WELLINGTON — Just when Vermilion needed someone to have a big day, Tony Hugo answered the call.
The Sailors sophomore bowled a 495 series to lead his team to a 2,453–2,316 win over Elyria in a North Shore Bowling Conference match Monday at Strikeout Lanes.
The final score doesn’t indicate how close the match was early on as Vermilion held a slim 54-pin lead going into the first of two Baker games (when five players alternate each frame). Most of that advantage could be credited to Hugo, who was 79 pins above his 208 average with games of 238 and 257.
“I was just slow and firm with my ball and focused on making good shots,” Hugo said. “I came out here and practiced Sunday and the lanes played the same today. It’s drier on the outside so I can play (farther outside) of everybody. I had a good feeling coming into today. I just have to make sure I have the same consistent firm throw I had today every day.”
The Sailors (3-0) extended their lead to 61, beating the Pioneers 200-193 in the first Baker game. Vermilion won the second Baker, 226-150.
“Most of the kids practiced on their own during the Thanksgiving break so I think that helped us today,” Vermilion coach George Buckosh said. “If you want to be a good individual bowler you have to have consistency on every shot, so the practice is really important. We could have done even better today if we had made some easy spares. Every kid in our program has a plan to get to the next level for them, no matter their individual skill level, if they keep following that we’ll keep winning matches.”
It was Hugo’s second big day of the young season. He also set the previous high series for the league with a 469.
“Tony’s really been shooting the light out the last three weeks since the season started,” Buckosh said.
Aaron Baker, the only Sailor who came into the match with an average under 200, bowled a 214 in his only game and Dylon Wilson rolled a pair of 209s.
Jeff Maloney, a senior, bowled a 454 series and freshman Nathan Hensley had a 244 game to lead Elyria (0-3).
On the girls side, Vermilion easily advanced to 3-0 with a 2,024-1,720 win over the previously unbeaten Pioneers.
Madison Shreve threw a season-high 205 and Hannah Modic and Sarah Rutherford each had 202 to pace the Sailors.
Although Shreve, a junior, had the top series with a 382, she was unhappy with her 177 in Game 2.
“I bowled all right, I guess, but I had an open in the 10th frame and that really hurt my score in the second game,” said Shreve, who has the league’s high series this season with a 386. “I had a lot of splits here. I normally bowl well here so I don’t know what happened today, I just seemed to be missing my mark.”
Shreve’s sister Kennedy, a freshman, had a 371 series with games of 185 and 186.
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Vermilion 2,453, Elyria 2,316
Elyria: Jeff Maloney 243-211, Aaron Kilgore 222-219, Alex Csizmadia 140, Wayne Lowther 194-148, Hunter Simboli 171, Nathan Hensley 181-244. Baker games — 193-150.
Vermilion: Jon Holtcamp 181-169, Bryan Martin 185-179, Tony Hugo 238-257, Dylon Wilson 209-209, Aaron Baker 214. Team 186. Baker games — 200-226.
Vermilion 2,024, Elyria 1,720
Elyria: Anna Sharick 138-167, Courtney Green 131-134, Colleen Ziegman 114-152, Sharon Perkins 134-107, Cassidy Hyde 153-192. Baker games — 119-179
Vermilion:Kennedy Shreve 185-186, Erin Scarvelli 135, Taylor Cilona 147, Hannah Modic 202-170, Madison Shreve 205-177, Sarah Rutherford 202, Team 132. Baker games — 157-126.