MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) After winning its second state championship in three years, Harlem boys bowling returned three of its starters and won the NIC-10.
But after failing to capture both the regional and sectional, the Huskies believe they may be getting overlooked for a repeat.
Harlem returns to state this weekend down in O'Fallon after placing third at the Sycamore Sectional and second at the Guilford Regional, both times right behind Hononegah.
The Huskies are led by that trio of returners in Ethan Pash, Josh Roth and Alex Cleaveland, but freshman Jermarrion Simmons is turning heads as he piloted the squad this past Saturday.
Pash, a future Rock Valley bowler, says the results might not be there yet, but the team is playing well enough to win.
"It was just more about getting to this weekend," said Pash. "We're worried about winning. Winning is always our goal, but our goal is also to bowl good enough to make it to next weekend and we did that the past two weekends with regionals and sectionals. I feel like we've learned that we're coming together more as a team and we haven't done that, but at regionals and sectionals, we definitely came together very well. I think if we just keep improving on that, we'll be just as good as anybody at that state tournament this weekend."