Created:Saturday, January 18, 2014 8:14 p.m.CDT
Updated:Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:45 p.m.CDT
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McHenry advances to boys bowling sectional

SOUTH BELOIT – The McHenry boys bowling team came into Saturday's Hononegah Regional at Viking Lanes with one goal for the postseason: advance to the state finals as a team.

The Warriors moved a step in the right direction with a second-place finish to claim a spot in next weekend's Boylan Sectional. The Warriors finished with 6,553 pins, and regional champion Harlem had 6,666.

Woodstock co-op's Tyler Busch and Marengo’s Jake Barton also advanced as individuals.

Each team bowled six games. The top four teams in total pins advanced, as well as the next 10 individuals not on one of those four teams.

“There were a couple of good teams here, and I’m not sure they were expecting this from us,” McHenry coach Kyle Funkhouser said. “It feels good to come out here and pull off an upset and beat Hononegah and advance. Hopefully, we can carry this into next week.”

Senior Paul Colomer led the way for the Warriors with 1,392 total pins to finish second overall. Jacob Nimtz of Harlem was the regional champion with a 1,506 series.

“It went pretty great," Colomer said. "I shot well and it feels amazing to get the whole team through – couldn’t have done it with a better group of guys. This is just amazing."

McHenry had three of the top five finishers at the regional, and all three were seniors. Steve Churchill finished third with a 1,353 series, and Kody Hudjera finished tied for fourth with a 1,337.

Barton, a freshman, became the first individual to advance to sectionals in Marengo’s short boys bowling history. Barton had a 1,224 series, which was eighth best among those not on the four advancing teams.

“It’s my first year bowling in anything competitively, so it feels pretty good,” Barton said. “My whole game has been improving; I’ve gone from averaging around 180 at the beginning of the season to around 200 now. It’s good to see progress.”

Marengo finished 10th with a 5,481 total. Kyle Alt was second on the team with a 1,139 series.

Woodstock co-op's Busch bowled a final game of 250, his highest of the day, to claim the 10th and final advancing spot with 1,201 pins.

Busch’s success did have a downside, as his final game bumped teammate Zach Myers out of that final spot by a single pin. Woodstock was seventh as a team with a 5,651 total.

“Tyler bowled a good series and got through. Unfortunately, Zach just missed out,” Woodstock coach Ed Zurawski said. “We did exceptional as a team today, just missing having two bowlers at sectionals by one pin.”

The Warriors, Busch and Barton will compete Saturday at Park Lanes in Loves Park for a chance to advance to state.