Elgin Lanes will rely on a wealth of experience and a touch of youth when it faces off against Bowlway Lanes for the inaugural Elgin Cross-Town Classic, starting this Saturday, April 13.
"We've talked about doing this type of event for the last few years," said Elgin Lanes general manager Lex Perly. "It makes sense, and I'm glad to see that it's finally going to happen."
Team Elgin Lanes will feature right-handers. Leading off will be Ken Buhlman of Elgin, an accomplished bowling coach, who leads the team with a 212 average. Drew Perly Jr. of Elgin follows in the second position and is a former collegiate player with Illinois State University. Cary O'Donnell of Elgin is the middle man in the lineup with a long list of tournament experience. Larry Slack of Elgin is the set up man and former Chicago North End Traveling League player. And Bob Brady of Carpentersville is the leader of the team and will play anchor. Total average for the five-man team is 1033, making this matchup pretty close on paper and exciting for the bowlers.
"I haven't been this excited about bowling for a long time," Buhlman said. "I'm looking forward to the camaraderie, having a good time, and winning that traveling trophy."
- Sean Hargadon