Entering the 2015-2016 season, the Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials believed they could finish in the top two of the Suburban One Continental/American Conference. Sure, North Penn would be the favorite to capture the championship with Lucas Denton, Colin Nast, Dylan Bailey-Smith, and Tyler Sharpe. Pennridge, meanwhile, would return Ryan Marshall and Ben Anderson but said goodbye to 2015 alumnus Mike Pine.
After PW’s match against Pennridge on Dec. 21, the Colonials don’t look like a team destined for the 2016 Eastern Pa. team regional tournament. Anderson rolled at least 200 every game en route to a match-best 651 series as the Rams swept the visiting Colonials, 4-0, at Earl Bowl in Earlington.
Josh MacNamara, Pennridge’s two-hole, posted a 609 series. Two-hander Brian Yeung contributed 528 for the Rams. Marshall compiled a pair of 161 games and a 193 at leadoff for 513.
Jake Newell led PW (16-12, 11-9 conference) with a 528 series, the only Colonial to knock down more than 500 pins; he even converted two four-seven splits in the third game (he scored 180 that set). Two days earlier at the Snowroller Showdown in Lancaster (Leisure Lanes), Newell rolled a tournament-high 745 series, one pin short of the PW record. PW 2010 alumnus Chris Hammes tallied a 746 series in a 4-0 win versus North Penn on Jan. 6, 2010 at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton.
Two-hander Matt Amadio, normally PW’s leadoff, was absent. Sean Diorio participated at leadoff and Jared Young filled-in as the Colonials’ two-hole. Diorio notched a 469 series while Young totaled 488.
In the first game, the Rams took advantage of a handful of PW splits for a 899-791 win. MacNamara had six consecutive strikes at one point en route to 223 and Anderson collected 211. Newell paced the Colonials with 176 while Young and anchor Dom Procaccino each had 165.
Trevor Facer entered for the Rams in the sixth frame of game one in place of Zach Valentine. Facer completed the set for 145 to Valentine’s credit.
The second game wasn’t much better as the Colonials lost, 882-819. Young started the set with five straight strikes but couldn’t notch any the following five frames for 191. Yeung rolled 181 and Anderson tallied 212 to lead the Rams.
Pins were kind to the Rams in the third set as they won, 978-841. Anderson posted a game-high 228, MacNamara had 207, Marshall tallied 191, Yeung collected 188, and Peter Herzberger (replaced Facer) recorded 162 for Pennridge. Despite Diorio’s efforts to boost morale by instilling encouragement to his teammates after each roll, the best any Colonial could cash-in had been 191 from John Hansel.
PW is scheduled to return to Earl Bowl on Dec. 23 against conference foe North Penn. The Knights, who bowl in the alley’s lower section (Pennridge bowls in the upper part), hold first place in the conference
This was the first time the Colonials were swept in a match this season. They’ve lost seven of there last eight games. The Colonials earned 13th place (out of 32 teams) at Snowroller with Newell tallying at least 225 each game, but his teammates couldn’t get 200s.
PW 791 819 841= 2,451 
PHS 899 882 978= 2,759 
Sean Diorio 136-147-186= 469
Jared Young 165-191-132= 488
Jake Newell 176-172-180= 528
John Hansel 149-152-191= 482
Dom Procaccino 165-157-152= 473
Ryan Marshall 161-161-193= 513
Josh MacNamara 223-179-207= 609
Zach Valentine 145-JV-JV= 145
Trevor Facer JV-149-JV= 149
Peter Herzberger JV-JV-162= 162
Brian Yeung 159-181-188= 528
Ben Anderson 211-212-228= 651