December 1, 2021

Homer bowlers rule all-star squads

With back-to-back OHSL Freedom National Division regular season team titles, both Homer Central bowling teams dominated the division all-stars.

The Trojan boys went 15-1 on the season and claimed all five first tram all-star spots while the Trojans girls were 12-4 and grabbed four of the five first team spots.

Homer seniors Brandon Aylesworth (214 average), Joey Esposito (210), Kyle Reiner (198) and Cullen Gallagher (194) were Freedom National first team all-stars on the boys’ side along with junior teammate Chris Root (195).

Second team honors went to Zach Schell (170) of Bishop Grimes, David Hoag (169) and Vince Carno (164) from Christian Brothers Academy, plus Tyler Malcolm (156) and Nick Giarrosso (152) from Chittenango.

Solvay’s Jessica Birdslow kept the Homer from grabbing all five first team spots for the Freedom National girls with her 171 average. Behind her was the Homer quartet of freshman Mikayla Miller (162), senior Delaney Smith (161), senior Katie Vartanian (161) and senior Ashley Aloi (151).

The Trojans fifth starter, sophomore Julia Day (150) headed the second team. She was joined by Cat Samara (144) and Sam Houck (134) from Bishop Grimes, Alina Zdebsska (126) of Solvay and Ciara Colon (119) from Chittenango.

In the OHSL Freedom American Division, the Fulton boys (14-2) and East Syracuse-Minoa girls (14-2) were regular season champions.

Es-M’s Dan Marriott (230) led the first team all-stars. Bradley Martin (217) of Chittenango, Ryan MacCombie (216) of ES-M, Kyle Freberg (214) and Matt Mosher (212) of Auburn rounded out the group.

Second team selections were Cortland senior Alex Babcock (212), Lucas Clark (208) of Fulton, Joe Benavidez (202) from Fulton, Sean Timmons (201) from ES-M and Adam Case (201) from Fulton.

Freedom American Division first team all-stars for the girls were Haley Youker (221) from ES-M, Megan Guernsey (204) from Fulton, Hanna Ryan (196) from Auburn, America Carhart (188) from ES-M and Kaitlyn Grant (186) from Oswego.
Second team all-stars were headed from Cortland sophomore Taylor Cullip (185) and her senior teammate Elizabeth Minnard (182). Rounding out the group were Katie Feocco (185) from Auburn, Zoe June (184) from Fulton and Lexi Ingersoil (179) from Fulton.

Homer coaches Robert Nasiatka and Cheryl Carboine off their thoughts on their first team all-stars:

Nasiatka on Esposito: “ I spent five years with Joey. It was great seeing him mature and become a leader over the last five years. His competitiveness is what made him so good. Joey was part of two sectional champions, two tourney champions and two league champions. He also was key in the win streak. Joey has been approached to bowl in college and will be pursuing an engineering. Oh yeah, he excelled in the classroom as well. Joey had been with the program for almost the entire existence of the bowling team, he will be missed. I tried to call him Joe in his last two years, it just didn’t seem right, he will always be Joey.”

Nasiatka on Aylesworth: “Brandon had to be wrestled away from the basketball program after eighth grade. He is another bowler who was a part of all of the championships and the awards. Brandon’s competitiveness is what made him so good. He bowls all year long and will be taking his talents to Schenectady to bowl with his brother and the Grants. Brandon matured over the years and became a leader this year. He came so close to perfection this year against Central Square with a 299. He will get his 300, sooner than later. Brandon will also be missed.”

Nasiatka on Gallagher and Reiner: “Cullen and Kyle paid their dues, waited for their chance to be starters and made the most of the opportunity. Other athletes may not have had the patience, they waited it out and had a great year.”

Nasiatka on Root: “Chris saw every aspect of his game improve. Both physically and mentally, he became a competitor. I am looking forward to him being a leader next year.”

Carboine on Miller: “Makayla is the future and Homer Girls’ Bowling is strong with her returning for three more years. She set an impressive record for us as a freshman-the highest average for a girl in the program with 162. She is extremely driven and competitive. Makayla was never satisfied with her scores. She always wanted to perform better. She is extremely coachable and will always make the necessary adjustments to improve.”

Carboine on Smith: “Delaney has always been the team leader, even as an eighth-grader. She is soft spoken, but she sets the tone for the match with her consistency. She bowls well in the last spot, picking up spares and typically throwing strikes in the 10th frame. Delaney leads by example and always with a positive attitude and smile on her face.”

Carboine on Vartanian: “I have enjoyed watching Katie mature into the bowler she is today. After four years on the team she has become a true bowler who sets the tone for the match bowling in the first spot. She put up some impressive scores this year that helped contribute to our success. She is determined and competitive and her college coach will be pleased with her drive.”

Carboine on Aloi: “Although Ashley was relatively new to bowling last year, she was an integral part of our team. She was a starter the past two years and always contributed a strong performance to our team totals. Ashley was an athlete who easily picked up the sport of bowling. I have enjoyed coaching Ashley in both bowling and softball.