The young guns have spoken — loudly.
Seth Beerbower, Nick Archacki, Brant Granda and Bennet Monnie must have seen enough of the elder keglers getting the majority of the pub in previous columns.
The foursome went on a rampage recently. Their exploits:
Beerbower is flat-out crushing the lumber. The Meadville High School senior added another 700 series to his stellar youth career with games of 235, 265 and 249 for a 749 in the Major League at Lakeside Lanes.
A week earlier at LL, the 300 Kid rolled back-to-back 247 games for a 687. He also lit ’em up in the Major League at Plaza Lanes with a 633 total.
Beerbower must have heard about Archacki’s recent success.
Prior to Beerbower’s 749, Archacki was the major buzz in the young gun circuit as the 12-year-old bowling sensation unleashed a whopping 24-hour bowling explosion.
In a two-day span recently, Archacki topped 600 twice as the smooth right-hander tossed games of 191, 245 and 224 for a 660 in the Junior League at Plaza Lanes and followed with games of 191, 236 and 202 for a 629 in the Junior League at Lost Lanes.
Remember folks, Archacki is only 12 years old.
Monnie joined the young gun club — shooting his first career 600 series. He fired 221 and 245 games for a 613 in the Major League at Lakeside Lanes.
Brant Granda — who threw a 300 game and 800 series last season — seems to be warming up. He uncorked 224 and 223 games for a 620 in the Major League at Lakeside Lanes.
Lakeside Lumber Co.
Seven-hundreds are rolling out the doors at Lakeside Lanes.
Including Beerbower’s 7, a total of 18 700s were thrown in the last two weeks at LL. Any guesses on the highest?
You betcha, Mr. Don Granda Jr. ... or Mr. 300/800.
In the Stewart’s Classic League, the left-handed Granda nearly shot another 800 in his career with games of 269, 258 and 256 for a 783.
Three rollers topped 700 twice — Rodrick Baird (725 and 710 in successive weeks in the Stewart’s Classic League), Don Eaton (725 in Stewart’s Classic League and 712 in Businessmen League) and Josh Dodson (701 and 700 in Stewart’s Classic League).
A sidenote on Baird: the “Rocket” also excelled at Plaza Lanes with 265 and 254 games for a 743 in the Plaza Men’s League.
Other 7-up keglers at Lakeside: Ryan Parker (728 in NFL League), Troy Johnson (724 in Stewart’s Classic League), Rob Benge (718 in Wednesday Nighters League), Doug Dunham (718 in NFL League), Warren Aylsworth (717 in Stewart’s Classic League), Chad Beers (710 in Stewart’s Classic League), Cory Baker (709 in National Mixed League), Bryan Beers (707 in Stewart’s Classic League), Perry Pittsenbarger (704 in National Mixed League) and Doug Tabar (703 in Stewart’s Classic League).
The Hammerin’ Hankses
The best husband-and-wife duo? Without a doubt, Harry and Natalie Hanks.
Harry Hanks flexed his superior skills in the Thursday Night Mixed League at Lost Lanes with games of 237, 266 and 238 for a 741.
Natalie Hanks rolled 635 and 623 in the Wednesday Night Ladies League and Found Lounge Mixed League, respectively.
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The emerging right-hander was razor-sharp in the Pioneer League with games of 256, 266 and 223 for a 739.
Other noteworthy 700s: Dan Lilly (707 in the Cambridge Merchants League at Lost Lanes) and Jim Lynn (705 in the Twilight League at Plaza Lanes).
Grumling leads way
Shooting back-to-back 300 no-tap games, Doug Grumling led his team to the championship in the Team No-Tap Tournament at Plaza Lanes recently.
The foursome of Grumling (810), Jeff Hamilton (766), Tom Osborne (678) and Rick Kanline (646) shot a winning 3,212 handicap score.
Dan Gould (844), Alan Felmlee (808), Matt White (786) and Dan Francis (719) — four scratch bowlers — finished second with a 3,157.
The third-place team consisted of Jim Hunter (812), Jim Lynn (725), Mark Fried (662) and Phil Rice (622), which had a 3,100 series.
The young guns have spoken — loudly.
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Home sweet home.
Edinboro University’s Valerie Majewski, the former General McLane standout who returned to the ’Boro this season after two years at the University of Buffalo, was in her old comfort zone Sunday afternoon.
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He wore black pants and a red shirt, his Sunday colors. He took a lead into the final round, quickly expanded it with a pair of birdies and then relied on his short game to keep everyone chasing him. He even played it safe off the 18th tee, caring more about the trophy than the final score.
Breese closes career with second straight title
Sam Breese now knows how it feels to be perfect.
Breese finished with an undefeated season record of 35-0, with win No. 35 being the sweetest one of all.
The Lakeview senior stared into the face of the pressure that comes with defending a title, and made the Giant Center in Hershey feel like home. Undeniable talent and an incredible determination are the hallmarks of Breese’s approach to wrestling, and for the second straight year, he can call himself a champion.
McLane’s Wheeling comes up short in final
On a night when six wrestlers repeated as PIAA Class AAA champions, Chance Marsteller and Thomas Haines stole the show.
Marsteller, of Kennard-Dale, and Haines, of Solanco, became the 11th and 12th four-time gold-medal winners in Pennsylvania history. Marsteller (166-0) also is the first four-time champion to complete his career without a loss since Cary Kolat (1989-92) and the fourth overall.
Serra outlasts Cardinals
For the second time in as many days a basketball team from Cochranton High School played a private school from the WPIAL, put forth a valiant fight, but ultimately had its heart broken.
On Friday, it was the Cochranton boys team, which fell to Vincentian Academy 95-85.
Breese lone local to reach Class AA finals
A busy and entertaining Day 2 of wrestling at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey came and went, as did the dreams of a gold medal for a handful of local wrestlers.
The one local wrestler that doesn’t apply to is Lakeview’s Sam Breese, who had the Giant Center crowd in aw during his two matches Friday. The two bouts equated to two wins, which means a shot a defending his championship.
Lee, Wheeling survive Day 2 in Hershey
Ehrin Lee’s smile following his quarterfinal win Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships told the whole story.
Lee has had his eyes on the state championships all season long, and just getting there wasn’t enough. The Titusville 160-pounder has wrestled like one of the best grapplers in the state during the tournament thus far, and his 3-2 overtime win over Northampton’s Bobby Fehr proved that if nothing else, he’s one of the four best wrestlers in his weight class.
Cards can’t slow Vincentian
The starters on the Cochranton boys basketball team probably slept like logs on Friday night.
They left every ounce on the hardwood of Meadville High School’s House of Thrills, going up against the high-intensity attack of Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
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Sarah Jay has made a habit of presenting her players with in depth scouting reports prior to each and every game.
But the report she handed them on Neshannock, the Lady Lancers’ first round opponent in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, was nothing like they had seen before.
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