Boys Bowling: Josh Glover hands Lincoln-Way West first win of year

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West at Brunswick Zone in Romeoville Thursday, November 8, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: November 8, 2012 8:30PM

It’s a good thing the bowling pins don’t know what’s coming when Josh Glover has the ball in his hands. The Lincoln-Way West junior has the demeanor of a linebacker after he follows through and watches the pins scatter.

“All I think about when I’m at the line is taking one shot at a time, hitting my mark and just stand down,’’ Glover said. “That’s my focus, to get all them down, stay down.’’

Glover, a transfer from Marist, led Lincoln-Way West to a 2,659-2,573 season-opening victory Thursday night over Plainfield East. Glover rolled both high series (636) and high game (239) at Brunswick Zone in Romeoville.

“Keeping my team up, it’s the first match of the season so I wanted to get them motivated, motivate myself,’’ Glover said. “Just looking forward to a good season.’’

Also scoring in all three games for West were David Eggert (579), a freshman averaging 200, and Mike Baio (530), a senior.

“I tell my teammates before every practice, every match, spares are what wins games,’’ Glover said. “You’re not going to strike every time, so go back and pick it up.’’

Lincoln-Way West graduated four starters from last year’s team that was second to Andrew in the SouthWest Suburban Red.

“We’re trying to get our feet wet a little bit,’’ West coach Mike Vogler said. “We’ve got to rebuild a little bit. We’ve got a nice base.’’

Plainfield East was led by David Mireles with a 627 series, including back-to-back games of 223 to finish up his night.

“They were coachable,’’ Plainfield East coach Rich McElmeel said of the season opener. “David Mireles’ performance was outstanding. He doesn’t do a lot to the bowling ball. He has a tendency to be consistent.’’

Other top scorers for East were Gervon Miles (538), a sophomore, and Nick Protich (520).

“Miles averaged 190 in conference last year,’’ McElmeel said. “He’s incredibly talented. He knows the game, but he’s learning the game.’’

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