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Late Comeback Leads Kahok Girls Bowlers to 4th at State

by Mark Jurgena

COLLINSVILLE — The turn indicates the break between the three morning games and the three afternoon games.

They sat in fourth place after day one and had fallen to sixth with only three games left.

Then they started to climb. 

Collinsville eclipsed Mascoutah to stand in fifth with two games to play and remained there with one to play.

The Kahoks ripped off the third best score for the final game at 1,036 despite playing on the two lanes with consistently the worst scores all weekend to overtake the state’s number one ranked team from Machesney Park (Harlem) for the fourth spot.

Joliet (West) won the team title with a pinfall total of 12,223 while Minooka was second 240 pins behind. Lockport (Twp.) was third with 11,732 pins with the Kahoks 79 pins behind.

However, in girls bowling the IHSA only awards trophies for the top three places so the Kahoks did not bring home a trophy.

“It’s bittersweet, obviously you always want to have the trophy displayed in the gym but it doesn’t diminish at all what these girls accomplished,” said Collinsville coach Sean Hay. “This team this year, I’ve said all year, this is a special team. Honestly, this is one of the teams that bought into the little things. They would leave a tournament in first place or less than their best and they didn’t get mad at each other, they didn’t pout about it.

“They had things that they could’ve done better, they acknowledge it and apply it to the next time.”

Saturday Day 2

CHS began the day in fourth place after day one and the second day looked similar to Friday.

“Each set we had one game that just wasn’t up to par,” said Hay. “Every set had one game that fell just short of where we normally bowl. Even through those low games there were always one or two people on our team stepping up and making the high game as high as possible.”

Livia Montgomery finished off her career with a huge tournament taking 11th place overall. She fired a two-day total of 2,505 earning her one of the top twelve medals.

Arianna Araujo of Palos Hills (Stagg) had a total of 2,634.

She had a solid day on the lanes to finish off the tourney. Montgomery fired 206, 238, and 139 in the morning then racked up scores of 244, 234 and 235 to finish her day.

Montgomery completed the afternoon with a 713 series. Only Kaitlyn Ruszczak of Mt. Prospect had a higher final series with a 740.

“Livia came off a really bad game in the morning,” said Hay. “She came through like gangbusters in the last three. She put up a nice 700 series which is exactly when you want that kind of performance. It not only helped the team rise up from sixth and give us a chance, but it also gave her a shot at the medals. She wasn’t in the medal hunt until the last game.”

Buckman finished in a tie for 41st with Samantha Sciortino of Mundelein. The Kahok had final day sets of 603 and 558 with individual games of 221, 212 and 205.

Freshman Kellen Stephens took 46th spot overall with 2,294 over the two days with 220 and 201 as her highest final day scores.

Laila Jaoko took 50th place with 2,284 pins including a 214 game while Taylor Mordis took 57th place with a pinfall total of 2,261 with highs of 223 and 215 for the final day.

Friday Day 1

Collinsville had a solid opening day sitting in fourth place out of the 24 state qualifiers. Joliet (West), Lockport (Twp.) and Minooka were ahead of the Kahoks. They were buoyed by a final set of 1,002. The Kahoks were the only one of the 24 state qualifying teams to end up over 1,000 on that last game.

“Loved the team today,” said Hay on Friday. “They started slow and just kept grinding until by the end of the day we were bowling better than the competition and moved into trophy contention. First-timers on our team got through the jitters and are ready for tomorrow.”

Montgomery was in 27th place after the first day with series of 583 and 626 while Laila Jaoko was 29th with a 607 series along with a 599.

Buckman had opening day rounds of 583 and 565 which placed her 51st.

Mordis had a 209 and 202 while Stephens rolled a 202 for her high.

State results

Other Metro East teams to advance to the second day with their finish were Mascoutah in sixth, Salem in 10th and O’Fallon in 11th.

Triad’s Brylee Proffitt, a senior, finished in eighth place in the individual standings.

The Kahoks ripped off the third best score for the final game at 1,036 to overtake the state’s number one ranked team from Machesney Park (Harlem) for the fourth spot. Pictured LEFT to RIGHT BACK ROW are Kellen Stephens, Alayna Lange, Caici Buckman, Taylor Mordis and Autumn Morley. Pictured FROM LEFT FRONT ROW are Livia Montgomery and Laila Jaoko. (Photo Courtesy of Carla Buckman)

Livia Montgomery, CENTER, finished off her career with a huge tournament taking 11th place overall. She fired a two-day total of 2,505 earning her one of the top twelve medals. (Photo Courtesy of Ed Montgomery)

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