The Highland High School boys bowling team rolled into the season with victories in its first two competitions of the season before the Bulldogs suffered a setback in an exciting showdown with Triad in their Mississippi Valley Conference opener.
First on Nov. 8, the Bulldogs easily bowled over visiting Metro-East Lutheran. Then on Nov. 15 of last week, Highland handily won a quadrangle match over host Taylorville, Mount Vernon and host Wesclin at New Baden Bowl.
Then on Monday of last week, Highland and Triad engaged in a quality battle, with the Knights prevailing by the final count of 26-14. But the final pin count tells even more closely the match was contested as Triad survived by just 83 total pins, 3,151 to 3,068.
The Knights won 15 of the 20 team points after taking two of the three games. Triad was victorious in game one, 1,122 to 1,049, only to see Highland rebound to win big in the second game, 1,079 to 955 and even up the team points at 5-5. But the Knights bounced back to conquer game three, 1,074 to 940, and also claim the overall pin count.
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Triad senior Gavin Pisetta and Highland senior Collin Korte, the two anchor bowlers, were the superior bowlers in the match.
Pisetta achieved the No. 1 series at 673 and the highest individual game with a 255 opening game. Pisetta also struck for a 247 third game, which was the second best one.
Korte finished only three pins behind Pisetta in series with a 670. He had the match’s third highest with a 246 initial game and went on to finish with games of 230 and 194.
The Knights also got 600 series from Nick Beeler (655) and Josh Cameron (627). Beeler had top games of 236 and 235, while Cameron had games of 230, 202 and 195. Also for Triad, Kyle Hazelwood rolled games of 216 and 212.
The Bulldogs also received a 600 series from Brandon Munie (620) and Andrew Mettler (613). Munie bowled top games of 235 and 216 and Mettler rolled best games of 234 and 203.
In addition, Tanner Huelsman had games of 226 and 214 while Adam Buske added a high game of 212.
In the quadrangle match, the Bulldogs bowled a three-game team total of 2,976 to best runner-up Taylorville (2,571) by 405 pins. Rounding out the quadrangle match were Mount Vernon (2,315) and Wesclin (2,229).
Munie and Korte were the match’s top two bowlers.
Munie took top honors with a match-high series of 689. He rolled ascending games of 219, 234 and 236.
Korte bowled a 669 series on consistent games of 219, 234 and 216.
Also turning in good games were Mettler (207) and Huelsman (192).
On Nov. 8, Highland was a rude host en route to rolling over visiting Metro-East Lutheran 39-1 after sweeping all 20 of the team points and taking 19 of the 20 possible individual points.
The Bulldogs won the match’s overall pin count by 905 pins, 2,942 to 2,037.
Korte topped all bowlers in the match after firing a noteworthy series of 670. He got stronger as the match wore on with ascending games of 210, 223 and 237.
Also rolling good games for Highland were Buske (233), Huelsman (224, 213), Austin Davis (200) and Wyatt Weis (194).