The Highland bowling Bulldogs rolled to a fourth-place showing out of 14 competing teams at the Ninth Annual Abe Lincoln Invitational Saturday in Taylorville.
Highland bowled a six-game total pin count of 5,884 — which equates to a single game average of 196 — which ranked behind only tournament champion Triad (6,332), Salem (6,143) and O’Fallon 1 (6,136).
The rest of the field finished behind Highland with the following pin totals: O’Fallon 2 (5,671), Alton (5,586), Jerseyville (5,452), Abingdon (5,402), Granite City (5,031), Collinsville (4,914), Taylorville (4,857), Mascoutah (4,559), West Central (4479) and Vandalia (4,163).
In addition to claiming the team title, Triad also featured the individual champion as senior Gavin Pisetta, one of the top bowlers in Southern Illinois, won the tournament with six-game series of 1,404, which is an impressive 234 average.
The Knights also had two other bowlers crack the top 10 in the individual standings. Bryce Pisetta, Gavin’s younger brother, finished fifth at 1,269 (a 211.5 average) and Kyle Hazelwood came took ninth at 1,262 (a 210.3 average).
Placing second through fourth were Salem’s Chase Anderson at 1,345 (a 224,.2 average), Jerseyville’s Jeffrey Gump at 1,278 (a 213 average) and Salem’s Josh Harvey at 1,271 (a 211.8 average).
Highland did not have a bowler finish in the top 10, but the Bulldogs had all five team members place among the top 25.
HHS junior Brandon Munie showed the way after coming in 11th place with a six-game aggregate 1,233, good enough for a 205.5 average. Munie’s best games were 248, 216, 205 and 202. His 248 fourth game was his team’s best single game of the entire tournament.
Also counting toward the Bulldogs’ team score while placing in the top 25 were: Tanner Huelsman,13th place at 1,213 (a 202.2 average); Adam Buske, 21st place at 1,151 (a 191.8 average); Andrew Mettler, 23rd place at 1,147 (a 191.2 average); and Collin Korte, 24th place at 1,140 (a 190 average).
HHS bowls over East Alton-Wood River
The Bulldogs easily slid by the Oilers, 38-2 after winning the match’s overall pin count by 762, 2,776 to 2,014.
Korte had by far the best series as he posted a noteworthy 707. Korte also posted the three highest individual games and rolled them in order, 257, 226 and 224.
Also bowling good games for Highland were Munie (204), Mettler (202, 191), Buske (200) and Huelsman (196).
HHS shuts out Alton Marquette
On Wednesday, Highland blanked Alton Marquette 40-0 after sweeping all 20 of both the team and individual points.
The Bulldogs rolled to a commanding 902-pin advantage in the match’s final pin count, 2,919 to 2,017.
Highland had the match’s only three bowlers who hit for a 600 series and the trio all finished within nine pins of one another.
Munie led the way with a 609 three-game aggregate and top games of 215 and 203.
Buske finished just two pins back at 607 and he also took the match’s top honors for highest single game with a 237 opening effort.
Korte bowled a 601 with an ascending first two games of 205 and 222.
Also bowling good games for the Bulldogs were Huelsman (210, 200) and Mettler (195).
In the JV match, HHS’ Wyatt Weis rolled a 603 series with best games of 223 and 213.
HHS falls short to Triad in conference opener
On Nov. 21 , Highland and Triad engaged in a quality battle, with the Knights prevailing by the final count of 26-14 in the Bulldogs’ Mississippi Valley Conference opener. However, the match’s final pin count tells a more accurate story of how close the match was contested as Triad survived by just 83 total pins through the three games, 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.
Triad’s Gavin Pisetta and Korte, the two anchors for the opposing teams, 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 Munie (620) and Mettler (613). Munie bowled top games of 235 and 216 and Mettler rolled best games of 234 and 203.
In addition, Huelsman had games of 226 and 214 while Adam Buske added a high game of 212.
HHS wins quadrangular match
On Nov. 15, the Bulldogs bowled a three-game team total of 2,976 to win a quadrangular match at New Baden Bowl. Highland bested runner-up Taylorville (2,571) by a domineering 405 pins. Finishing even farther back were Mount Vernon (2,315) and host 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).
HHS rolls over Metro-East Lutheran
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).