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EAHS girls win state bowling championship

Mar 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page, News

The Elizabethtown Area High School girls’ bowling team defeated arch-rival Penn Manor 2-1 in a best-of-three title match to win the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championship. Team members included Olivia Farwell, Lori Flowers, Kayla Halbleib, Madi Powers, Audrey Reisinger, Brittany Ritzman and Kristin Vuxta. The team was coached by Frank Telenko.

In capturing gold, the Lady Bears defeated the eleven best teams from across the state. Elizabethtown secured their spot in the finals by being the top team in the preliminary rounds automatically qualifying them for the championship match. The next top three teams from the preliminary round – Penn Manor, Hempfield and Hazelton – battled it out for the right to take on the Lady Bears.

When all was said and done, the Lady Bears faced familiar foe Penn Manor in the three-match winner take all format. The Comets had previously defeated the Bears two times this season including in the Eastern Regional Championship.  In the first game, the Lady Bears were defeated 170 to 159. Needing a sweep of the final two matches, the Lady Bears won a closely contested second game 195-178 and then ran away with the third and deciding match 222-165 for the gold and state championship.

“We’ve only had girls bowling for two years,” said Telenko. “However, I knew that these young ladies had a chance to be in the running at states given how well they performed earlier in the year against some elite competition but taking home state gold is not something you can predict given the level of bowlers they were to face.”

The state title was the first for an Elizabethtown team in any sport since 1993. The Lady Bears join the 1974 field hockey team and 1993 baseball team as the only teams to take home gold at the state level in school history. Telenko was a member of the coaching staff for the 1993 baseball team.

“It was cool to watch these girls shine and put it altogether in the final match. As we were coming home on Saturday, I am not certain they realized what they had accomplished until we hit town and had a police and fire escort to Clearview Lanes. I felt good for all of them. They deserved this moment given all the hard work they have put into improving their games,” Telenko concluded.

 

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