BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
Any week with three matches is tough, but the O’Fallon Bowling program has to have a collective sense of accomplishment after this past one.
The two teams combined to go 5-1 across the three meets, with team sweeps over Edwardsville and Granite City before splitting Friday’s contest with Alton.
Last Tuesday’s bout with the Tigers came up all O’Fallon as both teams rolled to dominant wins.
The Boys team, led by senior Andrew Orf’s 704 series, cruised to a 39-1 win while the Girls team would win 39.5-.5 behind Lauren Tomaszewski’s 664.
Junior Eli Rosenberg added a 669 for the Boys while Hayleigh Williams’ 603 was also key for the Panthers.
The next day, the Panthers returned to St. Clair Bowl to take on a challenge from the Warriors of Granite City, but once again the Blue and Gold played the part of the poor host.
O’Fallon Boys rode a Matthew Toohey 672 series to an easy 38-2 win to move to 5-0 and move their match winning streak to 26.
Boys JV had moved to 5-0 as well, and were led by freshman Jordan Peacock’s perfect 300 game. Jordan is the son of the late Tony Peacock, who was involved as a coach with both O’Fallon Bowling and St. Clair Bowl Travel League. Peacock passed away this past spring.
The Panther Girls were again led in part by Williams, who shot a 211 and a 225 en route to a 587 match-high series. Natalie Heltne would contribute a 580 while Mary Orf shot a 574.
O’Fallon would top Granite City 39-1.
OTHS’ trip north to Alton’s Redbird Lanes would provide an opportunity for the Girls to move to 4-0, and they did not miss out, pouring out their best collective performance to date with a 3159 team series.
Mary Orf lead the team with a 288 game and a 747 series while Natalie Heltne contributed a 248 game to go with a 661 set. Williams capped a great week of her own by rolling a 247 game and a 656 series.
“It was the best collective effort of the year,” Head Coach Garrett Spencer said. “We had three girls really stand out but the whole team contributed.”
The Boys, however, could not advance their match winning streak to 27 as the Redbirds rode a dominant home performance to a 25.5-14.5 win over previously undefeated O’Fallon.
The senior duo of Toohey and Andrew Orf rolled out series of 695 and 682 respectively, but a slow start in game 1 ultimately doomed the Panthers.
“We need to continue to work on making adjustments to lane conditions earlier so we don’t play catch up in the second and third games,” Head Coach Mike Imes said. “Although, a team average of 213 usually gets the job done, so credit Alton there for being able to top that.”
Belleville West’s win that evening over Belleville East preserved O’Fallon’s first place standings.