ROCHELLE — A stronger mental approach enabled senior Sam Tracey to fire a season-high 607 series on Tuesday, when the Rochelle Hub varsity bowling team continued the Interstate 8 Conference schedule with a home matchup against the Kaneland Knights at T-Byrd Lanes.
Rochelle surged ahead and showed zero signs of slowing down on Tuesday, cruising over the Knights 3,447-2,892 to secure the team’s third conference win of the season. The Hubs (6-3, 3-1 Interstate 8) dominated the opening game against Kaneland, scoring an 1,156-909 victory behind a series-best 216 from sophomore Andrew Powell and a 210 from senior Jon Alanis. Tracey followed with a 200 and senior Christian Thorne rolled a 189 to start the evening.
“It’s been all season, but I finally shot a 600 series,” Tracey said. “We needed this win today and we got it. For me, it’s more of a mental thing and it’s about not getting angry at myself. My thumb was a little messed up, but we persevered tonight. We have good team chemistry and most of us have been doing this for a few years now. We all know each other really well and as long as we aren’t getting angry with ourselves, we’ll bowl well. We’re all trying to make good shots.”
Kaneland battled with Rochelle during the second game, but the Hubs ultimately emerged with an 1,130-1,074 win to stay ahead in the conference series. Tracey spearheaded the charge for the Hubs, shooting a series-best 216 while sophomore Levi Waddle bowled a series-best 203. Powell added a 195 and junior Logan Frye contributed a series-best 191 in the second game.
Rochelle clinched the conference sweep with an emphatic 1,161-909 victory in the third and final game of the evening. Alanis sparked the Rochelle side with a series-best 232 to conclude the meet with a 603 series, while Powell fired a 206 to finish the match with a team-high 617 series. Tracey bowed out with a 191 and Frye totaled a 190 to end the evening with a 555 series. The Hubs will look for another win during Thursday’s road match against Sterling.
“We’re looking forward to the conference and regional meets,” Tracey said. “We’ve improved our mental game and we’re really working on our spares. Spares can make or break your game and we had a meet earlier this season where we missed about 40 makeable spares and we ended up losing by 60 pins. If we would’ve made six of those spares, we would’ve won the match.”