Niagara Gazette — The Section VI girls and boys individual teams captured first and second place finishes respectively in state tournament competition. Lewiston-Porter sophomore Ashley Wade had 1,298 pins for the girls, who set a new state record with a total of 6,562.
The last championship for the girls came in 2008.
Wade nearly had a perfect game in the fifth and final round of her second state tournament. She and teammate Melaine Hannon (Maryvale) each had nine strikes to begin play. Wade spared in the tenth, but followed with a strike to finish the round with a 278.
Hannon struck her next two shots, but finished one pin shy of the perfect game. She finished with the second-highest pin total of tournament at 1,410.
The team found itself in second place after three rounds, but defeated Section III by 153 pins in its fourth match to jump into first place entering the final game.
"Even with those big scores, we only won by 54," said North Tonawanda head coach Bill Rohring,. "Those girls came through when they needed to."
The Section VI boys' team was edged out buy Section XI from Long Island, 6,704-6,626, and finished with silver.
L-P junior Tyler Roskwitalski finished with 1,334 pins and a high game of 241, while Niagara-Wheatfield eight-grader Nate Maloney added a 238 game.
"It was a good showing for NFL representing Section VI in states," Rohring said. "ECIC has 28 schools and NFL only has eight."
Both Wade and Roskwiatalski will return for Lew-Port next season as they look to anchor their teams and make another trip to State Championship competition.