Right as the COVID-19 pandemic began navigating through the boundaries of Bucks County, The Harry S. Truman High School Tigers Bowling teams were poised to bring back state championships to the Bristol Township based school.
Monday the PIAA, issued a statement saying they were going to postponed spring athletics for another two weeks with no restart date scheduled in the near future for the winter championships either but they are “on hold” state officials said for the moment.
The boys and girls were bowling teams were scheduled to leave the area on March 12 around noon, heading onto The Pennsylvania Turnpike on their way to Pittsburgh to compete for the State titles with a two van caravan.
That trip to was “postponed,” Supervisor of Athletics and Activities, Gretchen Cammiso said that day via e-mail, as closures were beginning to be announced in the Lower Bucks area.
“PIAA doesn’t have jurisdiction over bowling,” she said “So the governing body followed suit” after Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) postponed the finals, Cammiso said.
At the time “bringing back to Truman” an unprecedented dual championship, Girls Team Coach Jess Schulz said was the focus during a practice at Croydon’s AMF Bristol Pike Lanes.
Schulz and Boys coach Mike Hackbart were quite confident about bringing titles back homed to Truman, they said..
“We should have made it last year (State Finals) but it wasn’t meant to be,” Hackbart said.
We bowled great all this season losing only four games and they’re just now hitting their stride Hackbart said at the early March practice session
Perhaps the same is true for this years teams because of Monday’s announcement.
So for now, take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of the Truman Tigers Bowling teams while a pandemic continues to rain down challenging news to digest hourly.
Editors Note: Lower Bucks Source originally intended to publish a different version of a finals story earlier this month. Now with uncertainty about what is to come, we thought in the midst of all of the COVID-19 related news, we take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of both teams with this abbreviated story hoping both teams get their due recognition which was asked for by out readers—Jeff Bohen