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Frontier bowlers sweep Hamburg twice

With sectionals less than two weeks away, the bowling teams at Frontier and Hamburg took to the lanes for a rivalry and tune-up match heading into the final week of the regular season.

The two teams met twice over a five-day stretch, and each team took positives from their efforts, despite a clean sweep by the both the girls and boys teams of Frontier.

The boys defeated the Bulldogs 6 – 1 on Jan. 30, and followed that with another 6 – 1 win on Monday, while having two bowlers shoot sets of more than 600, and another finish just below that mark. Four-time state-qualifier Chad Mee shot a high set of 696, while Matt Kinn, who’s gotten strong as the season’s progressed, bowled a 627. Bryan Carson also shot 589 for the Falcons.

“[Hamburg] was close in the beginning and then our guys basically started to bowl real well,” said Frontier head coach John Cordier. “My guys got their game going. A lot of guys are really coming around.”

Corider described Kinn as one of the most steady bowlers on the team, since last year. The Falcons also have some youth on the team with Carson and Nick Brooks, two juniors, and sophomore Nick DiFlavio. Corider relies heavily on Brooks, his B-team anchor, who shot 615 against Hamburg.

The defending sectional champion Falcons have placed second in three different tournaments this season, including the Festival of Lights on Dec. 30 at Thruway Lanes. They were finally in the winners circle last week as they won the Roy Summers Tournament. Frontier is undefeated in league play at 9-0, with one more match on Thursday, Feb. 6 against West Seneca West.

“It was good,” Cordier said. “We’re really starting to come into our own now.”

The Bulldogs dropped to 4 – 5 in league play with the loss, but not without a solid performance turned in by many bowlers. Will Smith led the team with a 566 set, including a final game 201, while Tyler Kozlowski wasn’t far behind with a 538. Quinton Krausf added a 528 while Kyle Stromecki rolled a final two games of 234 and 222. Nick Lauria also shot 561 as a member of Hamburg’s B-team.

“Frontier is always tough,” said Hamburg head coach Mike McFadden. “They have classy kids and I think we do, too. I think both programs represent Hamburg in such a positive way in how they handle themselves. We’ve got some kids that are stepping it up too.”

The Frontier girls also earned a 6 – 1 victory Monday, after winning 7 – 0 against the Bulldogs four days earlier. Senior Kim Klinger shot a 544 set to lead all bowlers and teammate Kara Ktysczuk shot 541. The Falcons improved to 7 – 2 in the league this season.

The Bulldogs were led by consistent bowling from all four members of the varsity team as they were separated by 40 pins. Mariah O’Dall led the way with a 474 set, while Becca Naber was on her tail with a 472 set.

The Section VI Championships at Thruway Lanes will take place Thursday, Feb. 13 for the boys and the next day, Feb. 14, for the girls.
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