Ryan’s Ragdolls roll the Catholic League competition


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. ••

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