Adversity was the buzz word during a pair of Southwest Prairie Conference boys bowling duals Tuesday afternoon at Brunswick Zone.
Irregular oil patterns or none at all made it difficult on Oswego, Plainfield East, Plainfield North and Romeoville.
Although the conditions were the same for all four teams, their averages suffered and they are used, in part, to determine all-conference selections.
"The kids got down a little bit because this affects their individual averages in the conference," Oswego coach Linda Keely said. "Bowling on dry lanes like this is tough and it was hard to keep them up. They were using their spare balls in the first frame. All you can do is keep them pumped up and focused."
"The sad part is their conference averages plummeted," Plainfield North coach Dee Dee Sunter said. "I'll talk to my athletic director and try to find out why there wasn't a lick of oil out there today."
Oswego and Romeoville both swept to victories, earning 10 conference points each.
The Panthers now have 38 points and lead the second-place Spartans by 12 points. Plainfield Central, which swept Oswego East, also has 26 league points after four duals.
"This was huge for us," Romeoville coach Tony Talley said. "We shot a 2,999. I couldn't believe we shot that high the way the lanes were today. For the conditions, we did what we had to do. We're going to take our 10 points and get the heck out of here."
Oswego beat Plainfield North 2,862-2,550, while Romeoville beat Plainfield East 2,999-2,702.
Oswego's Adam Johnson came through with a 642 series, which included two games of 212 and a 218. Trenton Saucedo finished with a 201 game and a 583 series. Nate Glatz started the day with a 204 and finished the day with a 560 three-game total. Alex Noble's 546 series topped the Tigers, who had just one game of 200 or better (207 by Kapri Bibbs in Game 2).
"The lanes were a little dry, but we'll take it," Keely said. "Ten points is 10 points."
Corey McReady, who has been a part-time varsity bowler, fired a 257 in Game 2 on his way to a 627 series for Romeoville.
In the first game, McReady and Jesus Reyes (593 series) each came on late to help the Spartans beat the Bengals 952-938.
"(McReady) doubled in the 10th for us in that first game and we won by 14 pins," Talley said. "So did Jesus. Those two guys stepped up. I'm really happy for Corey. He stepped up big-time for us today."
Leadoff Will Thompson rolled a 601 series, which included a 237 game, for the Spartans.
James Maser rolled a 557 series for the Bengals. Chris Cameron's 542 included a 223 for Plainfield East.