Only the boys’ bowling team knows what could have gone right following its 2-0 loss to New Utrecht High School in the second round of the Public Schools Athletic League playoffs on Wednesday, November 14.
“If those two pins fell down initially, then I would’ve gotten a 300,” said senior Andrew Yang. “That would’ve been history and we would’ve won the game.” No bowler in the PSAL has ever scored a 300 or better in a game.
Stuyvesant bowled its highest game of the season, 100 pins above its season average. However, the team lost both its A game, 761-722, and its B game 528-497, eliminating the players from the postseason.
The team had many missed opportunities. In the A game, Stuyvesant caught up with consecutive turkeys on its seventh to ninth frames after three members of New Utrecht’s A team bowled turkeys (three consecutive strikes) in their first three frames. Yang, with 10 strikes and 247 points, led the team in scoring. Sophomore Leo Ernst followed with a 167, senior Scott Ritter with a 139, and junior Simon Man with a 169.
New Utrecht took the lead in game A by closing its last frames with strikes, finishing 175 pins higher than their average.
Before its loss to New Utrecht, Stuyvesant was undefeated in the division, 13-0. Several of Stuyvesant’s bowlers also performed at the Manhattan Borough Individuals Championship Tuesday, November 13. Ernst won first place while Man and Ritter took third place and fifth place respectively.
After his first year coaching the boys’ bowling team, coach Timothy Pon already has plans for next year. “I will try to set up scrimmages with some of the better teams, like Brooklyn Tech and New Utrecht. Competing against better teams will make us better also,” he said.