At one point during Wednesday’s rescheduled Section II Class B bowling championship, the Mohonasen boys’ team was represented by five underclassmen.
The good news for the youthful Mighty Warriors is that they should be among the favorites to win it all next year. The bad news for Mohonasen is that although it won the Class B crown, the Mighty Warrors came up well short of overall sectional champion Colonie at Boulevard Bowl.
Mohonasen, which won its first class championship since the Mighty Warriors took the Class A crown in 2008, knocked down 6,183 pins to beat defending champion Lansingburgh (5,970) by 213 pins. But they were roughly 300 pins behind the Garnet Raiders. The Mighty Warriors still own the all-time sectional team record with a 6,901 pinfall they achieved during their 2007 title run.
“The kids got really nervous,” said Mohonasen coach Bob Tedesco Jr. “They were scoreboard watching in the third game, and they missed some shots. We are really a very young team with a lot of underclassmen. I thought we faltered at the end.”
Mohonasen opened the Suburban Council season with 11 straight wins, beating Guilderland twice and splitting with rival Colonie. Tedesco knew he had a solid team going into the sectionals, but he also knew that Colonie’s outstanding score would be hard to beat.
“Unfortunately, back in the days when we posted those big scores, the scoring conditions were different,” he said. “This was not a wide-open shot.”
Junior Jo Jo Scaccia (1,334), who posted the top triple of the day (734), and freshman Peter Konrad (1,283) led the way for the Mighty Warriors, who also got a strong showing from T.J. Marr (1,223).
“They were tough in the beginning,” said Scaccia, nephew of Boulevard Bowl proprietor Mike Scaccia. “I had to send the ball to the right and let it finish. I think a hook ball was an advantage today.
“It definitely played into our minds the score Colonie shot,” Scaccia said. “We wanted to beat Colonie.”
“We got nervous later on in the afternoon when we got a little closer,” added Konrad.
Meanwhile, Colonie coach Billy Carl was ecstatic that his team held on for a trip to the states next month in Syracuse.
“Any time you shoot 6,500, it’s a big number,” Carl said. “But we knew that somebody today could have had the day of their lives. I’m confident that we will do well at the states. We’ll tweak the way we shoot our spares there, but this is the same condition that we’ll have over there. If we can do it here, we can do it there.”
Also going to the states will be the section team of Austin Van Buren of Guilderland (1,420), Jim Marshall of Johnstown (1,412), Pat DeVoe of Bethlehem (1,363), A.J. Indovina of Guilderlalnd (1,358), Scaccia and Marc Lambert of Queensbury (1,331).
Team scores: Mohonasen 6,183, Lansingburgh 5,970, Hudson Falls 5,827, Scotia-Glenville 5,803, Cobleskill-Richmondville 2,582, Catholic Central 5,585, LaSalle 5,573, Broadalbin-Perth 5,562, South Glens Falls 5,557, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 5,537, Johnstown 5,458, Glens Falls 5,425, Cohoes 5,239, Schuylerville 5,121, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 5,106, Schalmont 5,097, Gloversville 5,089, Catskill 4,706, Hudson 4,645, Bishop Maginn 3,766.
Top triples: Jo Jo Scaccia (Mohonasen) 734, Jim Marshall (Johnstown) 727, Kyle McMahon (Catholic Central) 684.
Top singles: Andrew Pelton (LaSalle) 265, Pete Konrad (Mohonasen) 264, Brandon Boyer (Hudson Falls) 257, Zach Porter (Mohonasen) 257.
Section team: Austin Van Buren (Guilderland) 1,420, Jim Marshall (Johnstown) 1,412, Pat DeVoe (Bethlehem) 1,363, A.J. Indovina (Guilderland) 1,358, Jo Jo Scaccia (Mohonasen) 1,334, Marc Lambert (Queensbury) 1,331.