Shorthanded Quaker Valley bowlers finish 9th at Western Regional tournament
Missing two top rollers, the Quaker Valley boys bowling team did better than expected at the Western Regional championship last week at North Versailles, tying for ninth place with McKeesport.
With a lineup featuring all underclassmen, the Quakers knocked down 3,340 pins, including a standard total of 2,280.
Quaker Valley had pinfalls of 530 in two separate Baker sets.
In Baker format, team members take turns bowling one frame at a time, with each rolling two frames.
Junior Matt Trapp (506) was the Quakers' top roller in standard play.
Junior Derek Hiller was next with a three-game total of 460.
Junior Zach Mancuso and sophomores Cody Blumling and Dan Charko also competed.
“I didn't know what to expect,” said coach Greg Vecchi, noting that some bowlers were missing due to prior commitments. “For this group to do what they did was remarkable.
“They just never quit and rooted each other on. I was very proud.”
After bowling in only one varsity match this year, Hiller was nervous heading into the tournament, which was won by Greensburg Salem.
“Without our top guys, there was some pressure,” he said.
Trapp, who had a high game of 196 as the Quakers' leading roller, is encouraged that all competitors are expected to return next season.
“It will be our starting five,” he said.
Senior Troy Gleason, who finished 47th among 72 rollers at the regional singles qualifier, was disappointed he missed team competition.
“(At the singles qualifier) I wasn't in the mood to bowl,” he said. “With the team, it would have been different; I really wanted us to do well.”
“(Gleason) had trouble with consistency,” Vecchi said. “He just couldn't get in a groove that he normally gets in (when he has) multiple strikes in a row.”
Quaker Valley, which won its first section title, finished 14th at the WPIBL playoffs last month.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.