SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity bowling team has moved into a first-place tie with the Pioneer Panthers, after defeating the Panthers by a score of 5-2 on Jan. 21 at Cascade Lanes, and defeating Iroquois by a score of 6-1 at 11th Frame Lanes in East Aurora on Jan. 23.
The win over the previous undefeated Pioneer squad was the girls’ best overall team effort of the season, according to coach Kevin Farner. Freshman Mariah Gamel once again led the team, with a 195 game and a 559 series. Sophomore Brittany Sullivan was right behind, with personal bests of 212-549. Sophomore Emily Zebrowski had a new personal high game, with a 200 in a 497 series; senior Katherine Zygaj fired 173-481 and eighth-grader Emily Leverentz had 166-464.
The Lady Griffs got off to a slow start against Iroquois, and were tied at 1-1 after one game, but the girls moved their season record to 7-1 by dominating the rest of the match. Gamel once again led the way, with 199-540, and Zebrowski once again established a personal best, with a 210 game in her 481 series. Elizabeth Chase had 159-424 and Leverentz added a 169.
The boys team came up on the short end of a 4-3 decision against undefeated Pioneer and fell 5-2 at Iroquois. Both matches were decided in the 10th frame of the third games.
Senior Nate Sopko was the top scorer for the Griffs in the Pioneer match, with 246-631, and junior Kyle McCarthy added a 212-599 effort. Freshman Daimen Skinner came in as the relief in the Iroquois loss and had games of 254 and 199. The 254 was a new personal high, for Skinner. McCarthy had 221-573 and junior Wyatt Sibiga shot a 220 game in a 560 series.
The teams finish their regular season with an away match at Holland on Jan. 28 and a home contest against Iroquois on Feb. 3, before moving on to the Erie County Interscholastic roll-offs and the Section VI Championships.