In the girls team event, Milton was the lone squad from the Heartland Athletic Conference to qualify for the finals. However, the Black Panthers fell in their quarterfinal round of baker games to District 1's Muhlenberg, 2-0, but they still advance to states.
Cheyenne Caldwell, Megan Sherman, Emily Benfer, Brittany Badman and Halie Snyder are the Black Panthers' starting five. Rachael Noaker and Kasey Stahl are the alternates for the state qualifiers.
Individually on the boys side, sophomore Noah Thomas advanced to the semifinals for the Braves. The No. 11 seed fell to No. 2 Rodney Rippy from Conestoga Valley, 234-178.
To get there, Thomas defeated 10th-seeded Milton junior Mark Artley in the first round, 226-198. In the quarters Thomas beat Father Judge No. 3 seed, Dan Matase, 179-139.
Thomas and Artley both advance to the state championships.
"Noah now has the opportunity to match his skills with the top 24 bowlers in the state. It will be a great experience for him. His teammate Zack Williams can give him a few tips from his take last year (bowling in the state championships)," said Snyder. "Noah started out with a 167, then got in the right area and executed shot after shot averaging 238 over the next four games. In head-to-head match play, or team baker, the key is momentum. If you have the hot hand and carry the strikes it puts pressure on the other player, usually causing them to press."
In the team event, both Milton and Shikellamy qualified for the finals, with the No. 2-seeded Black Panthers advancing all the way to the championship match.
In the finals top-seeded Conrad Weiser defeated Milton, 2-1. The scores of the baker games are as follows: 237-229, 235-235, 210-245 and 192-221.
Prior to the finals the Black Panthers beat No. 3 Lampeter-Strausburg, 2-1.
For his part, Artley rolled a 726 series (235-232-259) to help Milton be among the final six teams, and he was named to the all-tournament team for his efforts.