WORCESTER — There will be no co-champion status for the Worcester Tech High bowling team.
The Eagles are solo champs — again.
Before most high school state championship games in other sports were canceled because of the coronavirus concerns, Worcester Tech captured its second straight title in early March at the AMF Lanes in Chicopee.
The top-seeded Eagles, competing among 12 schools in the A Division, defeated fourth-seeded Lee, 2-0, in a best-of-three semifinal series. In the finals, Worcester Tech triumphed over Wahconah High of Dalton, 2-1.
The Eagles, in addition to taking home the team championship trophy, had two bowlers win the singles titles — sophomore Mia Stolakis, who repeated as the girls’ state champion, and senior Paul West, who won the boys’ division.
“We’ve bowled against Wahconah in the finals for the last three years,” said Worcester Tech coach Ed Miner, who added that the team competition in the semifinals and final was conducted under the Baker Format rules, with the first bowler rolling frames 1 and 6, the second, frames 2 and 7 and so forth and the fifth bowler competing in frames 5 and 10.
In the final game against Wahconah, the Worcester Tech won by a slim margin, 208-205.
Other team members include seniors Ryan Smith and Janyce Pickett, junior Riley LaPerle, sophomore Anthony Cormier and freshman Ryan West.
“I’ve had a great group of kids with great talent,” Miner said. “We have kids who bowl all year long on their own, mixed with kids who have bowled for only a couple of years. The big thing this year that attributed to our success is that these kids jelled together as a team very well.”
As a team in the state tournament, the Eagles totaled 2,437 pins in the qualifying rounds earning the top seed. Wahconah was next, followed by Pittsfield and Lee.
In the regular season, competing in the Worcester Country High School Bowling League, the Eagles captured the title for the third straight year after scaling to first place in the final match of the 10-week season.
In the state singles finals at Chicopee, after rolling a 600 series in the qualifying games to make the third-seed, Stolakis, who bowls left-handed and averaged 209 in the regular season and 230 in the state tournament, defeated top-seeded McCann Tech’s Aleasia Yeaton from McCann Tech, 236-203.
Also in the state tournament, Stolakis broke the girls’ state high school single-game record with a 277.
“Winning as a team and in singles was just awesome,” said the 15-year-old Stolakis, whose older sister, Lexia, now bowling at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, won the state singles championship in 2018.
West, who finished in the top 10 at the state championship in the three previous years, soared to the No. 1 spot in his senior season, defeating Assabet’s David Ramirez-Granick in the final with a 257 total.
“This was the tournament I was really focused on winning this year,” said the 17-year-old West, who qualified as the third seed, after a three-game series of 190-248-222 for a 660 total.
West, who averaged 229 in the regular season, rolled a perfect 300 game last fall, and a 298 in high school competition this winter.
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