Truman bowler Kelsey Hackbart made it all the way into the semifinals of the Eastern State Regional Bowling Championships Feb. 28 at Leisure Lanes and 222 Dutch Lanes in Lancaster County.
In the opening round, Hackbart rolled a 211, which was the second highest score among the regional qualifiers for the girls. From there, the Truman bowler easily got past Lewisburg's Alexis Neuer, outscoring her opponent, 193-163, in the quarterfinals.
Hackbart finally met her match in the semifinals, where she lost to eventual tournament champion Colby Blankenbiller.
Blankenbiller outscored the Truman bowler, 161-152, before rolling a 202 in the title round against Lancaster Mennonite's Chelsey Merklinger, who bowled 176.
In the seeding round, Hackbart rolled a 1,044 in a 5-game series (177, 231, 200, 227, 209) to earn a No. 7 seed in head-to-head matchups.
Neshaminy bowler Kaeli McMaster earned a No. 10 seeding after scoring 1,039 in her five-game series (201, 236, 246, 145, 211). The Scratch Division Champ for the girls in the Suburban One League (SOL) Championships, McMaster rolled a 176 in the opening round quad match. That was the fourth highest score for the girls and only the top two advanced - Hackbart and Warwick's Brandi Whitmyer, who bowled a 214.
Pennsbury's Dave Moser was the only boy bowler to advance to the opening round quad matches after scoring 1,079 (197, 221, 232, 229, 200) in his five-game series.
Luke Zimmerman of Midd-West, captured the boys championship after outscoring Garden Spot's Nick Martin, 171-165, in the final.
Pennsbury's Tommy Hirleman (223, 204, 248, 194, 168—1037), Neshaminy A.J. Wolstenholme (225, 218, 187, 183, 208—1021) and Truman's Melissa McGlone (180, 135, 190, 220, 235—960) were also among the Eastern State Regional qualifiers this year.
The Pennsbury boys, meanwhile, made it all the way to the finals in the team competition, losing only to eventual champ Milton in the championship.
Dave Callahan led the Falcons with a 737 (3-game series) in the Baker Round, Steve Plenski also came through with a 653 series while Dave Moser hit a 602 series and Matt Phillips rolled a 577.
Meanwhile, Neshaminy made it to the quarterfinals, where it lost to Garden Spot and the Pennsbury girls also made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Penn Manor.
Wolstenholme led the Redskins with a 723 series in the Baker Round, Moser was next with 657 while Devon Williams (592) and Holden Tisone (559) also came through for Neshaminy.
Lauren Feher (657), Kellie Frain (635), Devon DelDonno (544), Jess Parent (508) and Saige Osterhaut (490) posted good scores for the Lady Falcons in the team competition.