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Elijah Smith Nears Perfection Against Lockport

By Don Collins

 

KANKAKEE, Illinois -- The Bradley-Bourbonnais High School bowling team lost to Lockport on Wednesday (Nov. 28) by a final score of 2170-1994.The loss dropped the Boilers record to 1-4 on the season

 

The Boilers first game saw Lockport take a decisive early advantage behind each one of the opposing bowlers crossing the 200 score threshold. BBCHS was led by Matt Marzke, who continued his solid start to the season with a 210 to start his evening. At the end of Game 1, Lockport held a 195 pin lead after scoring 1126 to BB’s 931.

 

The second game saw the finest game of the season for a Boiler Bowler. Elijah Smith went on an absolute tear and didn’t miss his first strike until the ninth frame. Even that throw was a great one and the final pin wouldn’t fall for him. After picking up the spare, Smith went on to throw three consecutive strikes to end his night with a 279 in the second game.

 

There was a quiet sense of excitement at Brookmont Lanes as Elijah was inching closer and closer to a potential perfect game. No one wanted to outwardly acknowledge it so that there wouldn’t be any added pressure on the bowler and he managed to keep it all together during the game. How did he do it?

 

“I was just going in with a good mind,” Smith said. “Keeping it clear and staying cool under pressure.”

 

History is still on his side as this is the highest individual scoring output in his career, for the year and of all-time at BBCHS. Elijah answered what his accomplishment meant to him.

 

“It means that I can make it [history]. Coming close [to a perfect game], I know it’s probably a school record now,” Smith said with a laugh. “It feels good. I know I can get there. We just have to keep grinding the season and see how close we get.”

 

The Boilers won the second game by a score of 1063-1044.

 

QUOTING COACH NANOS

The Boilermakers have been facing a rough patch in the last couple weeks. Coach commented on the continued improvements of the team despite it not showing up in the W/L column.

 

“We came into the season knowing that there would be some adversity,” Nanos said. “We bowled right around 2,000 tonight. We had a couple bad breaks where things didn’t go our way. At the end of the night, we have a lot of positives that we can take out of it.”

 

One of those positives was the play of Elijah Smith. The bowler exemplifies what this season has been about so far: The Process. Coach elaborated on Smith’s performance.

 

“Eli had it going. He had a heck of a game. Second game, he didn’t throw a bad ball. 279 with front eight strikes and [only] left a seven pin in the ninth. Very proud of him and it was a heck of a game.”

 

SCORECARD

NAME

GAME 1

GAME 2

Dakota Hamende

147

185

Gage Campbell

196

148

Adam Weedon

196

227

Elijah Smith

182

279

Matt Marzke

210

224

 

UP NEXT

  • BBCHS will be back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 4) when they travel to face Sandburg at Orland Bowl.
  • The match is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start time.