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A look back in Colonie sports

Colonie girls bowling leads the list of winter accomplishments

Colonie’s Wayne Burt closes in on his first-period pin of Bethlehem’s Chris Tangora in the Division I 220-pound finals at the Section II wrestling championships Feb. 15 in Glens Falls.

Colonie’s Wayne Burt closes in on his first-period pin of Bethlehem’s Chris Tangora in the Division I 220-pound finals at the Section II wrestling championships Feb. 15 in Glens Falls. Anne-Marie Warren

With two weeks remaining before the start of the spring sports season, it’s time to take a glance back at the recently completed winter season.

Reader poll

What was the top story of the winter sports season in Colonie?

  • Colonie girls bowlers win Sectionals 91%
  • Shaker girls basketball 16-0 in league play 2%
  • Shaker sends seven swimmers to states 2%
  • Grieg Stire’s monster season for CBA basketball 2%
  • Four Colonie wrestlers win Sectional titles 4%

57 total votes.

Team of the winter: Colonie girls bowling

The Lady Raiders won the Section II title and placed second to East Islip at the state championships March 1 on Long Island.

Colonie led the state tournament after the four games before East Islip rallied past the Lady Raiders to win by 130 pins. Still, coach Pete Grugan said he was happy with how his team performed.

“I was pleased with the results, and we’re probably going to be there (at states) for the next three or four years,” said Grugan. “I don’t see anyone touching us – at least, not around here.”

Amanda Chrzanowski was the top individual bowler at states. Colonie’s freshman sensation rolled a state tournament record six-game score of 1,318 pins, 35 pins ahead of the next-best bowler, Sewanhaka’s Rebecca Gotterbarn. Junior Tiera Gulum was fourth overall with a six-game score of 1,179 pins.

The Lady Raiders lose seniors Hannah Mochrie and Danielle Niles to graduation in June, but with Chrzanowski and Gulum leading the charge and more young talent on the rise, they stand to contend for the overall Sectional title again next season.

“We’ve got three eighth graders who are going to be really good next year,” said Grugan.

Runner up: Shaker girls basketball

The Lady Bison were the lone Class AA team in Section II to post a perfect regular season record, but they were tripped up by Shenendehowa 59-52 in the Sectional semifinals.

Balance was the key to Shaker’s success. Jenni Barra, Merrick Rowland, Becky Rossier, Sage VanAmerongen and Sierra Mayo all made contributions at both ends of the floor to help the Lady Bison compile a 16-0 Suburban Council record.

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