By Mark Jurgena
The Collinsville girls bowling team got off to a roaring start Saturday as they won the Triad Invitational at Hi-Top Bowl in Highland on their opening day of the season.
“It’s always good to get a win no matter what the scenario, no matter who the opponent is,” said CHS coach Sean Hay. “The shot usually breaks down there, there’s usually some funkiness out there. There was one pair that was definitely funky but our girls weathered through it. Every team that hit that pair took a nosedive. But our girls were able to power through it and put up a decent game.”
Freshman Layla Jaoko finished in 3rd place overall for the tourney while Sophie Tottleben took 6th place on the day.
Jaoko tied for the second-highest game of the day at the tourney with a 235 on her fifth game. She also threw 199 and 187 games on Saturday.
“It was a good day for her,” began Hay. “She ended up wearing three medals on the way home so it was really cool for her and for our program honestly.”
Tottleben shot out of the gate with 201 and 203 games and finished the day with 191 and 189 games.
Caici Buckman also had a solid day on the lanes with a high game of 200 on her opening salvo at Hi-Top.
Livia Montgomery rolled a 188 for her high total.
Taylor Mordis struggled early but rolled 192 in the final game of the day.
“That’s a score that’s okay in most cases, but when the shot is tough that just means she’s getting her ball in the pocket and she’s picking up her spares,” Hay said. “She’s doing what she is supposed to do.”
The Kahoks traveled to Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville to face the Maroons of Belleville West Tuesday and hosted O’Fallon yesterday however results were unavailable at press time. They host Belleville East today at Camelot Lanes. Saturday they travel to Kingpin Lanes in Springfield for the Abe Lincoln Invite.