Mark Lupori has been a league bowler since he was five years old. He has a per-game average around 215, and he has had three perfect games of 300. He has even helped lead Laurence Manning Academy to three straight SCISA boys team …
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Mark Lupori has been a league bowler since he was five years old. He has a per-game average around 215, and he has had three perfect games of 300. He has even helped lead Laurence Manning Academy to three straight SCISA boys team championships.
However, one thing he had not done is win the SCISA boys individual championship - until Thursday. Lupori had a 3-game score of 687 to claim the crown at Gamecock Lanes.
"I've won tournaments in Charleston, Columbia, North Carolina, but I'd never won the individual tournament," Lupori said. "I feel like it was a big accomplishment and I feel great because of it. It means the world to me that I did.
"Winning the individual title was something I was focused on this year," he added. "We'd won the (team) titles, but I really wanted to win the individual."
It's not as though Lupori hasn't been close before. Two years ago, he finished second before finishing fourth last year.
Lupori put himself in a strong position in the first game, bowling a 257 to take a 30-pini lead over Tyler Lasecki of Cardinal Newman. He followed it up with a 197 and closed with a 233.
Lasecki finished with a 654.
Lupori said he took a different approach into the individual tournament this year.
"The other times I was worried about the scores in all of the other lanes and what everyone else was doing," he said. "This time I just decided to focus on myself and the other ones bowling with me in my lane. I just relaxed and threw my ball. I found my spot, got in a groove and just bowled my game."
Lasecki was in the foursome with Lupori.
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