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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

— “He was very instrumental in our success,” Carl said of Moeske, one of two seniors on the varsity team. “He was our only left-hander at the tournament, and he bowled extremely well.”

Rovelli and Justin Carl were the only holdovers from Colonie’s 2011 state championship team. Everyone else had been called up for the 2011-12 season by Danny Ahl, who is now coaching at the University at Albany.

“The rest of these guys were exposed to the Sectional level last year, and even though they didn’t win the title they were still exposed to that level,” said Carl.

There will be several holdovers from this year’s state championship team when the Garnet Raiders hit the lanes next season. Moeske and Nick Peckowitz were the only seniors on this year’s team, and Carl said he has several younger bowlers he’s looking to move up from the junior varsity team.

“We get a lot of good bowlers through the Sunset (Lane) Juniors,” said Carl. “Redwood Lanes closed last year, but when Redwood had a junior program those bowlers did really good for us, too.”

Carl said the key for Colonie to earn its third state title in four years next year will be cohesiveness.

“What I’d like to see is these kids come together like this year’s team did,” said Carl. “These guys hung out together a lot.”

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