By Mark Jurgena
Dance team takes 3rd at state!
Highland captured third place at the IHSA Class 1A Competitive Dance state finals on January 29th at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.
They compiled a 91.00 to finish just 0.42 points behind runner-up Lombard (Montini). Morris won the state title with a 91.58.
Triad took 5th place.
It was the tenth time Highland had qualified for the state finals and the eighth time they brought home a top three finish at state.
Cheerleading to state!
For the 16th time, the Highland High School competitive cheer team has qualified for the IHSA state finals.
The Bulldogs won the Edwardsville sectional in the coed division on January 29th. It is the fourth time they have won a sectional crown.
Highland is scheduled to compete at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington tomorrow. Their routine is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
HHS tallied 92.98 points which far outdistanced the 89.37 points totaled by runner-up Plainfield (South).
O’Fallon also qualified for state in the coed division.
Triad finished fourth in the medium division to qualify. Edwardsville moved on in the large school class.
Boys Bowling at state
At the IHSA bowling state finals held at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, Highland fought hard against some solid competition on January 28th but was unable to qualify for the second day.
They finished in 22nd place overall with a pinfall total of 5,652. New Lenox (Lincoln Way West) was the 12th and final qualifier into Saturday’s finals. LWW collected 5,999 pins.
Senior Hunter Hediger was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals as an individual. He came away with a 22nd place finish at state. His two-day total of 2,591 pins put him only 175 pins out of first place. Ethan Caruso, a sophomore from Minooka, won the individual title with 2,766 pins.
Hediger had a high series of 698 on the final set of the weekend. He also rolled a series of 673, 613, and 607.
Twice he threw games of 256 including on his final game of the tourney. He rolled games over 200 seven times on his way to a 215.9 average.
Senior Logan Oestringer was the second highest scorer for HHS, he finished 83rd overall on the first day but was unable to qualify into day two. He averaged 196 for his six games.
Oestringer just missed a 600 series with a 599 on his second set, while firing a 573 for his opening three games.
Three times he shot games over 200 with a high of 244.
Junior Jacob Gilomen finished with 1,139 pins on the day placing him in the 102nd spot. He fired a 613 on his opening set and a 526 on the second.
He had a 189.8 average for the day with two games over 200 including a high of 221.
Junior Cole Korte came in 122nd place on the initial day, with a 187.7 average. His pinfall total of 1,072 was compliments of a 549 and 523 series.
His high game was a 233.
Junior Blake Ernst had a high game of 189 while freshman Josh Athmer threw a 145 during his only game of the day.
Minooka overtook Machesney Park (Harlem) on day two of the competition to win the state title. The highest team finisher from the Metro East was Belleville East in 9th place followed by Waterloo in the 10th spot.
The highest individual finisher from the Gateway area was senior Brady Stumpf of Waterloo. He finished 20th with a 216.3 average.
Ice Hockey regular season closes
Highland’s ice hockey team took on a pair of stalwarts in MVCHA play last week and couldn’t come away with any points.
The Dogs finished the regular season with 22 points courtesy of a 10-12-2 mark. That got them a second place finish in the Varsity West division. Granite City won the division with 43 points.
On January 25th, they dropped a 7-4 decision to Columbia at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in Lebanon.
Tyler Griesbaum had a hat trick for the Bulldogs while Matt Miscik scored the other goal.
Abe Hawkins had the lone assist on the night for Highland.
At the week’s end, Columbia was tied for second place in the Varsity East division of MVCHA play with 37 points and a 16-3-5 record.
On January 27th, Belleville (a combination of both East and West HS) shut out the Dogs 10-0 at the Rec Plex.
The win moved Belleville into a tie with Columbia for second in the East division.
Highland now moves into the playoffs beginning next week. The playoff pairings had not been announced at press time.
MVCHA All-star game
Jacob Noll and Tyler Griesbaum were named to the Varsity Red squad for the MVCHA All-star game. That game took place Tuesday night. Results were unavailable at press time.
Dominick Emig and Landon Gunter were named to the JV Red squad.