The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 5, 2013

Brian Holtzapple's Keglers' Korner: SABA award up for grabs

Well keglers, the winter bowling league season has pretty much come to a close for another year and the summer leagues are about to start.

The only winter league that has yet to be decided is Strike Zone's Monday Open League. One week remains and a roll-off is scheduled for May 13.

Prior to that, the Sunbury Area Bowling Association will have its hall of fame banquet Saturday at Northumberland Legion Post No. 44. Karl Conrad and Steve Gilson are the inductees, and also being honored are the Sunbury City Tournament winners and the high school bowlers of the year who hail from Shikellamy.

It'll be interesting to see who is selected as the SABA's boys bowler of the year. After a very competitive season for the Braves, there are several boys in the running.

For starters there's Zack Williams, a senior, who was named to The Daily Item's All-Star first team, as well as to the Heartland Athletic Conference first team. He finished among the top four in average (213.90), high game (269) and high series (726) in the Heartland Athletic Conference this year.

Then you have Earl Malick, a junior, and Randy Ripple, a sophomore. Both bowlers were first-team Daily Item All-Stars, with Ripple also receiving first-team honors from the HAC. They were both ranked in the top 10 in all three statistical categories in the HAC.

Malick also had the distinction of rolling a 300 during Strike Zone's junior league.

Speaking of perfect games, there were a bunch of them rolled this year.

No less than 10 perfect games were rolled at Best Bowl, according to Kevin Woodruff, with five alone coming in the Thursday Night Men's Early League.

Middleburg's Aaron Roush led the way by rolling three 300s this year.

At Strike Zone Lanes, 11 perfect games were thrown. In addition, five 300s were rolled during the PSBA Senior Tournament held at the lanes in October and November.

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