Bowling them over

By on March 8, 2017
The Ephrata bowling team captured second place at the Eastern PA Regional Team Tournament this past Saturday. The members of the team, pictured with their awards following the competition, include (left to right): head coach Bryan Dissinger, Logan Molchany, Cameron Zwally, Gavin Dissinger, Lee Enck, Samantha Heindel, Nick Vanderwende, Jared Bigley and assistant coach Sean Molchany.

The Ephrata bowling team captured second place at the Eastern PA Regional Team Tournament this past Saturday. The members of the team, pictured with their awards following the competition, include (left to right): head coach Bryan Dissinger, Logan Molchany, Cameron Zwally, Gavin Dissinger, Lee Enck, Samantha Heindel, Nick Vanderwende, Jared Bigley and assistant coach Sean Molchany.

Mounts place second at Regionals, qualify for State Championships

When the Ephrata boy’s bowling team walks into Dutch Lanes on March 18, it certainly won’t be a new experience. The Mounts call the Akron alley home for both practice and home league matches.

What will be different for Ephrata is the event, which is the State Team Bowling Championships. That’s because it’s the first time the local boys will compete for the state title.

The Mounts punched their ticket to States by winning the silver medal at last Saturday’s Eastern Regional Tournament. The first two rounds took place at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster.

Round One was the typical league format, with each of five bowlers rolling three games. The total of the 15 games becomes the team score. After Round One, Ephrata was in 12th place with 2,979.

Each team could bring seven eligible bowlers to the tournament. If they did not have a full girls’ team, they could utilize those bowlers as well.

The Mounts used all seven, including recent Lancaster-Lebanon League medalist Samantha Heindel.

“That was our plan,” described Ephrata Coach Bryan Dissinger. “To get everybody involved.”

That included seniors Nick Vanderwende and Jared Bigley, juniors Lee Enck and Logan Molchany and sophomores Cameron Zwally and Gavin Dissinger.

Round Two was conducted under the “Baker” format for six additional games.

“Five on a team. The lead-off bowler bowls the first and sixth frames. The second bowls the second and seventh frames and so on,” explained Coach Dissinger. “You have your anchor bowl the fifth and the tenth frames.”

The Mounts took advantage of the change, racking up 1,286 pins over the six games. That moved Ephrata into sixth place in the team race with 4,265 pins.

That placement qualified the Mounts for the afternoon championship finals, this time back at Dutch Lanes. The top two seeds from the morning session, Penn Manor and Shikellamy, earned byes for the quarterfinals. The format was once again “Baker.” Ephrata blanked Exeter in two straight games by scores of 214-184 and 265-153 to move into the semi-finals.

The Mounts stayed hot in the semis, eliminating Shikellamy in two games as well by scores of 234-216 and 223-156.

That set up the championship final between Ephrata and Pennsbury, the fourth seed coming into the afternoon session.

“I think ‘Baker’ juices everybody up,” added Coach Dissinger. “It seems like there is a lot more cheering, a lot more action. It’s what college bowling does.”

The final matchup was certainly a thriller.

The Mounts took Game One by a single pin at 226-225. With the championship within reach, Ephrata bowled even better in the next game. But the excruciating 247-246 loss threw the match to a winner-take-all third game.

This time the magic ran out as the Mounts fell by a score of 213-190.

“It feels great,” said junior captain Enck of the second-place finish. “It’s a big achievement for Ephrata, considering that Warwick was Eastern Regional champions last year. That we beat them out as well as Penn Manor, Cedar Crest and all the big teams that were ahead of us.”

Senior Bigley was equally optimistic.

“We got into the ‘Baker’ portion and it turned around for us,” he said. “All of a sudden here we are, at ‘The Dutch’ bowling for the Regional Championship.”

“It wasn’t an individual job, it was a team job,” added Vanderwende. “When a team can come together like that and make it to the finals, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

The State Team Tournament will consist of 12 teams. The six finalists from the Eastern Regional, including Ephrata and Penn Manor. Also the six finalists from the Western Regional.

Enck, the captain of the Ephrata squad, said his team is capable of knocking off any the rest of the way.

“We’re still a fairly young team, but we do have the power to take out any team when we bowl like we should,” he said.

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In addition to the team competition, both the Ephrata and Cocalico bowlers competed in the boys and girls Regional Individual Championships held Friday at Leisure (boys) and Dutch (girls) Lanes.

Unfortunately, none of the local bowlers finished in the top 12 to advance to States.

In boys action at Dutch Lanes, Ephrata’s top bowler was Enck, who finished in 33rd place with a five-game total of 1018.

The rest of the Ephrata lineup included: 82. Vanderwende, 952; 105. Zwally, 914; 112. Molchany, 901; and 134. Bigley, 866.

The Cocalico boys were led by freshman Tyrus Current, who placed 37th overall with a score of 1013.

Other Eagles to compete included: 46. Drew Myers, 1004; 60. Chris Muraco, 978; and 178. Hunter Keller, 713.

It was an all-Warwick final as Isaac Erickson defeated teammate Ben White, 275-211 to capture the Regional championship.

In girls’ action at Leisure Lanes, Ephrata’s Heindel was the top local finisher as she placed 22nd overall with a score of 956.

Cocalico was represented by two bowlers in the girls’ competition. Katherine Miller led the way, finishing 41st with a score of 897. The Lady Eagles’ Hayley Keller placed 120th with a score of 716.

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