Until Jan. 30, the Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials never bowled on a Friday in their 11 years of existence. Fridays would be used for relaxing and possibly plotting weekend travel plans. Also, Jan. 30 experienced afternoon snowfall as nine of 18 Colonials were present for participation against Upper Moreland.
Upper Moreland anchor John Searles contributed a 258 game and 671 series as the Bears defeated host PW, 3-1 (2,758-2,733), at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in Norristown. Freshman Jake Newell led the Colonials with a 576 series. PW leadoff Matt Amadio was absent for the second time in the last three matches.
Newell and Jake Gum both tallied 195 in PW’s 940-893 game one victory. Lefthander John Hansel knocked down 194 in the leadoff role. Searles knotched a game-high 219 on seven strikes, two spares, and two opens. Upper Moreland leadoff L.J. Smith posted 182 as he recorded two strikes and seven spares before a 10th frame open.
Two opens in the 10th frame resulted in a PW game two loss, 913-844. Searles recorded 258 on 10 strikes, includings strings of five and four consecutive tens. Bears four-hole Jarryd Goldstein pocketed 188 on seven marks. Newell led the Colonials with 190 but missed a spare in the 10th, recording seven-two.
The third game, however, involved Searles starting with a nine-spare before a first-roll gutterball in the second frame; he finished with 194. Upper Moreland nipped the Colonials, 952-949. Hansel tallied 218, but Gum’s strike-nine-spare in the final frame and Searles’ last frame marks resulted in PW’s three-pin loss. Three-hole Connor O’Hagan twirled 233 on 10 strikes to lead Upper Moreland and Goldstein knocked down 223.
PW has three scheduled regular season matches remaining: Feb. 2 vs. North Penn at Earl Bowl in Earlington, Feb. 4 vs. Upper Dublin at Facenda Whitaker, and Feb. 9 vs. Council Rock South at Brunswick Zone XL in Feasterville. The Colonials were originally scheduled to visit Council Rock South on Feb. 5, but inclement weather changed the Golden Hawks’ schedule.
UM 893 913 952- 2,758 
PW 940 844 949-2,733 
Upper Moreland: L.J. Smith 182-123-155=465, Shane Leister 155-165-147=467, Connor O’Hagan 166-174-233=573, Jarryd Goldstein 171-188-223=582, John Searles 219-258-194=671.
Plymouth Whitemarsh: John Hansel 194-157-218=569, Jake Newell 195-190-191=576, Josh Pierce 173-172-170=575, Dom Procaccino 183-153-168=504, Jake Gum 195-172-202=569.