By Mark Jurgena
The week for the Collinsville boys bowling team was up and down. They beat Belleville West before struggling against O’Fallon. Over the weekend they brought home a 5th place finish out of 16 teams at the 14th Annual Abe Lincoln Invite in Springfield.
CHS had an inconsistent day hovering either just above or below 1,000 pin series throughout their six series on the day at King Pin Lanes.
“We’re having a hard time identifying the team they want to be,” said CHS coach Sean Hay. “I’ve been messing with the lineup a little bit with kids in different spots to try to see the spark and get some positives.”
Cole Buckman and Brandon Campbell led the way for CHS at the event, both registering scores over 1,300 for the day.
Buckman brought home 6th place individually with a 225.8 average on the day while Campbell finished 24 pins behind him in 9th place. Buckman’s high game was 266 while Campbell’s was 233.
Mason Foley came in 22nd place out of a field of 127 bowlers with an average of 188.5 while Jacob Taylor averaged 156.2. Both bowlers had high games of 212 on the day.
Salem had a 1-2 finish in the individual standings for the day as Charlie Hunter fired a 1,462 series to beat his teammate Dominick Winkler by 90 pins. Hunter had a 243.7 average to win.
The Wildcats continue to fare well in tournament play this season as they took top honors in Springfield. Salem beat Mascoutah by 200 pins while O’Fallon finished third 427 pins behind.
Alton finished in fourth, while the Kahoks were in fifth.
O’Fallon 35 CHS 5
The final day of November saw the Kahoks host O’Fallon in a conference matchup at Camelot but the day did not go nearly as planned as the Panthers took a huge victory home.
Ben Sloan had the high series for Collinsville firing an even 600 over his three games. He shot a 213 for his high game.
Campbell cleared the 200 barrier twice with games of 209 and 203 while Buckman had a 214 and Taylor compiled a 201 game.
CHS 29.5 Belleville West 10.5
On Nov. 29 the Kahoks beat Belleville West in a conference matchup at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville.
Foley had the high series for CHS with a 717. He had games of 256, 238, and 223.
Campbell was next for Collinsville with a 612 series and games of 217 and 203.
Taylor rolled a 599 series with a 237 and a 236 while Buckman had a 295 with a pair of 200 games for his high score.
Collinsville had two conference matches this week already. On Monday they were at Edwardsville and yesterday they ventured to Alton.
Today is the annual Charity Challenge at Camelot. For the second straight year, CHS will face Taylorville in the event. All the proceeds raised for the day will go to the American Cancer Society.
Saturday they are at the Southern Illinois Challenge at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville.