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Plum bowling teams sweep past St. Joseph in section

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Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Plum varsity boys and girls bowling teams competed away from Nesbit's Lanes in Plum last week for the first time this season, and the Mustangs swept St. Joseph in Northeast section play.

The boys kept pace with Penn Hills at the top of the section standings at 6-1, while the girls squad remained in second place at 5-2, one game behind Gateway and Penn Hills.

On the boys side, juniors Joshua Kirchartz and Dan Yushinski led the way against St. Joseph, and the duo remained very close in season average after week seven.

Kirchartz fired a 620 series (201-204-215) and stood at a 215.67 season average, while Yushinski rolled a 643 series (234-163-246), and his season average was at 215.29 after week seven.

Seniors Matt Kosmack (501 series) and Dalton Novak (483 series) also contributed to the win.

Junior Cody Frisco and senior Zach Matthews shared the fifth varsity spot. Matthews scored a 200 in game two of the match.

On the girls side, sophomore Bethany LaBertew and freshman Cierra Aiello made their varsity debuts, and senior Jocelyn Rubash was a consistent leader for the Plum girls in their match against St. Joseph.

Rubash tallied games of 193, 196 and 194 for a 583 series.

Freshman Talia Pilyih added a 447 series, while sophomore Kristen Ankers contributed a three-game series of 433.

LaBertew helped the Plum cause with a 373 series for three games.

Senior Alexa Nicholas bowled a 169 and a 178 in games one and two, respectively. Aiello then came in to finish the match.

The top two teams from each section qualify for the WPIBL tournament, and Plum was slated to play Gateway on Wednesday at New Great Valley Lanes in North Versailes. The match was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

Plum faces Woodland Hills next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Swissvale Arcade.

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

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