Panthers sweep Saints in home opener

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — Through two matches, the Hoosick Falls bowling is team is flawless.

After a sweep against Mechanicville last week, the Panthers followed it up with another win, topping Spa Catholic 4-0 Monday afternoon at Barbecue Recreation.

Hoosick Falls racked up 3,670 points to the Saints' 3,218 to improve its points record to 9-0.

The Panthers are a team with tons of depth and it showed in the six bowlers they gave varsity repetitions on Monday.

Three Hoosick Falls bowlers scored more than 200 in all three games. Senior Owynn Arnold led the way with a high score of 265 and a series score of 745.

Fellow senior Evan Webster had a high game of 247 and a series score of 726, while sophomore Colin King had a high game of 255 and a series score of 726.

"Those three were awesome," said Panthers coach James Lynch. "They did a great job following the lane, doing what they needed to do and making their spares when necessary."

King and Webster were joined by junior Erin McCart in lane 3 and 4. In the first game, King and Webster had scores of 246 and 238 respectively, while McCart was solid with a 176.

That trio well out-paced their lane counterparts from Spa Catholic, whose top bowler had 191.

The Saints were a bit stronger in lane 5 and 6, with a pair of bowlers scoring more than 200 in the first game. Spa Catholic edged Hoosick Falls in those lanes, but individually, Arnold had the best game of the first round, scoring his high game of 265.

Hoosick Falls held a 1,185-1,081 advantage in the first game to grab the first point of the match.

In the second game, King, Webster and McCart were equally as strong for the Panthers. King had his high game of 255, while Webster had his game of 247 and McCart had her high game of 193. A pair of Spa Catholic bowlers had more than 200 points in those lanes, but their totals couldn't match the Hoosick Falls trio.

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In lane 5 and 6, Arnold had another strong output with a 236 and teammates junior Ziena Hurlburt and eighth-grader Payton Merrills both improved from the first game. Merrills had a 178 in the second game, while Hurlburt had a 169.

Hoosick Falls won by 213 points in game two, opening up its lead.

In the final game, King, Webster and McCart combined to score 653 points, holding off another strong effort by Spa Catholic.

Arnold had a string of eight straight strikes to start the last game, but couldn't finish the perfect game in the last two frames, ending with a 244 to cap off a dominant showing.

The Panthers topped the Saints by 135 points in the final game.

Spa Catholic is the defending Section II champions, so Hoosick Falls knew it was in for a challenge.

After an opening game where the teams were close in points, Lynch was happy his team created separation in the final two games.

"Spa Catholic is a really talented team, so we knew they were going to come in and be strong and that it would be tight," Lynch said. "That's just something we prepare for. The majority of our guys have been in those matches before or seen those matches. They pick each other up and support each other, so that together aspect really makes a difference."

With their perfect points record intact, Lynch was happy with the effort his team showed Monday afternoon.

"I saw everything I wanted to see from my varsity bowlers," Lynch said. "Each one fought for every extra pin. That makes a difference, in the end."

Hoosick Falls breaks for the Thanksgiving holiday and is back in action next Tuesday against Stillwater on the road.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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