FEASTERVILLE — Two freshmen bowlers made their mark in their first appearances at the Suburban One League's individual championships at Brunswick Zone-Feasterville on Wednesday.North Penn's Tyler Sharpe and Norristown's Dylan Copestick each had their moments on the big stage.Sharpe shot his best game of the day in the second game, a 235 on his way to a 580 series, which placed him 10th, a great day for the freshman experiencing his first SOL championship.
"It was a great freshman year, where he came in and was a great leader right off the bat,' North Penn coach Don Saddle said. "He's just superb. He has three more years to lead the team. He's a phenomenal bowler as a young kid.'Copestick was using a new bowling ball and had trouble with finding a workable line the opening game.
He did much better the second game, rebounding with a 202 game.
"This is an opportunity (for him) to get to see all the other schools and get to bowl with the bowlers who are near your average,' Norristown coach Candy Johnson said. "You get to push each other to be the best today.'Sharpe finished behind teammates Ryan Lowery, who came in second place with games of 178, 202 and a closing 259 for a 639 series and Steven Gerhart, who tossed a 620 series and came in fifth in the National conference.Gerhart was plagued by a slow start that led to a 158 first game.
He did follow that up with games of 236 and 226, but it wasn't enough to catch the conference's winner, Vince Kauders of Pennridge, who finished with a 662 series.
"He had trouble finding his line and adjusting to it,' Saddle said. "Once he did, enough was said there. He was consistent all year long.'
Gerhart also finished behind third place Jarryd Goldstein (Upper Moreland), who shot a 631 series and Pennridge's Joe Firuta (630).
Gerhart, Sharpe and Lowery will all be going to regionals for North Penn.
Gerhart and Sharpe qualified prior to the conference championship event as a result of their top-10 averages.
"It's something they've worked hard for all year,' Saddle said of the regional berth for Sharpe and Gerhart. "Even though they finished second in the league by one game, they're going to redeem themselves at regionals.'
Daniel McCrary of Norristown qualified for regionals with a 604 series, which was good for seventh in the conference.
He was joined in the top-10 by teammate Justin Carneavale, who shot a 588 series and finished ninth.
Brandon Bonamico, Norristown's two-year anchor experienced a tough day, finishing in 12th place with a 568 day.
Bonamico, however, will be competing in regionals thanks to his top-7 regular season average.
"He had a very solid season,' Johnson said of Bonamico. "He was just constantly up there with the best of them. He had to get strikes in the 10th and he didn't let the team down once this season. When it came down to him, he was there for the team.'
Plymouth-Whitemarsh's Jake Gum, who was the conference champion last year as a sophomore, finished with a 537 series, which was good for 19th place.