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Lansingburgh wins another Class B boys' bowling title

Lansingburgh wins another Class B boys' bowling title

Mechanicville finishes second
Lansingburgh wins another Class B boys' bowling title
Mechanicville's Jacob LaFountain releases the ball at the Section II Class B bowling tournament Friday.
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY — Lansingburgh knocked down an impressive total of 5,912 pins to win its second consecutive Section II Class B bowling title — and 11th overall — Friday at Boulevard Bowl. Now, the wait begins.

The Knights won’t know if they will represent the area in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships in Syracuse as the small-school titlist until Monday, when the Class C/D Tournament is held back at Boulevard. The Class A, or large-school tournament, is set for Tuesday. Both a large school and small school champion, plus a composite all-section team, will advance to Syracuse.

Mechanicville, led by Jacob LaFountain’s 1,250 six-game block, finished second in the team event with 5,634 pins. LaFountain is currently third in the individual standings for the composite all-section team, which also includes Johnstown’s Mick Winston (1,305), Lansingburgh’s Codi Genthner (1,254), Max Surprenant (1,241) of Cohoes, Alex Belcher (1,231) of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and the Lansingburgh duo of Mike Connally (1,228) and Grant Laustrup (1,203). If Lansingburgh wins the small-school crown, the three Lansingburgh bowlers will be replaced.

“This team will be defined for its cooperation, commitment and command,” said Lansingburgh coach Roland Blanchet. “They have each other’s backs. They want the prize. You can’t teach that. It has to be inside them.”

With three bowlers reaching the 1,200 mark, the Knights dominated Friday’s competition, which was no surprise to the their coach, who has four seniors in the lineup. All four competed at the state event a year ago.

“Experience helps, absolutely,” Blanchet said. “The states had a tough shot last year. They went by quite a few single-pin spares. Today, the boys bowled very well. The shot broke down in the last game.”

Blanchet said it was his team’s goal right from the opening day of the season to return to the state tournament.

“I announced on Day 1 that we were trying to get back to the states,” he said. “Knowing the experience and skill they had, I was very optimistic we could get it done. We are very fortunate to have two great junior programs at Alpha Lanes and Hilltop Bowl.” 

Laustrup, the team captain, admitted that it will be a long weekend of waiting for the Knights.

“We will definitely come over here after school on Monday to see where we stand,” he said. “We feel good about the score we put up, but we know another team could still beat us.”

Lansingburgh bowled well Friday except for the final game.

 “After the second game, the oil pushed a lot, and the shot totally changed,” Laustrup said, but he added that with all the experience on this team, most of the bowlers know how to adjust.

“We expect our teammates to push us, but we also expect each bowler to push himself,” Laustrup said.

RESULTS

Team scores: Lansingburgh 5,912, Mechanicville 5,634, Schuylerville 5,487, Schalmont 5,383, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 5,363, Hudson Falls 5,250, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 5,209, Johnstown 5,120, Cobleskill-Richmondville 5,080, Cohoes 5,059, Fonda-Fultonville 5,042, Broadalbin-Perth 4,999, Hudson 4,788, La Salle 4,751, Catskill 4,699, Coxsackie-Athens 4,527, Corinth 4,438, Glens Falls 4,375, Cairo-Durham 4,285.
High triples: Mark Surprenant (Cohoes) 704, Mick Winton (Johnstown) 694, Mike Connally (Lansingburgh) 654.
High singles: Joey Metala (ND-BG) 265, Grant Laustrup (Lansingburgh) 254, Codi Genthner (Lansingburgh) 246.
All-Section team (currently): Mick Winton (Johnstown) 1,305, Codi Genthner (Lansingburgh) 1,254, Jacob LaFountain ({Mechanicville) 1,250, Max Surprenant (Cohoes) 1,241, Alex Belcher (ND-BG) 1,231, Mike Connally (Lansingburgh) 1,228, Grant Laustrup (Lansingburgh) 1,203.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected] or @BobWeiner58 on Twitter.

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