Missing out on a piece of LL bowling history with Elizabethtown [column] | Bowling in high school

Battling a lingering cold—and thankfully no COVID-19—I thought it best to watch the Ephrata vs. Elizabethtown from Friday in Clearview Lanes not to attend.

My story could be done via email and phone, as has been done regularly in the past.

In the end I felt a bit despondent, not because of the lingering effects of my condition, but because I missed the history.

Elizabethtown set a run of state records, surpassing 1,200 pins in each game for a 3,617, more than 100 pins better than the previous record.

Going into the game, it looked like the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two match might be a little skewed. The Bears came in with a 35-0 section mark. Ephrata was 30-12. Both definitely have some firepower.

On any given day, the Mountaineers’ total of 3,137 pins could have resulted in a 7-0 win. Their 1,129 in the second game wouldn’t often be a lost score. Ephrata bowlers scored a pair of 224s, a 243 and a 248 in that game, but they lost by 86 pins.

Someone had to be the trendsetter for the Bears’ record performance, and that was Derek Deardorff. One of several 200-plus average bowlers on the team, the sophomore threw one of the league’s all-time best runs with an 822.

After communicating with E-town coach Frank Telenko for various facts and figures and comments, he passed on a phone number to Deardorff, who said the “energy was through the roof.

“It was amazing.”

I’m sure it was, Derek. Sorry I missed it.


Elizabethtown’s incredible performance on Friday could make it look like the section two race is over. Of course things can change quickly and Warwick, now second 28-7, could make things interesting with one or two big appearances.

Due to a postponement, the Warriors will have two chances within a week to do just that, Wednesday against the Bears (42-0, 56-0 overall) at Dutch Lanes and then January 24 at Clearview. That’s part of a brutal piece for Warwick, which also includes Ephrata (January 21) and Section One leader Penn Manor (January 27).

The defending champion Comets (32-10, 39-10 overall) is in a heated race in Section One with Hempfield (37-12). The Knights won 4-3 in their first meeting on December 20 and the second game is on January 24.

Cedar Crest (19-30) has faded after three consecutive shutouts against the Comets, Knights and Warriors.

Meanwhile, things got really interesting in Section Three after Cocarico was previously unbeaten and Section Four leader North Lebanon 7-0 Friday.

The Eagles (40-9, 40-16 overall) tied with Manheim Central (40-9, 49-21), which was a 5-2 winner in the teams’ first meeting on December 17. Cocalico also lost games to Columbia and Lampeter-Strasbourg in 5-2 wins.

The Barons, meanwhile, had a surprise 5-2 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg on December 20 and also lost a game to Columbia.

Cocalico and Central meet on Wednesday at Dutch Lanes.

Despite the loss, North Lebanon (28-7) is still in control in Section Four, with Columbia in second at 11-17. Those teams meet Friday at Palmyra Bowling; the Vikings won the first game 7-0 on January 4.

Big gigs

LL bowlers continue to post some big scores, in addition to Deardorff’s 822 on Friday.

Among the great days:

Darren Zombro III: The Cedar Crest senior and reigning LL Bowler of the Year has an 805 series against Hempfield on his resume on Thursday, with consistent games of 277, 268 and 260.

Toby Zombro: The sophomore, and Darren’s younger brother, registered a 728 series on Jan. 4 against Conestoga Valley.

Connor Firestone: Along with the Zombros on Cedar Crest, the senior had a 725 series on the same day as Toby Zombro’s 728 and added a 700 on Friday against Warwick.

Nick Tomlinson: The Manheim Township junior was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Streaks (9-33). He rolled a 772 series against McCaskey on Tuesday.

Xander Green: The Hempfield junior rolled a 712 series against Cedar Crest on Thursday.

Ayden Pope: The Elizabethtown senior joined the fun Friday with a 767 series after a 724 Monday against McCaskey.

Aliza Shirk: The senior from Northern Lebanon threw a 715 in a losing case against Cocalico on Friday.

Philip Glatfelter covers LL bowling for LNP. Email him at pglatfelter@lnpnews.com.


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