by Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville took second place at the Herrin Girls Bowling Invite at Herrin Bowl on Saturday.
They fell to Mascoutah by 71 pins. Collinsville had a pinfall total of 5566 for the day.
The Kahoks did record the high team series on the day with a 1018.
“We were leading most of the day, it’s my fault I short-suited our subs,” said CHS coach Sean Hay. “I sent some of the girls to the Sho-Mo girls tournament. It was a tough day but it was one of those situations where in the long run I thought it was best for the team. I would still do it again the same way.
“I am defniitely pleased with this group. If things are up, if things are down their attitude has been fantastic thus far.”
Laila Jaoko backed up her championship at Strikefest last weekend in Joliet with a second place finish at Herrin.
She rolled the high game of the day at the tournament with a 267. She also tossed a 259 during the days competition.
Collinsville also had two more bowlers in the top five.
Livia Montgomery was fourth on the high game list with a 232 and finished in the same spot on the leaderboard by firing a 1214.
“I think Laila and Livia both are in a great place and they both did that after bowling terrible,” said Hay. ‘They are now bowling their best. They are in command of themselves and throwing great shots.”
Caici Buckman took fifth place at the event with a total of 1174.
The Collinsville JV team went to the varsity competition at the Sho-Mo Classic at Concord Lanes in St. Louis.
While they went 1-2 at the event with a win over Triad, Autumn Morley took eighth place overall with an 1106 series.
The Kahoks traveled to Edison’s in Edwardsville on Dec. 14 and beat the Tigers 39.5-0.5.
Jaoko had the high game for the Kahoks with a 224 while Buckman had a 211 and Mordis had 204 for her high game.
Belleville West win
Collinsville beat Belleville West at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville on Dec. 12 by a count of 38-2.
Jaoko rolled games of 224, 219 and 216 Buckman tossed high games of 217 and 200.
Mordis fired a 216 with Emily Dahl having a game of 215.
The girls took part in the first two days of the SWC conference tournament on Monday and Tuesday however results were unavailable at press time.
They will take part in the Alton Holiday Invite on Friday before traveling to the Mid-State Invitational at Landmark Lanes in Peoria.