Cocalico’s Hassler advances to States
Cocalico bowler Dan Hassler placed seventh after the qualifying round at the Eastern Regional Bowling Championships Saturday in Reading to clinch one of the 12 berths for the upcoming PA State Championships.
Hassler used a strong start and an even better finish to close out the qualifying round in seventh place. He rolled a 235 in Game One and a 234 in the second game to get in contention. Then after going 187 and 217 in the next two games, Hassler rolled a game-high 257 to finish with an 1130 five-game series.
Unfortunately in the step-ladder finals, he was eliminated from the tournament in the opening round quad match, rolling a 165. The good news, however, is he will be headed to States this year, which incidentally will be held at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata March 15-16.
Conestoga Valley’s Rodney Rippy went on to claim the overall regional title, defeating Garden Spot’s Matt Martin, 224-209, in the finals.
In addition to Hassler, Ephrata’s Trey Hoffman also competed in the boys’ competition. The EHS senior, however, finished 91st overall with a total of 950 and did not advance.
On the girls’ side, where Jenna Yarger of Midd-West defeated Cedar Crest’s Brittany LaBarre, 201-179 in the finals, Cocalico’s Anna Costa was the top local finisher, placing 38th overall with a five-game total of 907.
Two others– Cheyenne Angelo of Ephrata and Cocalico’s Hannah Keller– also competed. Angelo placed 135th with a total of 681 while Keller finished in the 138th position with a score of 670.