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2013 Year in Review: A new dynasty begins

Colonie bowlers win second state title in last three years

The members of the 2013 state champion Colonie boys bowling team are, from left, (front) Ricky Rovelli, Noah Burke and Nick Peckowitz; and (back) Eric Kaminski, Justin Frey, C.J. Leisenfelder, coach Bill Carl, Justin Carl, Nick Shaw and Charles Moeske.

The members of the 2013 state champion Colonie boys bowling team are, from left, (front) Ricky Rovelli, Noah Burke and Nick Peckowitz; and (back) Eric Kaminski, Justin Frey, C.J. Leisenfelder, coach Bill Carl, Justin Carl, Nick Shaw and Charles Moeske. Spotlight file photo

Winter

• The success story of the winter season was the Colonie boys bowling team.

The Garnet Raiders won their second state title in the last three seasons by 60 pins over East Islip of Long Island in Syracuse. Colonie staged a mid-game rally in the fifth of six games to surge past the Redmen and held on through the final game to claim the championship.

“I wish everybody who is involved in bowling could have seen it because it was the best match I’ve ever been involved in,” said Colonie coach Bill Carl.

Two juniors paced Colonie at the state tournament. Justin Carl had a six-game average of 231.5, while Rick Rovelli rolled a 225 average. Senior Charles Moeske added a 218.83 average.

Shaker had an individual state champion in boys indoor track, as James Steck claimed the pole vault title. Steck, a former gymnast, cleared the bar at 15 feet to earn his first state title in only his 10th month of track competition. It wouldn’t be Steck’s only state championship of the year.

Christian Brothers Academy’s string of Section II boys basketball championship game appearances ended at 10 in a row after Green Tech defeated the Brothers 64-60 in the Class AA semifinals at the Times Union Center. Jamil Hood Jr. had a huge game for Green Tech. The junior guard scored 31 points, including the game-clinching steal and layup with 4.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Greig Stire had 26 points to pace the Brothers, including a three-point play late in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 60-60. But free throws by Jizziah Carr and Najee Ward gave Green Tech the lead for good.

Shaker also reached the Class AA semifinals, but Troy pulled away in the second half for a 52-36 victory. The Flying Horses went on to defeat Green Tech in the Class AA Sectional finals.

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