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Mount Mercy Academy Bowlers Finish Second

by cnewman

Mount Mercy Academy's Varsity and Junior Varsity Bowling Teams finished their most successful season in team history by placing second in Msgr. Martin League Bowling at Thruway Lanes.  In addition, the Varsity Bowlers edged Immaculata to take 2nd place behind Mt. St. Mary's at the All Catholic finals on February 4.  The varsity team of Susan Thomas, Sara Riso, Maren Lelonek, Kelly Thomas, and Meaghan Gosiak  spent much of the season in 4th or 5th place.  A late season surge, led by captain Susan Thomas and a steadily improving Sara Riso enabled the team to climb into second place with a final record of 40 -16.  Key matches were  late season, consecutive 4- 0 wins over Nardin, and a decisive 3 -1 victory over O'Hara. Both Susan Thomas and Sara Riso also earned 2nd team All Catholic honors.

The JV team, led by captain Caitlin Matuszak, Hannah Elminowski, Liz Salamone, and Kaitlyn Griffin, finished the season with a record of 44.5 - 11.5, a game and half behind Park.  Caitlyn Matuszak ended the season with the 3rd highest average (125) for all JV bowlers, and Hannah Elminowski was not far behind with a 124 final average.  Important contributions were made by veterans Gabby Hagner, Bridgete Quinn and Haley Coleman, and newcomers Angelica Miller, Val Boeck, and Emily Yang.

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