Another busy week of sports activity transpired for the respective Twin Valley winter varsity sports teams as they entered the home stretch of their season. Both the boys and girls bowling teams continued to put up wins, while the girls basketball team won two of three games. In wrestling at the Haverford Tournament, both Jason Dickson and Justin Shustack posted three wins.
Once again, minus the injured senior Amanda Hettinger, the girls basketball team started the week on the road in a crossover contest against Exeter. They started out of the gate slowly and trailed, 11-1, after the first quarter. TV then battled back, but lost, 39-32, to the Eagles (6-3). Nikki Kegerreis led TV with 11 points. Next up, TV picked up a close win over West Chester Henderson, in a non-league outing. In their final action of the week, they returned to their league schedule at home against Boyertown in another crossover battle. In a low scoring tight affair. TV rode two big three point baskets from junior Shell Stoltzfus in the fourth quarter and edged the Bears, 33-30. Point guard Jackie Mast hit two foul shots in the waning moments to ice the win. Kegerreis led TV with 15 points, while Stoltzfus added 14, including four treys. TV's record stands at 3-5 in league and 8-10 overall.
In boys bowling it was a contest between the two top teams in the Berks II division as the Raiders traveled to Berks Lanes to face off against Conrad Weiser.
TV won but one of three games, but retained their first place division II lead over the Scouts. Matt Steiginga led TV with a 600 series, while B.J. Daily added a 578. Next up, TV, behind an inspired performance from Frank Lilley, swept Oley Valley despite a down day in scores for some members of the line-up.
The move to Lilley, who has been toning his skills on the TV squad, was a strategist gem by long time coach Ed Schwenk. Lilley had TV's high series at 600, while Steiginga was next at 586. For the season, TV remained in first place in the Berks II division with a 22-11 record.
In girls bowling, TV was swept by powerful Conrad Weiser, despite a fine series from Melissa Haas (508) and Angie Lilley at 485. Next up they returned to the win column when they beat Oley Valley in two of three game set. Lisa Orr led the way with her high series of the season at 556. Next in line was Lilley at 517 and Haas at 460. TV's record stands at 11-11.
A bowling footnote is that TV's Jeff Bare, as of Jan. 11, had the fifth best average (198) in the Berks boys league. The TV team average was at 188/game.
In wrestling, the Raiders won 4 of 11 contested bouts against Daniel Boone and were beaten, 52-20. The winners were Jason Dickson and Justin Wallace by pin, as well as Derek Schlott and Justin Shustack by decision.
At the Haverford duels, the Raiders dropped three matches to Radnor (60-18), North Catholic (66-12), and Archbishop Wood (39-33). On the day, both Dickson (9-4) and Shustack (10-5) won three bouts. Dickson picked up three pins, while Shustack had two pins and a forfeit.
In boys basketball, the Raiders dropped two hard fought league games in the past week, which placed their record at 1-7 in league play and 5-12 overall.
Against Berks 1 Exeter, at home in a crossover game, there was a see-saw affair for three quarters before the Eagles pulled away for a close 52-47 win. Big man Dustin Yocum led TV with 21 points.
Next up on the road against Boyertown in another crossover game, TV played an impressive first half and led the Bears, 36-27, at the break. However, they struggled mightily in the third quarter being outscored, 18-2, and trailing entering the final period, 45-38. The Raiders battled back in the final period, but were edged, 63-59. Matt Hix was the high man for TV with 18 points, while guard Shawn Lawrey and Matt Palmer each added 10.