Wilson's Adam Gehr wins BCIAA boys bowling singles title [updated]

Brian Smith, Reading Eagle, Pa.
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Feb. 24—Wilson junior Adam Gehr had somewhat modest goals going into Tuesday's BCIAA boys bowling singles tournament at Jay Lanes.

"I thought hopefully I can bowl well and maybe crack the top six," said Gehr, who entered the event 21st in the county in average.

He bowled well, all right.

Gehr, competing in the county singles event for the first team, earned the top seed through qualifying before defeating Daniel Boone's Josh Hart 217-176 in the final.

"It was fun," Gehr said. "I just found a line, stuck with it, made my shots and it went well. I didn't really think I'd be all the way at the top after four games (of qualifying), so that was really cool."

Gehr rolled a four-game series of 977 to top qualifying. Hart was seeded second after a 951.

The top six qualifiers advanced to the roll-offs. The top two seeds received byes into the semifinals.

Gehr had a close call in the semis, where he defeated fourth-seeded Riley Celmer of Muhlenberg 223-221

"That was pretty stressful," he said. "Riley is a really good bowler and he's been at the top of the county for years, so it was a lot of fun to bowl against him. I mean it was stressful, but still a lot of fun. It came down to the wire, but I was glad I could keep bowling well. It was a good match.

"Luckily I was able to throw a couple of good shots in the 10th to put it away."

In the other semifinal, Hart beat third-seeded Dean Fisher of Oley Valley 2247-224.

In the quarterfinals, Celmer defeated fifth-seeded Ayden Davis of Antietam 225-209, and Fisher beat sixth-seeded Ethan Reimert of Exeter 235-224.

Antietam's Josh Bauer rolled his first career 300 game in the fourth game of qualifying.

"Hopefully, I can come back next year and if I can repeat that would be cool," Gehr said, "but there's so many great bowlers. It will be tough, but it's a lot of fun."