The boys of the OTHS Panther bowling team capped off their season this weekend with a third place finish at the IHSA State Tournament.
O’Fallon was three pins outside of the top three after the first day of play on Friday. On Saturday the team ramped up their play but, were unable to find an explosive individual effort to push them passed third place.
Despite not taking the title, the team ended their incredible season with hardware, and head coach Mike Imes is proud of his team.
“I think this was one of the most solid teams we have ever had at O’Fallon,” said Imes. “We seemed to have done better and above at every tournament but couldn’t find it last weekend. I think the team is happy to have left with hardware bowling against those kind of teams.”
O’Fallon has participated in the State Tournament in the last seven consecutive seasons, and 2016 marks their second third place finish in the last four years. The team improved this year over last year’s fourth place finish.
Junior Andrew Orf finished with a third place individual medal, and was the highest placing Panther with a pin count of 2,863 over the span of 12 games. Orf had an average of 238.6 and was only 36 pins behind the first place medalist.
The second highest placement for O’Fallon came from junior Matthew Toohey. Toohey bowled a 2,756 in 12 games and finished the competition in 11th place.
OTHS finished 121 pins behind the second place Rockton Hononegah School and combined for a total pin count of 13,240. The Panthers had a team average of 220.7 in 60 games.
Linconshire Stevenson won the tournament with a score of 13,361. Rockton finished in second with 13,321, O’Fallon in third with 13,240. Cahokia High School finished in seventh place with a score of 12,825, and SWC competitors Collinsville finished in 11th place with 12,579 pins.
Although the team would have liked to end their season with a state title, they have plenty to be proud of from the 2015-16 season. The team went undefeated in conference play and won the regional title. Next season the team is set to return with another season of fire-power and success.