Hoffman heads to State bowling

By on March 14, 2012

By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor truth.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

Ephrata’s Trey Hoffman will be competing among the top 24 high school bowlers in Pennsylvania Friday when he makes his first-ever appearance at the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships held at North Versailles Bowl in Pittsburgh.

The EHS junior punched his ticket to States last weekend at the Regional Tournament held at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster after placing 11th overall with a five-game total of 1066 after the qualifying round.

According to Ephrata Assistant Coach Rick Graham, Hoffman will have some success if he is able to close out frames.

"(My goals for him) heading to States are just to practice and make spares," he said. "The key to a good finish at States is going to be filling frames and letting the pattern come to Trey."

Ephrata Head Coach Elysia Current said while Hoffman will be competing in his first State competition, he knows what to expect.

"Trey has been working on his physical and mental game constantly," she said. "He knows what he needs to do at States. I believe his game needs to stay where he is now presently and keep it clean and live each frame and each moment as its own. Those are my goals for him, to just be present, have fun with it but stay competitive. It’s a new experience for him and it is definitely a spot he has earned this year."

The top five bowlers after the six-game qualifying round at States will earn spots in the stepladder finals.

The competitors will include: Adam Weyandt, Greensburg Salem; Jacob Garris, Hempfield; Brandin Zechman, Exeter; Austin Kerper, Daniel Boone; Neil Debski, Baldwin; Harrison Thatcher, Franklin Regional; Mark Artley, Milton; Zack Williams, Shikellamy; Kevin Hindman, Knoch; Derek Bozic, Beaver Falls; Brendon Yarnall, Penn Manor; Stephen Plenski III, Pennsbury; Brendan Schink, West Mifflin; David Claypole, Hopewell; Timothy Kiedeisch, Antietam; Mike Benedykciuk, Father Judge; Anthony Graziani, OLSH; Zach Mancuso, Quaker Valley; Dylan Mowrer, Elco; Jim Mormando, Archbishop Ryan; Marco Coconelli, Penn Trafford; Ray Cichoski, Pittsburgh Central Catholic; Tyler Dautrich, Schuylkill Valley; and Trey Hoffman, Ephrata.

A year ago, Andrew Hartman of Baldwin captured the State crown with a 290-188 victory over Garden Spot’s Matt Detrick.

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