The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 14, 2013

H.S. bowling: Milton junior, Lewisburg freshman take bowler of year honors


n Mark Artley

Artley, 17, did it all as Milton's leading bowler this season, and despite the pressures that were on him, he had a blast.

"It was a lot of fun being a leader on the team, and setting an example and leading the team to a league championship," he said.

The right-handed Artley had the best average in the HAC this season at 221.95, and he also had the conference's best series (757) and second-best game (289).

In the postseason, Artley didn't fare too well in the Eastern Pa Regional Tournament and he fell in the first round of the finals.

However, Artley still qualified for states in singles and he advanced all the way to the championship match where he lost by a mere 10 pins.

In the team event, Artley led the Black Panthers to a second-place finish at regionals and a seventh-place finish in the state tournament.

"Basically, my goal at regionals was to make the top 12 and qualify for states," said Artley. "As soon as I made it, I just worried about what the team had to do the next day to make it as well.

"We wanted to stay focused on our goal to make regionals, and once we were there our goal was to make states," Artley added. "As a young team, we accomplished that goal."

One goal that Artley didn't accomplish this year was to have all three high marks in the conference. He missed out on getting the HAC's high game when Midd-West's Derrick Martin rolled a 300.

But that's a goal for next year.

"Yeah, I was a little disappointed -- mainly because I had all of my good games in scrimmages. Hopefully next year I'll get all three," said Artley. "It was a challenge at some points because we have some great bowlers in our league. To be on top (in average) the whole year was a goal, and I'm glad I was able to keep it.

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