The Highland High School boys bowling team had a big week after romping over two more division foes to clinch at least a share of the Mississippi Valley Division title before going on to extend its season by advancing through the IHSA Collinsville Regional.
First on Tuesday of last week, the Bulldogs were rude guests after traveling to Mascoutah Community Lanes and dispatching of the host Indians by the final score of 29 to 11.
Next on Thursday, Highland hosted Waterloo and disposed of the orange and black Bulldogs 28-12.
The two wins allowed HHS to clinch at least half of the division crown with a 7-1-1 record in division competition, with only a home match against Civic Memorial today standing in the way of Highland winning it outright.
Highland’s overall record improved to 10-2.
Highland finishes fourth in regional
HHS wrapped up with an overall pin count of 6,055, which was good enough to take fourth place and the final advancing spot from this past Saturday’s IHSA Collinsville Regional. The Bulldogs earned the right to compete at this Saturday’s IHSA Cahokia Sectional to be held at Bel-Air Lanes in Belleville.
Salem won the team title with a victorious total pin count of 6,326 and were followed by Collinsville (6,241), Triad (6,163) and Highland (6,055), with all four squads making the cut for the sectional.
Rounding out the rest of the regional and not advancing to the sectional were Granite City (5,774), Mater Dei (5,697), Metro-East Lutheran (5,507), Centralia (5,436), Wesclin (5,221) and Lebanon (3,723).
Salem also had the top-two individual placers in juniors Troy Shults and Andrew Cunningham.
Shults was the overall individual champion with a winning six-game series of 1,409, which equates to an eye-popping game average of 234.833.
Cunningham was not far behind at 1,388, which is a 231.33 average.
Triad was paced by junior Gavin Pisetta, who fired a 1,320 series (a 220 single-game average). The Knights also received a 1,252 (208.66 average) from senior Brian Reeves and a 1,210 from junior Joshua Cameron (201.66 average).
Highland was led by junior Colin Korte’s sixth-place finish at 1,274 (211.66 average). He bowled games in the following order: 189, 225, 231, 204, 233 and 192.
Also for the Bulldogs, senior Jorden Buske placed ninth at 1,264 (210.66 average) and senior Devon Frank wound up 13th at 1,212 (202 average). Buske rolled games of 233, 199, 216, 200, 202 and 214 while Frank’s games were 202, 196, 181, 212, 220 and 201.
Finally, sophomore Brandon Munie finished at 1,183 with the team highest single game of 237 while junior Tanner Huelsman had a 1,122 with a top game of 235.
In addition, Mater Dei had two bowlers qualify for the sectional as individuals, senior Alice Ratermann (1,293) and junior Keegan Spinek (1,203).
Highland 28, Waterloo 12
HHS won 15 of the 20 team points and took 13 of the 20 individual points.
The red and black Bulldogs bounced back from a loss in the first team game by the tally of 1,004 to 973 to easily win the final two games by margins of 1,090 to 922 and 1,008 to 895 and therefore win the match’s total pin count by a 250 pins at 3,071 to 2,821.
Buske was the match’s superior bowler as he notched the No. 1 overall series at 726 while also recording the match’s top two individual games of 258 and 253. Buske also closed with a 215 game.
Waterloo senior Andrew Reifschneider’s 698 series ranked second while Highland Korte and fellow junior Tanner Huelsman finished in the third and fourth positions, respectively. Korte wound up third at 646 on consistent games of 200, 239 and 207 while Huelsman was fourth at 636 on games of 203, 217 and 216.
Also for Highland, sophomore Andrew Mettler added a 199 game and Frank had a 195 game.
Highland 29, Mascoutah 11
The Bulldogs took 15 of the 20 team points after rebounding from dropping the first team game (986 to 914) to win the next two games (862 to 841 and 1,019 to 894) and eke out the match’s overall pin count by 74 pins, 2,795 to 2,721.
Highland was also victorious in the individual points by a slim 11-9 margin.
Korte rolled the match’s top series with a 617. He had best games of 215 and 210.
Also bowling good games for the Bulldogs were Huelsman (222, 193), Frank (201), Buske (199) and Munie (198).