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Quaker Valley bowlers chasing Section 7 title

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Having clinched a playoff berth, the Quaker Valley boys bowling team (6-0 entering this week) plans to zero in on the section title in a WPIBL Section 7 match against North Allegheny on Thursday.

Coach Greg Vecchi said the Quakers, who are battling inconsistency, need to win two of three games to capture the title outright. By finishing in the top two in the section, Quaker Valley has qualified for the WPIBL championship Feb. 26.

“We have three solid guys in our starting lineup and three (who) have been fluctuating from great to below their averages,” Vecchi said.

Vecchi expects senior Zach Mancuso (189.07 average in 15 games) to be among contenders for the singles title at the WPIBL Regional Championships next month.

Senior Matt Trapp (172.43 average in 21 games) and junior Cody Blumling (169 average in 16 games) are other top rollers.

Junior Derek Hiller (162.43 average in 21 games), senior Cris Trapp (153.33 average in 18 games) and junior Dan Charko (148.57 average in 14 games) also have competed.

The Quaker Valley girls team (2-4) is enjoying one of its finest seasons in five years under Vecchi.

Seniors Rachel Dye (128.53 average in 15 games) and Mary Frank (125.41 in 17) lead the Quakers.

Junior Emily Dietrich (113.39) and senior Lindsey Hogan (109.94) have rolled 18 games apiece.

Junior Amanda Bemis has averaged 103.60 in 20 games.

A winless Sewickley Academy boys team continues to rebuild.

Junior Max Hammel is encouraged games are becoming closer.

“I have seen some significant improvement in just about every bowler on our team,” said Hammel, who has averaged 111.79 in 14 games.

Juniors Pieter Hansen (134.81 in 21 games) and Rahul Pokharna (133.39 in 18) are the Panthers' best rollers.

With a 132.28 average in 18 games, senior Sarah Duplaga leads the Sewickley Academy girls team (1-7).

Senior Elizabeth Wilson has averaged 114.62 in 21 games.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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