Girls bowling team reaches championship
Norwin has produced its share of strong individual bowlers in recent years, but this week, the Knights will take a shot at a team trophy.
The Knights girls team finished second behind Hempfield with an 8-2 record in the WPIBL's East Section, and with that finish, earned a spot in the WPIBL Championship at West Pike Lanes in Canonsburg on Thursday.
It is the first time the Norwin girls will get to compete in the championships, and coming from the league's highest-scoring section, the Knights could be a factor in the 16-team event.
“We're in one of the toughest sections in the WPIBL,” said Angie Trump, one of the Knights' coaches. “We've had some pretty good teams, but because we weren't able to get to the top two of the section, we've never been in the championships.”
Leading the Knights is senior Taylor Trump, who completed the regular season with an average of 202.43 per game, second in both the section and WPIBL behind Hempfield's Justyne Falbo.
Behind Trump for Norwin are freshmen Brooke and Brianna Lundy, whose averages of 178.62 and 173.10, respectively, should easily make both qualifiers for next month's individual competition. Junior Dorianne Miller (154.08), junior Sabrina Shaffer (142.83) and freshman Jules Goehring (140.77) round out the Knights with more than 20 varsity games this season, and should give the Knights a solid core group for next year, as well.
“We have a couple girls that are returning from last year, but for the most part, this is a brand new experience for the girls,” Angie Trump said.
“I'd really love to see them win it, but it will be challenging. They're putting out this Route 66 (oil) pattern on the lanes, so I don't anticipate the scoring will be fabulous. I think it puts everyone on more of an even scale.”
Regardless of how the Knights finish in the event, which will consist of three five-player games for each team, it will set a new high mark for Norwin bowling on a team level.
“They'll be successful if they keep being aggressive, making spares and staying positive,” Angie Trump said.
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.