The Cortland High boys’ and girls’ bowling teams each won one of the three games in their SCAC Empire Division match Thursday at Cort-Lanes.
The problem was Auburn took the other two in each case for 2-1 victories over the Purple Tigers. The Cortland girls slip to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the SCAC Empire Division. Auburn improves to 6-1 in division and overall play.
The Purple Tiger boys are 4-5 overall, 2-5 in league play. The Maroons stand at 2-4 in division and overall play.
Auburn boys 2, Cortland 1: Auburn took the first game 971-757, but Cortland came back to take game two by just three pins, 942-939. The Maroons dominated game three, 918-813, to take the match.
Jake Keep set the pace for Cortland as he posted his 603 series on scores of 183-243-177. Koby Davis stepped up with his 581 series after games of 188- 201-192. David Benjamin had the only other complete series as he had a 490 series on scores of 142-190-158.
Adam Minnard started the match with games of 127 and 135 while Zach Norton posted a first game 117. Michael Frederick had scores of 173 and 114 in games two and three with Cody Wilk tossing a 172 third game score.
Auburn had three guys roll 600 series. James Wilkes led the Maroons with his 671 series after games of 236-198-237. Tyler Kraushaar recorded his 649 series on scores of 221-225-203. Jarid Wilkes added his 613 series on scores of 179- 212-222.
Auburn girls 2, Cortland 1: Cortland started out with a win in game one by three pins, 854-851. Auburn fired back to take games two and three 848- 749 and 893-802.
Calista Van Epps has been consistently posting higher scores and led the Purple Tigers with her 631 series after games of 210-173-248. Makayla Cotterill delivered a solid 563 series on scores of 211-180-172. Autumn Wells was next with her 474 series after games of 191-133-150. Jillian Riccardi posted her 369 series on scores of 109- 135-125 and Victoria Strobeck had 368 on 133-128-107.
Kaylee Hodson led Auburn with her 582 series on scores of 210-179-193. Amber Pidlypchak notched her 577 series on 180-186-211 and Emily Iversen added her 558 series on 193-182-183.
Lily Snyder tossed in a 503 series after games of 161-181-161.
“I was very hopeful after the girls’ first game,” Cortland coach Annette McMahon said. “They took it by three pins. Everyone knows it’s about bringing up their averages. Calista and Makayla bowled above their averages in all three games tonight, as did as Jake and Koby. That’s pretty impressive. We were just outbowled by Auburn. Finding their mark and being consistent is what it takes to win.”
Cortland will get back in action Monday with a non-league match against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown. The match at Green Acres Bowling Alley in Central Square starts at 3:30 p.m.