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St. Charles East

Garza regroups after tough start

O’FALLON – St. Charles East senior boys bowler Alex Garza rolled a 1,274 series over six games on Friday’s opening day of the IHSA state tournament.

Garza’s score placed 45th among 119 individual scorers at St. Clair Bowl. He stands 224 pins behind leader Shane Matejcek of Lockport entering today’s final six games.

After notching a 178 in his first game, Garza delivered a 243 and 236 to close the morning session.

The top game of his afternoon was a 211. Garza credited an early adjustment to his lane oil pattern for keeping him within striking distance.

“Just confidence,” Garza said. “Telling myself one shot at a time, staying in the moment and enjoying myself. I thought I was throwing pretty well, on the whole.”

Garza’s Friday average of 212.3 still was about four pins shy of his season average.

He’s looking to build on the experience in today’s final and hopefully convert a few more spares.

“He was really dialed in and hit his targets consistently over and over,” Saints coach Steve Dessauer said. “We could have caught a couple more breaks, but all we had to do was keep focused, and that’s what Alex did.”

Minooka leads the team standings with a score of 6,488. O’Fallon is in second with 6,438.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Rockford Christian 47, Burlington Central 33: At Rockford, Central suffered its first Big Northern Conference East loss after struggling offensively.

“Didn’t shoot the ball well, missed our first seven free throws and didm’ t make a 3-point field goal,” Rockets coach Brett Porto said. “It really came down to we couldn’t hit water if we fell out of a boat tonight.”

Bryce Warner tallied nine points for BC (6-13, 4-1 BNC East).

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