Experience goes a long way on the bowling lanes.
That’s why Mohonasen girls’ bowling coach John Dennis wasn’t a bit surprised that his Mighty Warriors won their first overall sectional title since 2007 Thursday at Spare Time Clifton Park.
With three of the team’s four seniors in the starting lineup, the Mighty Warriors belted a huge three-game morning block of 3,039 on a challenging condition and then finished with a total of 5,652 to hold off Lansingburgh and win both the Class B and the overall Section II title by 164 pins.
Mohonasen advances to the state tournament March 2-3 in Syracuse.
Senior Chenya D’Arcangelis topped the Mighty Warriors with a 234-656 in the morning block, followed by a 559 in the afternoon for a 1,215 total. Sophomore Erika Bollock contributed with a 225-617 in the morning and finished with an 1,149, followed by senior Rebecca Brown (1,138), senior Jen Iagrossi (1,095) and sophomore Caitlin Buonome (1,055).
“We had an extremely good morning block,” said Dennis. “The girls lined up exceptionally well on the oil pattern, and everything went fine. We just held on in the afternoon. I figured we’d do better on the drier conditions in the afternoon after the transition, but they didn’t hook up as well as I thought they would.”
Mohonasen also won the recent Suburban Council championship, so Dennis wasn’t surprised that his team came out swinging.
“After the Suburban tournament, our expectations were high,” he said. “But we still knew that there were five or six teams that could do well here. The strikes we had were good, but if one of us was off, we picked each other up. Spares are a must, but it was also important that all five girls are close in ability,” Dennis said.
D’Arcangelis, Bollock and Brown averaged between 194 and 199 during the regular season, while Iagrossi and Buonome added averages of 186 and 180, respectively.
“Absolutely, this was the year for us, because experience is extremely important,” Dennis said. “Sophomores make young bowler mistakes, but the seniors are both more experienced and more dedicated.”
D’Arcangelis said the Mighty Warriors were well prepared.
“We practiced on this oil pattern at Sportsman’s Bowl, and we all did pretty well,” she said. “This was extremely exciting for me.”
“Our team is a lot like a family,” added Bollock, who rolled a pair of perfect games as well as an 816 triple in the Town ’N Country junior program this year. “I also bowl in the Joey Schmidt Capital District Junior Pro-Scoring League, so I bowl every day except Friday.”
“I wasn’t worried,” said Brown, a five-year varsity performer. “We all put our heart into it. I was encouraging everybody out there. I was slightly nervous when we struggled a bit in the afternoon, but I thought we had enough to hold on.”
Colonie won the Class A crown with a team total of 5,373, while Mechanicville captured the Class C/D title with a 5,082.
Sarah Morris of Columbia shot the high triple (673) of the day, and Hannah Mochrie of Colonie rolled the best single (259).
Joining Mohonasen at the state tournament will be the Section II all-star team consisting of Morris of Columbia (1,301), Micaela Bullis of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (1,222), Jenna Lemke of Bethlehem (1,220), Alyssa Pancake of Saratoga Springs (1,207) and the Colonie tandem of Amanda Chrzanowski (1,173) and Mochrie (1,171).
Today’s Section II Class B boys’ tournament has been postponed until Wednesday. The Class C/D boys will compete Monday at Boulevard Bowl, followed by the Class A boys Tuesday, also at Boulevard Bowl.
Team scores: Colonie 5,373, Bethlehem 5,274, Columbia 5,212, Niskayuna 4,893, Saratoga Springs 4,869, Schenectady 4,852, Ballston Spa 4,672, Averill Park 3,945, Albany 3,592.
High singles: Hannah Mochrie (Colonie) 259, Tori Burkins (Bethlehem), Julia Favata (Niskayuna) 225. High triples: Sarah Morris (Columbia) 673, Jenna Lemke (Bethlehem) 611, Alyssa Pancake (Saratoga) 609.
Team scores: Mohonasen 5,652, Lansingburgh 5,488, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 5,282, Hudson Falls 4,871, Schalmont 4,352, Cobleskill-Richmondville 4,188, South Glens Falls 3,997, Cohoes 3,715.
High singles: Micaela Bullis (R-C-S) 257, Jennifer Iagrassi (Mohonasen) 247, Keara O’Leary (Hudson Falls) 237. High triples: Chenya D’Arcangelis (Mohonasen) 656, Erika Bollock (Mohonasen) 617, Samantha Kingsley (Lansingburgh 598.
Team scores: Mechanicville 5,082, Mayfield 2,471, Middleburgh 3,995, Fonda-Fultonville 3,881, Fort Plain 3,763, Duanesburg 3,746, Canajoharie 3,639, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 3,518.
High singles: Cassie Hammond (Mayfield) 215, Beth Mallett (Fort Plain) 214, Lindsey Rosen (Mechanicville) 203. High triples: Allison Carola (Mechanicville) 545, Virginia Johnson (Mayfield) 541, Haley Groat (Mechanicville) 522.
Section II team: Sarah Morris (Columbia) 1,301, Micaela Bullis (R-C-S) 1,222, Jenna Lemka (Bethlehem) 1,220, Alyssa Pancake (Saratoga) 1,207, Amanda Chrzanowski (Colonie) 1,173, Hannah Mochrie (Colonie) 1,171.