CUMBERLAND — For the fifth straight year a Fort Hill bowler held the top average in the area, as Fort Hill’s Kasey Sullivan repeated as the high-average bowler for the boys and Mountain Ridge’s Mariah Snyder for the girls, with both heading up the 2013-14 All-Area and All-Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference bowling teams.
Sullivan, who held the top average of 208 last season, improved to a league-record 217 this year to take the title and lead Fort Hill to another undefeated season to take the regular-season title, winning the Actual title as well as the Showcase Tournament championship. Hampshire’s boys won the Adjusted title for the season.
Snyder, a junior, led Mountain Ridge to a sweep of all titles with a a 175 average.
The Fort Hill boys ran the table in Actual with an 18-0 record for the second straight season and was followed by Mountain Ridge at 15-3, Southern 13.5-4.5, Hampshire 13-5, Allegany 9.5-8.5, Frankfort 6.5-11.5, Bishop Walsh 6.5-11.5, Keyser 5-13 and Lighthouse Christian 2-16.
Mountain Ridge won the girls Actual at 17.5-.5 and was followed by Frankfort at 15.5-2.5, Southern 15-3, Allegany 12-6, Calvary Christian 7.5-10.5, Fort Hill 6.5-11.5, Hampshire 6.5-11.5, Lighthouse Christian 6-12, Bishop Walsh 2-16 and Keyser 1.5-16.5.
The Miners also sat atop of the Adjusted standings at 17-1 while Southern was second at 13-5, Hampshire third at 10-8, followed by Allegany at 8.5-9.5, Frankfort 8-10, Calvary Christian 7.5-10.5, Keyser 7.5-10.5, Bishop Walsh 6-12, Lighthouse Christian 6.5-11.5 and Fort Hill 6-12.
Hampshire took the boys Actual with a 14-4 record, while Fort Hill and Southern tied for second at 13-5. Next was Mountain Ridge at 11.5-6.5, Bishop Walsh 11.5-6.5, Lighthouse Christian 10-8, Keyser 6.5-11.5, Frankfort 6-12 and Allegany 5-13.
Joining Sullivan on the All-Area and All-AMAC teams are teammate Dylan Bean, who had the top average in the area as a freshman, and Allegany’s Randy Cubbage. Fort Hill’s Darron Warner and Mountain Ridge’s Matthew Clark are on the All-Area team, while Mountain Ridge’s Patrick Russell made All-AMAC.
All-Area honorable mention was taken by Bishop Walsh’s Tony Russell, Fort Hill’s Trey Bennett, Hampshire’s Travis Veach, Keyser’s Taylor Fraley and Jacob Shumaker, Lighthouse’s Micah Ludwick, Patrick Russell of Mountain Ridge, and Southern’s Mathew Warnick. Making honorable mention All-AMAC were Bennett, Warner, Fraley, Shumaker, Clark and Warnick.
Making first team on the girls All-Area and All-AMAC along with Snyder are Mountain Ridge’s Kylie Humbertson and Allegany’s Hannah Smith. Making All-Area were Frankfort’s Hannah Raines and Calvary’s Savannah Chaney, while Keyser’s Julie Abernathy was All-AMAC.
All-Area honorable mention were Fort Hill’s Rashanna Middleton, Frankfort’s Sarrah Apple, Hampshire’s Krista Videtto, Abernathy and Southern’s Savannah Rodeheaver and Kristie Swearengen. Earning All-AMAC honorable mention were Amanda Wilson and Middleton of Fort Hill and Rodeheaver and Swearengen of Southern.
• Fort Hill’s Kasey Sullivan set the new Allegany County league high average at 217 and a new league high set of 824. He helped lead the Sentinels to an 18-0 regular season record and 36-0 the past two seasons.
Sullivan captured both the Actual and Adjusted titles in the Showcase Championships this season. His 217 average eclipsed the previous record of former Hampshire bowler Amanda Greene, who posted a 215 average. His 824 set (277-268-279) broke Greene’s previous league mark of 814. Sullivan’s high game this season was 288, third-highest in the league.
“Kasey is a very consistent left-handed bowler who has natural ability to adjust to land conditions very quickly,” said Coach Bill Patch. “Kasey is an excellent teammate and a very coachable bowler. He bowls in as many tournaments as he can and has a great future in bowling.”
• Fort Hill junior Dylan Bean set his career high in average at 212 this season and was named to the All-Area and All-AMAC bowling teams for the third straight year. He had a 766 set and the league’s high game of 299, helping the Sentinels to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and Showcase championships.
“Dylan is a strong right-handed bowler and is continually working to improve his game,” said Patch. “He is a good teammate, helping his fellow bowlers during matches and practice. He is always coachable and easily adjusts to the lanes.
“He also bowls in as many tournaments as he can and, like Kasey, has a bright future in bowling.”
• Senior Randy Cubbage is a four-year member of the Allegany bowling team with a 208 average his senior year and a 721 set. He made All-Area last year with a 197 average.
An active bowler since the age of four, Cubbage is a member of the United States Bowling Congress and a multi-award score winner through the association. Cubbage’s high game is 290 and he plans to continue his bowling career in college.
“Randy is committed to the sport of bowling, competing in all local, state and national tournaments,” said Allegany coach Troy Cubbage. “He has been recognized by the USBC on several occasions for his outstanding achievements and continues to build and improve his game.”
In Cubbage’s 290 game, for which the USBC honored him, he rolled 11 strikes in a row and a high set of 724. His 11 strikes in a row followed a first-frame spare.
• Darron Warner is a three-year varsity bowler for Fort Hill and made the All-Area team. He finished the season with a 191 average, a 289 high game and a 769 set to help the Sentinels go undefeated.
• Mountain Ridge senior Matthew Clark is a four-year bowler for the Miners and improved his average from 184 last year to 200 this year to repeat on the All-Area team. He led Mountain Ridge in average as well as with a 269 game and 703 set. He bowled 24 200-plus games.
“Matthew is polite and a great team member and, as a dedicated bowler, is always improving his scores,” said Coach Marvin McKenzie. “Matthew has been a pleasure to coach for the past four years. Our team and I will miss him next year.”
• Senior Patrick Russell is a two-year bowler for Mountain Ridge and had an average of 184, with a high game of 214 and a 649 set. He rolled 12 of his 15 200-plus games in the final stages of the season.
“Patrick is a quiet but determined-to-improve bowler, said McKenzie. “He improved his average from last year by 14 pins.”
• Junior Mariah Snyder repeats as an All-Area selection and turned in the highest average in the league at 175. She has rolled high games of 268 and 267, the 268 coming in the Showcase Tournament. She also produced a 603 set.
“Mariah was our leader this year,” said Coach Marvin McKenzie. “She took charge and showed leadership and ability in our quest for the league championship.
“Mariah has steadily improved. She’s always smiling and is a pleasure to coach. We are happy to have her back next season.”
Snyder had the second-highest average in the league last year at 156 and the second-highest set of 540. She had a high game of 208.
“When Mariah’s bowling ball hits the pocket, to goes ‘boom’,” McKenzie said.
• Kylie Humbertson is a four-year bowler for Mountain Ridge. This year she averaged 150 with a high game of 213 and a 565 set and was a member of the girls Actual and Adjusted championship teams in league and Showcase competition.
“Kylie has been a bright spot on our bowling team the last four years,” said Coach Marvin McKenzie. “She has improved her average and her leadership. Our team and I will miss her next season.”
Humbertson is an honor roll student at Mountain Ridge.
• Senior Savannah Chaney has a been a four-year starter and the No. 1 bowler for Calvary Christian Academy the past three years. This year she raised her average 17 pins to 144.
“Along with being the backbone of the team, she led her teammates in accumulating 100 points in Actual and Adjusted,” said Coach Geoff Wheeler. “Her encouragement has meant so much to them.”
• Junior Hannah Raines has been on the Frankfort bowling team for three seasons. She led the team in average for two seasons, this season carrying a 163 average with a high set of 618.
“Hannah works extremely hard to improve her game,” said Coach Matt Miller.”
Raines is also a member of the Falcon band and excels academically.
• Keyser junior Julie Abernathy has anchored the Golden Tornado girls team the past two years with a 125 average.
“Julie is instrumental to the success of the team, said Coach Rae Piraino. “She brings joy to her teammates and to me.”
Abernathy is active in Girls Scouts, Hi-Y, HOSA and SkillsUSA. She maintains a 3.5 GPA and has had perfect attendance from Pre-K to present.
Mike Burke is sports editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at email@example.com