Gateway girls place third at WPIBL team event
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Seniors Morgan Sayre, Tori Smith and Angela Chusko, as freshmen, helped the Gateway girls bowling team placed third at the 2011 WPIBL championships.
The trio returned as sophomores in 2012 and paced the Gators in their fourth-place finish.
Things didn't go as they had hoped last year, and Gateway missed the WPIBL championships after placing third in section play to Plum and Penn Hills.
But Sayre, Smith and Chusko made it a point to be a part of the WPIBL-championship conversation this season, and they helped the Gators, the Section 5 champion, place third behind Norwin and Hempfield at last week's 18-team WPIBL tournament at Paradise Island Lanes on Neville Island.
The Hempfield girls had put a clamp on the team championship with numerous titles in a row, but this year, Norwin rose up and took the crown from the Spartans.
The Knights finished with 2,651 pins to 2,593 for runner-up Hempfield.
Gateway took third with 2,525 pins and easily outdistanced fourth-place Plum by 112 pins.
Smith had a pair of 200-plus games (214 and 225) en route to a team-best 600 series, while Sayre rolled a 233 in game two and finished with a 566 series.
Chusko had a 214 score in game three, and she finished with a 549 series.
Sophomore Morgan Shumaker and freshman Lexi Flock also contributed to the win.
The same 18 teams which competed at the WPIBL championships will bowl at the Western Regional Championships on Saturday at North Versailles Bowl.
They will be joined by a select number of teams from the Erie area.
The top six teams from the regional tournament will bowl at states on March 15.
The Western Regional singles tournament will be Friday at North Versailles Bowl, and the top 74 boys and girls finishers in terms of average in the WPIBL earned a spot at the event.
The qualifiers also had to bowl in at least 21 of his or her team's 30 regular-season games.
Smith finished seventh in average (195.22), while Chusko and Sayre also qualified with averages of 189.15 and 172.38, respectively.
The top 12 from the singles event at regionals will bowl at states on March 14.
The Gateway boys team, which won a second-place tiebreaker with East Allegheny in Section 5, placed 14th last week at the WPIBL team championship event at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.
Junior Nick Crawford led the way for the Gators with a 525 series (167-171-187). He was the lone Gateway finisher to break the 500-pin mark.
Sophomore Bailey Diggins had a 493 series followed by senior Jon McAnany at 488.
McAnany and Diggins also will be in the singles-tournament mix at regionals.
McAnany qualified 44th with a season-average of 197.66, while Diggins qualified 67th (191.83).
Sophomore Ryan Skladany was one of a number of bowlers who just missed the cut for the individual regional tournament.
Skladany was ninth from the cut with a season average of 186.80. The final average to make the cut was a 189.60.�
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.
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