It’s been a great start to the season for the Elizabethtown Area High School bowling team. The Bears picked up four consecutive wins to establish themselves in the race for Section Two of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. However, their run finally came to an end with a loss to an equally talented opponent.
The team hosted Lebanon at Clearview Lanes on Friday, Dec. 14, sweeping the Cedars 7-0. All five of Elizabethtown’s bowlers shot at least 200 in the first game, which the Bears easily won 1,126-775. Senior Patrick Hoffmaster had a team-high 255, followed closely by sophomore Eryn Moore (237), senior Abby Chaffins (215), senior Bradley Ruth (213) and senior Katelyn Garman (204). Zach Trimmer finished with a game-high 269 for Lebanon, which also ended up being the best score in the match overall.
The second game was much more competitive, though Elizabethtown still prevailed 961-863. Hoffmaster shot a game-high 255, while Moore had a 213 and Garman had a 198. Trimmer got a 227 for the Cedars. Finally, the third game was another blowout, with the Bears winning 1,032-811. Garman led the Bears with a 232, with Hoffmaster (229) and Moore (223) close behind. Trimmer shot a 258 for Lebanon.
Next, the Bears went to Dutch Lanes to face Ephrata on Monday, Dec. 17. The first game went back and forth, though Elizabethtown ended up winning 955-907. Garman tied for the game-high at 245, while Moore had a 223. Cameron Zwally matched Garman with a 245 for Ephrata, followed by Gavin Dissinger with a 205.
The second game went much more smoothly for the Bears, who won 991-922. Hoffmaster led the way with a 233, followed by Chaffins (220) and Moore (202). Zwally and Dissinger had a 212 and a 210, respectively. Amazingly, the two teams managed an 875-875 tie in the third game, which gave Elizabethtown a 6-1 victory. Ruth shot a 225 to lead the Bears, while Zwally finished with a 217.
Finally, Elizabethtown returned to Dutch Lanes on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to battle Garden Spot, who also entered the match undefeated. The Spartans pulled off a nice comeback in the final frame of the first game to win 899-878. Trevor Courtney shot a 258 to carry them. Chaffins led the Bears with a 207, followed by Hoffmaster at 201.
The second game saw Elizabethtown pull out a 988-944 victory. Senior Elizabeth Vuxta had a team-high 224 for the Bears. Sophomore Zach Deardorff shot a 220, while Hoffmaster had a 203. Courtney finished with a 234 for Garden Spot, followed by Amanda Lynch at 214.
The deciding third game was neck and neck for the most part, but the Spartans walked away with a 965-930 win, giving them the 5-2 victory. Courtney caught fire, opening the game with 7 strikes and finishing with 4 more for a 279. Lynch also had a 223. Hoffmaster carried the Bears with a 201.
In between matches, the boys team took part in the Snowroller Showdown at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster on Saturday, Dec. 15. The Bears were amazing in the qualifying round, scoring a total of 3,621 (1,005, 995 and 1,080 in the standard round, 181, 179 and 181 in the Baker series round) to rank as the top team overall. Deardorff finished with a combined score of 687 in the standard portion, which was enough to earn him a spot on the All-Tournament team.
During the playoffs, Elizabethtown swept Dauphin County Vo-Tech 2-0 with scores of 235-213 and 202-192 to advance to the finals against Wyomissing. However, the Bears came up just a bit short, losing 188-167 and 203-161 to take the runner-up spot
The Bears (4-1 in total, 27-5 in points) will return to Clearview Lanes on Thursday, Dec. 20, for their last game before the holiday break against Lancaster Catholic.