Weekly Feature

2018-02-08 / Sports

Chief keglers complete in inaugural Section VI Invite

Iroquois’ boys bowling team tied for second place with Rush-Henrietta to help successfully christen Saturday’s inaugural Section VI Invitational at Airport Lanes.

The Chiefs finished over 430 pins behind winner Orchard Park in the 22-team field, but had three bowlers – Alex Zygmunt, Lucas Bond and Dylan DeVoe – finish in the top 20 at the individual level. Zygmunt tied for sixth out of the 135 individual bowlers taking part in the event, while Bond took 15th and DeVoe 17th. DeVoe also posted the third-best individual game with a 243.

Eric Engler, Birch Herring-Jackson and Matthew Martin rounded out Iroquois’ five-man contingent. Engler’s high game was a 224, Herring-Jackson rolled a 199, Zygmunt had a 219, Bond had a 213 and Martin had a 181 as all of Iroquois’ bowlers rolled at least three games in the six-game competition.

“Everyone contributed to the win,” coach Dave Uhl said. “We could not have been as successful if all six players had not contributed. It was great the see the team come together as they did.”

Iroquois entered the tournament flying high after taking down Hamburg by a 5-2 count on Thursday. DeVoe and Martin each rolled a 215 to pace the team, while Jacob Mages came off the bench and rolled a key 212 game. In the pivotal third game, Engler had a 209, Herring-Jackson had a 186, DeVoe had a 203 and Bond also had a 203.

“It was a close match until the third game,” Uhl said. “Our ‘A’ team stepped things up in the third, which helped seal the victory.”

Iroquois was unable to pull off a complete sweep of the week’s action, however, as West Seneca West edged out the Chiefs, 4-3, on Jan. 30. Iroquois took an early 2-0 lead before West tied the match with a sweep of the second game. Iroquois’ “B” bowlers nearly pulled off the split in the middle game, dropping the point by just 16 pins.

In the end, West’s total pin count proved to be the decisive factor for the match.

Herring-Jackson rolled a 268-184-236-688 set, while Bond rolled a 241-169-196-606 set. “B” team anchor Zygmunt chipped in with a 205-221-169-595 set.

“All in all, we’ve been exceeding expectations this season,” Uhl said. “We took one match from Frontier, which was one of our goals at the start of the season, and we narrowly lost to West the first time around.”

Iroquois closed out its regular season Monday by taking on West in a rematch, but information about that contest was not available at press time. Postseason play begins Monday with the annual ECIC Roll-Offs at Airport Lanes.

(Reporter Jason Nadolinski contributed to this article.)

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