Plum boys and girls bowling teams set for regionals tourneys
It will be a busy next two days for members of the Plum boys and girls varsity bowling teams.
Both Mustangs squads will take part in the Western Regional singles and team tournaments Friday and Saturday at North Versailles Bowl.
“The kids are excited for this weekend and for the chance to do great things,” Plum head coach Cliff Kirchartz said.
The team tournament is Saturday at 9 a.m., and the Plum boys, the Northeast section champion this season, will try to duplicate or better their fourth-place finish at last year's event.
The Mustangs girls squad also placed fourth at regionals last year.
Both Plum teams advanced to states in 2012, and the top six finishers at this year's regional tournament will punch tickets to the Pa State Championships, set for March 15 and 15 at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata.
The top 16 teams that competed at the WPIBL championships on Feb. 20 and 21 also will be at regionals, and they will do battle with a couple of teams from a league in Erie.
Each boys and girls team will roll three regular games and six Baker-style games, and the pin total from the nine games will be used to determine the six state qualifiers and the regional champion.
Senior Heather Kosmack and freshman Allie Dick will not be at the regional tournament this weekend, as they are a part of the Plum marching band's trip to Florida.
Sophomores Bethany LaBertew and Kristen Ankers will take those two spots in the team competition.
Three boys and three girls bowlers from Plum will be a part of the regional singles tournament Friday at 9 a.m.
Bowling for the boys are juniors Dan Yushinski and Joshua Kirchartz and senior Matt Kosmack, while the girls will have seniors Jocelyn Rubash and Alexa Nicholas and freshman Talia Pilyih in action.
The top 72 boys and girls bowlers in terms of average from the WPIBL regular season who bowled at least 21 games qualified for the regional tournament.
Each boys and girls bowler will roll six games in a qualifying round, and the top 12 after that round will be the 12 who will represent the western region at states.
Also, those 12 bowlers will be placed into a bracketed playoff to determine the regional champion. The top four after the qualifying round will receive byes to the quarterfinals.
Yushinski was the Plum boys' highest finisher at regionals last year, as he placed 17th. Rubash paced the Mustangs girls last year with a 25th-place finish.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.