HGP bowls over the competition
Following an undefeated Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) regular season, Holy Ghost Prep continued its bowl over the competition at the league championships Feb. 15 at the Earl Bowl Lanes in Franconia.
The BAL singles championship turned out to be an all-Holy Ghost affair as junior co-captains John Schrenk and Ryan Callahan both reached the finals. Schrenk edged his teammate and close friend Callahan, 226-170 in the final—capping off a magical league season for the Firebirds as both bowlers took home trophies that day.
“We accomplished just about everything we set out to do. If we had a checklist at the beginning of the season, they’ve checked off just about every box,” says Tom Eckerle. “These guys should be proud of themselves. They made their coaches proud, school proud, and the BAL proud too.”
Not surprisingly, the Firebirds, the dominant force in the BLA this winter, captured the league’s most coveted hardware with Schrenk earning BAL boys Bowler of the Year and Eckerle getting BAL boys Coach of the Year honors.
“Our bowlers have come together and took command of the league from the get-go. This is evident by their undefeated league season,” says Holy Ghost Prep athletic director Jim Stewart.
“To have the Bowler of the Year and Coach of the Year from HGP is truly special. Coach Eckerle is a terrific motivator and keeps the game fun for his players. John Schrenk is a true talent and will only get better. We look forward to watching John succeed even more during his senior season in 2017-18!”
Next up for the Firebirds will be Eastern Regionals in Lancaster in early March. Holy Ghost has qualified as a team and will also have four individuals competing in the singles competition: seniors Dan Reifsnyder and John Wisniewski, along with the duo who met for the BAL singles title (Schrenk and Callahan).