Norwin girls bowling team competing for state title this weekend
High school bowling comes to an end this week, and all three Star-area schools will be represented in this year's state championships.
Norwin's girls team will battle for a state crown, while Norwin's Taylor Trump and Penn-Trafford's Amanda Balas in girls singles and Franklin Regional's Harrison Thatcher in boys singles are also in the running after their performances in the Western Regional competitions last week at the North Versailles Bowling Center.
The state competition for teams and singles is Friday and Saturday at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata, Lancaster County.
The Norwin girls continued their strong first postseason appearance by placing fourth of 16 teams with 3,294 pins and moving on as one of the six western qualifiers to states.
Trump paced the Knights with games of 191, 201 and 204 for a 596 series, and Brooke Lundy had a series of 506 and a high game of 187 to rank second for Norwin.
Brianna Lundy was next with a 476 series, Dori Miller rolled a 413, and Jules Goehring and Sabrina Shaffer split the games of the remaining Norwin series to combine for a 398.
The Knights also were strong in the two Baker sets, in which all five bowlers roll two frames per game in a series, as they posted scores of 433 and 472.
Butler posted the top score in the team regional, while Hempfield, Penn Hills, Ambridge and North Allegheny also will join Norwin at states.
In the girls singles event, Trump placed sixth in the qualification round with a six-game score of 1,101, and Balas was just behind her in seventh with a 1,093. Trump was tripped up in the first round of the 12-player stepladder, however, as she lost, 174-154, to Starr Edwards of East Allegheny.
Balas fared better in the knockout rounds, as she defeated McKeesport's Moriah Crosby, 192-152, and Serra Catholic's Hannah Schorr, 219-187, to reach the semifinals. In the semis, Balas was stopped by eventual champ Justyne Falbo of Hempfield, 176-167.
On the boys side, Thatcher qualified fourth and earned a bye with a score of 1,267. He would be topped in his quarterfinal, 189-178, by West Mifflin's Tommy Forster, who went from being the 12th and final qualifier to winning the regional in the knockout rounds.
Missing out on the girls stepladder were Franklin Regional's Diana Smith (24th, 1,013) and Norwin's Brianna Lundy (22nd, 1,018) and Brooke Lundy (53rd, 931).
Missing the top 12 from the Norwin boys were Christian Kolesha (24th, 1,095), Michael Curcio (30th, 1,065), Jake Bobak (50th, 996), Reno Rainey (66th, 893) and Tyler Roberts (69th, 870). From FR, Ben March (44th, 1,017), Jacob Fritch (52nd, 973), Dillon Askey (60th, 940) and Conner Fratangelo (64th, 904) also competed, while from P-T, Patrick Gaston (52nd, 973) and Noah Hayes (70th, 866) bowled.
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.