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West Valley Central School bowling continues to improve

WEST VALLEY — Despite what their coach called “some great scores,” the West Valley bowling teams could not put away the Salamanca Warriors, on Jan. 2. “They have some good bowlers on their teams,” said Coach Jackie Mumbach, referring to Salamanca. “They were so good, that we couldn’t come up with a win on either team.

“The boys did well,” she continued. “They had some great scores, but just couldn’t put them in the same game or same time, to come up with a win.”

West Valley’s Paul Davies had a high 141, while Derek Wells bowled a 134. Peter Gabel put up 125. In three games, Evan Williams got 458 points; his highest, single-game total was 161.

Dylan Westfall bowled a personal high with 202 in one game, for a total of 515. Captain Cole Stanbro had the high score for the team with 218, totaling 527 in three games. “The boys bowled well and improved with each game,” Mumbach said. “It just wasn’t enough this time. Kudos to Salamanca.”

The girls were also unable to put up a win. “The girls tried hard, but couldn’t beat the Salamanca girls,” the coach said. “They have some really good bowlers on their team.”

Erika Seltzer had a high of 85, while Kelsey Evens scored 108. Kyrah Kittle reached 78 and Jordan Seltzer put up 114. Meanwhile, the veterans held their own; Lindsey Smith had a 121 and Captain Aamina Haykal scored 129, with a team-high, three-game total of 355.

“The majority of our girls team members are new bowlers,” Mumbach said. “They are trying hard and improving each week. They just need a little more confidence and experience.”

On Jan. 5, the bowling teams participated in a double match verses Ellicottville and Cattaraugus-Little Valley. At the start of the competition, the boys ranked fourth in Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division III, with an 8 – 12 record.

The first match went to West Valley 4 – 0. Davies had the high at 206, with a personal series best of 541. “He had a great night,” Mumbach said. Stanbro had a season-best, as well, bowling 577, during those games. Westfall put up 443 and “has improved steadily,” according to Mumbach, as his average has raised 30.9 pins, during five games.

The second match went the other way and the boys lost 4 – 0. Stanbro had the high at 202, with 534 in three games. Williams totaled 482 for a “strong showing” and Westfall put up another 477 pins.

“The boys have been steadily improving each week and I expect this to continue,” Mumbach said. “They have faced some tough competition, this season. The improvements I see in the new boys are amazing. The improvement I see in the returning bowlers is fantastic. I am so proud of them.”

The West Valley girls lost all four games to Ellicottville. Smith had the high single game of 147 and the high in three games at 380, which were both season and personal bests. Jordan Seltzer was behind Smith, at 130, which was also a personal best.

In the second match, all four games went the other way. Smith had a high of 144 and Haykal put up 372, over three games, a season best. Seltzer scored 333, for a season series high.

“The girls team is very young and the majority of the team is first-year bowlers,” said Mumbach. “I see them improving each and every week, and it makes me very excited for next year. With a year of practice and experience, they will be much improved, next season.”
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