PITTSBURGH — Hazleton Area’s impressive bowling season came to an end over the weekend, as the Cougars fell in the state quarterfinals at the Pennsylvania High School Girls Bowling State Championships.
The format differs from regionals, as only the top-four teams advanced into bracket play. Eventual state champion Elizabethtown, as the top school during qualifying, received an automatic berth in the final. Elizabethtown defeated Penn Manor, which faced Hazleton Area in the quarterfinals as the third seed after the qualifier round.
Penn Manor took its best-of-3 Baker match with the Cougars in two games, 163-160, 200-158.
During team qualifying, Miranda Rish paced the Cougars with a 559 series, including the team’s top-two games at 192 and 189. Alyssa Balicki added a 512 series, with a top game of 178, and Jamie Kulaga posted a 500 series (176 high game).
Hazleton Area joined Penn Manor as the only teams to have five bowlers post three-game series of 489 or better during qualifying. Kelly Maloney (490 series, 174 game) and Aleigha Sokolowski (489 series, 185 game) rounded out the qualifying round scoring for the Cougars.
The team’s 2,550 during standard play left them third entering the Baker matches.
During Baker series qualifying, Hazleton Area ranked fifth. The Cougars’ 1,069 was three pins behind Elizabethtown. Penn Manor led the Baker sets with 1,114.
Wilkes swept at Eastern
Wilkes dropped a pair of games at Eastern, 4-3 and 10-0.
In game one, Wilkes (4-6) took the lead when Stephen Ruch’s sacrifice fly scored Matthew Reese in the first inning.
Joshua Slocum homered in the top of the fourth to give Wilkes a 2-1 lead.
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Whittier 13, King’s 7
Maxwell Jones scored four goals and dished out three assists to power Whittier over host King’s.
A.J. Bungert and Evan Lawshe scored two goals each for the Monarchs, while Mike O’Brien and Kevin Sweeney contributed one goal and two assists apiece. Brendan McCrudden made five saves in net for King’s.