Redbirds’ Spond fourth at Alton Invite at Bowl Haven

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GODFREY – Eric Spond was hanging on to a top 10 with a game to play at the Alton Invitational bowling tournament.

And the Alton Redbirds junior finished with a 243 that propelled him up the standings to fourth place in the boys’ division of the 12-team tournament at Bowl Haven.

Spond’s 1,280 pins on an average of 213.3 per game led Alton to sixth in the team standings on his lanes. Mascoutah won the boys’ championship with 6,271 points, defeating runner-up Belleville East by 93 pins after holding a 14-pin lead before the final game.

Belleville West (5,959), Highland (5,789), Collinsville (5,638) and Alton completed the top six. Marquette Catholic (5,619) was 18 pins behind the Redbirds in seventh place, with Jersey (5,571) in eighth, Civic Memorial (5,257) in 10th and Alton JV (4,821) in 11th.

Bradon West and Brett Maciejewski of Mascoutah secured a brace for the Indian champions. West’s 266 in the last game left him at 1,380, six pins better than Maciejewski. West was 230 in the tournament, with Maciejewski with a 229 increased by games of 277 and 278.


Belleville East’s Carson Rapp (218.2) was third, Spond fourth and Belleville West’s Peyton Mercer (212.8) fifth. Hayden Sherman of Marquette made the top 10, placing ninth with an average of 209.2 over 1,254 pins.

Jersey was led by Tyler Ayres, who clocked 267 games averaging 206.7 with 1,237 pins to finish 12th. Alton JV’s Roman Cross finished 14th with 1,213 pins for an average of 202.7.

GIRLS DIVISION

Collinsville finished with 5,418 pins to win the women’s championship, with Highland (5,136) 282 pins behind and Belleville East (5,000) 418 behind the Kahoks. Mascoutah (4,367) was fourth, Taylorville (4,084) fifth and Jersey (4,055) sixth. Host Alton (3,747) was eighth, CM (3,686) in 10th, Alton JV (3,335) in 11th and Marquette (3,241) in 12th.

Highland’s Carissa Merkle was the girls’ champion, closing a five-pin deficit with a 202 in the final game to edge runner-up Cassidy Stewart of Collinsville by 12 pins. Merkle finished at 1,241 with an average of 206.8, while Stewart averaged 204.8 on 1,229 pins.

Julia Smith of Belleville East (187.3), Sophie Tottleben of Collinsville (186.5) and Renee Porter of Cahokia (183.8) finished in the top five.
Madeline Woelfel of CM and Sammie Malley of Jersey both placed in the top 10. Woelfel was sixth with 1,100 pins for an average of 183.3. Malley was eighth with 1,048 pins for an average of 174.7.


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