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Daniel Boone’s Miller, Gov. Mifflin’s Watts win Berks bowling individual championships

Daniel Boone’s Evan Miller and Gov. Mifflin’s Lily Watts had similar paths as they earned gold medals Thursday at the BCIAA individual bowling tournaments at Jay Lanes.

Miller, a senior who went into the bracket finals as the second seed, defeated Exeter’s Aidan Long, 237+59-237+19 in the boys championship match. Watts, a junior who was the top seed, beat teammate Valleri Addis 266-216 in the girls final.

“It feels good man,” Miller said. “Honestly, it feels relieving with all that pressure building up to that moment. I finally did it, doesn’t matter what I do after this because I won counties. It’s relieving.”

“It feels unreal and I still can’t believe it,” Watts said. “I didn’t imagine doing this my junior year but I couldn’t be more happy.”

The bowlers rolled four games on Wednesday, with the top 24 returning for another four games on Thursday. The totals from each day were combined, with the top six advancing to the bracket finals.

Miller led after day one with a score of 971 before finishing day two with a two-day total of 1899 to become the second seed and receive a bye in the quarterfinals.

After defeating sixth-seed Ben Seeberger of Exeter 268-256 in the semifinals he advanced to the championship match against top-seeded Long.

Miller trailed going into the tenth frame and needed three consecutive strikes to push extra frames.

The senior stayed composed as he knocked down the turkey in clutch fashion.

“It was nerve-racking,” Miller said. “I didn’t know I needed all three but I knew I needed to perform. My coaches said to take a deep breath, then I took a one, threw my shots and it worked out in the end.”

Miller went on the throw three strikes in the extra frames as Long knocked down a spare and then had a gutter ball at the end of the championship match.

An employee at Jay Lanes, Miller said winning the county championship at the alley during his senior year at the alley is a memory he is proud of.

“It feels great to leave some memories on my way out,” Miller said.

Up next is the District 3 Tournament on Feb. 24 at Hanover Bowling Center, which Miller said he is excited to compete in.

“I’m feeling really good,” Miller said. “We performed really well in districts last year and I was like one pin off making the cut. I’ve been bowling a lot better this year and am going to continue to perform.”

The boys medalists at the BCIAA individual bowling tournament are, from left, Gov. Mifflin's Chase Spiers, fifth; Wilson's Logan Mitchell, sixth; Exeter's Ben Seeberger, third; Wilson's John Giglio, fourth; Exeter's Aidan Long, second; and Daniel Boone's Evan Miller, first. (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)
The boys medalists at the BCIAA individual bowling tournament are, from left, Gov. Mifflin’s Chase Spiers, fifth; Wilson’s Logan Mitchell, sixth; Exeter’s Ben Seeberger, third; Wilson’s John Giglio, fourth; Exeter’s Aidan Long, second; and Daniel Boone’s Evan Miller, first. (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)

Watts also led after day one on Wednesday with a score of 868 and remained on top after four games on Thursday with a two-day total score of 1757.

She also earned a bye in the quarterfinals match as the top seed.

Watts won her semifinal match 203-189 against fifth-seeded Makaylah Ammon of Hamburg.

She moved on to face her teammate, Addis, in the championship. Watts lost to her last season in the semifinals by a score of 237-212.

However, this year proved to be different.

“Going against Addis was nerve-racking because I know she’s a great bowler and she’s beat me time and time again,” Watts said. “It was nerve-racking but I had to keep my head in the right place.”

That is exactly what Watts did as she stayed composed to win by 50 points.

After the commanding win, Watts said she has more confidence heading into districts as the county champion.

“I feel like I have a bit more confidence after rolling really well here,” Watts said going into districts. “But I also know it’s a completely different house and I’ve struggled there before. So, I’m trying to keep my head up high but also stay in the right headspace.”

The girls medalists at the BCIAA individual bowling tournament are, from left, Gov. Mifflin's Lily Watts, first; Gov. Mifflin's Valleri Addis, second; Wilson's Natalie Bonnette, third; Hamburg's Makaylah Ammon, fourth; Daniel Boone's Kristin Fitzcharles, sixth; and Gov. Mifflin's Serina Miller, fifth. (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)
The girls medalists at the BCIAA individual bowling tournament are, from left, Gov. Mifflin’s Lily Watts, first; Gov. Mifflin’s Valleri Addis, second; Wilson’s Natalie Bonnette, third; Hamburg’s Makaylah Ammon, fourth; Daniel Boone’s Kristin Fitzcharles, sixth; and Gov. Mifflin’s Serina Miller, fifth. (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)

Source: Berkshire mont

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