SCHENECTADY — Competing against three Suburban Council powerhouses in Columbia, Schenectady and Colonie, undefeated Colonial Council champion Mohonasen kept looking over its shoulder during the Section II Class A Girls’ Bowling Championships Thursday at Boulevard Bowl.
But despite a late charge by Columbia, the Mighty Warriors really didn’t have to be concerned as they held on to shoot a six-game total of 5,842 to win the ‘A’ crown by a comfortable 236 pins and earn the large-school berth into the New York State Championships next month in Syracuse.
Meanwhile, Middleburgh shot 5,551, easily winning both the Class C-D title (by a whopping 606 pins over Schoharie) and the small-school berth into the NYS Championships by almost 300 pins over Class B winner Schalmont (5,273). The Knights were heavy favorites after dominating the Western Athletic Conference for nearly a decade.
PLENTY OF MOTIVATION
Mohonasen coach Meg Fountain had confidence in her team, but she couldn’t relax knowing that there were so many Suburban Council teams capable of making a final run in the afternoon session.
“We won the Colonial Council Championships when we shot 3,379, which was actually our highest score all year,” Fountain said. “But today, we did fabulous. We had 2,999 pins after three games, but you never feel good, especially because we bowl in the Colonial Council and are now bowling against Columbia, South Colonie and Schenectady. I was trying to get the Suburban Council tournament scores to compare. I knew we would be competitive, but Columbia bowled phenomenal in the Suburbans. I knew we had a shot as long as everyone showed up.”
Fountain said not being able to compete in the states last year because of the pandemic was a huge blow to her juniors and seniors.
“It was very disappointing for our upperclassmen,” Fountain said. “Today was a little heart-wrenching, because we had a couple of low games, and it came from our seniors. I was wondering if I should put someone else in. I was a little conflicted, but we were up 163 pins, and I thought we would be OK.”
Junior Gia Fowler led the way for the Mighty Warriors with a consistent 663 triple in the morning and a 659 in the afternoon for a 1,322 six-game block. Madyson Jones (626-557—1,183), Kianna Macapinlac (579-590—1,169), Amy Parody (549-544—1,093) and Katilyn Gaudio (582-493—1,075) rounded out the balanced lineup.
“I’m very excited to be going to states,” Fowler said. “I haven’t been there yet. We were very motivated with not being able to go last year. I was very nervous. A lot of times, you get into your head when you bowl, but we try to pick each other up. Everyone was thinking about how much closer [Columbia] got to us in the afternoon block, but we pulled it out at the end. You really want to try your best and not let your team down, as well.”
Middleburgh continued its amazing run as the dominant small-school girls’ program in the region.
“They went undefeated in the WAC,” said Middleburgh coach Rich Shultes, who is also the proprietor at Middleburgh Lanes. “In fact, they lost a few games here and there, but they’ve gone unbeaten in the league for the last 7-8 years. They are quite a good bunch of girls. I’m going to lose three seniors this year, but we’re looking forward to continued success.”
The Knights were wearing team uniforms that were purchased for last season, when the pandemic wiped out state competition.
“It was disappointing last year, and the year before we didn’t get to go to the states, as well. We’re finally getting to go. They were all sophomores back then,” Shultes noted. “We’ve never been to the states, but we are ready to do our best. I’m optimistic about their chances.
“Jaidyn Rose shot a 744 in the afternoon with that big 296, and Cameryn Shultes had a 248 game when we shot a 1,038 game. Those two girls both averaged over 200 all year and they are the heart and soul of the team. None of the others are averaging less than 170.”
Rose was the big star for the Knights with a 1,359 six-game block. Cameryn Shultes (543-565—1,108), Danni Chichester (458-500—958), Delilah Shultes (589-338—927), Julia Bingham (540-301—841) and Haley Slater (two-game total of 348 in the afternoon session) rounded out the team.
Thursday was the second time that Rose had a chance to shoot a perfect game in sectional competition.
“This is the second time I’ve had 11 strikes in a row at sectionals. Two years ago, I shot a 298,” Rose said. “What really made it nervous for me was when I turned around after 11 strikes and saw everyone standing here and it got real quiet. I’m not used to quiet. I don’t like quiet. I got it inside two boards, and it dove right at the head pin.
“It’s nice to get back to the states. I went on the composite team as a freshman. We’re a small-town school, and we don’t get a lot of attention.”
The girls’ composite all-star team also earning a berth into the state tournament included Leigha Henkel of Hoosic Valley (1,327), Olivia DeCitise of Troy (1,298), Jenn Doty of Columbia (1265), Jacolyn Smith of Glens Falls (1,255), Amy Chrzanowski of Colonie (1,246) and Madi Robbins of Bethlehem (1,237).
Team scores — Mohonasen 5,842, Columbia 5,606, Colonie 5,442, Schenectady 5,338, Averill Park 4,950, Bethlehem 4,341, Ballston Spa 4,318, Saratoga Springs 4,065, Niskayuna 3,995. High triples — Amy Chrzanowski (Colonie) 706, Gia Fowler (Mohonasen) 663, Madi Robbins (Bethlehem) 659. High singles — Olivia DeCitise (Troy) 253, Jen Doty (Columbia) 252, Kianna Macapinlac (Mohonasen) 248.
Team scores — Schalmont 5,273, Lansingburgh 5,147, Cohoes 4,862, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 4,281, Mechanicville 4,033. High triples — Jocelyn Smith (Glens Falls) 667, Marissa Phillips (Schalmont) 611, Taylor Moran (Lansingburgh) 581. High singles – Adrianna Dingley (Lansingburgh) 238, Ellen Spence (Cohoes) 234, Kaitlyn Rose (Schalmont) 224.
Team scores — Middleburgh 5,551, Schoharie 4,946, Fort Plain 4794, Canajoharie 3843, Mayfield 3,655. High triples — Jaidyn Rose (Middleburgh) 744, Leigha Henkel (Hoosic Valley) 667, Delilah Shultes (Middleburgh) 589. High singles — Mandi Williams (Schoharie) 248, Cameryn Shultes (Middleburgh) 248, Teyah Mason (Schoharie) 233.
Leigha Henkel (Hoosic Valley) 1,327, Olivia DeCitise (Troy) 1,298, Jenn Doty (Columbia) 1,265, Jocelyn Smith (Glens Falls) 1m255, Amy Chrzanowski (Colonie) 1,246, Madi Robbins (Bethlehem) 1,237.
Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].