Snow bowl fight

By on December 23, 2014

Warwick edges North Penn for tourney crown

Shown with the championship trophy from last Saturday’s SnowRoller Tournament are members of the Warwick bowling team, including (left to right) coach Bob White, Cody Souders, Nic Skoronski, Ben White, Austin Barilar, Braden Ewing, Jordan Hershey, Cole Snavely and head coach Bill Bernstein.

Shown with the championship trophy from last Saturday’s SnowRoller Tournament are members of the Warwick bowling team, including (left to right) coach Bob White, Cody Souders, Nic Skoronski, Ben White, Austin Barilar, Braden Ewing, Jordan Hershey, Cole Snavely and head coach Bill Bernstein.

With his 669 series in the SnowRoller Showdown qualifying round, Warwick’s Austin Barilar was one of five bowlers named to the tournament’s All-Star team.

With his 669 series in the SnowRoller Showdown qualifying round, Warwick’s Austin Barilar was one of five bowlers named to the tournament’s
All-Star team.

As the qualifying round for last Saturday’s SnowRoller Tournament came to a close, the Warwick bowlers were sitting in a good spot.

They had grabbed the fifth of six spots for the roll-offs.

Better yet, the Warriors were finding their groove.

“We felt pretty good about our performance, but we were a bit unsure how well the other teams around us did,” coach Bill Bernstein said. “The starting five was bowling better as the day progressed.”

The WHS keglers, in fact, rode that momentum all the way to the finals, where they knocked off North Penn two games to one at Leisure Lanes to claim their first-ever SnowRoller Tournament crown. There were 32 teams competing in the event.

“I really thought we had a good opportunity to perform well in this tournament,” Bernstein said. “But I had no idea how well the other teams from outside the area would be. We need all of our bowlers to contribute and that happened. We’ve had good showings (at the SnowRoller) like fourth place last year. Our girls team won Ice Breakers a few years ago, but this is the first tournament win for our boys. Great way to end the calendar year for us and head into the holiday break.”

Junior Austin Barilar and sophomore Ben White had a lot to do with the Warriors’ first-ever tournament win. Barilar compiled a three-game series score of 669, good for the fifth-best among all bowlers and a spot on the All-Star team. White, meanwhile, finished not far behind, with a 659.

“Austin and Ben carried us through our first three games of qualifying,” Bernstein said. “Our team was struggling a bit and the two of them kept us in it. When a few of the boys were fighting the lanes, Ben and Austin both stepped up with good games and even better attitudes. It really kept the team’s spirit up throughout the qualifying games. When we got to the three Baker games in qualifying, all the boys seemed to step up a bit.”

In all, the Warriors had seven players competing in the qualifying round, including Cole Snavely (568), Cody Souders (501), Nic Skoronski (322), Braden Ewing (157) and Jordan Hershey.

Once they reached the Baker games, they delivered with solid scores of 193, 170 and 233, bringing their overall total to 3472 in the qualifying round. That was good for fifth place &tstr; just 15 pins ahead of sixth-place Central Dauphin’s 3457 &tstr; and a trip to the roll-offs.

“When we got to the three Baker games in qualifying, all the boys seemed to step up a bit,” Bernstein said.

Unfortunately, they stumbled a bit in the first game of the quarterfinals against 4th-seeded Pennridge, posting their worst score of the day in a 178-158 loss. They evened things up with a 181-169 win in the next game, in which Barilar and White both threw strikes in the 9th and 10th frames. Barilar, in fact, doubled up to help seal it.

“With a reminder to the boys (after game one) that the scores were not cumulative, that they needed to just bowl one game at a time, they seemed to regroup,” Bernstein recalled.

Skoronski then gathered the team prior to the decisive third and offered some encouraging words.

The team responded with a 229-222 victory to punch their ticket to the semi-finals.

“We bowled a great Baker game,” Bernstein said. “It came down to the 9th and 10th frames again. Ben and Austin both needed to strike to keep pace with Pennridge. Austin went one further and doubled in the 10th again to put the pressure back on Pennridge. When he threw his third ball in the 10th frame, we all knew he had buried it to seal the game.”

Actually, it was the first of six straight 200 games that the Warriors would bowl, and in the semi-finals against No. 1-seeded Truman, they pulled off the sweep, winning 212-166 and 227-170.

With spirits high, they headed into the championship match against North Penn. The Warriors were dealt a tough blow in the first game, as Snavely – their leadoff bowler – hurt his arm early and was unable to even finish the first frame. Ewing, who hadn’t bowled in nearly two years, entered in relief duty.

“He missed the spare, but his team picked him up,” Bernstein said. “Then he came back in the sixth frame and struck.”

That helped get Warwick to the 10th frame in another tight battle and Barilar doubled to seal a 204-198 victory. It was more of the same in the second game, with the outcome once again being decided late. Skoronski and White fired strikes to set up the 10th for Barilar. Needing a strike to not get shut out by North Penn – meaning he would still be alive no matter what North Penn did – he barely missed and the Knights held on for a match-tying 204-200 decision.

“(Austin) bowled a great ball, but it didn’t finish,” Bernstein said.

With all the marbles on the line in game three, the Warriors were on their A-game from the get-go, with Ewing bowling a leadoff strike in place of the injured Snavely.

“We continued to bowl great as a team and the energy was high,” Bernstein said.

Eventually, White’s perfect shot in the 9th frame put the Warriors out of reach and clinched the crown.

With the outcome decided, Barilar graciously gave the day’s final frame to Hershey, who finished it on a positive note to wrap up a 201-171 victory.

“What a place to come in and bowl the final frame of the final game,” Bernstein said. “He was on point, throwing a spare and finishing the night with a strike. What a great ending.”

*****

Manheim Central also competed at the SnowRoller Tournament and finished 12th in the boys team qualifying round with a score of 3227.

Kelsey Hammons led the way for the Barons with a 620, followed by Tanner Michael (572), Ethan Lindsey (506), Bryson Morton (352), Bryan Auer (339), Logan Root (139) and Vickie Vazquez (112).

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