Norwin girls bowlers continue roll with regional title
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The Norwin girls bowling team ended the 2013-14 regular season with an 8-2 record, but the Knights waited until the postseason began to really get on a roll.
One week after capturing the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League championship for the first time in school history, Norwin continued its success with a first-place finish at last weekend's WPIBL Western Regional at North Versailles Bowling Center.
The first-place finish out of 18 teams qualified the Knights for the state bowling championship, which will be held Saturday at North Versailles Bowling Center.
“I knew we were the underdogs coming in,” sophomore Brooke Lundy said. “People had their doubts, that we just got lucky and we couldn't do it (again). But we proved ourselves really well, and I'm super proud of us.”
Norwin led the team competition, which consisted of three regular games in the morning and two sets of Baker games in the afternoon, throughout the entire day.
The Knights saved their strongest performance for the final Baker game, in which the team's five bowlers each shoot two frames. Norwin's five bowlers each rolled strikes in their first frames and then followed with spares in frames six through 10. The resulting score of 228 was the highest of any team in the Baker game portion of Saturday's competition.
“I think it was all adrenaline,” Lundy said. “Once the first one started, we knew we were set up pretty well. Seeing the team beside us have a good game, we knew we had to be up there, too. The competition was tight. I thought we were going to bowl a 300 there for a little while, but we kept it a clean game and did the best we could. It was great.”
Norwin got contributions from all seven of its bowlers — Jules Goehring, Sarah Kunkle, Brianna Lundy, Brooke Lundy, Dori Miller, Lizzy Pusateri and Jenna Rudolph — throughout the day. Brianna Lundy's 220 in the morning session was the third-highest game of all the bowlers at the tournament, while Brooke Lundy registered the third-highest series in the morning with a 560.
“They all came together as a team,” coach Ed Lundy said. “We're still a young team. We only have one senior graduating, so I think Norwin's going to be a force to be reckoned with for at least the next four years.”
Brooke Lundy also qualified for the individual state tournament after placing fourth during the individual qualifiers on Friday. Brianna Lundy ended three pins away from qualifying. The individual state championships take place Friday.
“I hope I can do well and represent my team and my family and all of my friends really well,” Brooke Lundy said.
Norwin will enter the team portion of the state championships on Saturday. Last season, the Knights finished fifth in their first ever trip to the state tournament.
“The goal (this) week is to represent the western part of the state very well and continue with our success,” Ed Lundy said.
Boys finish seventh
The Norwin boys bowling team just missed out on qualifying for the state team championships, finishing seventh at regionals. The top six teams advance to the state tournament.
Norwin finished 30 pins behind sixth-place Gateway with a cumulative score of 3,562. Armstrong won the competition with a score of 3,993.
Jake Bobak led the Knights, bowling a three-game series of 594 in the morning session. Reno Rainey rolled a 543, and Tyler Roberts scored a 527. Stephen Szekely, Noah Turek and Robbie Walter also bowled games for Norwin.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.
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