ROCHELLE — Consistent scoring across all three games allowed the Rochelle Hub varsity bowling team to earn two single-game victories and score four conference points during Wednesday’s Interstate 8 home match against the LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers at T-Byrd Lanes.
Rochelle eclipsed the 1,000-pin threshold in all three games on Wednesday, finishing strong but falling just short in a 3,223-3,089 series loss to the Cavaliers. Sophomore Logan Frye led Rochelle with a 648 series score, while junior Jonathan Alanis followed with a 606 series score. The Hubs (1-3, 0-2 Interstate 8) will battle Kaneland on the road Monday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.
“I’m really happy with how we’ve started the season,” head coach Jim Lyles said. “A couple of our kids are bowling really well and I’m excited to see how the remainder of the year goes.”
LaSalle-Peru started the match with an explosive effort in the first game, defeating Rochelle 1,179-1,004 behind 258 from Ethan Picco and 228 from Peyton Baker. Freshman Andrew Powell led the Hubs with a 196 in the first game, while Frye and Alanis rolled 189 and 182.
“Andrew has been a pleasant surprise and we’ve excited that he’s a member of our program,” Lyles said. “Andrew has an immense amount of upside. He wants to learn and he takes advice really well and runs with that advice. I think he has a big future with our program.”
Rochelle fought back to take the second game 1,011-998. Frye sparked the rally with a series-best 233 in the second game, while Alanis remained steady with a 181. Picco totaled a 229 and finished with a team-high and match-best 664 series score for LaSalle-Peru.
“Logan went out and took some lessons during the summer,” Lyles said. “He’s a totally different bowler than he was last season. He’s been really consistent and really confident for us.”
Despite falling short in the final series count, the Hubs claimed the third game 1,074-1,046 to finish with four conference points scored. Three Rochelle bowlers exceeded the 200-pin mark in the third game including Alanis (243), Frye (226) and Powell (222), who ended the evening with a 579 series score. Baker fired a 220 to finish with a 584 series score for the Cavaliers.
“We worked with Jon on some of his mechanics earlier this week,” Lyles said. “He has a new ball as well and new balls always seem to strike more. Jon threw the ball really well today and it’s been a long time since we last had two bowlers shoot 600-plus series scores in a meet.”