The top team in the Southwestern Conference during the regular season, the Collinsville Kahoks showed no signs of letting up on Saturday at the Cahokia Bowling Regional
Sophomore Katelynn Wirtel averaged more than 220 for her six games and two teammates also averaged beter than 200 as Collinsville breezed to the team title at Redbird Lanes.
With Wirtel (1,323 pins), Madyson Juenger (1,298) and Zoe Howell (1,231) leading the attack, the Kahoks finished with a score of 6,271 pins, well ahead of second-place O’Fallon (5,674). Mascoutah (5,426) and Belleville East (5,380) rounded out the top four teams, which will advance to the O’Fallon Sectional on Feb. 14.
Madison Kasza (1,315) led while Shannon Gramm (1,181) paced Mascoutah and Katey Sauewrin (1,202) topped East.
Individual honors went to Dupo sophomore Courtney Argus who shot 1,459.
Other local sectional qualifiers included Cassie Martin (1,193), Amber Lourwood (1098) and Mary Banks (1,071) of Cahokia, Peyton Schmidt (1,179) of Columbia, Isabelle Defosset (1,167) and Kara Luechtefeld (1,063) of Belleville West, Amber Matchett (1,116) and Stephanie Jacobs (1,101) of Freeburg and Sam Concialdi (1,030) of Dupo.
Mississippi Valley Conference rivals Highland and Triad placed second and third, respectively, to lead the way for local bowlers at Bowl Haven in Alton.
The host Redbirds cruised to the team team title with 5,675 pins. Highland (5,163) and Triad (5,024) rounded out the top three teams. Jerseyville (4,971) placed fourth as all four teams move on to the O’Fallon Sectional.
Emma Schuster (1.103) led Highland. Michelle Fresen (1,157) paced Triad.
The Waterloo Bulldogs couldn’t duplicate their second-place finish at the Herrin Regional a year ago, but they were good enough to place fourth and move on to the O’Fallon Sectional.
Gabriella Hoge (1,182) paced the Bulldogs, who finished their day at Herrin Bowl with 5,236 pins. The host Tigers won the event with 5,663.