The Highland High School boys bowling team rolled into its dual-match season by bowling over host Metro-East Lutheran, 31 to 9, on Tuesday at SIUE Bowl.
The Bulldogs conquered 16 of the match’s 20 individual points and 15 of the 20 team points.
After being edged by 15 pins in the first team game, Highland bounced back to elevate its play and dominate the second and third games by lopsided margins, 1,008 to 673, and 984 to 776. Therefore, the Bulldogs went on to snatch up the additional five team points for securing the match’s overall pin count by the comfortable margin of 2,758 to 2,230.
Individually, all five spots in Highland’s lineup won three of the four points, with sophomore Brandon Munie being the lone bowler to hoard up all four of his possible individual points.
However, it was junior Collin Korte who achieved the highest series of the match with a 616. He also fired the top individual game with a 235 and also added a 216 game, which ranked as the third highest in the match.
Munie’s 221 third game was the match’s second best game. He also added a game of 193.
Also bowling noteworthy games were senior Devon Frank (213), Jorden Buske (202 and 192) and junior Tanner Huelsmann (184 and 181).
Metro-East Lutheran did not field a JV team.
Next on Wednesday, Highland traveled to Bowl Haven Lanes in Alton to compete in a quadrangle match.
The Bulldogs ended up placing third with a total pin count of 3,010, which was behind match-champion Jerseyville’s winning score of 3,300 and Alton’s runner-up total of 3,072 but ahead of Civic Memorial’s distant fourth-place score of 2,466.
Highland finished third despite bowling two very strong team games of 1,018 and 1,099. The Bulldogs’ third game was 893.
The highlight of the match was Frank firing a 289 second game, which tied for the sixth highest game in school history. Frank’s game also allowed him to accomplish a team-best series of 707. He also posted games of 228 and 190.
In the record books, Frank’s career-best game tied the 289 shot by Colin Frank in 2012 while it only ranks behind the 298 shot by Mick Berneking’s in 2004, the 294 shot by Spencer Holzinger in 2009 and the 290 shot by Zach Chapman in 2014, Don Murray in 2005 and Brian Carey in 2005.
Also shooting impressive games for Highland at the quadrangle match were Korte (236 and 183), freshman Adam Buske (220), Munie (218, 188 and 182) and Jorden Buske (199, 194 and 182).
“It is a great start to the season,” Highland coach Laura Wander-Vrell said. “We have a solid four, and we have had great performances in that fifth spot from Andrew Mettler, Tanner Huelsman, and Adam Buske.”