By Joseph McMullen
A giant roar could be heard from the Crusaders at Palos Lanes on Saturday, January 7. Both the varsity and the junior varsity bowling teams fought hard for the first place position during the Chicago Catholic League, or CCL, Championships. The day was long for all of the bowlers. After the championship, all of the Crusaders went home with great joy.
Both Brother Rice teams fought their way into the qualifying games and into the top four schools. The junior varsity was able to slide into second place, only five points above St. Rita, at the end of six quick Baker games. The varsity fought like the junior varsity did. The varsity reached second place, only twelve points above Notre Dame. Both Brother Rice teams clashed for the CCL Championship first place title and the right to move on to regionals.
To everyone’s surprise, the varsity won against Providence two games to none out of three, and the junior varsity won against St. Patrick two games to one out of three. Matt Taylor, the only senior on the team this past season, said that his favorite memory of bowling was “cheering on JV for the win over Saint Patrick’s for the Catholic League.”
All of the Brother Rice bowlers were thrilled that both the varsity and junior varsity won the CCL Championships. Coach Dwyer was one of the many joyful Crusaders that stood tall at the end of that day, pleased the day was finally over. He describes the championships during an interview:
“There were two different stories since the varsity was finished well before JV. Varsity had not lost to Providence all year, so watching them made me feel extremely confident going into our match against Providence. We did not bowl a great game, but we still won the first game, and ended up winning strongly in that second game. It was elated to win a second year in a row on the varsity level. It was a good feeling, but it was like, ‘Hey! Celebrate real quick and let’s go and support the junior varsity.’ Of course, now we are playing Saint Pats, who I considered to be the best team from the North. I thought it was going to be a good match. I had already known at that point that Rice had won the first game and lost the second, so the varsity rushed to the JV in the third game. It was a blast! Right when we got over there, it seemed to add a little fire to the JV. They had to throw three or four strikes in a row to finish that game out, and they won it. They didn’t sit back and let Saint Patrick’s mess up and win by default. They took the match by the horns and finished strong.”
As a result of winning the CCL Championships, the Brother Rice varsity tea, traveled to regionals on January 13.