Auburn boys bowling unintimidated by state competition

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Auburn bowling does not have the pedigree of some of the other Stateline schools. The Knights have been to state just twice and both times finished in 20th, but they believe this weekend will be different as they try to write a new chapter in the program's history.

It's Auburn's first trip down to O'Fallon since 2016 with its only other state appearance coming in 2005.

The Knights' roster is a mixture of every class, but they are led by seniors Matt Seigel and Preston Sims.

While Auburn's track record at the biggest competition of the year is limited, its bowlers have the confidence needed for a run at a day two.

"I really want to deliver something special to Auburn this weekend," said Speigel. "I expect top five out of myself individually and I think the team can place top 10. I think we were written off by a lot of people, but we proved that we can be just as competitive as any of the other teams in the state this past weekend. I think we were 20 or 30 pins out of fourth and 100 out of third which was Hononegah and obviously Hononegah is a top five team in the state so we can do something big this weekend."

"We had games that weren't really great to tell you the truth," said head coach Ernest Stokes. "We didn't have long strings of strikes too much. They just shot spares so well that we stayed in it the whole way. I keep telling them that spares win games and that's what they did."