Perhaps the best era of Suburban One League Continental/American girls’ bowling had taken place from Dec. 2010 to March 2014. There were times when the ladies would post higher games and series than the gentlemen. Pennridge’s Jenn Stevens and Norristown’s Emily Kinsey had a combined three conference tournament titles (all by Stevens), eight trips to the Eastern Pa. regional singles competition, and three state tournament appearances.
But we shouldn’t forget to include Upper Moreland’s Britny Kabic. Sadly, Kabic passed away on Feb. 12, 2016 in Syracuse, N.Y. She had been a sophomore majoring in advertising at Syracuse University.
Kabic had bowled on Upper Moreland squads with the likes of Kim Searles, Julia Brownholtz, Kristen Brownholtz, Brielle Erb, Becky Lamb, and Tracey Tardif. The Lady Bears won Continental/American team titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014. During those seasons, Kabic served as Upper Moreland’s anchor.
For Kabic and the Lady Bears to have been a conference power, they had to overcome obstacles. Upper Moreland bowled home matches at Thunderbird Lanes in Willow Grove, which is notorious for various shifts in oil patterns. The Lady Bears had to face Stevens, who had a 200-plus average with a high series of 710, and Kinsey, who often reached the 190s in each game.
During the 2010-2011 campaign, Upper Moreland grabbed third place in Continental/American. Kabic participated on varsity as a freshman, knocking down close to 153 a set, including a high of 223. As one of two SOL teams to qualify for regionals based on pinfall, the Lady Bears ended in 28th out of 30 (Neshaminy and a team representing the Philadelphia Public League had four bowlers each).
In Kabic’s sophomore season, the Lady Bears won the conference with a 47-5 record (one match was canceled). Upper Moreland averaged 782.03 pins a game, fourth-best among all SOL teams, and finished in 18th out of 27 teams at regionals. Kabic, who was named to the conference’s Second Team in 2012, tallied 163.6 per game (her high game was 235), the sixth-best average for Continental/American participants; she earned 107th out of 131 at the regional singles event.
As a junior, Kabic led Upper Moreland to its second straight conference crown by averaging in the 170s. At regionals, Kabic finished in 105th out of 146 participants. The Lady Bears came in 18th out of 26th at the team regional, which included a 231 game from Kabic.
Upper Moreland captured its third consecutive conference championship thanks to Kabic stepping up to 176 per game as a senior. Kabic collected 63rd out of 148 at the singles regional. The Lady Bears had taken 18th out of 28 at team regionals, and Kabic contributed with a 204 game and 536 series.
Once Kabic graduated from Upper Moreland, she paved the way for Amanda Tardif, Phoebe Park, and Kayla Balcerak to lead the Lady Bears. Park and Balcerak qualified for the 2016 singles regional on March 4 at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata. Balcerak has been an SOL at-large regional qualifier in 2015 and 2016 as the Lady Bears’ anchor.
Although Kabic didn’t participate in any state tournaments, she prevented Stevens and Pennridge from winning a conference team title in all four seasons. Unlike conference foes, the Lady Bears participated in summer leagues to improve their skills, which was one of the factors for baffling opponents. Those years were unlike most eras in Continental/American history, and we thank you, Britny Kabic, for giving us those fond memories on the lanes.