The Highland and Triad bowling teams could not have had a closer match as the two squads ended up with the exact same team score at 20-20 on Tuesday of last week at Poplar Junction Lanes.
Both teams split the 20 team points and the 20 individual points. However, the Knights won the tiebreaker by the slimmest of margins possible as they finished with one more pin in the match’s total pin count, 2,989 to 2,988.
Triad won the first team game by 20 pins at 1,079 to 1,059. Highland bounced back to take the final two team games by the tight margins of two pins, 963 to 961, and by 17 pins, 966 to 949, to come up just one pin shy in the overall pin count.
Highland senior Jorden Buske was the match’s top bowler after carving out the highest series with a 651 as well as the best individual game with a 245 first game. Buske finished with games of 214 and 192 and won three of the four individual points (based on one point for each individual game and one point for individual series) over Triad anchor Gavin Pisetta.
Pisetta, who earned the eighth-place medal at the IHSA Boys State Bowling Tournament last year, still finished with the match’s runner-up series with a 641, which included the fourth highest game at a 237. He also had games of 210 and 194.
Also scoring three of four individual points for their respective teams were Triad’s Brian Reeves and Highland sophomore Brandon Munie.
Reeves wound up on Pisetta’s heels as his series was just two pins shy at a 639. He also posted the third best game at a 242. He also added games of 207 and 190.
Munie wrapped up with a 613 series that included the runner-up individual game of 243. He also finished with a 202 game.
Also bowling impressive games for Triad were Josh Cameron (232), Kyle Hazelwood (210, 193, 192) and Ryan Harmon (210).
Also rolling noteworthy games for the Bulldogs were senior Devon Frank (214), junior Tanner Huelsman (206, 192) and junior Colin Korte (197, 191).
Highland’s JV blanked Triad 7-0 and won the match’s overall pin count, 2,021 to 1,857.
HHS sophomore Andy Mettler accomplished the match’s highest game with a 199. Freshman Trevor Leitschuh added a 193 game for the Bulldogs.
For the JV Knights, Sean Sullivan led the way with a 192 game.
Next up for Highland boys bowling team is a home match against East Alton-Wood River next Thursday, Dec. 3. That will followed by the Abe Lincoln Tournament in Springfield on Saturday, Dec. 5.