By Mark Jurgena
Whenever the Collinsville bowling team is in action over a weekend, you can bet the quality of competition is going to be top-notch.
Last Saturday was no exception as the Kahok boys team opened their season once again at the Herrin Invitational at Herrin Bowl in the tiny town of Energy.
CHS placed third in the event behind Salem and Belleville East.
“The place is known for not carrying very well so we were not really able to get big games going,” said Hay. “In the first half our highest series was a 640 and the lowest was a 605. So everybody averaged 200 in a tough carrying house.”
Individually Brandon Campbell was the top Kahok for the day bringing back a 7th place finish with a 204 average for the six games on the day.
“He bowled pretty consistently most of the day,” said Hay.
Mason Foley brought home a 9th place spot with a 199 average.
Ben Sloan showed up in 12th place while Cole Buckman took 14th place. Daniel Wilde came in 42nd on the leaderboard.
With the deteriorating conditions of the lanes throughout the day, splits became more and more important for the team standings.
“The last few years our spares just were not where they should be,” began CHS coach Sean Hay. “When you look at the game total it looked fine, but there were lots of pins given away. We decided to bear down this year and commit to a specific spare system. Anytime you change things for people there’s going to be a little bit of a learning curve. We had a couple of missed spares but nothing like in previous times. We can see where this is headed for us and we are really liking it.”
The boys had the opening two rounds of the Southwestern Conference Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday however results were unavailable at press time.
Saturday the Zach LeCuyer will be at Camelot Bowl