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Springville-GI boys bowling team gets into the win column

SPRINGVILLE — The first half of the season for the Springville-Griffith Institute boys bowling team saw a repeating score, during four out of five matches: 4 – 3.

These margins were decided by nine pins against Lackawanna, seven pins against Pioneer, eight pins against Holland and four pins against Iroquois.

The Springville boys hosted the Eden Raiders on Jan. 11, looking to avenge an earlier 6 – 1 loss, which occurred at the beginning of the season, and rack up their first win of the year. The boys beat the previously-undefeated Eden.

Eighth grader Zack Slippy had the high game for the Griffins, bowling a 225 game, and the high series, with a 639. Following behind was freshman Alex Wendley, who bowled a 203 game and a 573 series. Brandon Sullivan rolled a 205 game and a 572 series.

“The Eden match had a much happier finish for the home team,” said Coach Kevin Farner. “I’m proud of the boys, for their persistence. I’m glad that I no longer have to tell everyone that we have the best winless team in Western New York.”

Before they hosted Eden, the Griffins took on Iroquois in what Farner called a “heartbreaker.” Springville lost 4 – 3 the match by four pins. The final pin fall was 4,282 – 4,278.

Leading the way for the boys, during that game, was Slippy again, who had the high single game, bowling 244, and the high series, with a 641. Andy Loop followed, with a 235 game and a 588 series. Junior Nate Sopko contributed a 202 game and 566 series.

The S-GI girls bowling team recently took its 3 – 1 record into a match against Iroquois, at Cascade Lanes in Springville. The Lady Griffins coasted to a 6 – 1 victory against the visiting Chiefs and outscored Iroquois by 629 pins.

Tara Felser led the charge, rolling a 195 game and a 557 series. Farner said that Katherine Zygaj shot a “nice” 183 game for the “B” team.

The girls hosted Eden on Jan. 10, looking to improve on their 4 – 1 record against the visiting Raiders. According to Farner, the senior trio of Miranda Clark, Hunter McCarthy and Tara Felser led the way, during that game.

Clark rolled a high game of 202 and the high series, with a 557. McCarthy had a 192 game and rolled the second-highest series, with a 523. Felser bowled a 195 game and a 506 series.

The Lady Griffins outscored the Raiders in total pin fall, by 424 pins, against a “pretty good” Eden team, according to Farner.

After the girls host Lackawanna on Jan. 14, they will face Pioneer in a game that should determine the division championship for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference south small school girls division.

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