Categories: High School Sports
Christian Brothers Academy’s bowling team ran out of room Tuesday.
Needing a big final game to surpass Class B champion Lansingburgh’s 6,125 total pinfall to win the overall sectional crown once again, the defending Section II Class A champions came up short when they couldn’t find enough oil on the lanes at Boulevard Bowl.
CBA, which won last year’s Class A crown and a trip to the state tournament a day after its coach, Tom Donato, died unexpectedly from a heart attack, successfully defended its Class A title, but came up short of the overall title by 118 pins. That means Lansingburgh will represent the Section II boys at the state championships in Buffalo early next month.
It was the first time since 2012 that the Class A champion didn’t represent the Section II boys at the state event. Lansingburgh was also the last Class B team to win the overall title with a 6,095 pinfall to edge Shenendehowa’s 5,934 that year.
“We ran out of room,” CBA coach Marty Capullo Jr., also the proprietor at Towne Bowling Academy, said. “We kept moving left. We went as deep as we could. We couldn’t move anymore, and we couldn’t carry when we got that deep.”
Capullo’s Brothers were matched up with Mohonasen on lanes 17-18 for the final three games of the day, and both teams had several power bowlers who used up plenty of oil on the lanes. That meant the lanes dried up as the competition went along, and by the third game, there wasn’t much room for the power players to maintain a successful route to the pocket.
“We bowled against a great team in Mohonasen,” Capullo said. “They were burning up the lanes as much as we did. It came down to the fact that there wasn’t much room left on our pair of lanes, and that’s part of the game. I would have loved for us to repeat as the overall champions, but I’m proud of our team.”
Capullo said all he wanted his team to do was to keep its lead in the Class A competition throughout the day, and the Brothers accomplished that feat. He didn’t want to focus on the number Lansingburgh shot.
CBA anchor bowler Chris Radliff, the Suburban Council’s Bowler of the Year and a three-time winner on the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour this season, knew his team’s task of catching Lansingburgh was daunting.
“We couldn’t move any further left. A lot of our guys weren’t experienced enough to go even further left,” Radliff said “We all tried our best. In the beginning, I felt that whatever Class A team won today would win the whole thing, but after the morning block, we knew it was going to be tough to beat that number. We definitely would have liked to go back to states, but we have a lot to be proud of.”
Lansingburgh’s Nick Pondillo was on hand to watch the afternoon block.
“It was definitely torture, watching those guys bowl,” Pondillo said. “It’s tough, because I know a lot of those guys, and they’re all good bowlers. They struggled just like we did in the last game, but I’m glad we hung on and we’re going to the state tournament.”
Earning spots on the Section II all-section team were Joe Kelly of Schalmont (1,394 six-game total), Jon Van Vleck of Averill Park (1,331), Radliff (1,302), Don Baker of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (1,299), Brandon Indovina of Guilderland (1,287) and Andrew Bennett of Albany (1,274).
Top Class A team scores: CBA 6,007, Colonie 5,847, Mohonasen 5,824, Niskayuna 5,723, Guilderland 5,602, Shenendehowa 5,600, Saratoga Springs 5,569, South Glens Falls 5,544, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 5,533.
Top singles: Justin Homburger (Burnt Hills) 279, Michael Boyce (South Glens Falls) 278, Andrew Yando Shenendehowa) 265.
Top triples: Dominic Favata (Niskayuna) 702, Jon Van Vleck (Averill Park) 700, Evan Streeter (Saratoga Springs) 686.