Ephrata avenges State finals loss

By on December 13, 2017
Ephrata’s Samantha Heindel takes a shot during Monday’s match vs. Penn Manor. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Ephrata’s Samantha Heindel takes a shot during Monday’s match vs. Penn Manor. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Knocks off Comets, 5-2 in season opener

The last time the bowling teams from Ephrata and Penn Manor met on the hardwood at Dutch Lanes in Akron, they were the final two teams standing in the 2017 Pennsylvania State Team Championships.

Penn Manor would capture the state title, their second consecutive championship. The two clubs would also both qualify to go to the High School Nationals in Smyrna, Tennessee in June.

On Monday they squared off for a rematch in the first dual match of the 2017-18 Lancaster-Lebanon League season, back at “The Dutch.”

This time, it was the Mounts who came out on top (the first ever over the Comets) by a team score of 5-2.

“We were mainly pushing ourselves to make spares,” explained senior co-captain Lee Enck. “We missed a few, but we regained that by making strings of strikes. They (Penn Manor) missed a decent amount of single pins throughout the three games.”

“We all had at least one thing that Coach Bryan (Dissinger) had us do,” added fellow senior co-captain Samantha Heindel. “Whether it was ‘keep your elbow in’ or ‘watch your target,’ just the little things we had to do to make our team be great.”

The Ephrata five out-pinned Penn Manor 1,015-974 in game one, paced by juniors Gavin Dissinger (249) and Cameron Zwally (223) to capture the first two points. Zwally had another strong effort (248) in game two but the Comets (974) topped the Mounts (956) to tie the match at two apiece and close within 23 overall pins.

“The lanes really changed a lot,” noted Coach Dissinger. “When we started, you couldn’t hook a ball. Till the end, they were hooking through the head pin. It helped being the home team.”

Ephrata survived the changes in the lanes and Penn Manor, outscoring the Comets 951-930 to clinch the match. The Mounts’ final bowler (Enck) rolled a strike and a spare in the 10th frame for a 201 to lead the final game’s consistent scoring.

Heindel’s 196, Logan Molchany’s 191, Zwally’s matching 191 (a three-strike 10th) and Dissinger’s 172 completed the scoring. The overall pin tally read Ephrata 2,922 and Penn Manor 2,878.

“This is how you want to test each team,” added Dissinger. “Are they as good as last year? Are we as good as last year? I think we’re as good, if not better. We’re mentally tougher this year. That’s what we needed.”

Lee Enck – Senior

Dissinger’s captains share their coach’s optimism for the upcoming season.

“I’m very excited,” started Enck. “Considering we just beat Penn Manor 5-2. We have a heck of a year coming to us. Considering it’s my final year, I want to go out with a bang.”

Heindel had a much more nostalgic look at the start to the 2017-18 season.

“Today was our last, first match for the seniors,” she said. “It kind of tears at my heart a little bit that our high school careers are going to be over soon. It’s going to come quickly. I’m going to miss the boys a lot.”

“We won the section for the first time when these seniors were freshmen,” explained Coach Dissinger. “What I see is the maturity. They physically got bigger. They definitely have learned a lot. I want it to be a good year for the kids who have spent four years with me.”

As to goals, the two team leaders have lofty expectations.

“I think we need to come out on top in our section,” said Heindel. “We want to come out on top in everything that we can this year. And I want to shoot a 300. I haven’t shot one yet.”

“This year, we have a lot more experience under our belts,” added Enck. “My goal is to make it to Nationals again, both as a team and as an individual.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Mounts in league play. Ephrata hosts the reigning Section Two champs Elizabethtown this Friday before traveling to 2017 Section runner up Cedar Crest next Wednesday.


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