Niagara Gazette — Grand Island High School’s Nick Brink and North Tonawanda’s Cassidy Powers won the Niagara Frontier League titles in boys and girls bowling, respectively, at the NFL League Meet held Thursday at Brad Angelo Lanes in Lockport.
Brink rolled a 730 series, the highest series among the boys, in a tournament that was based on individual competition, not school versus school. Powers topped all girls bowlers with a 716 series.
Kenmore West’s Jason Stopka finished with the second-highest boys’ series with a 671, which included a 245 game, while Kenmore East’s Kyle Kijowski finished third with a 669 series.
On the girls’ side, Cassidy’s schoolmate Rebecca Conlan finished with the second-highest series with a 687, including a 257 game, while Niagara-Wheatfield’s Marissa Staschak finished in third with a 671 series. Angela Gabriele of Niagara Falls, who holds the league’s highest average at 204.91, rolled the fourth-best series at 655. Alexis Wade of Lew-Port rounded out the top five with her 609 series.
Grand Island’s Colton McGraw was first among the boys in single games, rolling a tournament-high 289, while Anthony Anderson of Niagara Falls High School had the second-highest game at 264. Jared Swift of host Lockport rolled a third-place 248 while Niagara-Wheatfield’s Collin Kitcho finished just one pin behind at 247.
In girls’ single games, North Tonawanda’s Abbey Kieffer was first with a 286. Tee Pierce of Niagara Falls finished second with a 248, while Emily Phillips of Kenmore West rolled the third-highest game at 245. Hailey Johnson of Niagara Falls rolled a 234.
Doubles play was formatted by pairing individuals together based on higher and lower averages with the idea of creating the most balanced teams possible. The pairing of Brink (GI) and Swift (LKP) teamed up to lead the boys’ doubles with a total 1,313 pins knocked down. Stopka (KW) and Anderson (NF) finished second with 1,297 while the team of DJ Bottom (NF) and Robby Mol (KE) placed third with 1,231 pins.
On the girls’ side, Powers (NT) and Kenmore East’s Sydney Dunn finished in first with 1,132 pins downed. Finishing in second, just 11 pins behind the leaders at 1,121, were Hayley Sutton (NT) and Kaitlyn Evans (KW). In third were Conlan (NT) and Rebecca Hennessy (GI) with 1,115 pins knocked down.
The meet also included a shootout competition, which put the league’s top ranked bowlers into elimination brackets. Niagara-Wheatfield bowlers swept the Lou Marcantonio Awards as the shootout champs, with Kitcho winning the boys’ bracket and Julia Brown winning on the girls’ side.
Starpoint 49, Will. South 42
Jenna Faulkner had a game-high 16 points, inclufing four 3-pointers, to lead the way for the Spartans (9-3, 5-3 ECIC II). Hattie Lasal poured in 11 points for Starpoint and both Faulkner and Lasal had eight of their points in the fourth quarter and were perfect from the line to help their team knock off the Billies for the second time this season.
Ken West 48, Lew-Port 29
Amber Custodi scored a team-high eight points to lead the Lancers (0-12, 0-10 NFL). Katie Proy netted a game-high 15 points to lead the Lady Blue Devils (8-4, 8-2 NFL).
Ken West 74, Lew-Port 48
Noah Whalen finished with a game-high 32 points to lead the way for the Blue Devils (11-3, 10-1 Niagara Frontier League). Jordan Willard scored a team-high 12 points for the Lancers (10-4, 7-4 NFL).
Grand Island 54, Burgard 44
Ryan Ross scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Vikings (4-9, 1-8 NFL) to the win.
Niagara Falls 42, Ken West 28
Donny McCoy from Niagara Falls pinned Ken West’s Jack Stuebchen in 1:48 of the 126-pound match to help lift the Wolverines to the victory. Justin Lester at 152, Deionte Walker at 182 and Timere Ralands at 285 also notched wins for the Falls.