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Valentine, Talbot advance to state bowling tournament

Both the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls bowling teams would find individual success in the Section III championship tournament held Sunday at Utica'a Pin-O-Rama Lanes.

The Northstars' Briana Valentine worked her way to third place among individuals with games of 245, 186 and 237 for a total of 668. Just behind her, the Warriors' Mary Townley put together games of 216, 191 and 224 for a 631 set that left her in fifth place.

Valentine and Townley both earned spots on the Section III All-Star squad that will compete in the state championships the weekend of March 4-5 at Strike-N-Spare Lanes in Mattydale.

Overall, CNS, as a team, finished ninth with a pinfall of 4,949, in a field of 23 teams, seventh in Class A. Rome Free Academy (5,453) beat Baldwinsville (5,358) for the top spot.

Just before that, the Northstars and Warriors faced each other last Thursday afternoon, and CNS prevailed in a 3-0 shutout despite the fact that Townley had the top individual series of 694, with a 245 high game.

Becca Olivadoti paced CNS with a 228 high game and 579 series. Valentine had a three-game total of 541 (224 high game) as Tori Loysen gained a 181 game in her 478 set. Catie Sweeney, with a 465 series, added further depth.

It will be the boys turn to pursue Section III titles this Saturday at Strike-N-Spare, starting at 9 a.m.

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