ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Hub varsity bowling team returned to action with its first match of the season on Monday. Rochelle hosted the Oregon Hawks in nonconference competition, with the Hubs falling 3,272-2,782 to move to 0-1 on the season. Junior Evin Odle fired Rochelle’s high series against the Hawks, totaling 568 over three games with a high score of 200.
“I thought we bowled about as well as I expected,” head coach Jim Lyles said. “We have a lot of new faces and I think they’ll be fine as the season moves on… Evin said before the season that his goal this year is to go to the state meet. He takes direction and he’s been doing that well.”
Oregon opened the match with the early advantage, winning the first game over Rochelle 1,118-920 behind 203 from Jackson Werren and 222 from Isaac Kaltenbrun, who led the Hawks with a 627 series. The Hawks extended their lead in the second game with a 1,090-975 victory despite 206 from senior Devansh Patel, who rolled a 504 series for the Hubs in the loss.
Oregon completed the three-game sweep with a 1,064-887 win in the third game. Brandon Rowe fired 205 to finish with a 580 series for the Hawks, while Kaltenbrun added 207. Odle’s 198 and senior Sergio Guevara’s 172 were the high scores for the Hubs in the finale game. Guevara threw 180 in his first game and 184 in his second game for a 536 series.
“Sergio’s our leader and he’s the one who’s brought most of our kids here,” Lyles said. “He had some thumb issues tonight and he dropped a few balls into the gutter, but he’ll be our leader all season and he’ll be fine. We’re looking to get Devansh some new equipment since he’s throwing the same ball from his first year on the team. But he takes direction and listens well.”
The Rochelle Hub varsity bowling team hosted Sycamore for its first Interstate 8 Conference match of the season Tuesday evening. The Spartans defeated the Hubs 3,175-2,818 and dropped Rochelle to 0-2 on the season.
Sycamore opened the match with a 1,030-1,001 victory in the first game. Graham Hilligos led the Spartans with 230 and Rylan Voyles added 210, while seniors Luke Orlikowski and Devansh Patel fired respective scores of 196 and 193 for the Hubs. Sycamore surged ahead in the second game, winning 1,125-882 behind 223 from Evan Borowicz. Patel rolled 181 and senior Sergio Guevara shot 164 for Rochelle in the second game.
Sycamore wrapped up the three-game sweep with a 1,020-935 victory in the third game. Hilligos bowled 201 to finish with a 634 series for the Spartans. Guevara and junior Evin Odle each rolled 191 for Rochelle, with Guevara totaling the team-high series of 528. Patel added a 502 series and Odle finished with a 500 series.