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Mustangs sweep Woodland Hills

| Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams returned to action last week after a one-week hiatus for the winter break, and the Mustangs swept Woodland Hills.

Each team won 7-0 by taking all three games and total pins.

On the boys side, Plum improved to 4-0 in the Northeast section, as junior Josh Kirchartz maintained his section-leading average of 220.17. He rolled a 621 series (241-188-192).

Junior Dan Yushinski added a 609 series, including games of 220 and 203, while senior Zach Matthews led all Plum bowlers in week four with a 646 series.

Matthews' series included a 245 in the third game, just seven pins off his season-best game of 252.

Senior Matt Kosmack contributed a 551 series (186-181-184), while senior Dalton Novak (188-161) and freshman Josh Crissman (138) shared the final varsity spot.

The Mustangs girls used their win over Woodland Hills to move into a three-way tie for first in the section with Gateway and Penn Hills at 3-1.

Last week, the Gators, who handed Plum its only loss, tasted defeat for the first time with a 5-2 setback to Penn Hills.

Freshman Talia Pilyih led the way with a 540 series, as she claimed one of Plum's two 200-plus games in week four. She rolled a 213 in game two.

Fellow freshman Allie Dick landed in second with a 536 series, and that three-game score included a 205 in the first game.

Seniors Heather Kosmack (510) and Jocelyn Rubash (488) contributed to the win, while senior Alexa Nicholas and senior Shannon Purcell shared the final varsity spot.

Plum was slated to host Burrell on Wednesday, and the matches were to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Mustangs begin the second half of section play next Wednesday against Penn Hills at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum. All WPIBL matches begin at 3:30 p.m.

Plum rifle tops Indiana

The Plum varsity rifle team hit a rough patch right before the winter break, as the Mustangs suffered three straight losses after a season-opening victory over Waynesburg.

But the team was able to right the ship last Thursday and scored a key 797-55x to 786-45x victory over Indiana in a Section 3-AAA match on the rifle range at Plum High School.

The win put Plum at 1-2 in the section and 2-3 overall. A scheduled home match on Tuesday against Butler was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Mustangs suffered a 796-59x to 794-58x loss to Butler when the two teams squared off at Butler on Dec. 13.

Section 3-AAA is the only section with four teams — the other two sections each have five teams — and Plum will face section foes Butler, Hempfield and Indiana three times.

Melissa LeClair and Ian Michaels led Plum against Indiana with 100-8x scores, while Scott Kolar and Anastasia Klonowski tallied 100-7x scores.

Rounding out the top eight whose scores counted towards the varsity team score were Rebecca Hall (100-6x), Jake Danik (100-5x), Mikaela Zacher (99-7x) and Josh Repasi (98-7x).

Danik shot a perfect score of 100-10x in Plum's first match against Butler.

Kolar fired a 100-9x in the same match, as he missed a perfect score by one bulls-eye.

LeClair (100-8x), Danik (100-7x) and Zacher (100-7x) paced the team in the loss to Hempfield on Dec. 18.

Plum returns to action Thursday at section foe Hempfield. Action gets started at 3:30 p.m.

The Mustangs travel to Indiana on Tuesday for another 3:30 match.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at mlove@tribweb.com.

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