Lockport girls bowling now stands alone atop NFL
It’s been a battle that has seen Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Niagara-Wheatfield running neck-and-neck virtually all season long.
But on Jan. 10, the Lady Lions scored a huge win over NT which, as of press time, gave them sole possession of first place in the NFL.
“It was very big,” senior Brittany Wright said before the Lions Jan. 15 match against Kenmore East. “We all try to bowl our best every match, but that one was obviously a big one being tied for first place.”
Their victory over Ken-East had the Lions standing at 9-1 on the season. Niagara Falls is keeping pace at 8-2, while NT is at 8-3 and Niagara-Wheatfield is still in the hunt at 7-3.
Bridget Masiello remains the girl to catch as she is not only firmly in control of the bowling triple crown of high average, game and series, she is also putting an assault on the NFL season average record of 221 which is held by NT’s Brianna Larson.
Masiello is currently sporting a 226.59 average and is showing no signs of a let up any time soon.
Though the Lions are confident, coach Marion Singleton said her team knows that with Niagara-Wheatfield and Niagara Falls coming up, the league is far from in their back pocket.
“It’s not really a separation, it’s more like building a foundation,” Singleton said of the NT win. “It was nice to have that win but once it’s over we just kind of look to what we have next because you never know what can happen on any given day. So we just kind of humbled ourselves and we’ve been working just as hard as we have been (all season).”
Meanwhile, Kenmore West’s Ashley Fries remains the model of consistency as she is the only girl giving Masiello a run. Marissa Staschak and Taylor Klis are still bowling strong for Wheatfield.
In boys action, Colten Kitcho and Nate Maloney continue to lead the way and Niagara-Wheatfield remains in first place with an 8-1 record.
But NT, Grand Island and Lew-Port are right on the Falcons tail. Kitcho’s 760 high series is tops in the league, while Maloney is in the top four in all three catagories.
Kyle Behr and Peter Wozniak remain strong for NT while Kenmore West’s Jason Stopka’s 279 ranks as the top game.