Bowling: Two LC teams make O-Rama boys finals
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent October 28, 2012 11:28PM
Lake Central's Nathan Maciejewski reacts after throwing a strike in the finals during the Post-Tribune Northwest Indiana Preseason High School Bowl O-Rama held at Stardust Bowl II in Hobart on Sunday October 28, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 30, 2012 6:28AM
HOBART — It turned out to be an all-Lake Central final during Sunday’s Post-Tribune Bowl-O-Rama at Stardust Bowl II.
The Indians’ A and B team faced off in the championship — with the A team pulling out a hard-fought 2-1 victory in a best-of-three Baker match.
Lake Central A, which beat Merrillville, Chesterton and Michigan City in match play, was led by Nate Maciejewski and Andy Schmied in qualifying. The B-team, which defeated Portage B, Andrean and Hobart, was led by Jeff Dorsch and Adam Cobban.
“We’re grateful to have a lot of talent and depth,” Lake Central coach Gregg Schmeid said. “The B team was awesome today; they out qualified the A team and kept it going right through the Baker games. They’re the future of this program. But our seasoned players stepped up when they needed to in the championship. It was just a good day overall.”
Despite the success that the A team ultimately experienced, Ryan Gorman said the team really came alive in match play.
“We struggled at first, but we started to really string together some strikes in the Baker games,” Gorman said. “Baker games are really our strength.
Colin Young echoed those sentiments.
“We usually bowl our best in Baker games,” he said. “And our coaches are always encouraging us to stay focused as a team.”
For the B team, the definite highlight of the day was a victory over a skilled and deep Hobart team, which joins Lake Central as one of the toughest squads in the region.
“That was a lot of fun (against Hobart) because we ended up coming back against them,” said Dorsch, who spent some time last season on the starting squad.
Cobban said he was pleased that he and his teammates were able to compete with some tough teams.
“We were excited that we bowled well,” Cobban said. “It was a fun day for us.”
Hobart, which defeated Michigan City’s A team in the third-place game, was led Bobby Eberle (a 464 series on games of 237 and 227) Bobby Kammer III (457 series with 234 high game) and Mike Blue (451 series with 240 high game) in qualifying.
Michigan City’s A team was led by Sam Welch (455 series with 242 game) and Patrick Norred (443 series with 253 game).