Harlem boy's bowling ready for a run at state

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- The last three seasons have ended in heartbreak for the Harlem boy's bowling team, but this weekend, they plan on wiping away those memories by hoisting the first place trophy over their heads.

The Huskies march into O'Fallon as sectional champs, recording the third highest score in the entire state.

Harlem is just one of six teams from the Stateline to make it to the state final, but may have one of the best chances to win it.

Led by seniors Jacob Nimtz, Colin Day and Dawson Jones, the title may be in reach and they say with the experience they've gained over the previous three years, they are more ready than ever.

"We're all hungry and the hunger keeps us going because we're never satisfied," said Nimtz. "Yes, we've had a good year, but we all know what the end goal is and we all have that in mind and our hunger is going to help us through this state tournament."

"I feel like as a team, it all makes us prepared other than the few younger guys that haven't been there," said Jones. "For us returners, I feel like were a lot more confident coming into it than in past years."

The last three seasons have ended with the Huskies finishing fourth, second and fourth at state and head coach Nick Whitmire says to finally be number one, their eyes cannot be glaring at other lanes.

"There's a few tough teams there and I don't discount anybody so anything can happen in a couple of days," said Whitmire. "Teams get hot at the right time and we just need to stay together and focus on ourselves, make good shots, covering the spares like we've been doing all year long and we'll be fine. It's kind of a Harlem watches Harlem thing and I always tell the guys, there's no defense in this sport so we just have to be aggressive, stay on our offense and everything will be just fine."