By Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — The girls bowling team at Collinsville traveled to Carterville to take part in an invitational tournament Saturday.
CHS returned with a third place finish at the 16-team event. Belleville East won the tourney while Mascoutah took second.
Kahok Livia Montgomery had the highest finish for Collinsville taking eighth. She rolled a 586 in the morning with a high game of 216. Laila Jaoko took 14th spot with a 542 and a high of 213.
Taylor Mordis was tied for 20th place with a high game of 212 and rolled a series of 530. Madison More of Anna-Jonesboro had an identical series.
Emily Dahl rolled 498 for 33rd place and Caici Buckman rolled a 471 for 40th place.
Abby Koester of Belleville East had the top series with a 636.
Collinsville lost to Anna-Jonesboro 347-339 in the first round of the Baker-style bracket tournament. O’Fallon won the tourney bracket over Anna-Joesboro.
Collinsville came into this matchup at Camelot Bowl on Jan. 3 ranked fifth in Illinois with O’Fallon ranked seventh and the Kahoks came away with the victory.
“I think it was our best performance this year,” said Hay. “We had three girls really bowl outstanding. O’Fallon is a good team. It was one of those things where we got going and they did not.”
Taylor Mordis had a huge day with a 691 series including games of 258, 223 and 210.
“She had her best day of the year,” Hay said. “She came out guns blazing.”
Jaoko rolled a 640 including games of 236 and 222
Montgomery fired a 645. She had games of 241 and 212.
Kellen Stephens had a 203 game.
Collinsville’s annual Charity Challenge took place at Olde Bowl in Taylorville against the Tornadoes. The teams competed to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Stephens, a freshman, had a stellar day firing a 752 series.
“It was an old house in Taylorville,” said Hay. “They have wooden lanes which the kids aren’t used to. Out of the whole group boys or girls she was the only one over 700 and only one boy was over 600. She was just on. She had the exact right ball in her hands for the shot. It was awesome to see Kellen do that.”
The girls faced Alton on Monday however results were unavailable at press time.
On Tuesday they play at Bel-Air Bowl against Belleville East