Trust is indeed a must for the Mohonasen boys’ bowling team.
The Mighty Warriors believe in that old bowling adage on several levels. They trusted that their coach, Bob Tedesco Jr., could take a raw group of keglers four years ago and mold them into consistent performers.
On Friday, those same bowlers believed in Tedesco’s instructions for adjusting on the lanes, and it paid off, as Mohonasen captured the Section II Class A bowling title at Boulevard Bowl.
Mohonasen knocked down 6,269 pins to hold off Guilderland (6,003).
“The kids did a great job,” said Tedesco, who is also co-proprietor at Sportsman’s Bowl. “They did everything I asked of them. Our moves were a lot bigger in the second set. It’s not easy to commit to such big moves, but they did a great job. From the beginning of the first game, I would say that the right-handers had to make a 10-and-7 [10-boards left with their feet and seven with their target] move. You’ve got to be comfortable in the middle of the lane to make that kind of move.”
Jiovanni Scaccia led the way for Mohonasen with a morning block of 670 and an afternoon block of 644 for a total pinfall of 1,314. Senior left-hander Ron Zadrozny added a 647-653-1,300, senior Zach Porter ripped a 708 triple in the afternoon to finish with a 1,286 total, and Peter Konrad contributed a 712 triple in the afternoon.
Zadrozny, unlike his right-handed teammates, didn’t have to make as many major moves, and he took advantage with a big 266 finale.
“Everybody was feeding off Ronny in that last game,” said Tedesco. “He bowled very well, especially in that last game. It gave everybody a lot of adrenaline.”
“I was the only person on the left side, so it was easier for me,” said Zadrozny. “There was nobody to burn my spot on the lane, so I did it myself. I kind of found it in the last game. It feels pretty good that we shot such a good score. I feel comfortable with a 6,249 total.”
Scaccia said he wasn’t surprised the team came together this season. The Mighty Warriors have been competitive all year long, and they won the Suburban Council tournament earlier this week.
“This was something I was expecting,” he said. “We were young, but we were a strong team four years ago. We are a very hard-working team. Doing this in the sectionals is great, because there are a lot of very tough teams bowling here.”
Scaccia agreed with his coach that making quick adjustments on the lanes was crucial for the Mighty Warriors.
“It was very important to make moves as the lanes broke down,” he said. “They were breaking down very early, and you had to figure them out quickly. If you didn’t make the moves early enough, you could be in trouble.”
Mohonasen was extremely consistent in the afternoon block, knocking down more than 1,000 pins in all three games.
“This all started with a group of guys four years ago,” said Tedesco. “They bought into my philosophy. I was hoping that this would happen, and it worked out just the way we wanted. They did a great job.”
Now, Mohonasen must wait through the weekend and then hope that the Class B winner on Monday and the Class C winner on Tuesday doesn’t surpass the Mighty Warriors’ 6,269 pinfall. Only one team advances to the state tournament.
Austin Van Buren of Guilderland is the current leader for the all-section team with a 1,324, followed by Scaccia, Zadrozny, Porter, Ben Govel (1,271) of Guilderland and Evan Carrier (1,240) of Averill Park.