When the Baldwinsville girls bowling team went to Utica's Pin-O-Rama Lanes for Sunday's Section III championship tournament, the motivation was to earn a chance to compete closer to home for a state championship on the first weekend in March.
The Bees could not quite reach that goal - but it sure tried. With a pinfall of 5,358, B'ville took second in the team standings.
It was beaten only by Rome Free Academy, who was more familiar with the Pin-O-Rama setup and used that knowledge to finish at 5,453, just 95 pins ahead of the Bees.
Still, B'ville saw Sage Burkhart step up in a big way. Burkhart, with games of 212, 193 and 207, posted a 612 series to finish sixth among individuals, earning a spot on the Section III All-Star team that will also compete in the state tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.
Behind her, Cassie Blanchard posted a 574 series (208 high game0 to finish 13th, with Samantha Halligan getting a three-game total of 553 to post 21st place. Annie Peterson had a 505 set and Taeler Kuss added a 502 series.
The Section III boys tournament is set for Strike-N-Spare Lanes this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.