The 2014-2015 regular season and league championships for high school bowling have ended. Pennsylvania’s Eastern Regionals are set for individual championships on March 6 and team competitions on March 7 in Lancaster and Ephrata.
Among the participating leagues in the Eastern Regionals are Berks County, Lancaster-Lebanon, Suburban One (National and Continental/American), Heartland Conference, Philadelphia Catholic League, Harrisburg Interscholastic, Philadelphia Public, and independent qualifiers. Seventy-one schools plan on sending individuals and teams.
In the Suburban One Continental/American boys’ division, six schools will send 16 individuals and three schools have qualified for the team event. North Penn (league champion), Pennridge (second place), and Plymouth Whitemarsh (at-large berth based on pinfall) will represent the conference in the team competition; this is PW’s first appearance in the team portion since 2011. The conference champion Knights will send five individuals, Pennridge has three, PW qualified three, Upper Moreland placed two, Norristown sends two, and Jack Hunt represents Abington.
North Penn, which ended Pennridge’s two-season conference reign, earned its first conference title since 2011. The Knights (50-18, 48-8 Suburban One Continental/American) finished three games ahead of Pennridge (50-18, 45-11 conference). Tyler Sharpe, North Penn’s anchor, captured first place at the 2015 Suburban One Championships on Feb. 12 at Brunswick Zone XL (Feasterville) with a 671 series; Sharpe entered the league championships with the conference’s third-best average (211.62). Pennridge’s Mike Pine was Continental/American’s top bowler with a 219.19 average and teammate Benjamin Anderson recorded the second-best average (213.07).
Eastern Regionals will be operating on a different set of regulations. In the individual competition each bowler will roll five 10-frame games; the top 12 bowlers will advance to the 12-bowler bracket-style playoffs on March 6 at Lancaster’s Leisure Lanes and qualify for the state championships on March 20 at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata. Individual qualifying will take place at Leisure Lanes.
Pine, Anderson, Sharpe, Jon Searles (Upper Moreland, 201.2), Colin Nast (North Penn, 197.11), Jimmy Ullman (North Penn, 195.54), Jake Gum (PW, 194.19), Jarryd Goldstein (Upper Moreland, 192.81), Dylan Copestick (Norristown, 192.19), Ryan Lowery (North Penn, 191.19), Dom Procaccino (PW, 186.61), and Lucas Denton (North Penn, 185.63) qualified based on their regular season averages. Three other bowlers who hadn’t already qualified but finished in the top-three for non-automatic qualifiers at the league championships will join the 12: Hunt, Norristown’s Mike Berkowitz, and Pennridge’s Chris Ciliberto. PW freshman Jake Newell was originally announced as one of the three at-large qualifiers, but the scorekeeper made a mistake; Newell is scheduled to join the three qualifiers and compete at the regional tournament.
During the team portion of the regionals, teams will roll three games with five bowlers (subsitutions are allowed after each game) and then bowl six baker-style games. The top six teams in each gender will advance to a bracket-style final on March 7 at Dutch Lanes and qualify for the team state championships on March 21 at Dutch Lanes. Suburban One League matches involved three five-against-five games (without baker-style). Team qualifying is planned for March 7 at Leisure Lanes.
In 2014, seven of this season’s 16 individuals participated in the 176-bowler Eastern Regionals: Pine (48th), Copestick (91st), Sharpe (99th), Searles (123rd), Gum (153rd), Goldstein (154th), and Lowery (157th). Continental/American’s highest finisher was Pennridge 2014 alumnus and 2014 Continental/American tournament champion Vince Kauders (44th with a five-game series of 987); the conference didn’t send any individuals to the state championships. The 36-school team event consisted of North Penn (26th, 3,772 pins), Pennridge (29th, 3,716 pins), and Norristown (30th, 3,694 pins); Heartland Conference’s Milton, the top finisher in the team qualifier with 4,516 pins, won the team championship against Pennsbury (Suburban One National), two wins to zero.
Suburban One League National and Continental/American Team Averages (pins per game)
1. Neshaminy (1048.805556 pins) *
2. Pennsbury (1038.694444 pins) *
3. Harry S. Truman (990.3333333 pins)*
4. North Penn (977.9047619 pins) *
5. Pennridge (939.452381 pins) *
6. Plymouth Whitemarsh (903.9761905 pins) *
7. Council Rock South (903.8888889 pins)
8. Upper Moreland (884.3095238 pins)
9.Council Rock North (875.0833333 pins)
10. Abington (832.4285714 pins)
11. William Tennent (824.5 pins)
12. Norristown (791.5952381 pins)
13. Hatboro-Horsham (770.1190476 pins)
14. Upper Dublin (720.6904762 pins)
15. Bensalem (715.9166667 pins)
(*) Neshaminy and Pennsbury qualify for team regionals for finishing in first and second in SOL National. North Penn and Pennridge qualify for team regionals for earning first and second in Continental/American. Harry S. Truman and Plymouth Whitemarsh earn the at-large spots for having the highest averages among teams not already qualified.