The Elizabethtown Area High School bowling team has continued to see success as the regular season nears its conclusion. Unfortunately for the Bears, their quest to attain the Section Two title is most likely a longshot at this point.
The team hosted Hempfield at Clearview Lanes on Thursday, Jan. 24, in its final crossover game of the year. Elizabethtown handled things nicely, walking out with a 7-0 sweep. The Bears had their best single-game outing of the season in the first game, dominating the Black Knights 1,183-835.
Four of Elizabethtown’s bowlers went over the 245 mark; seniors Elizabeth Vuxta and Katelyn Garman shared the game-high at 257, while fellow seniors Patrick Hoffmaster and Abby Chaffins finished with a 246 and a 245, respectively. The former opened the game with seven straight strikes, while the latter had no open frames. Ben Gelman had a team-high 199 for Hempfield.
Hempfield was much more competitive in the second game, though the Bears still won 1,038-945. Vuxta led the way with a 235, with Garman (216) and Hoffmaster (209) also going over 200. Ava Keller (204) and Nick O’Neill (203) carried the Black Knights.
Elizabethtown got a 1,026-930 victory in the final as well. Paralleling his first game, Hoffmaster finished with seven straight strikes for a 241. Chaffins (211), Garman (205) and Vuxta (202) had solid scores as well. Helman (205), Keller (202) and O’Neill (201) led Hempfield.
The Bears traveled to Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on Monday, Jan. 28, for a rematch against Warwick with major Section Two implications on the line. The Warriors entered the day undefeated on the season, with 11 match victories and just one single-game loss, ironically to the Bears in the previous match between the two.
This time around, however, Warwick made sure to keep the pressure up, eventually sweeping Elizabethtown 7-0. The Warriors captured the first game 1,147-981, highlighted by a 266 from Isaac Erickson, who had strikes in the first nine frames. The rest of the team all had scores over 200 as well: Tyler Miller (246), Ashley Sham (228), Carter Snavely (204) and Tony Lutz (203).
Meanwhile, the Bears started the game hot with eight strikes in the first two frames but cooled off by the midway point. Vuxta (205) and Garman (202) led the team.
In the second game, Elizabethtown shot more spares (24) than strikes (21), losing 1,114-954. Garman (225) and Chaffins (203) were the only two to pass 200. Erickson opened his game with six consecutive strikes to eventually finish with a 258. Sham (236), Miller (227) and Snavely (203) were productive as well.
The Warriors slowed down somewhat in the final game but still came out with a 1,086-916 win. Sham threw 11 strikes in total, including nine straight to end the game; she finished with a 279. Snavely had a 227 as well. No one shot over 200 for the Bears; Vuxta (191) and Chaffins (190) had the team highs.
Now at 11-3 on the season (78-20 in total points), Elizabethtown was scheduled to close out the regular season with two home match against Ephrata (Wednesday, Jan. 30) and Conestoga Valley (Thursday, Jan. 31), plus an trip to Palmyra Lanes against Lebanon (Tuesday, Feb. 5). The team will also host its annual Baker Tournament at Clearview Lanes on Saturday, Feb. 2.