SPRINGVILLE — The boys and girls bowling teams were scheduled to open their season on Dec. 10, but that match, against Eden, was postponed to Dec. 13, due to an outbreak of whooping cough. The teams traveled to Lackawanna on Dec. 11. The girl’s team won by a score of 6 – 1.
“One point is awarded for each victory on the ‘A’ team, one point for each victory on the ‘A’ team and one for overall total pin fall,” Coach Kevin Farner said, regarding the scoring system.
A trio of seniors led the scoring, as Miranda Clark rolled a three-game series total of 545. Tara Felser had a 537 and Hunter McCarthy bowled a 516. Clark had the single game high, with a 201. The girls improved to 2 – 0, by beating a “determined” Eden squad 5 – 2, according to Farner. The girls B team won all three of its points and the A team recorded one win.
Clark led the team, with a 527 series. Senior Tara Felser rolled a 190, to take home the top single game, eighth grader Mariah Gamel shot a 182 and seventh grader Emily Leverentz shot a 167, to pace the team in the win.
“I think that, for the girls to continue their winning ways, we need to remember how far we have come, so we don’t get complacent,” Farner said. “Three or four years ago, our girls were fortunate to win one or two matches, per season. They were not satisfied with being at the bottom of the division and put in a lot of time practicing, not only during the season, but all year long. The girls have worked so hard to become a great team and they know enough not to take any opponent lightly.
“The girls were not at their best, in the Eden match, but still kept their composure,” he continued. “Bowling is a thinking person’s sport and if you lose your cool, after a bad frame or two, you often have a tough time getting back on track. The girls we have do a great job of settling down both themselves and their teammates, after a bad shot, and by doing so, avoid turning those one or two bad frames into a bad game.”
The boys team opened up its season at Lackawanna, falling 4 – 3 to the host Steelers. The Lackawanna B team beat the Griffs by 9 pins in the third and deciding game. Leading the Griffs was Andy Loop, who had the top single game, with a 238 and the high series, with a 578. Eighth grader Zack Slippy was right behind, rolling a 221 game and a 572 series. Making his first varsity appearance was Nick Abdo, with a 231.
On Dec. 13, the boys traveled to Eden and dropped their record to 0 – 2, after a 6 – 1 loss to the Raiders. “The match was closer than the score indicated,” Farner said.
The A team lost its first two games by a total of 26 pins and the B team dropped its first game by 29. Junior Nate Sopko led the Griffs, with a high series of 564, and sophomore Wyatt Sibiga had the top single game, with a 226.
“To get the boys back on track, we’re focusing on the little things, which, in bowling, is converting spares and capitalizing on breaks,” Farner said. “In the Lackawanna match, we missed several one-pin spares, down the stretch. Each time we do that, it costs us about 10 pins, on the score sheet. The breaks I’m speaking of involve getting a lucky strike or breaking up a split, at a key point in the game.
“I always remind the guys, if they catch a break, to try to take advantage of it, by throwing a solid shot in the next frame, to try to turn that lucky break into a double,” he added.
Both teams traveled to Holland on Dec. 20.