The Middletown boys’ bowling team clinched the Harrisburg Area Interscholastic Bowling League championship, beating Cumberland Valley in a 10-game pin fall on Thursday, Feb. 6 at ABC East Lanes to claim the title.
The Blue Raiders beat Cumberland Valley, 2,032 to 1,665 to win the championship. Middletown won 29 points and lost just 4 points during the season.
Now the Raider boys, along with Brynne Schlicher, a member of the Raider girls’ team, qualify for the Eastern Pennsylvania Bowling Championships on Saturday, March 1 in Lancaster. The entire boys’ team qualified to compete for the team title, while Schlicher and four members of the boys’ team – Danny Geiger, Josh Alcock, Eric Belles and Cole Kautz – qualified to compete for the singles title.
The two remaining members of the boys’ team – freshmen Mitch Carson and Caleb Orner – will also bowl for Middletown in the team competition.
“I’m looking forward to it, and excited about it,’’ said Darryl Bower, the coach and advisor for the boys’ and girls’ teams, independent teams that compete against other independent and school district-sponsored squads. “The boys’ team is pretty well-rounded and bowls well together – if one bowler is off, another bowler picks it up.’’
The girls finished in third place, scoring 16.5 points and losing 16.5 points. Team members include Schlicher, Ashley Leister, Calie Dozier, Tori Spangler, Meaghan Nelson and Iang Tail.