TIOGA'S POTUCEK MISSES QUALIFYING FOR STATES BY 11 PINS
Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Waverly has had one goal this season — qualifying for States, which will be held on their home turf. Mission Accomplished!
The Wolverines, who finished third at States in 2011, won the Section IV State Qualifier here Saturday at Midway Lanes by nearly 400 pins, amassing a six-game total pinfall of 6,393 — 385 pins ahead of runner-up Chenango Valley's total of 6,008.
Johnson City (5,960), Horseheads (5,944), Binghamton (5,874), Windsor (5,439), Greene (5,305), Lansing (5,136), Marathon (5,079) and Sidney (4,910) finished third through 10th, respectively.
On March 3, the Valley Bowling Center will host the New York State Championships.
Senior Chris Elizondo rolled a gold medalist six-game set of 1,375. He opened the day with a 696 series on games of 218, 278 and 200, then followed it up with games of 179, 235 and 265 for a 679 series.
Junior Fred Miller rolled the fourth highest set of the day, rolling series of 711 and 644 for a 1,355. He opened with games of 247, 210 and 254, then followed it up with games of 224, 235 and 185.
Freshman Mason Beard was 12th in the individual scoring with a 1,244. He rolled series of 610 on games of 201, 203 and 206, then rolled a 634 on games of 199, 190 and 245.
Senior Jared Joseph was 16th with a six-game set of 1,221. He opened the day with a 609 on games of 168, 194 and 247, then finished it off with a 612 on games of 194, 204 and 216.
Seventh-grader Conner Joseph rolled a six-game set of 1,199. He had a 628 series to start the day on games of 264, 167 and 197, then rolled a 571 on games of 195, 178, and 197.
SECTION IV TEAM
Tioga junior Chris Potucek missed qualifying for the Section IV team that will compete in the NYS Championships by 11 pins, while Notre Dame freshman Alex Sherman also fell short.
The top six bowlers, not on the Waverly team, will represent Section IV at the state tournament.
Qualifying were silver medalist Tyler Ruffo of Chenango Valley, who rolled a six-game set of 1,362 on series of 705 and 657, and bronze medalist Ben Ketola of Moravia, who rolled a 1,361 set on series of 678 and 684, as well as Corning's Eric Donovan (1,307), Binghamton's Sean Lustig (1,289), U-E's Christian Bevelaqua (1,272), and Binghamton's Alex Palma (1,266).
Potucek was seventh with a six-game set of 1,255. He opened with a series of 652 on games of 207, 202 and 243, then finished off the day with a 603 on games of 207, 245 and 151.
Sherman rolled a six-game set of 1,212 on series of 580 and 632. He opened with games of 186, 212 and 182, then closed out the day with games of 156, 249 and 227.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly's Chris Elizondo.
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