The start of the high school bowling rolled off Tuesday as Cortland High hosted Homer Central in the non-league season opener for both schools at Cort-Lanes.
Both sides left happy when the matches were over as the Trojan boys were 5-2 winners over the Purple Tigers while the Cortland girls posted a 5-2 victory over Homer.
Homer boys 5, Cortland 2:
Homer won the first game 970-756 and the second game 920-825 for four points. Cortland took the third game 927-829 for their two points. The Trojans got the final point with a team total of 2,719 to Cortland’s 2,518.
It was a team effort for Homer as all five guys finished within 60 pins of each other, but not the scoring totals that Trojan coach Robert Nasiatka was overly pleased with.
“Happy with the win as we had some new guys in new roles,” Nasiatka said. “Guys did what they had to do, but 550 series need to increase. There are things to work on. Mike Grant had a nice 227. Need to find a number six guy to push these guys a little. Overall, it was a good start.”
Grant would lead Homer with his 583 series on scores of 227-194-162. Richard Lambrecht followed with his 541 after games of 176-200-165. Nick Hinshaw and Brent Hapgood each posted 536 series. Hinshaw rolled games of 200-164-172 while Hapgood had 198- 169-169. Seventh grader Jeremie Hale made his varsity debut with a 523 series on scores of 169-193-161.
Jake Keep was the best Purple Tiger bowler as he tossed a match high 651 series on scores of 188-215-248. Joe Kane was next with his 515 series after games of 146-158-211. Adam Minnard rolled a 471 on 134-149-188 and Da- vid Benjamin had 453 on 146-174-133. Austin Cotterill rolled games of 142 and 139 for the Purple Tigers with Zach Norton posting a 147 game.
“The boys learned it’s not easy going up against Homer, but they picked up their game,” Cortland coach Annette McMahon said. “Their last game was good and they really needed to do that.
“We had some good efforts,” she continued. “Jake Keep with a 651 series, I’m pretty sure that’s his high series and the 248 his high game. We have a lot of seniors on the team and some new people that are bowling really well. I’m looking at this year and thinking we are going to have a pretty good season. We have some really tough matches coming up, but we made it to sectionals with the boys’ and girls’ teams and I am hoping that we’ll be able to do the same thing again this year.”
Cortland girls 5, Homer 2:
Cortland recovered well as Homer took the first game, 801-696. The Purple Tigers took game two 779-685 and the third game 794-630 to post a 2,269 team total. Homer finished with a 2,116 total.
Calista Van Epps powered the Purple Tigers with her 510 series after games of 168-183-159. Victoria Strobeck topped the 500 mark as well with her 502 series on improving scores of 127-171-202. Makayla Cotterill rolled a 489 series with games of 172-153-164 and Autumn Wells rolled 403 on scores of 142-119-142. Kendell Keep threw a first game score of 85 with Jillian Riccardi completing the second and third games with scores of 153 and 127.
“It was a good start for the girls,” McMahon said. “The girls really pulled their weight. I am really happy with that. Victoria Strobeck…wow! Her 202 was her highest game so far so that was really good. Calista had a 510 and did fantastic. So two girls above 500 is a fantastic start.”
Makayla Miller made her return to the Trojans’ team after a two year absence with a team-leading 487 series on scores of 203-155-129, Allyson Natale had a 442 on scores of 165-133-144 and Ashlynn Holcomb rolled 414 on 147-139-128. Nicollette Biviano made her varsity debut with a 390 series on scores of 138-136-116. It was the varsity debut for Morgan Brown as well as she had her 383 series after games of 148-122-113.
“We came out of the gate with an impressive first game win against Cortland,” Nasiatka said. “Makayla with a strong 203 game. The girls hung tough in games two and three, but just left too many one pin spares out there. Great first experience for Nikki and Morgan. Good sign of things to come. That is a great Cortland girls team.”
Cortland will begin Salt City Athletic Conference action Dec. 3 when Fayetteville-Manlius comes to Cort-Lanes for a 3:30 p.m. match.
Homer will open OHSL Liberty Division play Dec. 6 against Bishop Grimes and Christian Brothers Academy starting at 3:30 p.m. at Strike ‘N Spares Lanes in Mattydale.