NA Boys Roll Shaler, 7-0
The Tigers continued their winning ways on Friday with their second section win in as many matches. Fresh off their strong performance against Butler, NA rallied against the invading Shaler Area Titans behind the steady hand of junior Marc Sostmann. Sostmann’s wild turkey (six strikes in a row) during the final half of the first game catapulted him into the lead for high game with a 245. All five varsity Tigers (Andrew Cook (224), Joey Lydon (224), Jeb Jorden (214), and Dylan Scheidler (212)) contributed to the 1119 pins knocked over during Game 1, one of the highest pin counts the Tigers have seen over the last few seasons. Game 1 went to the Tigers 1119-822.
Due to safety measures implemented by the WPIBL to prevent possible COVID-19 exposure, after each game, teams bowl on a new pair of lanes for Game 2. Switching to new lane conditions, requires adjustments to be made by the bowlers as new and changed variables are added into the equation.
The strikes did not come as frequent in the second game, but the eagle-eyed marksmanship of the spare shooting kept the individual and team scores high enough to win Game 2 (970-883). As a team, through the sixty frames that make up a five-player game, NA accumulated only 3 open frames (without a strike or spare). Jorden and Scheidler led North Allegheny with a 205 and 204, respectively.
The Tigers were back on the hunt in Game 3 eager to move back above the 1000+ pin threshold. Joining the fray was freshman Cole Scott, who quickly integrated into the pursuit. His 193 was the boost the Tigers needed. Leading all bowlers, Jeb Jorden threw nine strikes in game 3 to finish with the high game for the day (266) as well as the high series (685). Cook also added a 223 towards the Game 3 victory. NA 1043 – Shaler 865.
Jorden, Cook (634), and Scheidler (612) each achieved 600+ pin, 3-game series.
For the match, NA knocked over 3132 pins to Shaler’s 2570. NA earned all 7 match points and now sits at the top of the WPIBL North Section with a record of 2-0.
Senior Alexis Robinson finished the day with the highest game thrown by either girls’ team, 245. Her last three frames were perfect filling up the score sheet with a five-bagger. Robinson finished the day with a 584 series (159-180-245). Much improvement was seen by sophomore Katrina Price (392) and junior Morgan Maughan (370). Both girls increased their pin count 40+ between competitions.
The next match for both the Boys and Girls teams is slated for January 6, 2021. Stay Safe and Stay Healthy and we will be back on the lanes in the new year.