Boys Bowling: Ortega rolling into career with U.S. Navy


Rochelle senior aiming to become a diver

Logan Ortega capped off his four-year bowling career at Rochelle Township High School with a strong senior season, earning Most Valuable Player honors and performing consistently as the varsity team’s No. 1 player. After high school, however, Ortega plans to trade in his bowling shoes for diving gear as he prepares to pursue a career with the U.S. Navy.

Ortega went out for the bowling program as a freshman, starting his career on the junior varsity team before becoming a varsity alternate and eventually a two-year varsity starter for the Hubs. His senior season began with a highlight performance against Sycamore, where he rolled a career-high 661 series that included three 200-plus games. Ortega also led Rochelle at the Interstate 8 Conference Championships with an 1,167 six-game series and 267 high game.

“I definitely enjoyed the atmosphere of the team the most,” said Ortega, who earned a top-50 placement at the Harlem Invitational this past season with a team-high 1,147 series. “Everybody got along really well and we all learned from each other to improve. My accuracy improved the most this past season, and I owe a lot of that to coach [Jim] Lyles. My favorite memories with the team would have to be bowling in our Saturday morning tournaments.”

Ortega played a key role in Rochelle’s lone victory against Geneseo this past season, rolling a team-high 594 series and a 219 high game. Ortega, who also frequented the Saturday morning High School League at Rochelle’s T-Byrd Lanes, said his leadership skills improved the most throughout his four seasons with the Hubs. Ortega said he initially went out for the RTHS bowling program his freshman year after a close friend talked him into giving the sport a shot.

“The RTHS bowling program taught me how to be a leader,” said Ortega, who threw a 586 series with two 200-plus scores when Rochelle defeated Geneseo at home in 2018. “I was the only senior on the varsity team this past season, so I tried my best to motivate my teammates and keep everybody focused while we were on the lanes.”

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