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Freshmen key to Plum bowling teams' success

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Gary Bills | For The Plum Advance Leader
Freshman Sarah Kirkpatrick follows through on a roll during practice January 6, 2014, at Nesbit’s Lanes in Plum.

After three weeks, the Plum varsity girls bowling team was 3-0 in WPIBL Section 3, while the Mustangs boys were 2-1, and a trio of freshman bowlers — Sarah Kirkpatrick, Dom Delvecchio and Jonathan Dygert — have been strong contributors to the success.

“They are learning quickly, listening to everything the coaches have to say and are really bowling well so far,” Plum boys head coach Jerry Yushinski said.

“They have all come in and met the pressures and challenges.”

Kirkpatrick was the top freshman girl and third overall in average in Section 3 through three weeks.

Her 188.44 average for nine games trained only Plum sophomore Allie Dick (198.33) and Woodland Hills senior Sarah White (192.00).

In week three, she rolled a 210, one of only three 200-plus games in the section that week, and she added games of 183 and 161 for a 554 series.

Yushinski said that Kirkpatrick knew she would be in the varsity lineup at the start of the season because, at the time, there only were five girls on the varsity squad.

“We knew she had the potential, but we thought there might be a small learning period first,” Yushinski said. “She came right in and did well with the returning bowlers. She's raised her average 30 to 40 pins from the start of the season.”

On the boys side, Delvecchio and Dygert have shown confidence, Yushinski said, and are in the mix for starting spots each week.

Delvecchio owned a three-week average of 174.86 (seven games), while Dygert was at a 174.14 average for seven games.

“With the boys team, they didn't go into the season with varsity spots nailed down because there was more numbers and more competition,” Yushinski said.

“Spots were up for grabs, and they took them. What they've done so far has been tremendous. They've challenged, battled and made the team better. By them getting better, the returning players raised their games. They all want to contribute and help the team win.”

Plum returned to action Wednesday against Valley at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum. The match was to be contested past the deadline for this week's edition.

The Mustangs are slated to close out the first half of section play next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. against Woodland Hills at Nesbit's.

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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