A two-hour weather delay for some schools meant that the Colonie girls had to go to class first — ugh — before competing in the Section II bowling championships Thursday at Boulevard Bowl.
No matter. The Garnet Raiders, who have dominated this event over the last decade, once again came through in the clutch, knocking down 5,878 pins to capture not only the Class A title, but the overall sectional crown and a berth in the state tournament.
“They woke up, finally,” said veteran Colonie coach Pete Grugan. “We did a good job today. We weren’t quite as strong during the regular season. We lost three times, to Saratoga, Bethlehem and Columbia. But we’re young. We have three eighth-graders, two ninth-graders and only two seniors on the team.”
Grugan said he got a call at 5 a.m. Thursday, telling him that there would be a delay.
“That meant the girls had to go to school, and they didn’t like that very much,” he said with a smile.”
Amanda Chrzanowski led the balanced Garnet Raiders with a 608 triple in the morning and a 647 in the afternoon for a 1,255 total. Tiera Gulum (669-572-1,241) and Hannah Mochrie (623-601-1,224) also excelled.
“It was really hard having go to school first,” said Gulum. “Going to class was a distraction. But we were ready for this.”
“I had a pre-calculus class that I had to go because of the weather delay. That wasn’t fun,” said Mochrie. “But we knew the shot once we got here. Even though we didn’t have a great regular season by our standards, that’s in the past. What matters is how we bowled today.”
Grugan said that even though his team is young, it doesn’t lack talent.
“We practiced quite a bit on this shot. We practiced on 45 feet of oil and a flat shot,” he said. “We didn’t win the Suburban Council this year, but that tournament was on a house shot. I wanted to see how we could do on this tougher shot.
“Even our eighth-graders have good mechanics., They can repeat the shot,” Grugan added.
Columbia (5,644) was second in Class A, followed by Schenectady (5,433). Lansingburgh (5,286) took the Class B crown, followed by Schalmont (5,030) and Mohonasen (5,024). Mechanicville won the Class C title, followed by Mayfield.
The all-section team consisted of Jenna Lemke (Bethlehem), 1,395; Alyssa Pancake (Saratoga Springs), 1,240; Kasey Kosier (Columbia), 1,237; Lindsey Rosen (Mechanicville), 1,235; Samantha Kingsley (Lansingburgh), 1,230 and Lauren Piotrowski (Schenectady) 1,225.