Greenmount Bowl youth duckpin bowlers had a near sweep of the 46th annual National Duckpin Youth Association Western Maryland State Tournament held Easter weekend at Mount Airy Lanes.
Teams from the Greenmount youth program won four of the five divisions — Pee Wee, Prep, Bantam, and Majors. These first-place state championship teams (except Pee Wee division) advanced to the NDYA National Tournament Championship on July 27, 2019 at AMF Southwest in Baltimore.
Greenmount Bowl’s Majors set the tone early in this tournament by bowling an impressive four-person, three-game set of 2,003. The team was led by LaShawn Womack who rolled games of 167, 144, and 143. Jacob Hare finished with a 150, 129, and 106 game, Shannon Ryan bowled a 141, 124 & 106 and newcomer Jennifer Austin bowled games of 92, 90, and 84.
Ryan received individual girls honor for a high set of 373. Additionally, the Greenmount Bowl team of Brandon Ball, Zach Gaegler, Shannon Ryan, and LaShawn Womack placed second in the Majors division.
Greenmount’s Pee Wee division first-place team of Serafina Higgs-Hernandez, Emily Kauffman, and Ronan Lawyer bowled a two-game set of 1,166. Kauffman led the team with a 68 and 61 game, followed by Lawyer with a 75 and 47, and Higgs-Hernandez with a 49 and 52.
Lawyer received individual honors for bowling a 122 (two-game) set.
The Prep division first-place team consisted of newcomers Caleb Everhart and Noah Kemper with veterans Blake Rhodes and Gavin Nonemaker. Rhodes led the team with a 97, 91 and 117 game, followed by Nonemaker with an 86, 91, and 110.
Everhart fired off games of 73, 61 and 86 while Kemper finished with scores of 71, 73, and 68. Nonemaker received individual honors for a boys high game of 139.
The Bantam division first-place team consisted of first-year bowlers Nick Wilson and Logan Kemper with veterans Ashley and Lexi Handley. Frey led the way with games of 104, 100 and 76, followed by Handley (119, 91, and 68) and Kemper (95, 79 and 72). Wilson rounded out the team with games of 89, 76, and 40.
Greenmount Bowl also placed second in this division with the team of Nick Wilson, Lucas Richardson, Erica Kauffman,and Keira Hurlock.
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