Bucs 'brotherhood' ready for state tournament

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) Bucs boys bowling does not care about how many pins fall this weekend. The only thing that matters is that they perform as a family and as a brotherhood, although, they say it would be nice to come back to Belvidere as the state champions.

For the first time in 14 years, the Bucs will be competing at the state tournament making them the first Belvidere team to qualify for state in a decade.

Throughout the postseason, the Bucs have done just enough to advance past each round, improving their game average by 13 pins from regionals to sectionals.

Senior Nate Tepp led the Bucs at the sectional and finished third with an average game of 233. He says it's up to him to utilize the power of positivity.

"We're almost like a brotherhood," said Tepp. "We're just like a family, a big ol' family. Say if my energy is down, the team's energy is down so if I get my energy up, it helps boost the team a lot. This is kind of how we work. I really like this team over any other team ever. I don't care about pin count. I just care about the energy and the friendship and how much we care about each other. It's a great team that we have."