February 12, 2013

B'town bowlers survive strong challenge

PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown boys’ bowling team defended its Section VII Championship at North Bowl Lanes on Monday.

Upset-minded Northeastern Clinton, however, made the Eagles work for it.

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The Cougars led the Eagles until the fifth game of the day before Beekmantown finished with a 6168 total and Northeastern Clinton at 5976. The Eagles ended up winning by 192 pins.

The Cougars held a 3046-2984 lead over the Eagles following the morning shift and still led, 4164-4104, after the fourth game.

“Northeastern Clinton bowled well during the regular season and they came to bowl today,” said Beekmantown coach Charlie Stone. “My hat’s off to them.

“We had to dig ourselves out of an early hole. They put up some unbelievable scores, but we fought back and stuck together as a team.”

The Eagles rolled a 1063 in game five, while the Cougars had a 925, giving Beekmantown a 5167-5089 lead. The Eagles then held a 1001-887 advantage in game six to pull away.

“We were making good shots and we were able to stay focused,” said Stone. “We took the lead in the fifth game and were then able to build on it.”

The Eagles’ winning team consisted of Matt Dwyer, Matt Corrow, Andrew Roberts, Ryan Munson and Ryan Douglas.

Rolling 600 series or better for Beekmantown were Dwyer, 236-236-670; Corrow, 258-247-672; Munson, 246-205-637; and Douglas, 206-248-222-676 and 225-225-216-666.

The Cougars, meanwhile, got a big day from Joey Robert with a sensational 248-247-267-762 series in the morning and a 267-211-666 in the afternoon. Kyle Sebert added a 233-218-609 and Matt Jolicoeur a 236-602.

“Joey led the way for us,” said NCCS coach Rick Dumas. “Kyle and Matt also were key for us. Everything was going well for us — we were rolling along well and making our spares.

“But they made a move late in the fourth game and carried it into the fifth. We had our chances. We were on cloud nine for a while and I was absolutely happy with the way we bowled today.”

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