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Townley helps third-place finish at state bowling tourney

Liverpool girls bowling standout Mary Townley got to compete close to home during Sunday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at Mattydale's Strike-N-Spare Lanes.

As part of the Section III All-Stars, Townley helped the local side finish third in a 10-team field, just missing the runner-up slot. Sabrina Williams (Camden), Katie Szczesniak (Utica Proctor), Alyssa Boccardo (East Syracuse-Minoa), Courtney Roher (Cortland) and Shawna Vonmatt (Lowville) made up the rest of the squad.

Overall, Section III had a pinfall of 5,626, just one pin less than Section V (5,627), who was second, and 121 pins behind Section II, who prevailed with 5,748.

In the six-game tournament, Townley had a best game of 193. She added games of 166, 157, 139, 181 and 187 for an overall total of 1,023. Sullivan, with a six-game total of 1,230, edged Becca Pratt (Lansingburgh) by two pins for state medalist honors.

The two-day state event kicked off Saturday with team championships that were swept by Colonie, a Section II school from the Albany suburbs. Vernon-Verona-Sherrill finished second on the boys side as Rome Free Academy got eighth place in the girls team event.

Then, in Sunday's tournament, Henninger's Bobby Moro led Section III's All-Stars to a second-place finish with 6,024, just behind Section XI (Suffolk County, Long Island) with 6,099.

Moro had a six-game composite of 1,346, just behind Sachem East's Jeremy Milito (1,377), with Fulton's Dan Wahl (1,239) in seventh place. Rich Viti (Utica-Notre Dame), Bob Jones (Whitesboro), Ben Derrane (New Hartford) and Brett Risi (Ilion) made up the rest of the team.

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