BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
O’Fallon bowlers knew who Andrew Orf was long before he ever bowled for the Blue and Gold. The kid was simply too good to ignore, even at his age.
Now Orf, a senior at O’Fallon Township High School, is more than just the next in a long line of dominant O’Fallon bowling talent. He’s the leader on one of the most dangerous teams in the state.
Orf first burst onto radar of Boys Head Coach Mike Imes when he was in junior high, molding into the next great star of this Panther program.
The senior has become another star in a program blessed with them over the past decade.
Orf is off to a strong start in his senior season placing 1st out of 150 bowlers in the Zach LeCuyer Memorial Invitational at Collinsville’s Camelot Bowl this past weekend.
Andrew rolled a six game total of 1433, averaging roughly 239 on the afternoon, in leading his team to its 5th consecutive team championship at the meet formerly known as the Kahok Invitational.
“It’s hard to stick out on a team like this,” Imes said. “But Andrew has done that. He stuck out on a day when four guys placed in the top 25. That’s pretty special.”
Orf will no doubt bring interest from college coaches, as his consistency and player mold are again too good to ignore. Programs like McKendree and Lindenwood have done a good job recruiting O’Fallon bowling talent in the past, but Panther bowlers have also gone on to represent schools such as Wichita State and Illinois.
“He’s focused and ready to do some really great things for us and with us this year,” Imes added. “He’s up for the task.”