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B'ville bowlers edge Auburn for Class A title

A long day of competition for the Baldwinsville boys bowling team in Saturday's Section III boys bowling championships at Strike-N-Spare Lanes in Mattydale was over - and then it wasn't.

Remarkably, the Bees and Auburn were in a dead heat atop the Class A team standings with a pinfall of 5,548. Three games of individual morning competition, and 15 games in the "Baker" format (five-man teams rolling one game) during the afternoon, had decided nothing.

So a one-game roll-off was required to determine Class A honors - and B'ville won it, leaving the Maroons in second place.

In the overall team standings, B'ville and Auburn both ended up behind Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, the Class B champions, who improved from last year's second-place showing to win with 5,699 as Utica-Notre Dame was second, 72 pins behind the Red Devils.

The Bees actually trailed Utica Proctor after the morning session as tough conditions at Strike-N-Spare prevented any individual from scoring higher than a 254 game (by Fulton's Dan Wahl) or a series better than 674 (by VVS's Brad Long). But B'ville overtook the Raiders in the Baker session as Auburn kept up, right to the last pin.

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