The season continues to roll forward for the Elizabethtown Area High School bowling team. After a pivotal loss to Section Two rival Warwick, the Bears were able to get back on track and pick up three straight victories to boost their overall record to 10-2 on the year (71-13 in total points).
The team traveled to Leisure Lanes in Lancaster on Thursday, Jan. 17, for a match against McCaskey, bringing home a 7-0 sweep. Elizabethtown dominated in the first game, winning 1,047-899. Senior Katelyn Garman led the Bears with a 257, her highest of the season, while fellow seniors Elizabeth Vuxta and Bradley Ruth chipped in with a 216 and a 213, respectively. Alyssa Markley (222) and Isaac Petrosky (216) carried the Red Tornado.
The second game was a bit more competitive, though the Bears were still able to win 989-889. Vuxta took the lead this time around, finishing with a 235. Garman had a 202 as well. Petrosky (218) and Markley (211) once again led McCaskey.
The third game ended up being much closer than the first two; Elizabethtown had to hold on for a 970-936 victory. Both teams had just one bowler go over 200 (Garman led the Bears with a 217, while Markley had a 204 for McCaskey), but the Bears were able to pull ahead thanks to solid outings from junior Ben Davis (198), senior Abby Chaffins (193) and sophomore Gabe Berrier (192).
Elizabethtown returned home to Clearview Lanes on Friday, Jan. 18, for a match against Lampeter-Strasburg, once again earning a 7-0 sweep. The Bears mixed in more of their roster than normal; 11 bowlers ultimately saw time.
Junior Andrew Telenko shot a 218 to lead the team in the first game, which Elizabethtown won 890-646. Berrier contributed with a 204, later leading the Bears to a 1,025-674 win in the second game with a 267, tied for the third highest single-game score of anyone on the team this season.
Freshman Alaina Telenko had 229 in the second as well, following that up with a team-high 245 in the final game, a 992-672 victory. Berrier scored a 238 for a three-game total of 709. Brent Cox led L-S in all three games (191, 182, 173).
Finally, Elizabethtown held its Senior Day at home on Tuesday, Jan. 22, against Manheim Central. All five eventual graduates (Chaffins, Garman, Hoffmaster, Ruth and Vuxta) went the entire way and captured another 7-0 sweep. The Bears took the first game 1,065-740; four of their bowlers scored over 200 (Garman: 235; Ruth: 226; Hoffmaster: 225; and Vuxta: 206).
Hoffmaster got hot in the second, hitting 10 strikes to finish with a 277, the best single-game score for the Bears this year. Garman (216), Chaffins (211) and Ruth (201) chipped in as well, giving Elizabethtown a 1,094-777 win.
Garman (267, tying Berrier’s previous score) and Ruth (249) finished the third with no open frames, leading the Bears to a 1,129-842 victory. The 3,288 cumulative score is the highest three-game total for the team this season.
The Bears are set for their final non-section match of the year against Hempfield on Thursday, Jan. 24. They’ll then go to Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on Monday, Jan. 28, for a rematch against Warwick.