Led by Niagara Falls senior Angela Gabriele, who shot a 285 game, the Section VI girls bowling team won the New York State Public High Schools all-section championship Sunday at Strike N Spare Lanes in Syracuse. Section VI last won the championship in 2013.
Gabriele shot 1,232 (205.33 average) for six games to finish 15 pins behind individual medalist Alissa Fontana of Sachem East of Section XI (Suffolk County). Gabriele’s big score came in her second game, helping the Western New York team to its best game, 1,040. The winners survived an 865 in their final game with the help of a 205 by Julia Brown of Niagara-Wheatfield.
Senior Haley Carroll of Williamsville South, a veteran of four state tournaments and a 2014 Dexter High School All-American, finished fourth with 1,201, including a 259 game.
Section VI was second in the boys competition with 5,985 pins, 223 behind Section XI, which won its third straight all-section title. Three Western New York bowlers, Brandon Williams (Orchard Park), Nate Maloney (Niagara-Wheatfield) and Daniel Street (Iroquois) finished in the top 10.
Williams started with games of 250 and 230 in his 1,238 total (206.33 average) to finish in fourth place.
The hockey season goes on for Williamsville East in Division 2, but it’s over for Section VI Division 1 champion Niagara-Wheatfield.
Jack Kelly, who was celebrating his birthday, scored with 2:55 left to give coach Mike Torrillo’s East Flames a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence Central on Saturday in Brasher Falls. Mike Steffan scored twice for the Flames. His first goal, with an assist from Chris Winiecki, gave East the early lead.
“We definitely wanted to get a quick start. We have 11 kids on our team that lost this game” in regionals “last year. They were excited about this game,” Torrillo told the Watertown Times. “And then we had to weather the end of the period when they took it to us pretty good.”
The Larries scored twice in the third for a 2-1 lead but the advantage lasted only 36 seconds as Steffan scored his second on a feed from Alex Finley before Kelly beat goalie Nate Burnett with a shot from the slot.
Flames goalie Max Battistoni then held off St. Lawrence, which skated with the extra attacker for the last 81 seconds.
Williamsville East will face Lake Placid at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Utica War Memorial in the state Division 2 semifinals.
Niagara-Wheatfield fell behind, 2-0, in the first period against McQuaid at RIT’s Ritter Arena and never recovered. The Falcons cut the deficit to one goal twice but never got even.
Dakota Becker made it 2-1 in the first period and James Stenzel scored to make it 3-2 in the third.