It was a packed house.
A standing-room-only crowd had a chance to see history being made on April 13, as Team Bowlway took a 151-pin lead over Team Elgin during the inaugural Elgin Cross-Town Classic, a bowling tournament taking place over two weeks.
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Team Elgin led each of the three matches well into the middle frames, but a strong finish from Team Bowlway, led by Mike Grocke's 675 series and Wayne Curley's 663 series helped the home team pull out three consecutive victories.
Drew Perly's 681 series and Cary O'Donnell's 637 series led Team Elgin.
Team Bowlway won each match by 52, 9 and 90 pins, and finished with 3,091 pin total for a 206 average. Team Elgin finished with 2,940 pins for a 196 average.
"We saw some excellent team play today," said Honorary Captain and Bowlway Lanes co-owner Norm Grocke. "Elgin was tough, but our guys kept their composure and made some excellent shots when it counted. I'm looking forward to next week."
"It was a great event today," added Elgin Lanes Honorary Captain and General Manager Lex Perly.
In addition to the action happening on the lanes, every frame was being televised live via USTREAM TV with the support of the Beacon Academy at South Elgin High School and the Elgin Academy video department.
The Elgin Cross-Town Classic will continue -- and conclude -- on Saturday, April 20 at Elgin Lanes, 402 Shepard Drive, starting at 1 p.m.
The team that knocks down the most pins over the two weeks' competition will be declared Elgin's Match Game Champions and will personally receive the Mayor's Cup from Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain.
The event is free and open to the public; spectators are welcome. For details, visit www.bowlelgin.com.