SPORTS ROUNDUP: PYA Boys Bowling Section V Champs!

Rob Maeske
The Penn Yan boys bowling team won the day at Sectionals, cruising through the competition to be named Section V Class D Champions.

Boys Bowling

Feb. 19

The Penn Yan boys bowling team won the day at Sectionals, cruising through the competition to be named Section V Class D Champions. After their dominant day on the lanes, the team's bus was escorted through the snowy streets of town by Penn Yan firetrucks with lights ablaze and sirens blaring. Once they were back home, the team partook in a blustery bell-ringing ceremony outside the school, celebrating their victory with chimes and cheers.

Penn Yan dominated the morning session at ABC Gates Bowl, finishing with a total pinfall of 2963, outpacing by over 200 pins their nearest competition, Marcus Whitman with a 2750 pinfall. The afternoon session was closer, with Whitman felling 2730 pins to PYA's 2764, but with the lead through both sessions, the Mustangs were the ultimate victors with a total 5727 pins. Whitman finished second overall with a total of 5480 on the day and Clyde-Savannah came in third. Dundee/Bradford also competed in the Class D Championships, but took last place overall out of the eight teams in competition, finishing last in the morning session with 1647 pins and last in the afternoon with 1655 pins for a total of 3302.

In the rest of the Section V Classes, Rush-Henrietta won Class A, Spencerport took Class B and Newark narrowly topped Wayne in Class C, taking the Class C championship for the third year in a row. Penn Yan has traditionally bowled in Class C, with this year marking their first foray in Class D. Last year, PY finished second behind Newark in Class C and in the 2019-2020 season, PY was third, with Newark and Wayne taking the first and second spots.

PYA's Colin Johnson led all bowlers in Class D with a high series of 1301, while Cam Bassage had the highest individual game of 257. Johnson had the day's second-highest game, coming in just behind Bassage with a 255. Whitman's Timothy Phillips had the second-highest series of 1222. Bassage was ranked seventh in this year's Section V Top 25 bowlers, while Phillips was ranked 24th.

Penn Yan next moves on to the NYSPHSAA's Championships, which are scheduled for March 11-13 at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

The girls' Sectional game, originally scheduled for Feb. 18, was postponed due to weather and will now take place March 2. 

In their first home game of sectional play Feb. 23, Penn Yan Academy's Mustangs easily defeated the Cobras from Early College. Here, PYA’s # 23 Alex Foster slaps the rebound away from EC’s # 13 Jermaine Montgomery.

Boys Basketball

Feb. 23

#5 Penn Yan 68, #12 Early College 28

PYA’s senior guard # 4 Brigham Hansen goes in for a lay-up.
PYA’s center # 30 Tanyon Dunning launches a short jumper over the EC’s # 3 James Brown.

The Mustangs won their first game of Sectionals, stomping down last-seeded Early College with a dominant opening statement for the tournament. PY entered Sectionals at the #5 seed with a league record of 9-11. Griffin Emerson and Brigham Hansen each scored 17 points for Penn Yan, while E.C.'s top shooter was Quentin Majors-Brown, who scored 14 points and went 4/7 from the free throw line. In the second round of the tournament, Penn Yan heads to Wellsville, who entered the tourney at the #4 seed.

Mustang's # 11 Carson Nagpaul dribbles around the defense of Cobra's # 3 James Brown.
PYA’s # 24 Oliver Connelly releases his 3-point shot over EC’s # 31 Quentin Majors-Brown.
PYA’s senior guard # 4 Brigham Hansen takes a long shot over EC’s # 2 Michael Stroughter.

Both Dundee/Bradford, who enter Sectionals at the #3 seed in Class C3, and Marcus Whitman, who have the #9 seed in C1, were to have their first round games on Feb. 25. Dundee was to host #8 HAC, while Whitman was to travel to Rochester to face the #1 seed Rochester Academy.

Girls Basketball

Feb. 23

#7 Alexander 47, #10 Marcus Whitman 34

Whitman lost in the first round of Sectionals, knocking the Wildcats out of the tournament and ending their season at an overall 9-11 record. For Whitman, Olivia Herod scored 12 points, while Aurora Woodworth and Lily Carroll each scored 6. 

Whitman had an up-and-down winter, with their longest win streak at three games as they maintained a near-even record through the majority of the season. However, with a roster composed of four freshmen, a promising eighth-grader and four vets with a year left to play, Whitman has a lot of potential in the future.

As of our deadline, Penn Yan and Dundee/Bradford had yet to play their opening Sectional games, with Penn Yan with a #5 seed taking on #4 Mynderse and D/B, who are the #1 seed in Class C3 facing the 8-seeded Red Jacket. Check our online publication at for more recent results.


Feb. 12 Section V Division II Tournament

Mason Peterson of the Marcus Whitman/Penn Yan Wildcats came close to winning the 285 lb. weight class, falling to North Rose-Wolcott's Noah Wazinski in a close TB-1 3-2 decision. 

Indoor Track & Field

Feb. 20 Sectional Championships at Houghton College

Class A3

The A3 Championships had 14 schools in the women's division and 16 schools in the men's. 

For the men, East Rochester claimed the title with 94 points, while LeRoy took second with 78 and Marcus Whitman earned bronze at 62. In the women's division, Williamson took a dominating win for first place, earning 130.33 points with second-place Midlakes earning 68 points. Locally, Marcus Whitman finished ninth overall with 24 points. 

For the Whitman boys, Brendan Thompson took third (5:21.94) and Timothy Hansen took fourth (5:21.91) in the 1600 Run. Whitman dominated the 3200 Run, with Hansen taking first (10:58.57), Thompson taking third (11:24.96), Fletcher Dickmann taking fourth (11:34.32) and Quintin Dimitry coming in sixth (11:48.03). Also for the Wildcats, Dawsen Christensen took third in the Long Jump (20-04) and second in the Triple Jump (42-02.50) and Austin Mangiarelli took second in the Shot Put (39-10) and third in the Weight Throw (40-09).

The Whitman girls earned points from Lana Burnett, who finished fifth in the 55 Dash (7.97), fourth in the Long Jump (14-07) and third in the Triple Jump (32-10) and Taylor Bond, who took fourth in the 1000 Run (3:31.35) and fifth in the 1500 Run 5:46.59). Also for Whitman, Sierra Eddinger took third in the 1500 Race Walk (9:10.62).

Class A4

Class A4 included 18 teams in the women's division and 16 in the men's. 

The winner of the women's division was Honeoye with 75 points, followed by Oakfield-Alabama with 56 points. Dundee/Bradford finished 17th overall. For the men's division, Oakfield-Alabama claimed first (98 pts.) and Bolivar-Richburg took second (82 pts.). Dundee/Bradford finished eighth overall. 

For the Dundee girls, Madison Hughes took fourth in the Long Jump (15-01) and Lily Hall took third in the Triple Jump (31-00). 

On the Dundee/Bradford boys team, Camden Buchanan came in fifth in the 55 Dash (7.19) and second in the Long Jump (18-04) and Triple Jump (40-10). Michele Van Cleef came in fifth in the 300 Dash.