Weekly Feature

2018-02-14 / Sports

Mount St. Mary bowling team wins league title


The Mount St. Mary girls bowling team is the Monsignor Martin regular-season champion.

The Thunder finished 81-3 in league matches. A late-season win over Sacred Heart clinched the league title for Mount St. Mary. The Thunder got a 4-0 win over the Sharks, who had split the first two matches in the regular season.

The team came out hot, winning 644-575 in the first game. Both teams took a step back in the second game, but they again won 582-558. In the final game, they won 598-550 to clinch the sweep.

“I don’t know if both teams were nervous because of the importance of the match,” Mount St. Mary coach Brian Fittry said. “The only chance they had to win the league was to beat us in all four matches, but even then it would have been hard for them to catch us. Our best performance and the only girl that bowled above her average was Becca Weiss. We didn’t have our best performance, but it was enough to win.”

The Thunder were the strongest team in Monsignor Martin all the way through the season, save for one 3-1 loss to Sacred Heart midway through the season. The team had four of the top six bowlers in the league. Through the first 19 matches, Molly Stonish led the league with an average of 174. Junior Ellyse Beamer was second at 160. Bailey Huber was fourth at 158.2. Lily Mueller was sixth at 149.5.

The team won the league and All-Catholic title last season. They’ll be aiming to do the same this year when they compete in the All-Catholic Championships Tuesday. The format will be a bit different this year.

“They changed the format this year. We’re going to roll five instead of four in the first game,” Fittry said. “That will allow them to seed us. Then we will roll six games of Baker. That means you have five bowlers roll in order. So, the first girl rolls the first and sixth game, the second girl rolls the second and seventh game, and so on. You have your best girl go last to see if you can get extra rolls on the 10th frame.

“Last year we won the league title and the All-Catholics. We hope to repeat what we did last year and win the league and the All-Catholics. I know the girls are looking forward to the All-Catholics. They pretty much have set the goals for themselves.”

While the Mount St. Mary program has had plenty of success over the years, this might be the best team they’ve ever had. They’ll have a chance to prove that with a strong finish.

“If they win out, they could end up being one of the better teams that ever came out of Mount St. Mary,” Fittry said. “If they finish with three losses, I think that would be the record.”

email: tnigrelli@beenews.com

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