Touchette wins regional; other bowlers advance
Columbia High School junior Cameron Touchette began his quest for a third straight state bowling tournament appearance in fine fashion Saturday in Cahokia, winning the regional with the top overall individual score.
Touchette rolled a 1,336 at Redbird Lanes to win the regional by seven pins over Mascoutah’s Zack Miller.
He will be joined by five other Monroe County bowlers this Saturday at the Herrin Sectional. Touchette’s teammate, Cade Stein, bowled a 1,292 to advance. Waterloo had two bowlers, Matthew Goessling at 1,256 and Andrew Reifschneider at 1,136, make the cut. Gibault’s Austin Doerr (1,254) and Connor Meehan (1,158) also advanced.
The Columbia, Waterloo, Gibault and Dupo boys bowling squads all competed in the Cahokia Regional, but none of them advanced as a team. Columbia came the closest to securing a sectional berth by placing fifth.
The advancing teams were Belleville West, Cahokia, Belleville East and Mascoutah.
Touchette, who carries an average in the 225 range, advanced to the state bowling tournament in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He placed seventh in the state as a freshman.