The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 18, 2013

Brian Holtzapple's bowling column: No roll-off this season

Prior to the formation of the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference, whenever two bowling teams finished the season tied, there would automatically be a roll-off.

That's the way things were handled when the Susquehanna Valley Conference was in existence.

So imagine the disappointment when Shikellamy High coach Bill Snyder was told that his Braves wouldn't get a chance at a roll-off after they finished the season tied with Milton at 22-6.

But since the Black Panthers beat the Braves 3-1 in their head-to-head matchup on the year, the title goes to Milton.

"I feel bad for the guys that got themselves into the position for a roll-off. Everyone expected a roll-off to happen," said Snyder. "Coaches from other teams were wishing us luck and asking when it was taking place. It was not easy telling the guys that the title was already decided based on their loss during the season to Milton.

"In the 40-plus years of high school bowling there has always been a roll-off when a tie existed. Not this year!"

Apparently, PHAC President Dan Bonomo and the athletic director in charge of bowling, Shikellamy's own Joe Robsock, decided not to institute a roll-off when they made conference's new by-laws.

"They have made the decision for no roll-off. Everyone was expecting one, and a date for the roll-off, if needed, was even on the schedule (for Feb. 14)," said Snyder. "Most sports have a home and away match. We only bowl each school once. There is an advantage to bowling at home, I will not deny this. Unfortunately the conference title is based on that match at Milton."

Snyder has already expressed his desire to change the by-laws and re-establish the roll-off, but to no avail.

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