High school bowling coaches love it when their pupils follow directions.
Junior Tyler Rocco and senior Floyd Prince showed they were listening this season when Catskill coach Len Reyngoudt tweaked their games. They provided the 1-2 punch to power the Cats to the Section II Class B bowling championship Tuesday at Boulevard Bowl.
Catskill finished with 6,131 pins to beat second-place Scotia-Glenville (6,075) by 56 pins. Schalmont was third with a pinfall of 6,012.
Class A champion Colonie, led by coach Dan Ahl, easily held on for the overall Section II championship, however, and will represent the area at the state championships March 6-7 in Rochester.
Both Prince and Rocco were excellent bowlers before Reyngoudt took them under his wing, and the regional pro pulled even better performances from his duo. Floyd, who averaged 216 during the regular season, fired a 279-708 triple in the afternoon block to finish with a six-game total of 1,312, while Rocco, who has a 215 average, finished with a 701 triple in the afternoon and a team-best 1,384 six-game block.
“There’s still a learning curve,” said Reyngoudt, who guided the Cats to their first sectional crown since 1979. “Tyler Rocco made some huge changes in his game, while Floyd Prince, our anchor bowler, just made some subtle changes in his game. He had a 300 game and an 830 triple during the regular season. I appreciate how they tried the different things I suggested for them.”
“Coach Reyngoudt slowed me down, and that helped me tremendously,” said Rocco.
“He helped me keep calm and stay loose. He’s a great coach,” said Prince.
“Tyler used to throw the ball very hard, and although he’s still firm, we’ve slowed him down considerably,” said Reyngoudt. “We didn’t have to change Floyd’s game as much, but we’re always watching that his follow-through goes directly toward the target.”
Reyngoudt’s coaching technique must work, because the Cats went undefeeated in the Patroon Conference and earned 76 out of a possible 80 points.
They shot 3,160 in the morning block, but only had about a 50-pin lead going into the final game in the afternoon.
“They really stepped up in the 10th frame of the final game,” said Reyngoudt, whose top two bowlers each struck out.
The boys’ all-section team that will join Colonie at the states includes Tom Egan (1,397) of Mohonasen, Rocco, Steve Black (1,377) of Lansingburgh, Zack Ladue (1,370) of Cohoes, Seth Adams (1,369) of Christian Brothers Academy and Joey Wolfrum (1,367) of Hoosick Falls.
Ladue had the high triple of the day (753), while Prince had the high single (279).
Team scores: Catskill 6,131, Scotia-Glenville 6,075, Schalmont 6,012, Lansingburgh 5,980, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 5,862, Johnstown 5,838, Cohoes 5,809, Hudson Falls 5,802, Broadalbin-Perth 5,795, Gloversville 5,678, LaSalle 5,667, Cobleskill-Richmondville 5,483, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 5,403, Catholic Central 5,127, Bishop Maginn 5,115, Glens Falls 5,108, Cairo-Durham 5,100, Hudson 4,860, Taconic Hills 4,673, South Glens Falls 4,400, Ichabod Crane 4,331.
High triples: Zach Ladue (Cohoes) 753, Steve Black (Lansingburgh) 704, Tyler Rocco (Catskill) 701. High singles: Floyd Prince (Catskill) 289, Dillon Davis (R-C-S) 267, Chris Spakowski (Broadalbin-Perth) 266.
All-section team: Tom Egan (Mohonasen) 1,397, Tyler Rocco (Catskill) 1,384, Steve Black (Lansingburgh) 1,377, Zack Ladue (Cohoes) 1,370, Seth Adams (CBA) 1,369, Joey Wolfrum (Hoosick Falls) 1,367.
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