Archbishop Ryan’s Ragdoll bowlers rolled their way right through the competition this season in the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL).
Saturday, Feb. 18 saw the culmination of that with the Ryan girls outpacing Archbishop Prendergast, 1,890-1,794, to capture the Catholic League championship. Sparking the Ragdolls in their quest for the top trophy was sophomore Tori Cruz, who knocked down a team-high 591 series including a game-high 220 in the final match, when the title was still up for grabs.
In capturing the PCL plaque, Ryan avenged a loss last year to the Pandas in the Catholic League final.
On Saturday, Feb. 18 at Thunderbird Lanes, all four girls got off to a good start in game one with Cruz leading the way at 183, sophomore Marissa Aguado knocking down 177, junior Nicole Sherman rolling up a 170 score and senior Sarah Rauchet coming through with 149.
Cruz seemed to get better with every ball she tossed down the lanes, registering 188 in game two and capping off her team-high 591 series with a turkey. Aguado rolled up a very solid 488 series including 159 and 152 scores in the last two games.
Rauchet cooled off in game two – 110 – but bounced back in the final match with her best game of the day at 154, tallying 413 for her series. After coming through in the first match, Sherman’s game was hampered by assorted splits she left on the alley on first balls, though she made several valiant attempts at picking up the spares, especially in game three.
Still, Nicole pitched in to Ryan’s title hopes with a very solid 398 series. Sophomore Katie Carr contributed to the Ragdolls’ cause with a 128 average this season and the team is coached by Andy Martin.
Prendie was paced by junior Megan Huhn, who led the Pandas with a team-high 558 series including a high game 193. Jackie Keifer was also solid with a 428 series.
The Pandas defeated Neumann-Goretti and Little Flower to get to the championship. In the Feb. 16 semifinals, Huhn put forth an outstanding effort as she rolled a 258 high-game and a 623 series to lead the Pandas to a narrow 1,885-1,866 win over Little Flower.
Ryan knocked off St. Hubert’s in the semis, 2,076-1,927, thanks to Cruz’s team-high 619 series including a 246 score in game three. ••EndFragment