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Quaker Valley boys bowlers finish 14th at WPIBL championships

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:39 p.m.

The Quaker Valley boys bowling team entered the WPIBL playoffs last week hoping to do better than it did a year ago, when, making its first appearance, it finished 15th.

The Quakers achieved their goal by placing 14th.

Junior Matt Trapp led Quaker Valley, knocking down 539 pins in three games.

Junior Zach Mancuso and senior Troy Gleason had three-game totals of 459 and 448, respectively.

Senior John Duzicky (362), junior Tyler Walker (321) and sophomore Cody Blumling (306) also scored.

A member of the West Division, Quaker Valley advanced to the WPIBL championship after winning its first division title.

Depth helped the Quakers during the regular season, when Gleason, who averaged 199.70, and Trapp (183.46) were the only rollers to compete in every match.

Coach Greg Vecchi said Walker and sophomore Dan Charko did a good job replacing bowlers who missed action for personal reasons.

“The boys fought through some rough spots,” Vecchi said.

With top rollers competing, Vecchi expects the Quakers to make a strong showing at the Western Regional Championship on March 8 and 9 in North Versailles.

Quaker Valley placed eighth in the region a year ago.

After finishing last in the West Division, the Quaker Valley girls team looks forward to next year, when many bowlers are expected to return.

“We want to be as good as the boys,” said junior Mary Frank, who led the girls with a 129.33 average in 30 games.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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