OTHS Girls/Boys bowling win Inaugural Hi-Top Challenge

The boys and girls bowling teams celebrate their victories at the Highland Hi-Top Challenge. (Submitted Photo)

The OTHS Girls and Boys bowlers traveled to nearby Highland, Illinois, for the inaugural Hi-Top Challenge on Sat, December 22. 

After grinding out 14 Baker games in the morning session, nine in the afternoon along with six more in match play, the OTHS bowlers won the combined team score by 336 pins over second place BTHS East. Other teams from Southern Illinois included third place Collinsville, fourth place Columbia, fifth place Salem, sixth place Mascoutah, Highland in seventh, and Waterloo taking eighth. 

Collinsville Coach and tournament director Sean Hay said, “It seemed like both the boys and girls teams enjoyed the all-Baker format and had fun on the challenging house pattern at Hi-Top. Congrats to O’Fallon for winning the girls and the overall championship. Hopefully everyone will come back next year!” 

Baker format is where five bowlers each bowl two of the ten frames for a combined team score.

The standings after the morning session had the Lady Panthers in first in the Girls Division with 2790 pins (199 avg) followed by Columbia (2706), Collinsville (2694), BTHS East (2673), Salem (2612), Highland (2448), Mascoutah (2418) and Waterloo (2260). 

“The girls bowled well as a team and were able to make adjustments all day to keep the ball in play. When the scoring pace dropped the Panthers were still able to post big games,” OTHS Girls Head Coach Gary Spencer said.

The Panther boys were a close second with 3017 pins (215 avg) in the Boys Division, only 21 pins behind Columbia followed by Mascoutah (2928), BTHS East (2864), Salem (2779), Collinsville (2777), Highland (2664) and Waterloo (2515).

“I am very proud of their performance today, the team did well – I even had to bring up two JV bowlers due to the family holiday plans,” OTHS Boys Head Coach Mike Imes said.

After the last pin fell, it was the Lady Panthers’ 5926 that was 460 pins better than Collinsville who bested BTHS East Lancers by a single pin. 

The boys ended up with 6107, 60 pins behind BTHS East who claimed the first place trophy.  

On a special note, the OTHS bowling program would like to thank Ray Voss, Hi-Top Proprietor, for his support of youth bowling in the southern Illinois area. He has provided a great environment for the youth bowlers in our area including hosting this tournament.