It has been hard to figure out Francesca Schoettle-Colelli. One match, the Plymouth Whitemarsh junior would struggle to take command of the lanes. Another time, she could be challenging to break a team record for pinfall.
In Suburban One Continental/American action, the host Lady Colonials defeated the Upper Moreland Lady Bears, 3-1, on Dec. 16 at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. In picking up the match win, PW improves to 14-10 overall and 6-10 in the conference.
Schoettle-Colelli led all bowlers with a 595 series. At first, the PW anchor didn’t appear to be in full control in the first set as she rolled 128. The Lady Colonials lost game one, 659-645.
However, Schoettle-Colelli then looked like the lady who finished second in the conference with a 182.97 average last season. In game two, she entered the 10th frame with strikes seven strikes, one nine-spare, and an eight-spare. Her 10th frame consisted of a strike, seven-10 split, and one knocked pin for 246; she would’ve broken Kim McCann’s 2007 record of 265 in one game with another strike.
During the third set, the Lady Colonials pulled out a 754-744 win. The Lady Bears received 172 from leadoff Phoebe Park and 178 from anchor Kayla Balcerak. Schoettle-Colelli tallied five strikes at one time en route to a game-high 221.
Balcerak had a 510 series and Park totaled 500. PW four-hole Nicole Esposito knocked down 180 in the first game and notched a 484 series.
So far in conference play, Schoettle-Colelli has averaged 173.63 a game. However, her best match was a PW-record 669 series in a 4-0 win against nonleague foe Council Rock South on Dec. 9. PW 2013 alumna Jamie Pugielli posted a 668 series in Jan. 2013.
This had been the Lady Colonials’ fourth consecutive match at Facenda Whitaker. PW’s next two matches are scheduled to take place against conference foes Pennridge (Dec. 21) and North Penn (Dec. 23) at Earl Bowl in Earlington. The Lady Colonials also plan on participating in the Snowroller Invitational on Dec. 19 at Leisure Lanes in Lancaster.
UM 659 659 744= 2,062 
PW 645 752 754= 2,151 
Phoebe Park 179-149-172= 500
Hanna Long 88-102-127= 317
Maddie Mull 82-101-111= 294
Amanda Tardif 157-128-156= 441
Kayla Balcerak 153-179-178= 510
Celia Curry 104-124-129= 357
Sammie Leeds 120-114-128= 362
Marissa McBride 113-123-117= 353
Nicole Esposito 180-145-159= 484
Francesca Schoettle-Colelli 128-246-221= 595