It was a wild slate for the Elizabethtown Area High School bowling team to begin the season; the Bears had two matches and a tournament to deal with over the course of three days. However, they were able to come away with positive results, getting major contributions from a large portion of the roster in the process.
Elizabethtown first hosted Cedar Crest at Clearview Lanes on Friday, Dec. 7, in a wild match. The Falcons were able to win the first game 1,036-1,023 off the backs of Scott Garrett (226), Kolby Bennett (214), Jadelyn Swisher (211) and Paige Boyd (202). Bears senior Abby Chaffins tied Garrett for the game-high at 226, while fellow seniors Katelyn Garman (221) and Patrick Hoffmaster (215) also went over 200.
Swisher went on a tear for Cedar Crest in the second game, finishing with 11 strikes and a spare for a 279. However, all five of Elizabethtown’s bowlers hit 200, with sophomore Eryn Moore leading the way at 234, to give the Bears a 1,107-1,093 victory. Garman (227) and Hoffmaster (224) were second and third on the team, respectively, while senior Elizabeth Vuxta (222) and Chaffins (200) were not far behind.
The third game to decide the match came down to the wire, but Garman (205) was able to outlast Bennett (199) in the final frame, handing Elizabethtown a narrow 965-963 win and a 5-2 victory overall. Vuxta scored another 222 to lead the Bears, while Swisher had the game-high at 257 for the Falcons.
The Bears traveled to Dutch Lanes in Ephrata on Monday, Dec. 10, to take on Conestoga Valley, easily winning all three games for a 7-0 sweep (930-664, 804-606, 924-663). Elizabethtown ended up rotating bowlers throughout the night; only Moore and junior Ben Davis bowled in each of the three games.
Davis led the team with a 211 in the first game. Moore was second with a 204, later leading the way in the second at 202. Sophomore Zach Deardorff had the team high in the third at 198, scoring a 159 in the first. Hoffmaster (161, 141) and junior Andrew Telenko (195, 127) appeared in two games, while junior Michael Berrier (167), freshman Alaina Telenko (179) and freshman Ayden Pope (186) saw time in one. Robbie Jack led Conestoga Valley in all three games at 186, 180 and 213.
In between the two regular season matches, the girls team participated in the Ice Breaker Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dutch Lanes, finishing sixth overall. The Lady Bears nabbed the fifth-highest seed in the qualifying round, scoring 926, 822 and 771 in the three standard games and 170, 156 and 159 in the three Baker series games. Vuxta had two game-highs in the standard portion (229 in the first, 188 in the third), while Moore had one (192 in the second).
The team took on fourth-seeded Muhlenberg in the first round of the playoffs, losing the first Baker series game 171-148, coming back to win the second 204-170 and barely falling in the third 157-152. Muhlenberg was defeated by Governor Mifflin in the semifinals, who then lost to Shikellamy in the finals.
Elizabethtown (12-2 in points; 2-0 overall) is scheduled to be back at Clearview Lanes on Thursday, Dec. 13, against Lebanon, followed by two matches at Dutch Lanes vs. Ephrata on Monday, Dec. 17, and Garden Spot on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The boys team will also compete in the Snow Roller Showdown at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster on Saturday, Dec. 15.