St. Bede senior Trenton Acuncius’ bowling season was in limbo after Saturday’s Orland Park Sectional.
Acuncius rolled a 1,347 six-game series to finish one spot and nine pins behind the final individual state-qualifying berth.
That made him a potential at-large qualifier.
Acuncius learned Monday he earned one of two at-large spots in the state tournament. The IHSA selects the two bowlers who are the fewest pins behind the last qualifying spot in the sectional.
“It’s a sigh of relief going to state,” Acuncius said. “All this hard work I’ve put in this season has really helped me to where I am now. God gave me a second chance, and I’m going to take it.”
The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon.
Little Ten releases bracket for boys basketball tournament
The Earlville boys basketball team earned the No. 5 seed in the Little Ten Conference Tournament, which runs Jan. 29-Feb. 4 at Somonauk High School.
DePue is the No. 8 seed, and LaMoille is the No. 10 seed.
The Red Raiders play No. 4 Serena at 7 p.m. Monday.
DePue opens at 1 p.m. Saturday against No. 9 Hiawatha. The winner advances to play No. 1 Somonauk at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
LaMoille plays No. 7 Indian Creek at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to face No. 2 Hinckley-Big Rock at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The title game is set for 8 p.m. Feb. 8.