By The Daily Item
LANCASTER -- Regardless of whether it's pretty or ugly, a win is a win -- especially when it comes in the regional finals.
Luke Zimmerman gave the Midd-West High bowling program its second Eastern PA Regional Champion in as many years when he edged Garden Spot's Nick Martin, 171-165, to claim the boys individual title Friday at Leisure Lanes.
Zimmerman was the No. 10 seed entering the finals, but he rolled games of 212, 186 and 211 to reach the championship match.
Lewisburg's Dominic Cozza also made the finals as the No. 4 seed. He would lose his quarterfinal match to Martin, 181-179.
Others to finish high in qualifying from the HAC were Midd-West's Michael Kratzer, 15th; Shikellamy's Noah Thomas, 21st; Midd-West's Chris Houtz, 22nd; Milton's Mark Artley, 26th; and Selinsgrove's Aaron Dues, 27th
In the team competition, Milton, last year's team runner-up, finally got that elusive regional title as it beat Pennsbury, 2-0, in the baker finals. The scores of the games were 211-180 and 199-169.
The Black Panthers, the top-seeded team in the finals after they knocked down more than 150 pins over No. 2 Pennsbury, opened with a 2-1 win over Garden Spot in the semifinals.
The scores of those games were 192-212, 223-123 and 197-143.
Among the HAC's other teams competing in the tournament, Midd-West finished ninth, Shikellamy was 11th, and Selinsgrove was 26th.
Milton's bowlers who were honored following the championships were Artley and Austin Leon.
Artley was named to the Eastern PA All-Star Team after he rolled a 714 series in team qualifying. That series also included a 279 game, which tied him for best game at regionals along with his teammate, Leon.
For the girls, Lewisburg's Alexis Neuer was the No. 3 seed for the individual finals but she fell in her quarterfinal match to Truman's Kelsey Hackbart, 193-163.