The Glenbrook North High School boys bowling team opened up their 2012-13 season with an impressive victory over powerhouse Vernon Hills. The Spartans won 2 games and series from the Cougars who finished second in the state of Illinois last season.
GBN dropped game number one 1008-954 in total pin count. In bowling, a score of 1000 means that the five participants averaged a 200 for that particular game. In game one the Spartans were led by Senior Jacob Townsend's 225 game. Senior Tim Schultz also topped the 200 mark with a 207 game. Vernon Hills got an outstanding performance from Eric Swanson who posted a 278 game leading the Cougars to the game one victory.
In game two the Spartans came back in a big way posting a school record score of 1124 and beating Vernon Hills by 274 pins. The 1124 team score translates to a 224 average per player. GBN was led by Sophomore Corey Kahen who started the game throwing 11 straight strikes leaving him one strike away from a perfect 300 game. Kahen ended up getting a 7 on the final ball and finishing with a 297. Earlier in the week Kahen had thrown a 299 game in practice. In addition to Kahen's impressive score both Senior Ryan Salzman, 236, and Townsend, 213, topped the 200 mark.
Heading into game three with more than a 200 pin lead in series the Spartans might have taken their foot off the gas pedal, but no such thing. GBN beat Vernon Hills by 159 pins in the final game. This time Schultz led the way with a 217 game backed by Kahen's 204 game. GBN's three game total of 3052 was a school record performance. Senior Daniel Doolan also was part of the school record scoring varsity team.
The JV Spartans also defeated Vernon Hills winning 2 games and series. Junior Jake Epstein led the way with a 523 series.
GBN Boys Bowling returns to competition on Wednesday 11/7 when they host Loyola Academy at 4pm at Brunswick Zone in Deerfield.