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WVCS boys bowling team eyes sectionals

WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School boys bowling team is setting its sights on a berth at sectionals, this year.

Following a 3 – 1 win against Hinsdale, the Wildcats improved to 11 – 12. “They are on pace to qualify for sectionals, if they can get their record to .500,” said Coach Jackie Mumbach.

West Valley went head-to-head with Hinsdale on Thursday, Jan. 10, looking to even out its season record.

“The first game was a nail-biter,” Mumbach said. After the first game, the boys were losing by 20 pins and falling to 8 – 12 on the season, which was not going to be good enough for sectionals. But the team turned it around, in the second game, winning by 32 pins, to take the lead in total pins. “The third game was the best of all,” Mumbach said.

Cole Stanbro bowled a 238 and Paul Davies got 156, to give West Valley the 67-pin win. By winning the final two games and the total pin count, 582, the boys won 3 – 1 and improved to one game below .500.

The girls also played Hinsdale, that night, but their fate was not as positive as their male counterparts’. “The girls kept it close,” Mumbach said, referring to the first two games of the match.

Both of the Lady Wildcats’ games resulted in defeat. The girls still had a chance to pull even, by winning the final game by enough pins to take the total pin count, but the team could not break ahead.

While West Valley pulled out the final game, it lost total pins and fell to 1 – 3 on the night, dropping the girls’ season record to 3 – 21.

During the final game, Aamina Haykal took down 132 pins and Jordan Seltzer bowled a 117, to help the team to victory. In addition, Haykal had a three-game series team-high of 349. Seltzer had 315.

The teams took on Allegany-Limestone on Jan. 18. After that match, West Valley will be off until Thursday, Jan. 24, when it takes on Salamanca at 3:30 p.m. at Central Lanes.

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