O'Fallon bowlers will rely on depth against rival Collinsville

News-DemocratFebruary 7, 2014 

O'Fallon High School girls bowling coach Garrett Spencer has a luxury that many of his peers in the Southern Illinois High School Bowling Conference don't heading into the Collinsville Regional on Saturday at Camelot Bowl.

That advantage is depth.

O'Fallon, led by sisters Lindsay, Madison and Jordan Kasza, has seven bowlers who average 163 or better.

"We've got the sisters, then we've got Raven (Leflore) who is averaging 187," Spencer said. "From there, it's a matter of having that No. 5 bowler.

"The thing about this team is that we've got good depth. All of them are capable of bowling well and putting good numbers on the board."

Tied with Collinsville on top of the Southwestern Conference of the SIHSBC with one loss on the season, O'Fallon will get another crack at the Kahoks in regional competiton. First-round action begins at 9 a.m. with round two set for 1 p.m.

The top four teams and top 10 individuals not on those teams advanceto the Alton Sectional on Feb. 15. at Bowl Haven.

Belleville West, Althoff, Belleville East, Cahokia, Collinsville, Columbia, Dupo, Freeburg, Granite City, Lebanon, Mascoutah and Wesclin also are in the field.

2010 state champion Collinsville will be tough to beat on its home lanes. The Kahoks have four bowlers averaging 190 or better and are led by Courtney Ortradovec with a 205-per game mark.

Madison Kasza (203 average) leads the way for O'Fallon while sister Jordan Kasza is at 199.

Alton Regional

Site and time: Airport Bowl, Bethalto, 9 a.m. Saturday

Local teams: Highland, Civic Memorial, Edwardsville, Metro East Lutheran, Alton, Jerseyville, Roxana, Triad and Wood River Regional

Tournament favorite: Alton

Overview: Powerful and deep, the host Redbirds are a heavy favorite for the title with Triad also in the running for one of four sectional bids. Eryka Graham (201) leads the way for Alton while Ashley Pickens (184) leads the Triad attack.

Herrin Regional

Site and time: Herrin Bowl, 9 a.m. Saturday

Local teams: Gibault and Waterloo:

Tournament favorite: Salem

Overview: Champions of the Mississippi Valley Division of the SIHSBC, Waterloo (13-0) hopes to keep its perfect season alive today when it participates in the 13-team regional. Gabbie Hoge (204) leads a deep Waterloo team that has four other bowlers with averages of 160 or better.

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