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Student Spotlight: Bethany Jaquith and Hope Broich Lead the MT Bowling Team

Hope Broich and Bethany Jaquith (left to right)

Two MT bowlers have a special story. Although they started out at different points, Bethany Jaquith and Hope Broich have both emerged as the Blue Streaks’ most successful female bowlers.

Starting out at four years old, Jaquith began bowling at a kids program through Dutch Lanes. After that she joined a summer league, then a group called Youth Bowlers on Tour at age six. Through this program, Jaquith traveled all throughout Pennsylvania before beginning her career with the Blue Streaks.

Broich started bowling later, towards the beginning of eighth grade. After her brother picked it up, she decided to try bowling out and found a sport she loved.

Now both in their junior year, they are looking ahead with a motivated mindset as they seek to take on the competition at the LL Singles this Monday, Feb. 12 at Clearview Lanes.

“I want to move on and build on my experience from last year,” said Jaquith. 

Placing 10th at the Lancaster-Lebanon League singles in 2023, Jaquith just missed the qualifying cutoff for finals. Yet this year she wants to be able to take what she has learned in the past and apply it to the future, to help her make it further. 

After being doubted as a team all season, individual motivation remains difficult, but for Jaquith and Broich, psychological toughness is key. 

“I definitely focus on my mental game,” said Broich.

The post season includes a randomized pattern, called a challenge pattern, which varies when and who the players bowl against. This added layer of uncertainty makes it hard to readjust.

“You have to bowl your best and work with what you got,” said Jaquith.

Each bowling alley is a little different, with different lane conditions, which adds a challenge for the bowlers. This uncertainty calls for a strong mentality as the two deal with the pressures of the competition.

Jaquith serves as the anchor on the team. As the last bowler of the game, it’s up to her. If the team’s down some points, it’s her job to recover them. Though bowling individually at the LL League singles, learning to deal with the pressure as the anchor has helped her to step up her mental game.

“I strive off of pressure,” said Jaquith.

As the usual team lead off, Broich has also learned to deal with pressure. The lead bowler goes first for the team, setting the tone and energy for the match.

”You have to be hype,” she said.

A good first bowl allows the energy to flow to the Blue Streaks, rather than the opponents, causing the pressure to fall onto Broich.

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Nathan Whitley, Staff writer
Nathan is a staff writer for The Township Times and is a junior at MT.

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    Hannah BroichFeb 14, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for highlighting these amazing ladies in a sport that is often overlooked. It’s no small feat that these ladies battle in the BOYS league — and often they have higher averages. We’re super proud of Bethany and Hope for their grit and perseverance. Go, STREAKS.

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    Betsy JaquithFeb 13, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    Love this! So what that I’m biased- These 2 ladies are best friends, share the same birthday and they’ve always been underestimated. They were 2/5ths of the state championship BOYS team & faced all boys teams and won. This year our ladies lead the team with top 2 averages as well. They continue to do excel: LL Girls Singles, both made cut(top 10) and Hope finished 4th after winning her 1st 2 head to head matches. Bethany shot 268 the tourneys high score of the day winning her 1st but falling in her 2nd to finish 6th overall. Township has an amazing duo- thanks so much for recognizing them!!