The Elizabethtown Area High School girls bowling team performed well at the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships, finishing in third-place for the team competition. The tournament took place at Princess Lanes near Pittsburgh on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17.
The team as a whole put up a combined score of 2,739 during the qualifying round and 1,011 for the two Baker sets for a total qualifying score of 3,750, earning them the fourth seed for the fourteam stepladder finals.
Junior Abby Chaffins led the way with a score of 558 in the qualifying round. Junior Katelyn Garman and sophomore Nikki Lee had gamehigh scores of 217. The team also had the second-highest score during the Baker set rounds, opening with a 222 game.
In the first head-to-head matchup of the stepladder round, Elizabethtown beat Butler 2 games to 1, sending them to the semifinals. They won the first and third games 203-194 and 203-164, respectively, narrowly dropping the second game 192-88.
However, their run would end at the hands of Muhlenberg, who beat them 2-1 to advance to the finals against Shikellamy, who swept to win their second straight championship. Elizabethtown won the first semifinal game 198189 but would lose the last two 186-161 and 185-164.
While it was a disappointing finish for the team, they did improve upon their seventh- place finish at last year’s championships. It’s also their best placement since 2015, where they finished second after losing in the finals to Pennsbury.
Garman also competed in the singles competition, placing 15th with a combined six-game qualifying score of 1,088. She had a game high of 232. Emily Garl of Governor Mifflin went on to win the singles title.
On the boys side, Penn Manor won their third consecutive team title, while Kolby Bennett of Cedar Crest won the singles championship.