Winning a Lancaster-Lebanon League title as a freshman is quite a feat in any sport.
But on Thursday, Cedar Crest freshman Kolby Bennett pulled it off, besting a field of 95 competitors to bring home the L-L boys bowling title on his first try.
Bennett topped Hempfield's Tylor Fair 236-226 in the title match after qualifying third for the finals with 2077 pins in 9 preliminary round games.
According to a report on Lancaster Online, Bennett needed a strike on his first roll in the 10th frame of the title match to secure the win and calmly achieved it.
"I've been bowling for at least 12 years and my father is a really good bowler himself," Bennett told Lancaster Online. "He has a lot of really good bowling friends, so I try and mimic them in their emotions, which makes me even sharper on the lane."
Wingert stars at MAC swimming
Lebanon native Katie Wingert brought home six gold medals after a stellar showing at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships last weekend.
An alumnus of the Annville-Cleona Otters swimming program, Wingert, a junior at Messiah College, struck gold individually in three events (200 IM, 200 free, and 100 free) while also anchoring the winning 400 medley, 200 free, and 800 free relays. For her efforts, Wingert was named the conference's Women's Swimmer of the Year.
Her individual 100 free time set a conference record and earned her an NCAA provisional cut, while Wingert's swims in the individual 200 free and the 800 free relay also set conference records. All of her individual swims, as well as the 800 free relay, set Messiah College program records. She also added a silver medal after anchoring the 400 free relay to a runner-up finish.
Wingert, whose efforts helped Messiah capture a fourth straight MAC title, now awaits a possible invitation to the Division III NCAA meet held in mid-March.
Annville-Cleona Stadium Field honored
The Annville-Cleona High School Stadium Field has earned the Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization’s (KAFMO) Field of Distinction honors for 2017.
Field of Distinction honors are awarded annually by the KAFMO to facilities that have demonstrated a dedication to providing safe and playable conditions for the students regardless of the level of play. Entrants must supply information on the type of facility, the uses of the facility that impact the playing conditions, the maintenance program, budget and staff. The KAFMO Board of Directors judges entrants.
Field Manager Michele Seltzer maintains the field with the assistance of Wes McCurdy. The two were recognized for their commitment to maintaining the field for the student-athletes.
The award presentation will take place at 1:15pm on Feb. 17 during the 21st annual KAFMO/PRPS Athletic Field Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Grantville.
Ex-NBA player Herron to speak at Lebanon High
Former college and NBA basketball standout Chris Herron, whose career was derailed by drug abuse, will speak at Lebanon High on April 6.
Drug and alcohol-free since Aug. 1, 2008, Herron, who played for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, will speak about his sobriety and renewed focus on family life in at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium on April 6.
Herron has previously written about his struggles in the book "Basketball Junkie" and also been the subject of an ESPN Films documentary, "Unguarded".