SCHENECTADY — Making changes and adjustments on and off the lanes are nothing new to the Mohonasen girls’ bowling team.
The defending Section II Class A bowling champions moved from the Suburban Council a year ago to the Colonial Council this season. New rivals to figure out, but no problem. They also ran across some unaccustomed oil conditions during Thursday’s sectional tournament at Boulevard Bowl. But the Mighty Warriors made all the right moves and captured their second straight title by nearly 300 pins over runner-up Colonie.
Mohonasen started slowly, but made the correct adjustments on the lanes in the third game of the morning block with a 973. The Mighty Warriors continued to excel in the first two games of the afternoon block, with games of 983 and 995 before slipping slightly with an 827 finale. They finished with a total pinfall of 5,429. Colonie was second with 5,141, followed by Columbia with 4,880.
Large school champ Mohonasen once again will represent Section II in the state tournament, along with small-school titlist Cohoes, which won the Class B crown with a 5,351. The Tigers were paced by Abby Houser, who rolled the best triple in her class (627), and Julie Baker, who added a 540.
Middleburgh, sparked by Jaidyn Rose’s 661 triple and Carolyn Shultes’ 576, won its second consecutive Class C/D crown with a 4,936 total.
“It’s everything we’ve strived for all year,” Mohonasen coach John Dennis said. “We’re definitely going to turn around and try to represent Section II as well as we can in Syracuse.
“This team adjusts well. They weren’t used to the shot in the first game, and that brought us down a little bit. Once they learned how to play the shot and how it would change, they did very well. There was a little more oil than they were used to. They are used to Sportsman’s Bowl.”
Sophomore Mackenzie Simmons, the Colonial Council’s most outstanding player, led the Mighty Warriors with a 689 triple — best of the day — in the afternoon block after shooting a 577 in the morning. Her six-game total of 1,266 was also tops among all competitors. Amber Lupi was next with an 1,158 (543 in the morning, 615 in the afternoon), and Katie Adamec also broke the 1,000 mark with a 1,056.
“I knew where I had to throw it,” Simmons said. “I knew I had to stay calm, stay slow and focused. I knew I could get it there.”
Simmons, who bowls seven days a week, said she was well prepared to make any necessary moves on the lanes.
“I have a lot of equipment, luckily,” she said. “I’m grateful for that. If I’m struggling, I can change balls and work on what I need to get the best score I can. I make the adjustments on the lane first, and then I change balls. Today, I moved a couple of boards with my feet and was able to get the ball [in the pocket.”
Adamec, a junior, agreed that the conditions at Boulevard were a little strange for the Mighty Warriors.
“I had to move a lot more left and play more straight, because my ball wouldn’t hook as much compared to Sportsman’s,” she said. “We figured out what we had to do in the fourth and fifth games. Bowling last year on the state team was great. That whole experience of bowling in a big arena at the Oncenter and being with the best of the best was eye-opening.”
Middleburgh won’t be competing in the states as a team, despite winning another Class C/D crown, but the Knights will have two representatives on the all-section team in Rose, who registered a 1,197 six-game block, and Shultes, who fired a 1,139. Shultes made the all-section team a year ago.
Also earning spots on the all-section team were Leigha Henkel of Hoosic Valley (1,180), Lauren Buess of Guilderland (1,167), Katie Polomaine of Schenectady (1,116) and Hannah Jacobs of Lansingburgh (1,110).
Team scores: Mohonasen 5,429, Colonie 5,141, Columbia 4,880, Schenectady 4,769, Bethlehem 4,524, Niskayuna 4,488, Ballston Spa 4,428, Averill Park 4,381, Saratoga Springs 4,214.
High triples: Mackenzie Simmons (Mohonasen) 689, Madison Robbins (Bethlehem) 591, Dakota Deitz (Colonie.
High singles: Amber Lupi (Mohonasen) 234, Kate Polomaine (Schenectady) 233, Lauren Buess (Guilderland) 229.
Team scores: Cohoes 5,351, Lansingburgh 4,968, Schalmont 4,653, Cobleskill-Richmondville 4,033, Mechanicville 3,715, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 3,689, Fonda-Fultonville 3,131.
High triples: Abby Houser (Cohoes) 627, Hannah Jacobs (Lansingburgh) 582, Julie Baker (Cohoes) 540.
High singles: Madison Dunn (Cohoes) 241, Kiersten Tague (Cohoes) 203, Makayla Romanowski (Schalmont) 202.
Team scores: Middleburgh 4,936, Maple Hill 4,720, Fort Plain 4,315, Schoharie 4,314, Duanesburg 4,098, Canajoharie 3,866, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 3,794 Mayfield 3,764, OESJ 3,005.
High triples: Jaidyn Rose (Middleburgh) 661, Erin McCart (Hoosick Falls) 608, Carolyne Shultes (Middleburgh) 576.
High singles: Leigha Henkel (Hoosic Valley) 233, Zien Hurlburg (Hoosick Falls) 231, Kylie Langeteau (Duanesburg) 215.
All-Section Team: Jaidyn Rose (Middleburgh) 1,197, Leigha Henkel (Hoosic Valley) 1,180, Lauren Buess (Guilderland) 1,16, Carolyn Shultes (Middleburgh) 1,139, Katie Polomaine (Schenectady) 1,116, Hannah Jacobs (Lansingburgh) 1,110.