SCHENECTADY — As a standout quarterback for the Schenectady High School football squad, Seven Terry was the ultimate triple-threat team player who could excel in clutch situations by passing, handing off or running for big gains.
But on the lanes, Terry faced a different kind of pressure, especially when a berth to the elusive state tournament was on the line. He couldn’t rely on his teammates this time.
Terry not only shot the third-highest single game of the day (275) but also secured a berth in next week’s NYSPHSAA Bowling Championships for the first time with a six-game block of 1,378 during the weather-delayed Section II Class A Bowling Tournament Thursday at Boulevard Bowl.
Terry will join five other bowlers on the Composite Team, along with Class A team titlist South Glens Falls, March 13-15 at Strike N Spare Lanes in Syracuse. Also earning berths on the Composite Team were Columbia’s Zach Bogholtz (1,375), Averill Park’s Parker Brown (1,372), Mechanicville’s Jacob LaFountain (1,356), Middleburgh’s Tyler Mann (1,339) and Max Surprenant of Cohoes (1,326).
South Glens Falls secured its first-ever sectional bowling crown with a sensational total pinfall of 6,428, 46 pins ahead of Columbia (6,382). The Bulldogs bettered the 1,000 mark in five of their six games and used the 1-2 punch of Will Bickford (1,397 six-game block) and Mycah Brunelle (1,394) to nail down the title. Brunelle rolled a 279 game and a 771 triple in the afternoon session, while Bickford had a 277-768.
Terry, who threw or ran for seven touchdowns in one game this season, couldn’t lead his team to a sectional title, but he grabbed one himself with a strong effort down the stretch. He admitted he was fighting butterflies.
“I was really nervous, because in my four years, I never bowled well in the sectionals,” Terry said. “I knew this was my last go-around. I liked my chances going in, but in the last three games, I was shaking. You just have to block out everything. You try to relax, do what you have to do, and try your best,” Terry said. “Don’t think about the negatives. Only think about the positives, like if I throw the next three strikes, maybe I can get this done. This feels great.”
South Glens Falls featured an all-junior lineup with an unusual makeup that included their two anchor bowlers at the top and bottom of the lineup, respectively.
“I’m very proud of them,” said SGF head coach Brandon Bickford, Will’s father. “The first game was like a house shot for us .We have more oil where we came from, and we were a little over/under that first shift. But the lanes didn’t collapse. The kids rank the Kool-Aid. When I told them to move in, they did. They got out of their comfort zone.”
“Everybody had high expectations,” added Will Bickford, who carries a 223 average. “We had high expectations coming in, and we had a great season. Columbia is a tough team to beat, but we brought it today.”
Brunelle said the Bulldogs knew they were in the lead with not much of a cushion in the final game, but he wasn’t worried. “It was a little pressure, but we really listened to our coach. We followed our coach and our game plan,” Brunelle said. “We all just had fun. We’ve been bowling together since elementary school.”
The youthful Rams of Amsterdam, with no seniors on their roster, finished 10th with 5,781 pins.
“We showed flashes of brilliance all year,” Amsterdam head coach Mike Miseno said. “We just hung in there during the morning squad. We are just very young. I have two juniors, a sophomore and three freshmen bowling for me. We should be pretty good by next year.”
Jon Wolff shot a solid 1,266 to lead Amsterdam. He produced a 247-658 in the morning session and a 228-608 in the afternoon “He’s been bowling on the varsity since eighth grade, and he keeps getting better every year,” Miseno said. “He led us in average with a 199. I’m proud of our guys.”
Also making solid contributions for Amsterdam were Kai Brennan (671-559 – 1,230), Donavan Lazier (578-556 – 1,134) and Mekhi Curry (582-515 – 1,097).
Team scores: South Glens Falls 6,428, Columbia 6,382, Colonie 6,045, Averill Park 5,922, Mohonasen 5,875, Saratoga Springs 5,874, Shaker 5,868, Bethlehem 5,834, Amsterdam 5,781, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 5,7109, Fonda-Fultoville 5,647, Niskayuna 5,581, Schenectady 5,559, Scotia-Glenville 5,327, Shenendehowa 5,279, Guilderland 5,269, Troy 5,1090, Albany 4,941, Ballston Spa 4,774, Queensbury 4,110.
High triples: Mykal Brunelle (South Glens Falls) 771, Will Bickford (South Glens Falls) 768, Parker Brown (715).
High singles: Zach Bogholtz (Columbia) 278, Jason Bellamy (Burnt Hills) 276, Seven Terry (Schenectady) 275.
Composite Team: Seven Terry (Schenectady) 1,378, Zach Bogholtz (Columbia) 1,375, Parker Brown (Averill Park) 1,372, Jacob LaFountain (Mechanicville) 1,356, Tyler Mann (Middleburgh) 1339, Max Surprenant (Cohoes) 1,326.