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Bowling: Rams have high hopes heading into regional bowling tournament


The Pennridge girls bowling team is heading into this weekend’s PIAA Eastern Regional Tournament on a serious roll.

The Rams, coached by Kristin Detweiler, finished the regular season with a stellar 48-8 record, good for the top spot in the Suburban One American Conference and a spot in the team regionals. They followed that up by taking second place behind Neshaminy in the fourth annual Luau Tournament.

Individually, senior Kelcie Mannon, whose 211.1 season average was the best in the conference, qualified for her second consecutive trip to the singles tournament. Senior Liz Detweiler (158 average) will also be making her second trip to regionals while freshman Maribeth Baker (195 average) will be making her first trip to the tourney.

So it’s no surprise Detweiler has high hopes for her bowlers when they take part in the Eastern Regional Tournament at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata. Singles compete on Friday while the team competition is set for Saturday.

It will be the Rams’ second trip to regionals in Detweiler’s three seasons as coach. In 2018, they finished 27th.

“This team has really good camaraderie,” said Detweiler. “They seem to feed off each other. It’s been a really good season.”

One of the highlights of the season occurred against Abington on Dec. 9 in the second match of the season when Mannon rolled the first-ever 300-game in Pennridge girls bowling history.

It was the second straight strong season for Mannon. As a junior, she finished second in the conference singles tournament, just one pin out of first place. She also posted the high game (257) and series (698) during the regular season.

Detweiler says she expects Mannon and Baker to make a run at qualifying for states. To do so, they would have to finish in the top 10 bowlers during the singles competition.

“Typically, you need to shoot over 1,000 for five games to have a chance at the top 10,” she said.

Mannon finished 27th at regionals last year with a five-game total of 896.

While the girls enjoyed a winning, season, the freshmen-dominated boys team struggled, winning just two games. Senior Evan Lechowicz, a four-year starter, earned a spot at regionals thanks to his 183 average. Last year, Lechowicz rolled the fourth 300 game in Pennridge boys bowling history and finished with an 882 total at regionals.

“For Liz and Evan, the goal is to improve on what they did last year,” said Detweiler.