February 07, 2014

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BY: Marquel Slaughter, Reporter | February 07, 2014

Mount Mercy Academy put the icing on the cake of the program�s best season with an impressive finish in the season finale.

The Magic placed second at All-Catholics on Feb. 4 at Thruway Lanes. Knocking down 1,720 pins in the competition, they edged regular season champion Immaculata by 20 pins to take the runner-up slot behind repeating-champion Mount St. Mary, who finished with 1,844.

Susan Thomas, Kelly Thomas, Maren LeLonek and Sara Riso were the foursome in the lanes for Mercy on Tuesday night.

�There�s only senior [Meaghan Gosciak] on the varsity team, so these four girls will all be back next year, which looks good for the future for us,� said Mt. Mercy head coach Fred Kirisits.

The team Kirisits took into All-Catholics finished the regular season in second place, as well. Their 40-16 mark was one game ahead of Cardinal O�Hara.

The finish to the regular season is the best that vthe arsity has ever seen since Monsignor Martin went away from handicap bowling and switched to the scratch format in the mid-1990s.

Mercy did win one league title when the league bowled in the handicap format.

The Magic were led by their Second Team All-Catholic selections Susan Thomas and Riso, both of whom really started coming along in January and gave the team a chance to compete atop the division.

�I was trying to keep the team positive and hoping it would come out this way,� Susan Thomas said earlier this season.

Also, the junior varsity team finished with a 44.5-11.5 mark. They were just 1.5 games below first-place Park.

Last winter, the Magic finished tied for second; this year, they ended alone in second. Caitlin Matuszak paced the JV squad all year long with her team-high average. She also ranked third best in the league.

�For Caitlin and the other seniors on JV, like Hannah Elminowski and Liz Salmone, they brought consistency to the game,� said Kirisits. �You can always rely on them to bowl 120-125 and the occasional 150. Rarely do they have a bad game.�

�I think we just all wanted to come together and do really well since are five seniors on JV,� Matuszak added as she mentioned the play of her classmates Gabrielle Hagner and Bridgette Quinn. �We just wanted to have a good year.�

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