Pruett has Maple Leafs ready to roll

Chris Steele
Kyle Cones steps into his throw during Geneseo's dual against Ottawa at Lee's Lanes.

In its second year as a school sport, Chris Pruett will take the reins as the Geneseo boys’ bowling coach.

An avid bowler, Pruett began coaching his two boys when they started to bowl and his passion grew from there.

After being approached by Denny Lynch about coaching the Maple Leafs this season, Pruett said things just fell into place.

“I’m no professional and I don’t pretend I am,” Pruett said. “I like to learn and every year I learn a little bit more about the sport.”

Being a first-year head coach, Pruett doesn’t want to set any expectations to start the season until he’s able to establish an understanding of what his team can accomplish.

“As I get to know them better, I can start to judge where their true ceiling might be,” Pruett said.

Last season, Geneseo finished eight in the regional with Kyler Rusk finishing 16th individually with an 1187 six-game series.

At sectionals, Rusk rolled his way to a 1273 six-game series and fell just 43 pins shy of becoming the first Geneseo bowler to reach the state finals.

This season Geneseo returns a lot of experience.

Kyle Cones finished 24th at regionals, and Sebastian Einfeldt finished 31st.

Kaden Splear and Justin Ford each have postseason experience, and Logan Munoz and Alex McAvoy each have varsity experience.

“In our first tournament this year, they exceeded our expectations which raised my expectations a little bit,” Pruett said. “The biggest thing I would like to see form them is growth, not just on the lanes but as young men.”

With 28 bowlers out for the team this season, Pruett likes the potential to develop some of the young talents they have unearthed.

“We are really excited with the numbers,” Pruett said. “Especially the underclassmen because that is where we are so heavy. It gets you excited because it shows the sport is entertaining the kids. They want to be here and they want to learn more about it.”

Hononegah Season Kickoff Invitational

The Maple Leafs opened the season with a solid showing at the Hononegah Invite held at Vikings Lanes in South Beloit on Nov. 3.

Geneseo finished fifth among an eight-team field with a 5556 team total.

The Maple Leafs’ Kyle Cones finished 10th individually with a 1281 six game series, and he rolled his way to the 10th highest game of the invite with a 245.

Geneseo’s Justin Ford had a strong showing with an 1167 series and a 233 game which was the 15th highest at the invite.

Kaden Splear finished with a 1069 series including a 200 game, and Logan Munoz tallied a 1049 series with a 205 game.

Geneseo’s Tyler Durnell finished with a 511 three-game series, and Aidan Grafft finished with a 479 three-game series.

Ottawa at Geneseo

Ottawa earned a narrow dual meet victory 3057-3000 over Geneseo in their home opener at Lee’s Lanes on Nov. 6.

Geneseo’s high series was Cones who finished with a 570 three-game series, and he rolled his way to a 224 final game.

The Leafs’ Alex McAvoy had a solid first outing of the season finishing with a 514 series and rolling a 202 game, and Justin Ford had a solid 513 series.

Ethan Welfer tallied a 484 series, and Durnell finished with a 464 series.

Geneseo’s Munoz finished with a 455 series.

In the JV competition, Geneseo scored a 3100-2485 victory over Ottawa.

Sebastian Einfeldt blew away the competition with a 659 three-game series, and his 238 game was the highest overall.

Nathan Johnson rolled his way to a 536 series, and Kaden Splear finished with a 526 series including a 202 game.

Grafft finished with a 497 series, and Jacob Endress finished with a 493 series.

Carson McKeag tallied a 389 series.

The Maple Leafs will host the Lee Lohman Invite at Lee’s Lanes on Saturday, Nov. 10 starting at 9 a.m.

Maple Leafs' bowlers


Logan Munoz, Alex McAvoy, Shane Lievens and Kyle Cones.


Ethan Durian, Kyle Blankenship, Ethan Welfer and Jack Sellers.


Kaden Splear, Logan Sims, Andrew Thoene, Justin Ford, Tyler Durnell, Carson McKeag, Jacob Endress, Sebastian Einfeldt, Aidan Grafft and Riley DeCock.


Aidan McConville, Tyler Weisser, Jonathan Widger, Nathan McAvoy, Jack Mannon, Nathan Johnson, Donovan Malone, Austin Ettore, Trevor Keogh and Matthew Krohn.

Coach: Chris Pruett. Assistant Coaches:Dave Littig.

Maple Leafs’ bowling schedule

Nov. 6    Ottawa at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.    

Nov. 8    Geneseo at DeKalb    Mardi Gras    4 p.m.

Nov. 10    Lee Lohman Invite    Lee’s Lanes    9 a.m.

Nov. 13    Yorkville at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.

Nov. 15    Geneseo at Rochelle    T-Byrd Lanes    4 p.m.

Nov. 17    Rockford Guilford Tournament    Don Carter Lanes     12:30 p.m.

Nov. 20    Geneseo at Sterling    Blackhawk Lanes    4 p.m.

Nov. 24    Harlem Invite    Forest Hills Lanes    9 a.m.

Nov. 27    Sterling at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.

Nov. 29    Sycamore at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes     4 p.m.

Dec. 3    Geneseo at Mendota     Mendota Elks Lodge     4 p.m.

Dec. 4    LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.

Dec. 6    Geneseo at Ottawa    Dettore’s Downtown Lanes     4 p.m.

Dec. 8    Cavalier Bowling Classic    Illinois Valley Super Bowl    TBA

Dec. 11    DeKalb HS at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.

Dec. 13    Geneseo at Yorkville    Yorkville Bowl     4 p.m.

Dec. 15    Freeport Tournament    Four Seasons Bowling Center     10 a.m.

Dec. 18    Geneseo at Sycamore    Mardi Gras    4 p.m.

Dec. 29    Dixon Toughman Tournament    Plum Hollow Family Center      9 a.m.

Jan. 2    Geneseo at LaSalle-Peru    Illinois Valley Super Bowl     4 p.m.

Jan. 3    Rochelle at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    3 p.m.

Jan. 9    NIB 12 Conference L-P hosts    Illinois Valley Super Bowl    TBA

Editor's note: Due to an issue with the pages, we will be rerunning this story in its entirety in the Nov. 16 edition. The Geneseo Republic apologizes for the error.