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Plum bowlers sweep past Burrell

| Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Plum boys and girls bowling teams are celebrating the holiday season and will ring in 2014 with winning records after three weeks of WPIBL play in the Northeast section.

Action resumes Jan. 8, and the Plum girls (3-0) and boys (2-1) will host section newcomer Valley at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.

The Plum girls beat Burrell, 7-0, last week — winning by more than 650 pins — and after three weeks, they are the only team to record a perfect 21 points.

Sophomore Allie Dick produced a 574 series against Burrell with a top game of 223, and she continues to lead the Northeast section in average — 198.33 for nine games.

Freshman Sarah Kirkpatrick had a 554 series in week three, and she is third in the Northeast through nine games at 188.44.

Sophomore Talia Pilyih is ranked ninth in the Northeast section (170.0), while sophomore Bethany LaBertew is 11th (163.56).

Pilyih recorded a 548 series against Burrell, while LaBertew checked in with a 493 series.

Junior Kristen Ankers rolled a 511 series — a three-game average of 170 — in the match with Burrell, and it upped her overall average to 145 over eight games.

Ankers' average puts all five Plum starters among the top 16 averages for the entire Northeast section.

The Plum boys squad bounced back from a week-two 5-2 loss to undefeated Penn Hills and shut out Burrell, 7-0.

Senior co-captain Josh Kirchartz had the top series in the Northeast section in week three with a 718. He also had the top two games, as he parlayed a 255, 277 and 186 into his top series.

Kirchartz is second in average in the Northeast through week three (216).

Fellow senior co-captain Dan Yushinski is third in average (212.33), and he produced a 572 series (201, 158, 213) against Burrell.

Senior Cody Frisco (201 and 192), sophomore Josh Christman (212, 208 and 165) and freshmen Dominic Delvecchio (196, 159 and 188) and Jonathan Dygert (158) contributed to the week-three victory.

Christman's 212 and 208 lifted his average to 185.50 through six games, while Frisco owns a 191.50 average over four games.

Kaitlyn Mallik

Plum junior softball player Kaitlyn Mallik has been selected to compete at the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University in Ohio on Jan. 4 and 5.

The QDSN, now in its 19th season, allows college-bound high school athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents to college coaches.

There also is a southern showcase in South Carolina that is in its eighth season, and the two are the largest softball showcases of their kind in the U.S.

Both attract more than 2,000 combined applicants each year.

A total of 264 players will gather at Kent State from Pennsylvania, as well as Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, New York, Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Illinois, West Virginia, Florida and the province of Ontario in Canada.

The showcase participants are selected based on criteria that includes ability, potential, academics, graduation year and coaches requests and referrals.

Mallik, a member of the Pittsburgh Power summer travel organization, is registered for the showcase as a catcher, and she also plays third base.

Last spring, Mallik split time between the Mustangs junior varsity and varsity squads. She had two home runs, five doubles and 15 runs batted in over 46 combined at bats.

One of the home runs was memorable, as it was a JV grand slam in the inaugural game at the new field at Plum High School.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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