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Raiders roll to bowling title

Colonie fends off East Islip’s rally at state championships

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. Submitted photo

— There is a dynasty in the making at Colonie Central High School.

The boys bowling team won its second state title in the last three years when it defeated 10 Sectional champions from across New York March 2 in Syracuse.

Section XI champion East Islip gave Colonie a run for its money, but the Garnet Raiders held on for a 60-pin victory with a total of 6,511.

“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.

Carl said he knew East Islip would be one of the favorites to claim the state title. What he didn’t know was Colonie and East Islip would be paired for the six-game tournament, which he said was a good thing.

“The boys had to keep on top of everything because they were bowling against the best team,” said Carl. “The pairing also benefited East Islip because they had to bowl their best.”

Colonie entered the fifth out of six games with a 100-pin lead on East Islip, but the Redmen surged into a 20-point lead midway through the game. A late rally by the Garnet Raiders helped them regain a 97-pin advantage entering the sixth game, and East Islip never recovered.

“The second half of that game was the turning point,” said Carl. “East Islip didn’t throw as many strikes as it did in the first six frames, and we threw more strikes.”

Colonie’s mid-game rally showcased the Garnet Raiders’ ability to collect themselves when faced with adversity. It was something Carl said was a common theme throughout the 2012-13 season.

“They didn’t get rattled, and they didn’t lose focus,” said Carl. “They just got in there and did what they had to do.”

Junior Justin Carl led Colonie at the state tournament with a 231.5 average over six games. Junior Rick Rovelli rolled a 225 average, and senior Charles Moeske added a six-game average of 218.83.

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