Thunderbolts' back-to-back state titles were extra special because of friendships — and friendly competition.
- Ken Ryan
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Andrew graduate Ken Trumpey is not proud of his actions at the state bowling tournament his senior year in high school, but it was never personal. The Thunderbolts were on the verge of winning their second consecutive state championship in 2006 when Trumpey set his sights on teammate and good friend Tony Yakes. “Tony got the spotlight and did amazing the previous year,” Trumpey said. “Sadly enough, I wanted to beat Tony so bad. Going into the last game, I knew we were going to win state, so I was trying to beat him. We just always strived to be the best. Whoever did the worse between all of us was going to hear about it from the others. There was always a lot of bragging rights.” Trumpey rolled a 224 in his final game to finish with a team…
Reliving the Glory Days: Tony Yakes and Ken Trumpey led Thunderbolts to championships in 2005 and 2006, helping to set records along the way.
- Ken Ryan
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When former Andrew boys bowling coach Mike Murphy thinks back to his Thunderbolts teams that won back-to-back state championships, in 2005 and 2006, he doesn’t hold back in the comparison department. “Remember the ‘Dream Team’ (the 1992 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team) with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team? That’s what those teams were like,” Murphy said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Championship teams all have this thing called chemistry, and they had it in spades. “Those championships were one of the highlights of my life. It was a fantastic time. A high school state championship is something kids remember for the rest of their lives. When those kids graduated, it was like I lost part of…