Panther bowling seasons now in full swing

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

bowlingThe OTHS Bowling season is now, officially, fully underway, as both the boys and girls teams have entered the competition slate of their schedule.

The Boys, who started a couple of weeks ago, resumed Southwestern Conference play with a tough road contest against the Collinsville Kahoks at Camelot Bowl last Tuesday.

Camelot can be a tricky house to walk out of with a win, but O’Fallon was able to play the part of the bad guest. The Panthers were powered by a trio of dominant performances en route to a 3390-2944 win over the Kahoks.

“Our leadoff bowler, Mark Hoerner, comes out the gate and rolls a 703 series,” Head Coach Mike Imes told the Weekly. “That is big time production from our lead off guy.”

Hoerner was followed by seniors Matthew Toohey and Andrew Orf, who shot a 745 and 741 series, respectively.

“For our team to average 221 a bowler after the first two conference matches is the start we were looking for,” Imes added.

The Boys returned to the lanes on Tuesday when they took on the Belleville West Maroons in a SWC meet that went final after this issue went to print.

The Girls opened their season over the weekend at the Triad Invitational at Camelot Bowl on Saturday.

Led by sophomore Lauren Tomaszewski 203 average on the day, the Panthers took home a 2nd place team finish. Tomaszewski finished fifth overall individually, capped with a stellar 244 performance.

“Lauren led the way for us over the weekend,” OTHS Girls Head Coach Garrett Spencer told the Weekly. “But it was Mary Orf’s 248 in game three that really put us in the chase.”

The freshman couldn’t have imagined a much better start to her high school career than that performance, and now the Lady Panthers are primed to carry this showing into what promises to be another competitive season.

The Lady Panthers also returned to St. Clair Bowl on Tuesday to take on the Maroons after this week’s issue went to print, in a meet that served as the girl’s Southwestern Conference opener.