The Shamrocks of Saint Patrick (8-5 overall record) took third place in the Chicago Catholic League Championship as conference play came to an end on January 11. While no major team trophies were collected that evening, individuals players took home a combined total of six individual medals for varsity and junior varsity.
Danny Silva ’15 (60657) was the individual conference champion and was also named All-Conference with a game high 289 and average of 218. Silva was also named “Athlete of the Week” at Saint Patrick during the week of January 13. Teammate R.J. Alejandro ’14 (60804) was also named All-Conference with an average of 202 and also qualified for the Lawless Athlete of the Year Award, which is a student-athlete award for top seniors who have displayed academic excellence in the classroom and in the athletic arena.
JV bowler Geo Lawrence ’14 earned three medals for second place in conference (high game 229), first place in high series with 641 and 1st place in high average for the season.
Continuing into the IHSA playoffs, the Shamrock Bowlers traveled to Willowbrook Lanes on Saturday, Jan. 18, to compete in the Regionals, hosted by Hinsdale South. Senior Zack Stefanski led all bowlers opening with a 245 game. He was the first of four Shamrocks to post scores over 235. In the third game, Senior RJ Alejandro posted a 250, while teammate and junior Josh Adams stepped up to shoot 264 in the fourth game. Silva was steady throughout the day, averaging 221 to finish second in the tournament.
Coach Dougherty said that the day was the best “team effort” in his eight years of coaching with St. Pat’s finishing with four of the top ten individual spots, and finished second in team competition. The Shamrocks continued their march “down-state” as they advanced to the IHSA Sectionals at Habetler Bowl on Saturday, January 25. Their performance in the Sectionals locked them to qualify for state as they head to the IHSA state bowling tournament in O’Fallon, IL this weekend. “This will be our seventh appearance down-state in the last eight years and I’m hopeful that we will continue to do well in O’Fallon,” states Dougherty.
Aside from the team’s and the individual athletic accomplishments this season, Dougherty is most proud of his Shamrocks for being named an All-Academic Team by the IHSA for the fourth year in a row. “I tell the kids that their education comes first, then character, and last but not least, the bowling alley,” announces Dougherty. “We have an outstanding group of fine young men and I’m very proud of them.”