ROTTERDAM –- The Schalmont boys’ bowling team picked up right where it left off last year, rolling through the Colonial Council.
David Squires rocked Sportsman’s Bowl with a 719 series, followed by teammate Connor Stoliker’s eye-popping 712 series, pacing the Sabres to a 29-3 win over Mohonasen on Wednesday afternoon.
Sean Howlan made his mark with a 663 series, followed by Richard Pitsas one pin short of a 600 series. Patrick Delaney had a 596.
“We have a core of four kids here that all bowled well today, and it’s a carryover from last year,” Schalmont coach Hugo McGroty said.
Mohonasen’s Ryan Monty led the Warriors with a 601 series.
“I knew this was going to be our toughest match,” first-year bowling coach Rick Caruso said. “We get them one more time, but I think as a young team, we’re going to be very competitive with the other teams in the Council.”
Squires is comfortable with big games and series’ rolling his second 300 game of 2020 in late December as part of a 779 series to open the varsity season against La Salle.
“I’m chasing [an] 800 series. [I] almost got one with my 300 this year [and] fell a little short,” Squires said. “[A] 300 is the big one. To get it twice at the age of 16, I’m blessed.
Wednesday was a virtual hybrid version of the Colonial Council showdown between the Schenectady County rivals.
Bowling is a “moderate risk” sport categorized by Empire State Development and Dept. of Health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. It allows for competition, but it limits contests to three bowlers per a pair of lanes, bowling centers utilize physical barriers between sets of lanes and most contests are virtual, held at a school’s home bowling center and then the individual team scores sent to the Section II coordinator.
Schalmont and Mohonasen both call Sportsman’s Bowl home, and on Wednesday, they bowled more than 12 lanes apart to meet social distancing requirements.
“The virtual [bowling] is weird because I’m a guy that likes to crunch numbers, watch scores,” Squires said. “I love to do it, but it kind of helps me just focus on my game, throw the ball and the pins were falling.”
He was energized by Stoliker’s series. Stoliker was returning after a two-year hiatus due to injury.
“I love it when people are scoring just as good as I am. I even like it when my opponents bowl well,” Squires said. “We battle back and forth. It’s fun to joke around because you are bowling good.
“I’m joking with Connor, ‘We’re going to tie, you’re going to beat me,’ and in the end, I beat him by a few.”
Stoliker returned for his senior season with a consistent outing.
“I had problems in my wrist, something with the tendon, we just couldn’t figure it out,” Stoliker said. “Just pulling up with your fingertips just tore my hand apart.
“I rested it. It’s nice to get back and shoot 712.”
With a rematch on the calendar for the end of the month, Mohonasen senior Andrew Cancilla hopes to see his team also heal and gain more confidence with several bowlers out under COVID-19 quarantine precautions.
“We have two bowlers out for two weeks for quarantining. We have two more out this week,” he said. “We had a practice Monday, and then two straight games.
“I hope we can get the younger kids more adapted to the environment of actually bowling under pressure.”
S — Howlan 238-218-207–663, Phillips 144-180-172–501, Stoliker 228-259-225–712, Pitsas 188-188-223–599, Delaney 171-178-247–596, Squires 246-224-249–719. Team totals: 1,225-1,247-1,323–3,790. M — Palleschi 170-174-175–519, Walters 130-113–243, Salamone 137, Lewandowski 182-171-182–535, Giso 210-160-161–531, Cancilla 178-127-176–481, Monty 177-233-191–601. Team totals: 1,042-978-1,022–3,047.
MOHONASEN 18, COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE 14
M (2,993) –- Palleschi 201-562, Giso 214-530, Monty 215-570. C-R (2,892) – Lawyer 233-630.