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February 19, 2013

OHS bowler qualifies for state meet

Staff Report

Oneonta High freshman Emily Loucks qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships with a seventh-place finish Saturday during the Section Four State Qualifiers at Mid-Way Lanes in Vestal.

Loucks secured the last of six individual state berths with a total pinfall of 1,197 – one pin ahead of eighth-place finisher Kirsten Chase of Newark Valley.

Union-Endicott won the team title behind Renee Marcyan’s 1,316 pinfall, which marked the top girls performance at the State Qualifiers. All of the Tigers received state berths via the team championship, as did the top six girls who do not bowl for U-E.

Strike ‘n Spare Lanes in Syracuse will host the state championships from March 2-3.

Sidney’s Marina Mazzarella placed 21st (1,141), Morgan Dean of Bainbridge-Guilford was 23rd (1,123), and Oneonta’s Caryn Balnis finished 35th (974).

Bryant Gray’s 1,075 pins helped Sidney’s boys to a sixth-place team finish. Gray placed 33rd for the Warriors, who amassed 5,582 pins.

Jacob Mazzarella (38th, 1,033) and Zach Newman (39th, 1,020) led B-G’s boys to eighth place, with a team total of 5,220.

Horseheads topped boys team standings, which did not include incomplete squads, with 6,232 pins.

SWIMMING

State Qualifiers

Erik Mebust’s fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday stood as Cooperstown’s best performance during the Section Three Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers at Hamilton College.

Mebust touched in a school-record 58.13 seconds, breaking the mark of 58.62 set by David Bonderoff in 2011. He also swam the opening leg of the Redskins’ 200 medley relay team, which placed fifth in 1:46.36 _ nearly a second faster than the school record it set last week. Matt Frevele, Luke Zenir and Sean Mebust followed Eric Mebust in the relay.

Sean Mebust contributed a seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:12.08) for Cooperstown, which amassed 97 points for 11th place in the 27-team qualifiers. The Redskins finished one point behind Holland Patent.

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