The bowling team has had yet another successful season. Last year, in the 2020-2021 season, the Bears set a high bar for themselves, with a Section win, second and third place finishes in the Lancaster-Lebanon League women's singles, and sixth and seventh place finishes in the LL League men’s singles. The team made it all the way to the semi-finals of the LL League team playoffs, but were unable to beat Penn Manor, who went on to become the LL League champions of 2021. The bowling team didn’t rest on their laurels however, pushing this year to achieve even more.
The team defended their Section 2 win, making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the LL League team playoffs. Junior Zach Wentzel went on to win the LL League men’s singles championship, and seniors Alaina Telenko, Allison Evans, and Hannah Griffie placed fifth, seventh, and eighth respectively in the women’s singles championship. Individuals from the team made it farther than they had last year, going to regional and even state competitions.
Senior Ayden Pope, Zach Wentzel, sophomore Derek Deardorff, and senior Daniel Eberle made the Section 2 All Star team. The highest series, or three game score, in the section went to Derek Deardorff, bowling 822 in three games.
These many awards and accolades are impressive on their own, but on top of all of these, the team set a state record. The team set both a state and league record 3,617 series. This record-setting series allows the team to advance to the national championship, taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 18-20. Freshman Ella Eberle also reached state playoffs and will progress to nationals in the women’s singles competition.
The Elizabethtown Bowling team has been a dominant force in the area for the past decade, continuing to progress and improve year after year, with 2022 being no exception.
By Ally Evans and Bryan Murray