January 29, 2016
OHSL Bowling: Cortland High boys step up
MATTYDALE — All the pressure was on the Cortland High boys and they came through on the final day of the OHSL Freedom American Division bowling regular season Thursday at Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in Mattydale.
The Purple Tigers needed to beat East Syracuse-Minoa and the boys swept all three games to finish at 7-6 overall and qualify for the Section 3 Tournament February 7 in Utica.
ES-M girls took two of three from Cortland High to finish 13-0 on the season.
With the Freedom National Division crowns already secure. Homer boys and girls celebrated Senior Day as both teams swept Chittenango. The Trojan boys posted a perfect 13-0 record. The Trojans girls set a new single season mark for wins at 9-4, besting their 8-6 record from the 2012-13 season.
Both schools will next compete in the OHSL League Tournament Wednesday and Thursday.
Cortland boys 3, ES-M 0: “The boys have had a remarkable comeback,” Cortland coach Ron Reed said. “After suffering five consecutive losses during the mid-season, they have five big wins in a row. These young men have remarkable character. They remained focused and sustained a positive attitude regardless of the prior matches. Going into the match, the team knew that had to win two of three games in order to qualify for the sectionals. They embraced that challenge and did what they needed to do at the right time.
“The support of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends has carried them along the entire season,” he added. “They were able to win because of a fine team effort.”
Alex Babcock led Cortland with his 655 series on scores of 248-211-196. Mike Davis rolled a strong 642 on scores of 200-267-173 and Jake Woods notched a 633 on games of 246-163-224. Troy Vallese and Ryan Root rounded out the five scoring Purple Tigers, Vallese rolled 577 on 193-180-204 while Root rolled 543 on 179-189-175.
Matt Auguier paced ES-M (8-5) with his 597 series after games of 200-222-175.
Cortland won the games 1,066-898; 1,010-946 and 972-956.
Homer boys 3, Chittenango 0: “First two goals met,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said. “We wanted an undefeated league championship. There are three more goals to work towards. We had a chance to get some of the young guys in on the varsity lanes.
“We honored our five seniors Storm Grant, Brandon Grant, Ryan Aylesworth, Nate Marko and Joel Perfetti,” he added. “These are the guys who put Homer bowling on the map. There is a lot of bowling left, but when it’s all over they will be missed.”
Without Brandon Grant out with an injury, Joey Esposito rolled a 207 in game one with Brandon Aylesworth a 216 in game two. As for the other four seniors, Storm Grant posed scored of 161-211, Ryan Aylesworth 164-205, Marko 213-159 and Perfetti 194-142 in winning game one 939-843 and game two 933-833.
Brandon Riley (222), Matt, Hurteau (183), Chris Root (244), Cullen Gallagher (184) and Kyle Reiner (168) finished out the match. The underclassman rolled a 1,001 and took the point.
“They all would start on any other team in the league,” Nasiatka said. “The future is very bright.”
ES-M girls 2, Cortland 1: “Calista VanEpps had an outstanding day on the lanes,” Reed said. “Liz Minnard continued her success in the league. The team has a 10-3 record and will be going to the sectionals in Rome February 6th.”
VanEpps, an eighth grader, rolled a 582 series with games of 169, 181 and season high 234. Minnard posted a 536 series after games of 207-149-180. Taylor Cullip added a 488 on 157-181-148, Becca Alteri 420 on 132-151-137 and Holly Vallese 356 on 119-125-112.
Jourdyn Buck recorded a 601 series for ES-M after scores of 235-154-212. She was the only Spartan to roll all three games.
Homer girls 3, Chittenango 0: “This has been an exciting season for both teams, boys and girls,” Homer’s Cheryl Carboine said. “As a coach, it has been a fun season to sit back and watch both teams put up some very impressive scores.
“The girls, particularly the seniors bowled well today against Chittenango. I was especially thrilled to watch Brianna Hawks bowl well in all three games. Anna Young continued where she left off Wednesday night, posting two 130 games. Emily Aloi was adjusting to a new ball, but bowled with a positive attitude.
“Of course, Delaney and Katie continue to do what I expect of them, stay competitive with the top girls on the opposing team. I am counting on the two of them to have a good week next week.”
Hawks rolled a 385 series in her varsity start on scores of 140-127-118. Young posted a 379 on 138-135-106. Aloi posted scores of 96 and 100 in the first two games with Samantha Button coming on in game three with a 137. Button rolled JV scores of 158 and 161 before joining the varsity match.
As for the junior captains Vartanian led the team with her 460 series after games of 133-166-161 while Smith rolled 453 on scores of 166-140-147.
Maddy French led Chittenango (2-11) with a 468 series on scores of 163-147-158.
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