Bowling: Motivated Panthers clear first hurdle on road to states
SCHENECTADY No team in the field had a stronger motivation to succeed than the Hoosick Falls boys’ bowling squad.
Although the Panthers won both the Class C-D and overall Section II boys’ bowling championship last year, they were stripped of their titles and denied a berth in the state tournament because of faulty
paperwork with their certification.
Hoosick Falls earned a measure of revenge Monday by knocking down 5,822 pins, nearly 200 ahead of runner-up Mechanicville, to capture the C-D crown at Boulevard Bowl. They must wait out both today’s Class A event and Wednesday’s Class B tournament to see if they will earn a berth in next month’s state tournament.
“I guarantee these scores will stay,” said Hoosick Falls coach Bob Lange with a laugh. “The kids have talked all year long about what happened to them last year. It was their No. 1 priority to get back here and win again.”
Lansingburgh, the Class B titlist, went to the states instead of Hoosick Falls a year ago.
“When that happened to us last year, it was a tough thing,” said Lange. “It was a tough lesson for them to learn. It wasn’t their fault. They couldn’t go because of a technicality last year. It was a very unfortunate thing, and I felt so bad for the kids.”
There was no doubt that the Panthers were extremely motivated to conquer a demanding oil pattern.
“This feels good to win and prove last year’s title was legitimate,” said senior Bryan Callahan.
“This feels pretty awesome,” said freshman Josh McCart. “Getting disqualified last year really hurt, but all the work we put in over the last year really paid off. It was hard to accept what happened to us last year, because it really wasn’t our fault.
Sophomore Ken Marbot led the way for Hoosick Falls with a 656 triple in the morning block and a 661 in the afternoon for a 1,317
total, the highest of the day. McCart banged out a 621 in the morning and a 574 in the afternoon, while Callahan shot triples of 624 and 542.
“The team we bowled with in the morning block spread the oil around a little, but we bowled with Mechanicville in the afternoon, and it wasn’t as dramatic a change for us,” Lange explained. “We made the right adjustments.”
“After the morning block, we knew where the out of bounds was,” Callahan said. “Outside of the fifth board, the ball would slide. We learned how to make the right moves.”
“We were prepared for the afternoon block,” added Marbot. “We figured the lanes would break down faster in the afternoon, so we kept moving one board left with our feet and one board left on the lanes.”
“We made our spares and we adjusted when the lanes broke down,” said McCart.”
“I thought this would be a rebuilding year,” said Lange. “Every year, we lose two or three, but it seems like we just reload. In fact, we broke our school record for most points  this year, and we had a 54-3 overall record.
“The support from all of the Hoosick Falls parents and friends has been just amazing. Even [Barbecue Lanes proprietor] Jack Fitzsimmons was here to root us on.”
Lange said he and his team can only sit back and wait for the next two days to see if they will advance to the states in Syracuse.
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said. “The conditions are tough, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Class A schools shot a good score.”
Team scores: Hoosick Falls 5,822, Mechanicville 5,657, Canajoharie 5,608, Duanesburg 5,572, Middleburgh 2,595, Voorheesville 5,388, Fort Edward 5,382, Hoosic Valley 5,226, Fonda-Fultonville 5,382,
Chatham 4,998, Granville 4,973, Stlllwater 4,922, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 4,814, Coxsackie-Athens 4,763, Taconic Hills 4,748, Fort Plin 4,705, Waterford-Halfmoon 4,561, Mekeel Christian Academy 4,526, Mayfield 4,489, Corinth 4,438, Schoharie 4,299, Cairo-Durham 4,224, Hadley-Luzerne 4,153, North Warren 4,093, Rensselaer 3,973.
High triples: Pat Loomis (Granville) 706, Ben Dorsey (Mechanicville) 683, Tanner Grozis (Mechanicville) 664.
High singles: Jason Cramer (Duanesburg) 260, Mary Passineau (Hoosic Valley) 256, Ken Marbot (Hoosick Falls) 252.
Sectional team: Ken Marbot (Hoosick Falls) 1,317, Cody Largeteau (Duanesburg) 1,278, Pat Loomis (Granville) 1,274, Jason Cramer (Duanesburg) 1,268, Tanner Grozis (Mechanicville) 1,263, Adam Warner (Middleburgh) 1,239.