Though it could not quite get to the top of the Class B standings during Sunday’s Section III team tournament at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama, East Syracuse Minoa still brought home some honors thanks to the work of Sean Timmons.
In a close competition for individual honors, Timmons ended up tied with Liverpool’s Brandon Davis, each of them finishing with a total pinfall of 1,389, just 10 pins ahead of Utica Proctor’s Nick Gentile.
Timmons was better than Davis in the morning session, his games of 236, 256 and 212 producing a total of 704 that put him ahead of everyone except Gentile, whose 278 was part of a 720 session.
But as Gentile fell back in the afternoon session, hurt by a 167 amid two games of 246, Timmons remained steady, going 237 and 235 before closing with a 213.
That allowed Timmons to pass Gentile, but Davis, who shot 668 in the morning, used a 235 and a pair of 243 games to make up the ground and even Timmons, each of them averaging 231.5 for the day.
Overall, ESM had a pinfall of 5,791, second in Class B to Fulton’s 5,983, and among Division I (large schools) fourth as Liverpool (6,198) edged Proctor (6,178) by just 20 pins to advance to next month’s state tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.
Brett Smith finished 34th among individuals behind Timmons, his 1,146 starting out with games of 214 and 208. John Messina had a 1,111 pinfall, but no game higher than 192 (twice) as Chris Bayly got a1,087 that included a 224 game.
Fayetteville-Manlius had a team score of 5,093, seventh in Class A. Adam Koss finished 36th for the Hornets with a six-game total of 1,127 that included games of 218 and 201, while Justin Brooks had a 1,070 series. Kevin Winschel had a five-game total of 809 and Michael Nanno opened with a 247.
Bishop Grimes won the private-school battle with Christian Brothers Academy by eight pins, 4,465 to 4,457. The Cobras’ Jeff Dargiewicz was the top individual among those sides with a 976 series, five pins ahead of the Brothers’ John Dodge (971 series) as Nate Vault got a 955 series for CBA.
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill won the Division II (small school) team sectional event by 96 pins over Homer. The sectional shootout for top boys and girls individuals is Thursday at 3 p.m. at King Pin Lanes in Rome.