The O’Fallon Township High School boys bowling team won a regional championship and earned at least a share of the Southwestern Conference title as well.
The Panthers won at least a share of a seventh consecutive conference title by rolling passed Alton 3,224 to 2,930 on Jan. 11 at Bowl Haven Lanes. Senior Mark Hoerner led the way with a 674 series. Fellow senior Hayden Juenger was close behind with a 667 series.
Also against Alton, junior Donny Richards had a 639 series, Eli Rosenberg had a 634 series, and senior Matthew Doyle rolled a 610 series.
High games were 278 for Juenger, 267 for Hoerner, 236 for Rosenberg, 221 for Richards, and 215 for Doyle.
OTHS swept all 20 points in the match against Alton.
OTHS had put itself in a position to win another SWC title by defeating Edwardsville the day before at Edison’s Entertainment Complex, 1,142 to 970. The win over the Tigers put O’Fallon in a first-place tie with Alton heading into the final match.
Against Edwardsville, OTHS again swept all 20 points in the match. Rosenberg had a 649 series, with a high game of 288. Richards had a 624 series with a high game of 229. Doyle had a 568 series with a high game of 198.
Hoerner had a single game of 151 against Edwardsville. Juenger had a 148 single game.
Josh Herran, a junior, rolled in two games, scoring 246 and a 234.
Jonathon Brewer also rolled in two games, a 182 and a 167.
On Saturday, O’Fallon also emerged as the top team at the 12-school Cahokia Regional held at West Park Bowl in Columbia.
OTHS had a total pin count of 6,511 — 330 pins better than second-place Belleville East.
John Leshikar, a senior from Althoff, was the regional’s individual champion with 1,371 pins.
Pin totals for OTHS were Richards (1,370), Juenger (1,352), Rosenberg (1,352), Doyle (1,253), Hoerner (806), Ryan Komm (202), and Herran (176).
“Richards, Juenger and Rosenberg had an awesome day,” Imes said.
Other teams that advanced out of the regional were Belleville East, Columbia, and Freeburg.
The sectional will take place this Saturday at NuBowl Lanes in Mount Vernon.