The Wallenpaupack Bowling Center will be hosting this year's edition of Pennsylvania's District Eight Pepsi Championships. The event begins next weekend and continues each Sunday throughout the month of March.

This week, TWI Sports will preview the upcoming Pennsylvania District 8 Pepsi Championships which Wallenpaupack Bowling Center will host each Sunday in March — beginning next weekend.

Each Sunday, Paupack Lanes will host three shifts of qualifying, beginning at 9 AM, 12 PM and 3 PM respectively. This is the first time the center will host such an event.

While the lanes have hosted other association tournaments, such as team tournament qualifiers which have consisted of around 150 bowlers, this year’s Pepsi tournament will more than quadruple that number.

According to District Eight Tournament Director Matthew Tardona, 530 bowlers from more than ten district-wide bowling centers will travel to Historic Hawley next month.

The Pinnacle of Youth Bowling
The Wallenpaupack Youth Program is the pinnacle of the local youth bowling programs.

Even though their neighbors to the west have bigger centers with more participants, there are certain aspects that are only encompassed in Wallenpauapack’s junior program.

Whereas most of the participants in the area will need to pay their own way into the district tournament, Paupack’s participants will have their fee paid for them, courtesy of the league.

Low Temperatures, High Scores
While the temperatures keep plummeting outdoors and the snow continues to fall, one thing which is staying very much elevated is the scoring pace in league-play at Paupack Lanes.

This week, three of the higher-scoring leagues — The Lake Region IGA Scratch Classic League, The Atlantic City League and the Wayne Major League — were all canceled due to inclement weather.

However, the leagues that did bowl this week — last week’s Friday Wayne Commercial League, the Junior Leagues, Sunday Evening’s Mixed League, the Monday Ladies League and the Penn York League — all consisted of a fairly high scoring pace.

We will start with the ladies this week, who were led by Kathleen Conklin and Joyce Sylvester.

Conklin, who lives just outside of Port Jervis, NY, had a solid night at 682 last week. Sylvester, Dingmans Ferry, rolled a 602 series — her second 600 series of her career. Both ladies put up their big numbers last week during the Wayne Commercial League.

During Sunday’s Mixed League, Tanglewood’s John Schaffer posted a 279 game and a 682 series. Schaffer will try his hand at the pro tour next month when the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour visits Norwich, CT for the Matchplay Championships.

His wife, Kathy, rolled a 586 series the same night.

Bill Steuhl, also a member of the PBA, mirrored Schaffer’s score the next evening during Penn York League action.

The next afternoon, during the Monday Ladies League, Regina Acquavella rolled a 217 game. This was the highest score of the afternoon.

No Tap Tournament
Mark your calendars for next month’s No-Tap Tournament.

It will be on Sat. Mar. 6 with check-in beginning at 5 PM. Last tournament nearly reached capacity, so sign up now while spots are still available.

New Information
Recently, Wallenpaupack Bowling Center’s kitchen has now become capable of providing takeout for those wishing to enjoy one or more of the more-than 70 items on the menu.

Please call the center at 226-8499 to place the order.

Youth Leaders
The last youth leader match of the season will be this Saturday at South Side Bowl on Beach Street in Scranton.

Please come out and support the area’s youth bowlers.