The Harrisburg High School boys' bowling team closed out their season with a seventh place finish in the 13-team Mt. Vernon Sectional Saturday.
CJ Murphy led the Bulldogs with a 1155 for the six games.
"As suspected we were never in the mix on saturday," head coach Doug Cottom said. "Although we posted a 12-4 season match record this year, this group never did get to the level needed to compete for a trip to the state tournament.
"Several ingredients were missing all year long as we look to next year, where hopefully we will be able to take that next step."
Salem and Centralia moved out of the sectional Saturday to represent the deep south at this weekend's IHSA State Tournament.
Bulldogs bowl way to win at Carterville
Harrisburg closed out the regular portion of their schedule with a 2812-2634 win at Carterville late last week.
Sophomore Carter Rice was tops for the Bulldogs with a 593.
The Harrisburg girls also won with a final score of 2611-2128, where Amanda Stricklin led the way with 581.
Bulldogs split with Centralia
The Harrisburg High School bowling team split with Centralia Wednesday night with the girls winning 2580-2444 and the boys falling 2851-2736.
Brittany Hardin had the high school on the girl's side with a 534, while Amanda Stricklin followed suit with a 532.
Harrisburg head coach Doug Cottom admitted that despite the win, this is the first time this season he can recall being upset with his girls' team.
"We are so much better than our scores indicate. If we can find that spark we have a chance at their sectional in a couple of weeks. This bunch is the most talented I have ever had but lacks the drive to get anything done. All five are throwing the ball good, hopefully we will show up at the sectional tournament."
On the boys' side, CJ Murphy led the 'Dogs with a 604 in his final home match of a solid four year career. Isaac Alexander also closed out his home match career with a 565.
"Although Centralia is a very solid team and is the favorite at the sectionals on saturday, this was a night we could have gotten them," Cottom said. "We seem to migrate to our comfort level of 2750-2900 every match. Sectionals are right on top of us so we will see, we either play better on Saturday or it's over."
Robert Bonnell was solid in the boys' junior varsity match with a 604 and Ashley Pruett had a high game of 175 in the girls' junior varsity contest.