The Elizabethtown Area High School bowling team was one of the most visible in terms of numbers at the District 3 Bowling Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23, tying for the most girls entries at five with Governor Mifflin (who had the most overall entries at 7) and tying for second with Wilson for overall entries at 6.
Unfortunately for the Bears, they left the day without consistent results. None of the six Elizabethtown bowlers were able to make it past the qualifying round of the event, which took place at ABC North Lanes in Harrisburg, missing out on the six-bowler stepladder finals.
Entering the tournament with a fifth-place finish on the girls side last season, senior Katelyn Garman was looking to potentially challenge for another medal this time around. She looked to have a strong chance at that after opening with scores of 179, 204 and 209. However, she shot a 156 in the fourth game and a 146 in the fifth to drop down the standings, though a 182 was enough to bump her up to a final score of 1,076, good for 14th place.
Fellow senior Abby Chaffins sat in the middle of the pack for much of the day, posting scores of 163, 167, 161, 165 and 173 through her first five games. A 220 in the sixth, the highest of any Elizabethtown bowler at the tournament, boosted her final score to 1,049, and a 21st-place finish.
As for the rest of the Lady Bears, freshman Alaina Telenko struggled early on, scoring a 133 and a 150 in her opening two games. She recovered nicely with a 198 and a 208 before finishing with a 144 and a 154, putting her total score at 987 and 27th place.
Senior Elizabeth Vuxta was middling for the most part, scoring a 959 (170, 161, 158, 148, 167, 155) for 30th place. Sophomore Eryn Moore had a nice start, finishing with a 183 in the first game, but fell off afterward, scoring 148, 144, 143, 123 and 155 to get an 895, the lowest of the 36 girls entries.
The lone bowler for the Elizabethtown boys was junior Andrew Telenko, who got off to a hot start by shooting a 206 in the first game. He hung around with a 166 and a 179 in games two and three but slipped up with a 145 in the fourth and a 137 in the sixth (split by a 182) to finish in 30th with a final score of 1,015.
The Lancaster-Lebanon League was highly successful at the tournament; the top-five boys finishers were all from the L-L, as were three of the top six girls. Cedar Crest freshman Darren Zombro was the boys champion, while Muhlenberg junior Charlize Wenner won on the girls side.
All six Bears bowlers will return to action on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, for the Eastern PA Regionals. Freshman Hannah Griffie will be joining Garman, Chaffins, Vuxta, Moore and Alaina Telenko for the girls, while senior Patrick Hoffmaster, junior Ben Davis and freshman Daniel Eberle will participate alongside Andrew Telenko for the boys.
The individual tournaments will take place on Friday, with the team tournaments following on Saturday. The girls will be at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata, while the boys will be at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster.