Bowlers excel in post-season
Left: Kolby Bennett Center: Paige Boyd Right: Darren Zombro
The bowling team is on a roll in the post-season with champions at both the district and league level.
Freshman Darren Zombro captured the District 3 championship Saturday ABC North Lanes in Harrisburg, while junior Paige Boyd won her second consecutive Lancaster-Lebanon League girls’ championship and sophomore Kolby Bennett won the boys’ title two weeks ago.
“I think it’s pretty awesome, for the small program that we have, that these athletes are having success at the level they’re competing at,” said coach Jen Wagner. “They’ve worked hard not just this season but their entire life to get to this point.”
At Districts, Zombro defeated Warwick’s Tony Lutz in the final game, 212-163. Zombro led through the opening six games of the competition, knocking down 1,363 pins. In head-to-head matches in the medal round, he bowled 247 and 212.
“I felt accomplished winning districts because of how much hard work I put into it,” said Zombro.
Zombro had a closer game in the semifinals against Jordan Schell of Manheim Township. Neither bowler had an open frame. Zombro came out on top, rolling a 247 to Schell’s 228.
“I think it was my teammates, friends, family and can’t forget about Coach Wagner cheering me on,” said Zombro. “If they weren’t cheering me on I don’t think I could’ve won without them.”
Rolling in her last frame at Clearview Lanes in Mount Joy, Feb. 13, Boyd sealed her L-L victory with a spare to defeat freshman Aliza Shirk of Northern Lebanon, 203-200.
“It’s pretty important because I stuck with it and I was a bit lower than I was last year so I told myself that I could do it and I brought myself up,” said Boyd, who placed third at Districts.
Seeded fourth heading into the ladder round, Boyd defeated teammate Jadelyn Swisher, 181-180 in the fourth-place match, then Warwick senior Ashley Sham 180-179 in the semifinal.
In the boys’ championship at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster, Bennett defeated Elizabethtown’s Izaac Erickson, 214-177, in the final game. Bennett was seeded second in the ladder matches, and defeated Ephrata’s Cameron Zwally in the semifinals, 197-163.
“It felt amazing because I hadn’t won anything big since states last year and when I threw the last ball at leagues to win, I knew that all the hard work I had been doing was finally paying off,” said Bennett.
Bennett and Boyd help each other whenever possible.
“I really think it has impacted both of us quite greatly because we help each other when the other is struggling,’’ said Bennett, who also qualified for Districts, after winning the state championship last season. “It just allows us to feel comfortable when bowling with each other and it allows us to compete to the greatest of our abilities.”
Bowling has taught Boyd many lessons and has made her look in a different perspective.
“It’s a lot different than other sports,” Boyd said. “You have to stay calm you can’t get overwhelmed and make sure you are happy more because your emotions do affect when your bowling.”
All three bowlers will be competing Friday at Eastern Regionals in Lancaster County.