Jeff Blizzard has seen plenty of strikes, spares, and opens from more than 100 students during his 10-plus seasons coaching Plymouth Whitemarsh boys’ and girls’ bowling. Thirty-nine of those students, including 27 alumni, showcased their bowling skills in PW’s second-biennial alumni bowling evening on Dec. 29 at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton.
Pizza, pretzels, chips, soda and water were available for the participants. Unlike the first biennial event (Dec. 27, 2012), Blizzard didn’t bring a computer displaying photographs involving PW bowlers from 2005 until 2014. Along with the alumni, Blizzard also joined in the matches. Blizzard posted games of 153, 211, and 220 on lanes including Kelly Packer, Kim McCann, Kristen White, Lauren Enslin, and Martin Weiss; McCann (2005 and 2006) and White (2005) are two of three past Lady Colonials to participate in the state singles tournament.
PW 2010 alumnus Chris Hammes, the first of two PW bowlers to achieve perfection (Feb. 2008 vs. Norristown), showed flashes of his days as PW’s anchor by posting a 215 game. Hammes anchored Blizzard’s 2009-2010 boys’ squad, which captured the Suburban One Continental/American crown on the final roll and shared with Norristown. Pat Galleo and Josh Taylor, also members of that championship team, were among the participants. Taylor’s second game in the alumni event featured a 236. Nick Tomaine, a PW 2010 graduate and member of the 2009-2010 squad, arrived when more than half of the alumni bowlers completed their matches.
As for the ladies, two of the top Lady Colonials returned to display their prowless from the past, McCann (PW 2007) and Amy Costello (PW 2010) made sure their skills were not rusty. McCann currently holds the Lady Colonials’ record for highest game (265 on Jan. 3, 2007). Costello holds the sixth-highest series (599 on Jan. 28, 2010) and second-highest game (258 at Council Rock South Feb. 1, 2010) and posted a 214 third game. White, a 2005 PW graduate and married, joined the alumni event with her high school appearances including a 507 series and 204 game on Jan 4. 2005 (PW’s inaugural bowling season). Enslin, a current Bloomsburg University (Pa.) student and 2011 PW alumna, bowled for the first time since the 2011 Eastern Pa. regional singles competition; she posted PW’s third-highest game (232 on Jan. 5, 2011) and sixth-highest series (561).
Scott S.D. Weiss, PW’s first bowling statistician (2009-2011), attended the event as a spectator. Weiss brought the bi-fold from PW’s 2011 bowling banquet with highest individual games and series totals from 2004-2011. When Weiss brought it to Blizzard’s attention, Blizzard realized he has plenty of numbers to update. Current PW sophomore Francesca Schoettle-Colelli bumped Costello from the fourth to sixth position in series total with 607 and 604 in Dec. 2014.
The current Colonials and Lady Colonials return to action on Jan. 5 for conference clashes against North Penn at Facenda Whitaker. While the Knights (boys) have been 6-2-2 in matches, the Maidens (girls) are 8-2.