Syracuse – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships will be held at the Strike N Spare Lanes in Syracuse, from Friday, March 8th thru Sunday, March 10th and several area schools and bowlers are set to represent Section 3.
When the pins get set on Friday morning, the Division I tournament (schools with high school enrollments over 600) will get underway. On the boys side, Liverpool, which squeaked past Proctor by just 20 pins for the Division I title, will represent Section III.
On the girls side, TVL and Section 3 Class AA Champion Rome Free Academy, will represent Section 3 in the Division I competition. The Black Knights are led on the lanes by Marykate Weyant who averaged 188.5 in the Section 3 Championships, along with Isabel Whiting, who averaged 172.5 to help lead their team to the Section 3 crown. Rome Free Academy also won the Tri-Valley League this past season, going undefeated in league play.
The Division II competitions (schools with enrollments less than 600) for boys and girls will begin on Sunday morning at Strike N Spare.
The Vernon-Verona- Sherrill Red Devils will represent Section 3 in the Division II competition this weekend, after winning the Section 3 Class B title a little over 1 month ago. “I am extremely proud of this team” Red Devils head coach said of his squad, adding “they are very talented and have worked very hard to be in this position”.
V-V-S won the boys TVL championship, going (13-0) on the season, behind the 215 season average of senior, Alex Hrdlicka. Fellow Red Devil seniors Tyler Castler and Gabe Miller also bring 200+ averages to the state championships this weekend.
Head Coach Jeff Klatt’s Camden Lady Blue Devils won the Section 3 Division II title by coming from 66 pins down late, to defeat V-V-S by 39 pins, in dramatic fashion. The Devils comeback was anchored in the final game of the Sectionals by the heroic efforts of freshman Gabby Brown, who brought a 118 average into the finals and bowled a 181 in the final game to clinch the Section 3 title for Camden.
“Gabby’s story is a great one, she had never bowled competitively before this season and had a 67 average in our tryouts” 11th year Blue Devils head coach said. “Then as the season rolled on, she improved to a 118 average and what happened in the Sectionals was nothing short of incredible” he said of Brown. The Blue Devils went (6-6) during the season and the big win at the sectionals came as a surprise to everyone, except Coach Klatt and his girls. “At the beginning of the season our goal was to reach sectionals, we knew we had enough talent to do that. As the season went on we thought we could compete for the title if we put it all together on the same day and we did just that”.
Camden is led by two seniors, Erin Bourgeois, who maintains a 193 average and Amber Watkins, who holds a 148. Freshman Maryssa Parker (168) and Emily Wines (154) round out the Lady Blue Devils first 5 for this weekend’s championships.
The Section 3 boys and girls composite teams will hit the lanes on Saturday. The composite teams are made up of the top 6 players from Divisions I and II, who competed in the Section 3 “Shootouts” for a chance to represent Section 3.
Whitesboro’s Tom Davis and Proctor’s Nick Gentile will compete on the boys composite team, while Proctor’s Kaitlynn Conte will join the girls composite squad.