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S-GI boys varsity bowlers place fourth in class B

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys and girls varsity bowling teams completed their seasons by competing in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference roll-offs and the Section VI Championships, the week of Feb. 10-14.

The roll-offs are a singles tournament, and the Griffins had two individual winners. Senior Andy Loop won an award for high game in the boys B division with a 208 game, and the only senior on the girls team, Katherine Zygaj, also won high game honors in the B division, with a 195 game.

The boys won five matches and lost five, during the season. At the Section VI championships, the team did the best it had in its eight-year history. The boys were 27th out of 50 teams after the morning session, but came back from their lunch break “like a team on a mission,” according to coach Kevin Farner.

The boys bowled games of 898, 950 and 932 in the afternoon block, averaging 185. The team’s effort jumped them up to 11th place overall, and was good enough for fourth place in class B. The boys also outscored every team in their division, including undefeated regular season champions Pioneer. Andy Loop was high individual for the Griffins, with an 1,166 six-game total, for an average of 194 for the day.

The girls “had a great regular season,” according to Farner, winning nine matches and losing one, good enough to be division co-champs with Pioneer. The team did not fare as well as the boys at sectionals, but still bowled well enough to place 22nd out of the 50 teams in attendance.

The highlight of the day was freshman sensation Mariah Gamel’s run at making the section VI all-star team, according to Farner. Gamel had a slow start to her day, with games of 138 and 159, but roared back to finish with games of 236, 157, 207 and 193. Her six-game effort of 1,090 left her 22 pins shy of claiming a spot on the all-star team, which will travel to Long Island to compete in the state finals the weekend of March 1 and 2. Gamel placed 16th overall in singles, out of more than 300 competitors.
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