October 23, 2021

Cortland third, Homer eighth in Division II championships

Section 3 Girls’ Bowling

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LIVERPOOL — The Cortland High and Homer Central varsity girls’ bowling teams traveled to Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool for the Section 3 Division II Championships Sunday.

After a long day that included six games to figure in the team scoring, the Purple Tigers placed third for the second year in a row while the Trojans settled for eighth place.

Camden took the Division II team title with a total pinfall of 4,878 compared to runner-up Vernon- Verona-Sherrill’s total of 4,549. Cortland had a total of 4,325 while Homer posted a total of 3,967.

If you broke things down by class, Fulton — second in Division I — was the top Class B team with 5,284 pins. Cortland placed fourth in Class B while Homer moved up to seventh place.

Cortland was led by Calista Van Epps who finished 18th overall out of 149 bowlers who posted scores. Van Epps had a 1,068 six-game total as the senior delivered a 516 morning series after games of 187-173-156. She improved with a 552 afternoon series on scores of 180-201-171.

Makayla Cotterill was 32nd overall with her 963 series. Cotterill had a 467 morning series after games of 160-141-166 and an improved afternoon series of 496 on scores of 184-151-161.

Autumn Wells placed 45th overall with her 908 series. Wells was consistent with 454 series in the morning session and 454 again in the afternoon session. Her morning scores were 144-155-155 while she rolled games of 157-1145-152 in the afternoon.

Victoria Strobeck rolled a 764 series. Strobeck had a 381 series in the morning on scores of 130- 130-121 and an afternoon series of 383 on 121-123-

Jillian Riccardi recorded her 341 morning series after games of 129-102-110. Riccardi rolled an 88 game in the second game of the afternoon session. Kendall Keep got some tournament experience in the afternoon in games one and three with scores of 98 and 95 respectively.

“They worked together as a team to try and catch up to the first and second place teams,” Cortland coach Annette McMahon said. “They just weren’t able to bring their best games to the lane. Very proud of the way they supported and advised each other. Oil patterns from repeated action and controlling the ball had the biggest affect on their play. This is the second year in a row they finished third. That’s being consistent and next year we work on growth. We are losing Calista to graduation, she has been our high bowler for the year. That will be a big spot to fill. Makayla has worked her way up the ranks. Autumn has been our solid third player. Victoria, Jillian and Kendall are showing growth and will continue to work on being consistent. It was a long day, but provided good experience for the girls.”

Cortland boys did not qualify for sectionals next Sunday so the next action will be for any Purple Tiger boys or girls who might be qualified for the Section 3 Individual Shootout Feb. 13 at King Pin Lanes in Rome.

HOMER SAW Makayla Miller lead the way. Miller finished 36th overall with her 946 six game total. She posted a 467 series in the morning after games of 184-154-129. In the afternoon, Miller improved to a 479 series on scores of 171-157-151.

Allyson Natale placed in the top 50 with her 895 series placing 48th. Natale posted her 390 series on scores of 138- 117-135. She made the biggest adjustment of the day with a 505 afternoon series after games of 127-202-176.

Miller and Natale were the only two to roll all six games. Nicollette Biviano
posted a total pinfall of 704 with morning games of 125-178-132 for a 435 series and scores of 158 and 111 in afternoon games five and six. Stella Stockwin had 568 total pinfall with morning games scores of 130 and 100 in games two and three before her 338 afternoon series on scores of 125-114-99. Morgan Brown totaled 556 on morning first and second games of 142-96 and a 318 afternoon series after games of 104-90- 124. Ashlynne Holcomb had first and third morning games of 107 and 99 and an afternoon game four score of 92 to complete the Trojans’ efforts.

The Homer girls and boys teams will compete in the OHSL League Tournament Wednesday at Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in Mattydale at 3:30 p.m.. The Trojans boys will head to their Section 3 Tournament Sunday at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.