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Greensburg Salem boys capture Western Regional bowling title

| Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:27 p.m.

The senior-laden Greensburg Salem boys bowling team continued its season-long success by topping the leaderboard Saturday at the Western Regional tournament.

Greensburg Salem bettered rival Hempfield by 200 pins, finishing with a team total of 3,897 pins at the regional event at North Versailles Bowl.

“We basically practiced for it. We had an attack plan to attack the pattern on the lane,” assistant coach Jim Heater said. “If one guy was down, the others picked him up. They work well together as a team.”

Greensburg Salem was led by Adam Falkosky, who finished with a three-game score of 599. Falkosky started strong with a 228 in the first game, which was the team high for the day.

“We didn't know where we were at any point. You can't scoreboard watch; you just need to focus on what your doing,” Heater said. “I knew what some teams had around us, but I didn't know what teams down at the end had. But when it came to the Baker Set of the tournament, we knew we just had to keep doing what we were doing.”

Adam Weyant, the team's anchor, finished with a total score of 589, while Ryan Zulisky posted a 567. Dylan Dirado (552) and Zach Heater (544) were the other two scorers.

“Our anchor guy, he had a horrible look on the lanes,” Heater said. “We had to make some equipment changes. We had some misfires as a team. If we didn't have these misfires, we could have won by more.”

The Hempfield girls bowling team followed up its WPIBL title with a second-place finish at the Western Regionals with a total pin count of 3,317, which was 220 pins behind champion Butler.

“I was pleased with our finish after the start that we had,” coach Dave Montell said. “We had a rocky start. After the first game, we were in ninth place. We had a tough road ahead of us if we wanted to finish high.”

Justyne Falbo, the team's anchor, finished with a 522 series to lead the Spartans. Falbo, who won the regional singles championship March 8, had a 212 high game.

Cortney Weirs finished second with a 483 series, while Jen Zyvith followed with 459. Natalie Herman (415) finished fourth for Hempfield, while Kelsie Hendrick bowled a 277 through two games and Alysia Dube a 148 game.

“They are capable of (winning). They just struggled out there. They were just trying to find their line out there,” Montell said. “The other teams had just too big of a lead for us to completely come back. I'm just very happy and proud they came back. They did the best they could.”

The Greensburg Salem and Hempfield teams compete at the Pennsylvania State Bowling Championship on Friday and Saturday at the 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata.

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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