Niagara Gazette


January 31, 2014

Brink, Powers win NFL bowling titles

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.

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