Adam Baer and Josh Coleman of Hanover Bowling Centre have established themselves as "usual suspects" when it comes time to check the players who posted the highest average for York County bowlers the previous season.
Since the 2008-09 season, Coleman has averaged 240 or higher on seven occasions, and Baer has accomplished the feat five times. Coleman has led the county in average twice, while Baer has done it once. They have tied on two occasions.
Baer, a hard-cranking right-hander, came out on top for the 2017-18 season. He compiled a 243 average for 93 games at Hanover Bowling Centre. Coleman, who holds the county's high average record with a 252, posted a 241 mark for 93 games at the Hanover facility.
Southpaw Paul Wolfram tied Coleman for second. He tallied a 241 average for 93 games at Suburban Bowlerama.
Wolfram, who moved to York County from Long Island four years ago, is a relatively new name among the Top 25 averages. He made his debut on the 2016-17 list with a 234 mark.
"It's impressive anytime you can be on a list with Adam Baer and Josh Coleman," said Wolfram. "Averaging 240 or better is extremely difficult. You have to average a 720 series every week for more than eight months."
He added: "Being among the top three in average is a big deal. It's definitely special. It gives you a sense of accomplishment."
Wolfram said he's been impressed with the number of high-caliber bowlers in York County.
"I competed in the Bud Light York County Match Play Championship in 2016, and that really gave me an idea of how much talent there is in the county," he said. "There's an incredible number of highly competitive bowlers."
Wolfram, 42, hadn't bowled in nine years before moving to York County. But, he took his kids bowling one weekend and the bowling bug bit him again. Soon, he was back on the lanes.
Wolfram hopes to continue to excel on the York County lanes for years to come.
"I'm shooting to average 240 again," he said.
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York County Men
High averages for 2017-18
(Minimum of 66 games)
Bowler Avg. Games Center
Adam Baer 243 93 Hanover
Josh Coleman 241 93 Hanover
Paul Wolfram 241 93 Suburban
Jeremy Haines 236 102 Hanover
Joe Pickett 236 102 Hanover
Bob Staub Jr. 234 105 Hanover
Tim Zelger 234 96 Lion Bowl
Scott Farley 233 66 Colony Park North
Justin Mong 233 102 Colony Park North
Kevin Hartman 232 104 Suburban
Jacob Hawkins 232 104 Suburban
Ed Hombach 232 69 Suburban
Guy Johnson 232 99 Hanover
Terry Miller 232 89 Suburban
Matt Schaszberger 232 81 Lion Bowl
Jon Auchey 231 102 Hanover
Chris Bowlin 231 96 Hanover
Steve Carbaugh 231 99 Hanover
Andy Carson 231 128 Colony Park North
Chuck Crone 231 72 Colony Park North
Jerred Poff 231 102 Colony Park North
Eric Smith 231 98 Suburban
Greg Bruff 230 100 Colony Park North
Kyle Jameson 230 87 Suburban
Dave Rishel 230 84 Colony Park North
Mike Staub 230 105 Hanover