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West Valley girls finish the bowling season, boys go to sectionals

WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School boys and girls bowling teams competed against other local schools, during the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association Roll-Off Tournament, before heading into the final weekend of their season schedules.

On Jan. 29, the girls participated in the tournament, against 17 other schools, and finished in fourth place, with a total score of 3,137.

Through all three games, fourth was the lowest the girls were ever positioned; they had the lead, after scoring 1,074, in game one.

The team’s highest total came in the second game, at 1,079. That number dropped by nearly 100 pins, during the third game, in which the girls finished with 984, for the third-lowest score, in the third game. The early start allowed for a high finish, as Forestville, Randolph and Frewsburg came out, ahead of West Valley.

Frewsburg finished in first, with a score of 3,348. That team’s 1,149 pins, during the final game, were the most scored by any team in the tournament, that day.

“I was very proud of the girls,” said Coach Jackie Mumbach. “They did very well.”

The boys finished seventh, out of 19 schools. Frewsburg was the winner on Jan. 30, as well, notching 3,653 total pins, including a tournament-high 1,266, in game three.

West Valley’s highest score came in the second game, with a combined 1,040 pins. The boys scored 1,018 and 1,029 in the first and third games, respectively.

Peter Gabel had the team-high of 740, during the three-game series, with a handicap.

Upon completing the tournament, both teams closed out their final weekend, to finish the regular season schedules, by playing against Cattaraugus-Little Valley.

With the playoffs out of reach, the girls came out empty at 0 – 4, for the day. Kelsey Evens was the high scorer, with a 166 single game, as part of a 429 total, in the series. The girls finished at 4 – 36.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls,” Mumbach said. “They try hard and are a fun group. With a year of experience now behind them, I expect next year to be better. I look forward to working with these girls again.”

The girls team stands to lose one senior, Aamina Haykal. “The team and I will miss her leadership and presence,” said Mumbach. “Good luck, Aamina! I look to junior Lindsey Smith to take over as the team leader.”

The boys were one win away from a berth in sectionals. The team answered the call, by taking all 4 points, to end with a 23 – 17 record. Sectionals will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 at Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga.

Cole Stanbro led the way again, scoring 218, 200 and 183, for a total of 601. Behind Stanbro was Dylan Westfall, who finished with 546. Stanbro is now a four-time first team all-star, after averaging 190.2 pins, this season.

Three seniors will move on, after the playoffs are over, including Stanbro, Westfall and Gabel. “These boys will definitely be missed,” Mumbach said. “They brought leadership, consistency and humor to the team. Good luck, boys!”

Looking ahead, Mumbach added, “Paul Davies and Evan Williams will be the leaders of the team, next year. They have experience and are ready to step up.”

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