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Plum bowlers take care of Burrell

| Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, 2:36 p.m.

The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams kept their spots atop the WPIBL's Northeast section last week with a sweep of Burrell at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.

The boys improved to 5-0 on the season and remained one game ahead of Penn Hills for the section lead.

Junior Joshua Kirchartz continued his solid 2012-13 season with his best series of the season and one of the best series in all of the WPIBL through the first five weeks.

He rolled games of 225, 251 and 237 for a 713 series.

The series put his season average at 223.67, nine pins ahead of teammate Dan Yushinski for first in the section.

Yushinski, a junior, bowled a 267 in the first game of the match, and it anchored a 618 series.

He had a 214.80 average after week five, just ahead of Penn Hills junior Michael Delle Femine (214.80).

Senior Matt Kosmack had Plum's second highest series in week five, as he tallied a 220, a 215 and a 241 for a season-best 676 series. Fellow senior Dalton Novak contributed a 587 series, and that total included a 210 score in game two.

Seniors Zach Matthews (171-178) and Jai Major (158) shared the final varsity spot for the Mustangs.

On the girls side, senior Jocelyn Rubash led Plum (4-1) with a 633 series.

She rolled a 257 in game two of the match, and it was only one pin off her season-best score.

Rubash added scores of 181 and 195 and she finished week five in fourth place in the Northeast section with a 190.53 average.

Senior Alexa Nicholas added a 523 series with games of 181, 170 and 172, while senior Heather Kosmack scored a 516 series (162, 163 and 191).

Freshman Bryanne Woods competed on varsity for the first time this season, and she recorded games of 156, 169 and 150 for a 475 series.

Senior Shannon Purcell and freshman Allie Dick shared the final varsity spot.

Purcell bowled a 101 in game one, and Dick contributed a season-best 235 score in game two and a 192 in game three.

The Plum teams were to face Penn Hills on Wednesday at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum. The match was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Mustangs match up against St. Joseph next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.

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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