By Brian Mariano
After struggling in the early stages of the Class C sectionals Tuesday, Mechanicville’s hopes looked lost going into the lunch break. But to the surprise of the team, they were only down 80 pins.
Mechanicville would have to overcome not only the 80 pins deficit but beat 3 other teams that were ahead of them (Hoosick Falls, Middleburgh, Fort Edward). After struggling in the early session, Senior Drew McHale came through with a 258 the first game of the second session as Mechanicville closed the gap to under 20 pins of Middleburgh. But with a tough second game they dropped back to 90 pins down going into the final game.
The scene was electric as the final game came down to the final frame. With big games from Kyle Pratt (225) and Drew McHale (201) Mechanicville pulled out the victory by 12 pins over surprise leader Middleburgh.
Drew McHale took home high series with 661 in the second session and 1,193 for the two sessions to lead the Red Raiders. This caps a big week for the Red Raiders as the Lady Raiders won the Class C sectionals last Thursday.
This also keeps an amazing streak going in Class C bowling. Since 2006, only 2 teams have won the Class C sectionals (Mechanicville, Hoosick Falls).
The Albany Times Union has more including some quotes from Coach Terry O’Brien.
On the girls’ side, the MHS Lady Raiders took home their third consecutive Section II Class C crown and their fourth title in six years (2009, 2012-2014). Coach Joe Yankowski’s squad was led by two Division I college recruits in Lindsey Rosen, bound for Louisiana Tech, and Allie Carola, headed to Monmonth College in New Jersey.
The Lady Raiders cruised to the victory after carrying a 250-pin advantage following the morning session. Carola, the Colonial Council MVP, finished with a six-game total of 1,132 while Rosen’s 1,235 was good enough to qualify her for the NYS Tournament. The NYS Tournament will be held in Babylon, NY on March 1st and 2nd.
The Saratogian and Troy Record have more including some quotes from Coach Joe Yankowski.
Allie Carola was kind enough to provide with these shots from the Section II Girls Bowling Sectionals: