Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Mounts 2nd at States!

Last year, Penn Manor won its first boys bowling state team championship in school history.

It’s now two in a row for the Comets.

Penn Manor defeated Ephrata, 2-0, in the Baker Game finals of the state tournament on Saturday afternoon at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata to defend its crown.

In the first game of the finals, the teams tied, 160-160. Penn Manor won a fiveframe tiebreaker to take that game. The Comets, coached by Chris Vital, then clinched the state title by defeating Ephrata, 194-179, in the second game.

Ephrata was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals during the morning portion of the event, totaling 4,119 pins to edge the Comets by four pins. Penn Manor had to defeat Pennsbury, 2-0, in the semifinals to advance to the final match. Both wins were narrow — 199 to 191 in the first and 187 to 174 in the second.

Comets participating in Saturday morning qualifying were Nick Mease, Nick Fisher, Tanner Simet, Austin Curtiss and Kyle Shertz. Mease’s 666 series was the thirdbest of qualifying behind Exeter’s Antonio Reyes (694) and Pennsbury’s Jake Feher (667).

The Comets’ other team members for states were Mark Smith and Dan Mease.

Ephrata’s qualifying was led by Lee Enck, who bowled a 661 series and also had the day’s high game (268). Other Mounts participating in qualifying were Logan Molchany, Jared Bigley, Nick Venderwende, Cameron Zwally, Samantha Heindel and Gavin Dissinger.