Local bowling squads finishing seasons strong

Pictured, from left, is Waterloo bowling coach Matt Beck with senior bowlers Joe Baldwin, Hayden Bode, Tyler McIver, Megan Vogt and Payge Hunter, who were honored during a senior night match last week at West Park Bowl. (submitted photo)

The high school bowling season is winding down, and there’s plenty to be proud about with both the Columbia and Waterloo programs.

Columbia boys bowlers Spencer Jerome and Cameron Touchette participated in the IHSA State Bowling Finals this past weekend at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon.

Jerome shot high games of 202, 204, 210, 213 and 246 with a 1,257 total for the first day. Touchette rolled high games of 205, 218, 237 and 245 with a total of 1,247 on the first day.

Neither bowler finished in the top 50 when it was all over, but coach Bruce Jeffrey was happy for both of them for their accomplishments.

“I am very proud of what both Spencer and Cameron have accomplished this year,” he said.

The Waterloo High School boys bowlers finished their season with a record of 14-2, again taking sole possession of first place in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

The WHS girls team is undefeated at 15-0, with only a match against Mascoutah standing in the way of a perfect season. The match scheduled for Tuesday was postponded due to weather.

“The season has surpassed my expectations, and I am very proud of how far all of the bowlers have come this season,” WHS bowling coach Matt Beck said. “It is a tribute to how hard these kids have worked all season long.”

The Columbia girls team has also experienced success this season, with a record of 10-1-1.

The girls bowling regionals take place this weekend.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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