O'FALLON – Minooka's boys bowling team had the second-best total following Friday's preliminaries in the IHSA finals at St. Clair Bowl to lead three area squads who earned spots in today's 12-team finals competition.
The Indians finished with a 6,390 total, which was just 31 pins behind the opening-day leader, Harlem, who had a 6,421 score. Minooka followed up on a 3,172 morning session with a 3,218 score in the afternoon.
Joliet West used a 6,320 total to claim fifth place, which also advanced it to Saturday's finals along with Lockport, which rolled a a 6,121, which was good for 11th place. The Tigers posted a 3,207 in the morning and a 3,113 total in the afternoon while the Porters followed up on a 2,936 with a 3,185 in the second session.
Other area teams who competed in the preliminaries were Lincoln-Way West (15th, 6,003) and Lincoln-Way Central (21st, 5,697). Both schools advanced to the finals in 2018.
The top local individual after the first day was Joliet West's Michael Grether, who put together three-game series of 753 and 638 to give him a 1,391, which was good for fifth place.
Minooka's top performers were Jeremy Serchuk (15th, 1,330), Drew Toke (16th, 1,329) and Efrain Soto (23rd, 1,314). Other top scores following the first day were Lockport's Jimmy Kontos (16th, 1,329) and Lincoln-Way West's Cameron Jablonski (21st, 1,323).
Also in the top-50 were Lincoln-Way East's Josh Edgin (30th, 1,301), Lincoln-Way West's Michael Nork (35th, 1,289), Lincoln-Way Central's Tommy Martini (35th, 1,289), Plainfield South's Christian Knowlton (41st, 1,273), Joliet West's Julian Ramos (42nd, 1,272) and Plainfield Central's Ryan Arens (49th, 1,256).