Gateway girls bowlers wrap up perfect season; boys win playoff tiebreaker
The Gateway varsity boys and girls bowling teams shut out Shaler, 7-0, last week to close out the regular season, and both teams punched their tickets to the WPIBL team championships this week.
The Gators girls squad dominated Section 5 play this season, and they lost only one game out of 30 in 10 matches en route to a 10-0 record and the section championship.
The Gateway boys started out 2-3 in Section 5 play, but they went 5-0 down the stretch with several key victories to finish 7-3 and in a second-place tie with East Allegheny.
The top two teams from each section earn spots in the WPIBL team tournament, and Gateway won the tiebreaker with East Allegheny — most team points earned in the 10 games bowled.
The teams split their season series, but the Gators finished with 52 team points to 48 for East Allegheny.
The WPIBL boys team competition was slated for Wednesday at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum. The event was to be contested and completed past the deadline for this week's edition.
The girls teams will take center stage Thursday at Paradise Island Lanes on Neville Island, the home of Moon, OLSH and Sewickley Academy.
Both Gateway teams also have qualified for the Western Pennsylvania Regional Championships on March 8.
A select number of individual bowlers have also qualified for the regional singles tournament on March 7. To qualify, a bowler needed to roll at least 21 games and finish in the top 72 of all bowlers in the WPIBL.
The powerful Gateway senior trio of Tori Smith, Angela Chusko and Morgan Sayre all finished in the top six in the section.
Serra Catholic senior Hannah Schorr was first in average (206.33), but Smith was second (195.22) and Chusko was third (189.15).
Sayre finished sixth in average with a 172.38 over 24 games.
Freshman Lexi Flock finished her first season with a 27-game average of 132.30.
She had a personal season-best series of 475 (155-169-151) against Shaler.
Senior Jon McAnany finished the regular season second in Section 5 boys in average with a 197.66 for 29 games. Serra Catholic freshman Eric Armbruster took the top spot with a 30-game average of 201.67.
Also faring well for the Gators was sophomore Bailey Diggins in fifth with a 30-game average of 191.83 and sophomore Ryan Skladany, who took ninth in the section with a 186.80 average for 30 games.
Junior Nick Crawford (28 games) and senior Dylan Shumaker (28 games) checked in with 10-match season averages of 172.96 and 156.07 respectively.