White rolls on

By on March 11, 2015

 Places 4th at Regionals, reaches States

Warwick sophomore Ben White (left) is shown with coach Bill Bernstein (right) after placing fourth at the Eastern PA Regionals last Friday.

Warwick sophomore Ben White (left) is shown with coach Bill Bernstein (right) after placing fourth at the Eastern PA Regionals last Friday.

Ben White refused to panic.

The Warwick sophomore did admit, however, that some doubt crept into his mind after bowling a 161 in the third game of the PA Eastern Regionals qualifying round last Saturday.

“I was like, ‘If I don’t pick it up the next two games, I wonder where I’ll be,’” White recalled.

Ranked 17th out of 177 bowlers at that point, with only the top 12 advancing to the bracket finals, he did, in fact, pick it up.

In his final two qualifying games, White rolled back-to-back 234’s and tied for 8th place, not only clinching a spot in the next round, but punching his ticket to States, set for March 20 at Dutch Lanes.

He eventually reached the semi-finals, where he suffered a 191-157 loss to Middletown’s Eric Belles and took home a fourth-place finish.

“It was amazing,” White said. “I didn’t expect to get as far as I did and that was pretty cool.”

“(Ben) was really on it all day other than that one breakdown in that one game,” Warwick coach Bill Bernstein remarked. “He rolled a 161 and really beat himself up about it. And we just kept trying to stress since we started at Leagues, one game in a bracket or in a round like that where you’re bowling five or six games is not going to take you out of it unless you allow it to.”

In his five qualifying games, White (234-278-161-234-234) rolled a total of 1141, tying him with Conrad Weiser’s Kyle Drobeck and Midd-West’s Michael Kratzer for eighth. That was just 11 pins ahead of the cut-off, with 12th-place David Moffitt of Neshaminy rolling an 1130.

Warwick junior Austin Barilar (216-245-212-206-226) &tstr; despite bowling a strong average of 221 and finishing with an 1105 &tstr; placed 17th and just missed advancing. Warrior sophomore Cole Snavely (198-183-147-211-203) took 81st in the qualifying round with a 942.

“Just unreal,” Bernstein said of Barilar not getting to the bracket finals. “What else can I ask of a kid? He’s bowling better than he has all year at the best time and then all of a sudden, it’s still not enough. He missed it by 25 pins. Honestly, I was amazed at the amount of big scores there were.”

The big scores continued in the opening-round quad-matches of the finals, as White’s 257 was just enough to get past Drobeck (255) to reach the quarterfinals. Central High School’s Brian Kennedy (202) and Moffitt (199) were also in that group.

White then defeated Central Dauphin’s Dylan Zimmerman 246-205 in the quarterfinals.

“You start to get in a groove and know where you’ve got to hit it and it just carries from there,” White said.

In the semi-finals, White’s run ended with his 191-157 setback to Belles, who then suffered a 215-155 defeat to Neshaminy’s AJ Wolstenholme in the championship match.

“I struggled my last game,” White acknowledged. “It was all good in the end because I knew I was already going to States, so whatever happened from that point on, I was alright with.”

“From what I was told,” Bernstein said, “people thought that (the lanes for the semi-finals) were the worst pair of the day, but both guys had to bowl on them. He had a hard time coming back from a little adversity there. I don’t know if it was maybe a little bit of mental fatigue. He’s bowled a ton of games over the past 14 days. But he held his head pretty high and I thought he took it well. We just reminded him, ‘You win like a champion and you lose like a champion too.’ It’s a learning experience. He’s only a sophomore, so it’s tough.”

Warwick also competed at the Eastern Regionals as a team, placing 19th out of 36 teams with a 3722. Senior Cody Souders (246-168-172) led the way with a 586 in three games, followed by White (224-179-175&tstr;578), Barilar (175-213-185&tstr;573), senior Nic Skoronski (116-160-190&tstr;466), Snavely (190-162&tstr;352) and sophomore Jordan Hershey (146).

In the Baker sets, the Warriors rolled two games of 524 and 497.

Warwick bowlers who competed at the Eastern PA Regionals were (left to right) senior Cody Souders, sophomore Braden Ewing, sophomore Cole Snavely, sophomore Ben White, senior Nic Skoronski, junior Austin Barilar and sophomore Jordan Hershey.

Warwick bowlers who competed at the Eastern PA Regionals were (left to right) senior Cody Souders, sophomore Braden Ewing, sophomore Cole Snavely, sophomore Ben White, senior Nic Skoronski, junior Austin Barilar and sophomore Jordan Hershey.

“The (19th) placing wasn’t horrible and I really didn’t expect our team to win that or anything,” Bernstein said, “but I did expect us to compete a little better than we did. I know they were really disappointed. We’d been rolling our best that we have all year right at the end of the season, which is the best time to do it. But then we got into the Regional finals and we couldn’t bowl together as a team, we really struggled.”

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