out for the series win by a final score of 3,298-3,291. The Hubs (1-11) earned their first victory of the season.
“It felt pretty great,” Guevara said. “Coach [Jim] Lyles was telling me to focus and not think about the little things like missing my spares. I focused and found my mark in the third game.”
Rochelle fought valiantly in the opening game, with senior Logan Ortega and sophomore Devansh Patel each topping the 200 mark. Geneseo’s Sebastian Einfeldt made the difference, though, recording 236 and leading the Maple Leafs over the Hubs 1,117-1,093 in the first game. Ortega finished with 219 for Rochelle, while Patel started his series with 212.
The Maple Leafs extended their advantage in the second game, winning 1,117-1,061 behind 211 from Jacob Endless and 204 from Einfeldt. Junior John Henson paced Rochelle in the middle game, firing a series-high 210 while sophomore Maddex Ramos added 194.
“We have more momentum going into the conference meet and that’s going to help a lot,” Henson said. “I’ve been focusing more this season… I was staying consistent with my form. I was hitting my mark and keeping my shoulders back.”
Guevara was the only bowler on either team to surpass the 200-pin threshold in the third game, which the Hubs claimed 1,138-1,057 to erase their 80-pin series deficit. Sophomore Dylan Milton rolled 194 in the final game, with Ortega adding 193 to finish with a team-high 594 series. All six RTHS bowlers ended the match with 500-plus series totals for the first time this season.
“Everybody’s really pumped for the conference meet now,” Guevara said. “I think I’ve been more consistent than I was last season and I’ve been hitting my mark more often.”