Marcus Whitman girls bowl to Section V title; PY’s Andy Kniffin sets up for New York State tournament

Rob Maeske
Penn Yan bowler Andy Kniffin (left), with Coach Mindy Johnson, bowled her career high pin count of 1305 at the sectional tournament Feb. 14, earning her a spot on the All-Section V team that will compete in the New York State Tournament in March.

Marcus Whitman picked up titles in both girls’ and boys’ bowling with Penn Yan putting up an excellent fight, while the Dundee girls were named champs of the Finger Lakes Western Division.

Girls’ bowling

Dundee’s girls varsity bowling team was named Western Division Champion after sectionals held at Roseland Bowl Feb. 11. Kayla Andrews and Cheyenne Cummings placed second in FL West doubles and Cummings placed 1st as in individual in Division B. McKenna Miller placed first in Division C.

The Section V championships were held at AMF Gates Lanes Feb. 14. In Class D, Marcus Whitman won their second Section V title in a row with a total score of 4,666. Kennedy Smith had the team’s high series of 1,086 and bowled the highest game of the day for Class D with a 247.

In Class C, Penn Yan finished second to Newark with a total pin count of 5,269. Penn Yan’s Andy Kniffin bowled the best day of her high school career with a total count of 1,305 (the highest in Class C and second highest in the tournament) and earned a spot on the All-Section V team that will bowl in the state tournament in March in Syracuse.

Boys’ bowling

Mirroring the performance of the female counterparts the day before, the Marcus Whitman boys varsity bowling team defended their title in the Section V Class D championships and came away with a 5,403 pin count and the win. Whitman’s Dom Mangiarelli bowled 1,261 series, which was the second highest in Class D for the day. Whitman had three other bowlers break 1,000 for the day: Tim Phillips with a 1,082 series, Austin King with a 1,079 series and Nicholas Lloyd with a 1,045 series. In Class C, Penn Yan finished third with a total pin fall of 5,553.