Balanced Effort Takes Storm to State

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Byline: Mike Miazga Daily Herald Correspondent

The South Elgin boys bowling team will not knock your socks off with extravagant scores from one or two competitors.

Instead, the Storm gets the job done with a balanced lineup whose sum is much greater than the individual parts.

That team balance helped the Storm arrive at today's IHSA boys bowling state finals in Downstate O'Fallon at St. Clair Lanes. South Elgin was the second and final team qualifier out of last weekend's DeKalb sectional.

Late in the sectional competition, South Elgin found itself in fourth place, but only 20 pins out of first place with one game to go.

"The lanes we were assigned to were very challenging with the depleted amount of lane oil left," South Elgin coach T.A. Wierschke said. "Every shot our fifth man made in the final game felt as though it was the most critical shot of the day."

This is South Elgin's second appearance as a team in the state finals. The Storm qualified in the first year of the program in the 2008-2009 season.

"A lot of the teams we've faced have a really significant bowler or two," Wierschke said. "What's made our team different from the rest is we don't have that one exceptionally strong bowler. We have an exceptionally strong team. All five of our starters come together as a team. It's been a true team effort for us this season. We've lost to teams this year where one or two bowlers shot ridiculously high scores. With us, we're solid all the way around."

Sophomore Jake Brown finished ninth in the Upstate Eight Conference and earned all-conference honors. He averages 204 a game. Senior Gino Riscossa is another all-UEC performer. …