The Woodstock North High School and Woodstock High School boys co-op bowling team started its 2017 season undefeated.

Head coach Ed Zurawski is proud of the team’s enthusiasm which has been important as the squad graduated five players from the 2016 season.

“It’s a complete team,” said Zurawski. “Everybody works for each other, and they’re looking to win. Everybody is progressing fantastic.”

The co-op (7-3) started its season with an 11th-place finish at the Sycamore Invitational with a top-five finish by senior Eddie Zurawski Jr. Zurawski logged the program’s first 30-clean award for picking up all spares and strikes in his first series with a 236, 246 and 247.

The team then went on to win its next five matches, including two against Kishwaukee River Conference (KRC) rivals Johnsburg and Marengo. Since then, the team has logged three losses, but coach Zurawski knows there is plenty of time for improvement before the playoff series begins in early January.

“We’ve come up against a few teams and lost by a couple of pins – it’s a reality check,” said Zurawski, “You say, ‘Ok, we’re a decent team, but we can be better.’ You need that loss once in a while to knock you into position to say, “Yeah, we’re good, but maybe we’re not that good.”

The coach hopes the losses have improved the team’s focus on picking up spares to boost points heading into a holiday tournament in Rockford at which there may be many regional and sectional competitors.

“If we can pick up our spares, that’s 10-15 points per game,” added Zurawski. “Multiply that by five guys, and there are some pins there.”

The team’s roster also includes seniors Gavin Bishop and Mason Hurless, junior David Kruse and freshmen Brandon Dodara and Brendan Matthes.

Woodstock will host Elgin-Westminster at Wayne’s Lanes at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7. The team has its sights set on the IHSA State Finals at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon Jan. 26 to 27.

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