By Mark Jurgena
The Collinsville boys bowling team was able to take part in a couple of tournaments over the Holiday break.
They had to battle an early morning and some travel conditions to and from Landmark Lanes in Peoria on Dec. 28 and after getting back late had a rescheduled tourney at Alton the next day at Bowl Haven in Godfrey.
Oswego (East) hosted the tourney in Peoria and Collinsville put in a good showing. The boys finished third in the 16-team field only 101 pins behind first-place finisher Machesney Park (Harlem). The Kahoks fired 6162 on the day.
Belleville West finished only one pin behind Harlem to finish in second place.
Kahok Brandon Campbell had a fourth-place finish at the meet by firing 1256 to finish only 51 pins behind tourney winner Ryen Apgar of Harlem.
Campbell fired a 721 in the morning round and followed that up with a 575 in the afternoon.
He averaged 216 on the day with a high game of 254.
“That was good to see,” said Collinsville coach Sean Hay. “Brandon right now is doing some of his best bowling. He’s pretty much in the hunt for an individual medal every tournament.”
Cole Buckman finished 12th on the day to grab a medal.
He fired a 622 in the morning and a 586 in the afternoon to have a pinfall total of 1248 on the day. He finished 105 pins behind Apgar with a 208 average. His high game of the day was a 225.
Jacob Taylor took the 29th spot for CHS by firing a six-game set of 1173. He had a 583 series in the morning and a 590 series in the afternoon.
Mason Foley came in 55th place with a 996 and Ben Sloan showed up in the 59th spot at 971.
On Dec. 29 the boys took part in the rescheduled Alton Holiday Invite.
The high score in Alton was Mason Foley. He got the high game medal for the tourney.
“We’re getting contributions from everybody, it’s just that we’re not firing on all cylinders at the same time,” said Hay.
Belleville West won the tourney.
“They are popping off some big scores,” said Hay. “It’s nice to see because the program’s always had talent but they’ve kind of underachieved. But now they’re hitting their stride a little bit and they will be a strong contender going into the state series. I love to see teams from our area do well regardless because we push each other to do better.”
After a pair of matches earlier this week that occurred too late for press time, the boys travel to St. Clair Bowl in Fairview Heights for the Panther Team Challenge on Saturday.
They host Edwardsville on Monday and travel back to Fairview to face O’Fallon on Wednesday.