By Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville’s boys bowling team had a solid performance at the Carterville High School Invitational on Jan. 6.
CHS brought home a fourth place finish beating Mt. Vernon by one pin.
“That’s where the sectional site is for both the boys and the girls so we wanted to get a practice run through in case we end up down there,” said CHS coach Sean Hay. “We’ll have a little bit more of a game plan how to tackle shots. We want to win and we’re always trying to win but we were trying different ball types, angles to the pocket and paying attention to the locals. That’s always a good tell how to attack the lanes.”
The defending state champion and current number one in Illinois, Salem, won the title pinfall total of 3,416. Harrisburg took second place.
“Salem, they are so good,” began Hay about the Carterville tourney. “That is one of the rare times that you look and say they are the champions there was no doubt.”
Kahok Daniel Wilde had the highest finish for the purple and white taking 10th place with a 669 after the morning session. He had high games of 258 and 225.
Brody Hogenson was 23rd with a total of 603. He rolled games of 212 and 200.
Taking 38th for CHS was Jace Coats with a 557 including a high game of 201.
Jacob Taylor rolled a 522 series while Jack Starr fired a 392 including a 201.
Salem’s Dominick Winkler won the individual title with a 780 series rolling a 268, 267 and 245.
In the afternoon the tourney switches to a Baker-style format with teams competing in brackets. Collinsville dropped their opening match in that format.
Salem won the team match play portion of the tourney beating Carterville in the final.
The Kahoks pulled off a shocker as they upset previously unbeaten O’Fallon in a conference matchup at Camelot Bowl.
O’Fallon rolled into Collinsville ranked number four in Illinois.
“Really happy with the team’s performance tonight,” said Hay after the match. “The boys needed a conference win. O’Fallon is always a tough opponent and this season they have been bowling exceptionally well coming off the heels of their second place finish at state performance last year. We took each game one frame at a time and didn’t press. All three matches were close so seeing resolve like that can and should lead to better performances going into the regional tournament next weekend.”
Collinsville had big series from Taylor at 651, Hogenson with a 622 and Wilde with 606.
Collinsville bowled at Alton on Monday however results were not available at press time. They participate in the IHSA Belleville East Regional at Bel-Air Bowl.