Racking up a high score of 176.5 points, a team average of 605 and a total pins-plus-handicap for the season of 41,153, the team from Harford Tech won the Forest Hill Lanes 2012-2013 High School Bowling championship. The team was comprised of Chris Marshall,
Second place, for the second year in a row, were Ben Smith, Aaron Simpers and Matt Wassin from Aberdeen.
Other significant winners were Wassin from Aberdeen, who for the second straight year racked up the individual boys' highest average. The girls' highest average was won by Katelyn Eckart from Bel Air. Season high scores for boys and girls were: Scratch Series: Quentin Cummings and Shannon Cashman; Scratch Game: Ben Rugemer and Hannah Nigrin; Handicap Series: Bill McLewee and Katie Haines; Handicap Game: Ben Rynes and Anna Benko.
The 2012-2013 season ran 14 weeks – Nov. 12 through Feb. 25 – and included 24 teams from North Harford, Fallston, Patterson Mill, Aberdeen, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, Harford Tech and John Carroll. Trophies, plaques, prizes and recognition were given at a ceremony at Forest Hill Lanes on Monday. All winning team members each received an individual trophy and individual achievement winners received plaques. All trophies and plaques were donated by Forest Hill Lanes.
This was the 15th consecutive year for the league, which is arranged through Harford County Public Schools athletic directors. "We are very pleased that several teachers attended the bowling sessions every week," Lanes Assistant Manager and League Coordinator Rose Murphy said. "They coached and encouraged the kids, who really appreciated seeing their teachers' extra commitment."
Each member of the winning team also each received a $200 scholarship letter, to be used to help pay college tuition costs; these are good for two years after graduation from high school. Each member of the second place team received a $100 scholarship letter and each member of the third place team received a $50 scholarship letter. The scholarships were donated by the Klein family of Harford County, owners of Forest Hill Lanes.
"We're already hard at work on the 2013-2014 high school leagues," Murphy said. "At the end of the session, we asked the students for their input on everything from time of play, day of play, organization and what they felt could be done to improve the fun and the competition. "We are certainly going to incorporate many suggestions as we move forward, so interested students and parents should watch our Facebook page and our web site."
A complete gallery of all winning teams and individuals is posted on the official Forest Hill Lanes Facebook page.