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Mount Mercy Bowlers Roll Their Way to an Unprecedented Season













        The Mount Mercy Varsity Bowling team had one of its most successful seasons ever.  The team finished with a league record of 50-10 and ended up in second place. The team saved its best performance for last, winning the first All-Catholic Championship in the school’s history.  In addition, the team placed three bowlers on the All-Catholic Team of five and had the All-Catholic MVP.

    The team defeated regular season champion Mount Saint Mary in the All-Catholic Championships 1759 to 1752.  The All-Catholic format is Baker Bowling. There are five bowlers and each bowler bowls one full game and then each bowler bowls two frames in six more games (first bowler rolls the first and sixth frame, the second girl bowls the second and seventh, the third takes the third and eighth frame, the fourth bowler takes the fourth and ninth frame and the last bowler rolls the fifth and tenth frame).  Mount Mercy’s winning team consisted of seniors Samantha Batchev (Lackawanna) and Allison Mazurkiewicz (Blasdell), junior Allysyn Pajek (West Seneca) and sophomore Olivia Coleman (Lackawanna) as well as senior Grace Willert (West Seneca) who moved up from the JV for the championships.

    Batchev had the team’s highest overall average and the third highest in the league with a 155.  She also was named the All-Catholic MVP for her clutch performance at the Championships. Coleman had the fourth highest average with a 153 and Mazurkiewicz finished with a 152.  Coleman was also honored for having the highest three game series in the league with a 519.


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