By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
Achieving success, and for a bowler that means having a high average, is easy.
The hard part comes in maintaining it through a whole season.
No one knows that better than Milton junior Mark Artley and Lewisburg freshman Alexis Neuer.
In a year where youth held supreme in the Heartland Athletic Conference, Artley and Neuer were in charge of the movement during the 2012-13 season.
And it's no wonder why Artley and Neuer -- The Daily Item's Bowlers of the Year -- posted the kind of seasons that they had.
Both bowlers are products of Milton coach Andy Neuer, who claimed the girls Coach of the Year honors. He is the father of Alexis and a former member of the Professional Bowlers Association.
Neuer led the Black Panthers to a 25-3 record and their first conference title in 10 years. In fact, Milton is the first team other than Shikellamy to win a conference championship in the last nine years.
The boys Coach of the Year is Shikellamy's Bill Snyder, who has become accustomed to being named the girls top coach the past several years.
But in a season where his girls team was rebuilding, Snyder led his boys to a 22-6 record and a tie with Milton for the regular season crown. However, the Black Panthers were awarded the title by virtue of their head-to-head meeting against Shikellamy, a 3-1 victory.
"Our match versus Milton was very entertaining. It's fun bowling against a great team," said Snyder. "The Milton boys worked very hard to get to the top. They had an outstanding year. That being said, our boys improved dramatically this year.
"We lost a few close games, but we have to get those wins and be the stronger team in the final frames," added Snyder.