PIAA EASTERN REGIONAL BOWLING Rippy tops Martin for crown BOYS GIRLS
nCV junior wins battle of county rivals in final frame, 224-209. BY BARRY DECKER, Sports Correspondent
READING -- Conestoga Valley junior Rodney Rippy outdueled Garden Spot senior Matt Martin in the final frame to capture the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Bowling Individual Championship on Friday.
Although the match began slowly, with a couple of spares, both bowlers showed their firepower through the middle of the game, firing strikes like they were two major-league hurlers who found the pocket and hit it hard.
Both Rippy and Martin entered the final frame feeling the game was in their grasp. Martin shot 209, forcing Rippy to throw two strikes, ending with 224.
Said Rippy, "After the ninth frame, I felt like I had a chance to win it."
Martin said, "I felt pretty solid after the sixth frame, but he just had more in the last frame."
To reach the finals, the second-seeded Rippy (234) defeated Noah Thomas of Shikellamy (178); while Martin (187) defeated Austin Chubb of Mechanicsburg (163) in the quarterfinals, and Jack Celmer of Conrad Weiser, 232 to 162, in the semifinals.
Dan Hassler of Cocalico also was an award winner in the opening quad-match competitions with his 165.
In the girls' division, Cedar Crest's Brittany LaBarre (179) finished second to the Eastern Regional Champion Jenna Yarger (201) of Midd-West in the final match.
To reach the finals, LaBarre (225) defeated Jenn Stevens of Pennridge, (187); and in the semifinals, LaBarre (201) defeated Sara Strausbaugh of Lancaster Catholic (163).
Other female award winners included opening quad-match competitors Liz Burkholder of Penn Manor (180); Aerika High of Manheim Central (194); Rebecca Hresko of Cedar Crest (190); and Brittany Ritzman of Elizabethtown (164).
To earn a berth in the awards round, the 180 boys and 150 girls rolled five games, after which the top 12 finishers advanced to the opening round of quad-matches.
In the qualifying games, Strausbaugh pushed into first place with three 235 scores, boosting her five-game total to 1,103.
Strausbaugh led second-place qualifier Cydnee Toland Holmes of Penn Wood by 28 pins.
Four other L-L League keglers also notched a top-12 finish, including Liz Burkholder of Penn Manor (1,064); Rebecca Hresko of Cedar Crest (1,055); Aerika High of Manheim Central (1,025); and Brittany Ritzman of Elizabethtown (1013).
Top qualifiers for the boys included Rippy (1,164), Hassler (1,130) and Martin (1,124).
1. Jack Celmer (Conrad Weiser), 1,175; 2. Rodney Rippy (Conestoga Valley), 1,164; 3. Dan Matase (Father Judge), 1,153; 4. Austin Chubb (Mechanicsburg), 1,142; 5. Barry Kline (Conrad Weiser), 1,141; 6. Robert Wike (Exeter), 1,139, 7. Dan Hassler (Cocalico), 1,130; 8. Brandon Runk (East Pennsboro), 1,125; 9. Matt Martin (Garden Spot), 1,124; 9. Mark Artley (Milton), 1,124; 11. Noah Thomas (Shilkellamy), 1,120; 12. John Manidis (Twin Valley), 1,119.
1. Sara Strausbaugh (Lancaster Catholic), 1,103; 2. Cydnee Toland Holmes (Penn Wood), 1,075; 3. Brynn Musser (Selinsgrove), 1,069; 4. Jenn Stevens (Pennridge), 1,068; 5. Liz Burkholder (Penn Manor), 1,064; 6. Rebecca Hresko (Cedar Crest), 1,055; 7. Paige Graeff (Wilson), 1,037; 8. Aerika High (Manheim Central), 1,025; 9. 10. Alicia Benner (Wilson), 1,018; 11. Brittany Ritzman (Elizabethtown), 1,013; 12. Jenna Yarger (Midd-West), 995.