Elgin Cross-Town Classic Continues, Bowlway Lanes Goes for Three-Peat

Bowlway Lanes will be going for three-peat when the Elgin Cross-Town Classic continues this year. The annual tournament features top bowlers from Bowlway and Elgin Lanes competing in challenge matches. The event is free and open to the public.

The first three matches will be held on Saturday, March 7, at Bowlway Lanes, 810 Villa Street, starting at 12 noon. The following week, Elgin Lanes at 401 Shepard Drive, will host the next three matches, starting at 12 noon. The team that wins the most match game points will be this year's Match-Game Champion.

Event Coordinator Sean Hargadon expects some high scoring action this year. "The last couple years have been challenging at times with high scores being a premium,” he said. “But I think this year we’ll see some fast-paced action and higher scores.”

In last year's match, Elgin Lanes jumped out quickly during the first weekend of competition, but as the matches continued, Bowlway grinded out a 37-21 victory in match points and more than 250 pins. Since the beginning of the Elgin Cross-Town Classic, Bowlway Lanes has won 10 out of 12 matches and never lost a match at home. According to Elgin Lanes General Manager Lex Perly, who was optimistic after last year’s defeat, this year will be different. “We have something special here between the two bowling centers,” he said. “A lot of hard work is done to make this event a success, and this year we’ll be back with a new lineup.”

The Elgin Cross-Town Classic features five players per team, selected from each bowling center. The format is simple: Bowlway and Elgin Lanes will match their best bowlers against each other for three matches (games) at each bowling center.  Whatever team has the most match points after two weekends is declared the winner.

Bowlers can win one point by beating his opponent each game along with a point for series. Each team will be able to win two points for each game won plus three points for series. There will be a possible 29 points that can be won each week.

The Elgin Cross-Town Classic will be held on Saturdays, March 7 at Bowlway Lanes and March 14 at Elgin Lanes, starting at 12 noon. The event is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by Bowlway Lanes, Elgin Lanes, Miller Lite, Elgin Today, and madwill creative. To learn more, go to Facebook: Elgin Cross-Town Bowling Classic III.

Irish Wins First Bowlway Bracket Tourney

The luck of the Irish helped Greg Irish win the first Bowlway Bracket Blast tournament held at Bowlway Lanes. The inaugural event featured a sold out field of bowlers from the Fox Valley area.

After coming from the bottom of the field, Irish claimed four straight victories in match-play competition averaging a modest 190. But perhaps his most important victory came in his first match against fellow Hampshire resident Mike Wodrich, who left a 4-6 split in the 9th frame, opening the door for Irish to claim a 205-199 victory. Irish qualified for the 15th seed position. After beating Wodrich, he squeaked out victories over Bob Read 188-172 and Mark Topple 185-173 to advance to the Championship match where he routed Daryl Rucki Jr. 219-130.

"I saved my best game for the championship," said Irish after the tournament. "I got some breaks along the way and tried to stay clean in all my matches."

The format for the tournament included two games of qualifying. Then bowlers were seeded from the 1st to 16th positions. The next round included single match-game elimination. Bowlers winning matches would advance to the next round. Losers would be eliminated. The field of players averaged 204 in qualifying and 202 in match-play.

The initial success of the Bowlway Bracket Blast means the tournament will be back, according to proprietor Norm Grocke. "This was a great time and competitive," he said. "Each match was exciting to watch and the bowlers seemed to like the format."

The tournament was sponsored by Carmelo's Auto Sales, Bowlway Lanes, bowlelgin.com and madwill creative. The tournament paid eight spots out of 16 bowlers. The final standings for the cashers includes:

Pos. Name W-L Pins Avg. Prize

1st Greg Irish (Hampshire) 4-0 1145/6 190.8 $325
2nd Daryl Rucki Jr. (Elgin) 3-1 1154/6 192.3 $155
3rd Mark Topple (Elgin) 2-1 1094/5 218.8 $95
4th Dave Daufenbach (Elgin) 2-1 1053/5 210.6 $65
5th Steve Stewart (South Elgin) 1-1 861/4 215.2 $35
6th Sean Hargadon (Elgin) 1-1 860/4 215.0 $35
7th Bob Read (Elgin) 1-1 766/4 191.5 $35
8th Dennis Doyle (Elgin 1-1 757/4 189.2 $35