By Tyler Wojcik ‘24

On Jan. 20, the Crusaders bowled in the hardest sectional in the state. The top four teams from four different regionals went head-to-head at Palos Lanes, combined with 40 solo bowlers in an individual category. The rules were simple: top six teams and top seven individuals with the highest pinfall would punch a ticket down state.

Senior bowler Reed Norville said, “This is our time; we have worked all year for this.”

The event started promptly at eight o’clock in the morning. Nerves were high during team introductions, but faded abruptly as the raspy voice on the loudspeaker said “Lanes are on, practice has commenced.”

Senior Tommy McMahon said, “This is ours to win. We know the potential we have.”

After six games, the Crusaders bowled a 1016, 1005, 989, 997, 917, and 960. The total pinfall was 5884. The Crusaders were led by senior Tyler Wojcik with a total pinfall of 1,312, which came out to a 218 average.

Junior Kris Love said, “Even though we did not get the outcome we wanted, this team really meant a lot to me.”

Even though the Crusaders did not advance to state, the team felt that the cold Saturday morning at Palos Lanes showed true colors, pure determination, and a life lesson to all.