What a difference 24 hours makes for Francesca Schoettle-Colelli. One day, the Plymouth Whitemarsh junior anchor sits out a game due to not feeling well. The next day, she looks like someone who could contend for an individual championship.
On Dec. 10 as the Lady Colonials defeated visiting Council Rock South, 4-0, in nonleague action at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. This was the home opener for PW (10-6) after three straight matches as the road team. The Golden Hawks had only three players available: Alli Witten, Sabrina Vicente, and Lauren Gudknecht.
Schoettle-Colelli recorded games of 245, 246, and 178 for a 669 series. That total had broken the PW high series record of 668 by Jamie Pugielli from Jan. 2013. The highest game in team history remains 265 by current PW assistant coach Kim McCann on Jan. 3, 2007.
In a Suburban One Continental/American match against Norristown on Dec. 9 (PW and the Lady Eagles split but the Lady Colonials had the greater pinfall), Schoettle-Colelli posted games of 178 and 122. PW head coach Jeff Blizzard removed her from competition after the first game. When Schoettle-Colelli returned for the third game, she sometimes wore her green fleece jacket to cover her uniform while rolling the ball.
During this nonleague match, however, Schoettle-Colelli found a rhythm that couldn’t be disturbed. She tallied a strike or spare in every frame of the first game (245). The following two games, Schoettle-Colelli opened a combined three times.
McCann’s high game record looked to be in jeopardy during game two as Schoettle-Colelli knocked down eight strikes in the first nine frames (nine-miss in the second frame). However, Schoettle-Colelli didn’t get a strike in the 10th for the 246.
As for the third game, Schoettle-Colelli didn’t receive a strike until the sixth frame. She posted a strike in the ninth frame. During the 10th frame, Schoettle-Colelli’s first roll resulted in a three-pin split on the right side; she knocked down two to get the 178 and the new team record.
Witten led the Golden Hawks with a 188 second-game performance and 525 series. PW’s Nicole Esposito posted a 452 series with a 179 game.
This had been the first of two meetings between the Golden Hawks and Lady Colonials this season. Council Rock South is scheduled to host PW on Feb. 4, 2016 at Brunswick Zone XL in Feasterville. The Lady Colonials are slated to return to conference play for a match against Hatboro-Horsham on Dec. 14 at Facenda Whitaker.
CRS 488-490-464= 1,442 
PW 723-754-785= 2,272 
Council Rock South:
Alli Witten 169-188-168= 525
Sabrina Vicente 162-138-138= 438
Lauren Gudknecht 157-164-158= 479
Plymouth Whitemarsh (10-6):
Celia Curry 105-104-JV= 209
Zara Dugan JV-JV-114= 114
Jordan Heaton 122-129-153=404
Marissa McBride 104-159-161= 424
Nicole Esposito 147-126-179= 452
Francesca Schoettle-Colelli 245-246-178= 669