Panthers power their way to regional bowling crown

News-DemocratJanuary 18, 2014 

Undefeated in Southwestern Conference play during the regular season, the O'Fallon Panthers didn't slow down much Saturday at the Cahokia Bowling Regional at Red Bird Lanes.

Two-time all-state selection Billy Goodman was one of three Panthers bowlers who totaled over 1,300 pins for six games as the O'Fallon captured the championship of the 12-team event.

Goodman finished with a total of 1,359 pins while seniors Daman McIntire (1,333) and Josh Brown (1,301) also had solid days for the Panthers, who finished with a team total of 6,507.

Columbia, led by individual champion Cameron Touchette (1,446), was second at 6,328. Belleville East (6,174) and Belleville West (6,104) rounded out the top four teams which will advance to the Mascoutah Sectional, which will be held Jan. 25 at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville.

East was led by Thomas Peters (1,363). West junior Nathan Bovinette also had a six-game total of 1,363 to lead the Maroons.

Advancing to the Mascoutah Sectional as individuals are Scott Bovee (1,349) and Kyle Brewer (1,309) of Cahokia, Hayden Bode (1,308) and Troy Aldridge (1,251) of Waterloo, Mascoutah's Zach Miller (1,283) and Nick Diamond (1,261), Cole Gilmore of Freeburg (1,276) and Caleb Weiler of Gibault (1,272).

Freeburg's Nick Harries had a 300 game but failed to qualify.

Collinsville Regional

Host Collinsville squeaked out a 55-pin win over Southwestern Conference rival Granite City to take a regional title at Camelot Bowl.

Senior Justin Vishy led the Kahoks with a six-game total of 1,280, while freshman Clayton Hartman (1,267) also aided the cause.

Collinsville finished with a score of 6,141 pins. Granite City (6,086), Alton (6,081) and Triad (5,865) rounded out the top four teams who will advance to the Mascoutah Sectional.

Granite City was led by individual champion Nathan Lijewski, who finished with a 1,368 total.

Freshman Gavin Pisetta (1,297) led fourth-place Triad.

Advancing as individuals are Jordan Buske (1,249), Derek Frey (1,182) and Zach Chapman (1,170) of Highland, Josh Albers (1,209) and Lucas Deimeke of Mater Dei, Robby White of Metro-East Lutheran (1,226) and Ben Paolucci (1,201) of Edwardsville.

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