HGP’s bowling team is on a roll
Led by a pair of returning first-team All-Bicentennial League (BAL) performers in co-captains John Schrenk and Ryan Callahan, the Holy Ghost Prep bowling team currently sports an impressive 13-1 overall record, including a perfect 11-0 mark in the BAL.
With its 3-1 defeat of Devon Prep on February 1, HGP clinched the school's first league crown in three years.
Tom Eckerle’s BAL title-winning team is guaranteed a spot in the Eastern Regionals in March, thanks in large part to the tremendous skill and leadership of the team’s dynamic captain duo of Schrenk and Callahan, both juniors.
Schrenk will be honored as the Bucks County Courier Times Athlete of the Week on Feb. 6 for his clutch performances in a week during which Schrenk averaged 215 in three matches, and an even higher 236 average in matches against league rivals Bristol High School and Dock Mennonite School. His 737 series against Dock included games with eye-popping scores of 242, 226 and 269. The 737 series is believed to be a school and BAL record.
“John shows tremendous leadership in how he deals with success and adversity. He is always trying to help younger/less experienced bowlers,” says Eckerle, an HGP social studies teacher who coaches the Firebirds. “He wants nothing more than for the team to have success. He finished second in the BAL averages last year and in our BAL singles tournament, so this has been building. But he has taken his game to stratospheric levels at times this year.”
Like Schrenk, Callahan is in his second year as one of the Firebirds' bowling co-captains.
“The two of them (Schrenk and Callahan) are very good pals,” says Eckerle. “Callahan is California cool and is second only to Schrenk in the BAL in average. Both guys lead by scores as well as by example and dedication.”
In addition to Schrenk and Callahan, the HGP bowling team also features a third returning all-league performer in senior John Wisniewski. He earned second-team All-BAL honors in 2016 and is currently fifth in the BAL in average. If that weren’t enough firepower on one team, HGP’s Dan Reifsnyder is currently 11th in the BAL in average.