AMSTERDAM — On a couple of occasions Monday afternoon, Amsterdam senior bowler Jonathan Wolff took a peek to see how his counterparts from Broadalbin-Perth a few lanes over were faring.
In Amsterdam’s first two matches, there were no opponents to peek at at all.
“Every once in a while I looked over,” Wolff said. “I had an idea of the score.”
Monday was one of those rare matches this winter in Section II where two teams that share the same bowling center squared off in that facility while maintaining social distance.
Most bowling matches during this COVID-19-impacted season will be of the virtual variety, with one team bowling at their home location, the other at their house, and the scores sent to a league official for tabulation. That was the scenario a few times for Amsterdam and once prior for Broadalbin-Perth leading into Monday’s contest between Foothills Council rivals at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes.
“You throw and hope you get a higher score,” Wolff said of the virtual competitions. “It’s like night and day from what it normally is, but it’s still fun.”
“In the grand scheme of things, we’re happy to get to participate,” Amsterdam coach Mike Miseno said. “A few weeks before the season it didn’t look too good.”
Bowling, skiing and gymnastics are the sports currently being contested in Section II, while others with a higher “risk” for COVID-19 spread like basketball and wrestling are waiting to hear from state authorities whether they’ll get their chance.
“I’m glad they figured it out,” Broadalbin-Perth junior Alexander Filmer said. “Some other schools aren’t doing sports at all.”
Broadalbin-Perth bowled on lanes five through eight, and Amsterdam rolled on lanes 11 through 14, with the varsity teams competing nearest to each other while still spaced apart. There was some interaction between the masked groups, but not much, as they went about piling up their pin totals.
“Usually a lot more,” Wolf said of the friendly banter and encouragement between competitors that goes with a normal school match where teams roll side by side in alternating lanes. “It’s … not normal.”
But Monday there was at least an opponent within sight and sound, and opposing scores to see for those who wanted to keep tabs.
For the record, Wolff paced a 4-0 Amsterdam team win with a season-high 277 single and a 636 triple, and four other Rams cracked the 500 mark.
“It’s nice to have a little competition,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tony Mucilli said of bowling with the Rams.
“You miss the competition,” Miseno said. “There’s a little adrenaline this time. It’s different, but it’s a good different.”
Wolff said bowling as it was in past seasons in closer proximity tended to jack up the intensity among competing teams.
“Everyone’s a little more amped up,” said Wolff, who is in his fourth varsity season with the Rams. “Usually you see higher scores.”
Filmer said he took a few looks at the Amsterdam scores, but mostly focused on his own lane production.
“I didn’t know the exact score,” the two year varsity bowler said. “You just try to do your best.”
Donavan Lazier had a 220 single as part of his 585 triple for Amsterdam. Derek Goebel had a 200 single and a 582 triple for the Patriots, and Jennah Graham rolled their high single with a 202.
Amsterdam improved to 9-3 with its second win of the season. Broadalbin-Perth is 4-4.
The Saratoga boys amassed 3,788 points in a 5-0 Suburban Council win over Averill Park. Brady Jennings had the highs for the Blue Streaks with a 235 single and 670 triple.
David Squires delivered a 692 triple and was backed by Connor Stoliker’s 624 as Schalmont notched a 30-2 Colonial Council win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. Squires had a 257 team-high single.
The Schenectady girls got a 540 from Kiara Beehm and a 519 from Selena Wolf in a 4-1 Suburban Council win over Niskayuna. Maddy Ruby hit 500 for Niskayuna.
AMSTERDAM 4, BROADALBIN-PERTH 0
A (3,228) – Wolff 277-636, Lazier 220-585, Sawitzki 184-525. BP (2,873) – Goebel 200-582, GRaham 202-527.
SARATOGA 5, AVERILL PARK 0
S (3,788) – Jennings 235-670. AP (3,035) – Willett 214-604.
SCHALMONT 30, RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK 2
S – Squires 257-692, Stoliker 225-624, Delaney 198-574. RCS – Kusisto 256-552, Kramer 183-542.
SCHENECTADY 4, NISKAYUNA 1
S (2,779) – Beehm 204-540, Wolf 191-519, Terry 188-465. N (2,452) – Ruby 171-500, Bell 177-497.
AVERILL PARK 5, SARATOGA 0
AP (2,834) – Guyer 182-479. S (1,838) – Byrnes 177-495.
COLUMBIA 5, BALLSTON SPA 0
C – Steele 556. BS – Russell 254-612.
SCHALMONT 24, RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK 8
S (2,912) – Phillips 191-542, Pegarella 210-528, Howlan 170-491. RCS (2,443) – Stanton 197-503, McCoy 200-464.