Greensburg Salem boys, Hempfield girls win WPIBL titles
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sTwo teams accustomed to being on top of the scoreboard at the bowling lanes again hoisted trophies last week.
The Greensburg Salem boys and Hempfield girls bowling teams repeated as WPIBL champions and let their previous experience pay dividends.
The Greensburg Salem boys (8-2) had a pin total of 2,964, while Knoch finished in second with 2,781 pins. The Hempfield boys finished third with 2,694 pins at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.
Senior Adam Weynadt led Greensburg Salem with a three-game total of 664, followed by senior Dylan Dirado (640) and freshman Zach Heater (633). Seniors Adam Falkosky (537) and Ryan Zulisky (490) rounded out the scoring for the Golden Lions.
“This year, we have four seniors. Last year, we had only one,” coach Greg Piper said. “This year was the year we have to go for everything since we are losing the seniors. It will take a couple of years to get everyone back up to speed after this year.”
Weynadt, who will attend Penn State next fall, threw a 259 in his third and final game of the tournament. Dirado, who will be attending Pitt-Johnstown, also finished strong with a 233. Heater set the tone with a 257 in the first game.
“We are very fortunate to get where we are today, and we are more experienced than others I believe,” said Piper, who won the school's first WPIBL as a junior in 2006. “Jim Heater (Zach's father) is my assistant. He's talented and provides us with the knowledge and the best equipment we need. We are always out there practicing hard with tougher lane conditions.”
The Hempfield girls (10-0), who have won every WPIBL title since 2008, had 2,809 total pins to edge Plum (2,675) and Norwin (2,594) at West Pike Lanes in Canonsburg.
Senior Justyne Falbo led the Spartans with a three-game total of 634 pins, while Cortney Weirs knocked down 572 and Kelsie Hendrick rolled 560. Natalie Herman (530) and Jen Zyvith (513) were the other finishers for Hempfield.
“I was very happy and pleased,” coach Dave Montell said. “I have one of the strongest teams, and I'm very happy in how they performed this year.”
Falbo got stronger as the tournament was progressing, finishing with a 232 in her third game after posting a score of 214 in her second. Weirs also finished strong, with a 210 in her third game after posting a 193 in her first game.
“It's just a great group of kids, to be honest with you,” Montell said. “The feeder leagues and the junior leagues that the girls are in just carries over when they go into high school. These kids bowl a lot during the week.”
The Greensburg Salem boys and Hempfield girls will next compete in the Western Pennsylvania Regionals, where they also were crowned champions last year. The regional tournament will be March 8-9 at North Versailles Bowl.
Andrew John is a freelance writer.
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