Quaker Valley boys exceed expectations
With most of its top rollers back, the Quaker Valley boys bowling team expected a strong season.
But the Quakers are doing even better than anticipated.
Entering this week, they were tied with Moon for first place in the WPIBL West Division with a 3-0 record. The teams meet today in what Quaker Valley coach Greg Vecchi calls the biggest test of the season so far for his squad.
Quaker Valley moved to the West from the Northwest Division, where it was runner-up to Hopewell a year ago.
Averages for the Quakers' top five rollers have been so high that Vecchi said he will be surprised if they stay that way for the rest of the season.
Three Quakers are ranked among the division's top five bowlers.
Senior Troy Gleason is second with a mark of 208.67, including a high game of 269 and a high series of 676.
Junior Zach Mancuso ranks third with a 197.67 average. Mancuso has a high game of 223 and a high series of 593.
Senior John Duzicky, fifth in the rankings with a 192 average, has a high game of 278 and a high series of 699.
Junior Matt Trapp (186.67 average) and sophomore Cody Blumling (168.44) also have been standouts.
“All of the boys are just bowling so well, it's great to see,” Vecchi said. “If they commit 100 percent and keep their grades up, they really could go far.
“We (also) have solid (junior varsity) players ready to substitute if needed.”
Junior Tyler Walker (156 average) and sophomore Dan Charko (129.80) are among the reserves.
The Quakers are optimistic about advancing further in the WPIBL championship tournament than they did a year ago, when, qualifying for the first time, they finished 15th.
“I think the boys can be a top-five team,” Vecchi said.
“We all have really improved,” Trapp said. “It will be disappointing if we don't go farther.”
The top two teams in the division qualify for the WPIBL playoffs in February.
Inconsistency has plagued the Quaker Valley girls team, said Vecchi, who coaches that squad, as well.
The Quakers (1-2) were tied for last place in the WPIBL West Division heading into this week.
Junior Mary Frank leads the Quakers with a 132.44 average, including a high game of 200.
“Mary's having a solid year,” Vecchi said.
Frank said the boys' success has inspired her and her teammates.
“We're working hard to become as good as they are and are having fun,” she said.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.