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Kahok girls win Triad bowling tourney championship

by Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — It was a great opening weekend for the Collinsville girls bowling team as they won the Triad Invitational at Hi-Top Bowl in Highland over the Thanksgiving weekend.
CHS made steady progress throughout the day as they beat Belleville East by 152 pins to take the crown in the 15-team field.

“They did very well,” said CHS coach Sean Hay. “Belleville East shot three straight 1000-plus games and they were in the lead by 180. In the second half, we just continued our upward trend and popped in a big game of 1050. By just continuing our trend we ended up winning the 152.”

The Kahoks started off in sixth place after the opening game with 943 and improved in the second game improved to 968. The third game saw them roll 999 they took the lead and pulled away from the Lancers.

“One of the things that I say often is that you win games in the last three frames and you win tournaments in the last three games. That’s usually what happens. The front matters but how you respond in the back half is really important. The lane conditions got brutal and we were able to maintain our scoring pace which was awesome.”

Three Kahoks finished in the top ten individually with another finishing in the top 20. Lailo Jaoko, Kellen Stephen and Emily Dahl finished fifth through seventh respectively with Taylor Mordis taking 20th place.

Jaoko finished 67 pins out of first place with a score of 1186 on the day with a high game of 223. Emma Matsantonis of Columbia won the event with a total of 1253.

“She was very consistent,” Hay said. “She had a low of 181 and a high of 223 so she was pretty much slow and steady all day long.”

Stephen took sixth with an 1168 on the day. Her high game was her fifth one at 246. She added a 222 with her first game.

“She did well in her first varsity tournament,” Hay said. “She had a rough last game which as a freshman she’s not played the lanes this dry. There’s no other place where kids can get the experience of how lanes break down other than the team tournament. The freshmen haven’t really bowled that. Even with tournament goers it breaks down different than it does in standard individual competitions.”

Dahl tossed an 1146 into the mix with a 232 and a 202 for her high games.

Mordis had an incredible day. She rolled a 169 in her first game then was pulled for the second. Mordis responded with a tremendous day after that. In those final four games she was over 200 each round. She had a high game of 252 along with games of 225, 218 and 205. Mordis shot the high game for the day at the tourney.

“When she came in after the first game, she went off,” said Hay. “She dominated. Honestly had I kept her in it probably would’ve been a medal for her but that’s not what our team is about. There’s no hard feelings about that which says a lot about this group of girls.”

Upcoming Schedule

The girls were at O’Fallon Monday and hosted Edwardsville yesterday however results were unavailable at press time.

They are in Springfield at the Abe Lincoln Invite on Saturday.

CHS will host Alton on Monday and Belleville East on Wednesday.

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