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A Whole New Game

Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth square off in an in-person virtual contest

The Broadalbin-Perth and Amsterdam varsity bowling teams stare down each other as they prepare for their Foothills Council match Monday at Kelly's Imperial Lanes in Amsterdam. Even though the teams both call Imperial Lanes their home alleys, they had to bowl virtually. Broadalbin-Perth bowled as a team on lanes 5 through 8, while Amsterdam was within sight on lanes 11 through 14. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — The competition was the same, just in a little different setting.

Monday, the Broadalbin-Perth and Amsterdam bowling teams squared off against each other in a Foothills Council match at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes, the home house for both squads.

Due to COVID-19 mandates, the high school bowling teams have been able to compete –only virtually.

The teams each bowl at their home alleys, submit their scores to the league secretary and then find out who won.

No head-to-head competition. No knowing if you needed a mark to keep pace or the need to strike out to take home total.

The Broadalbin-Perth and Amsterdam varsity bowling teams warm-up for their Foothills Council match Monday at Kelly's Imperial Lanes in Amsterdam. Even though the teams both call Imperial Lanes their home alleys, they had to bowl virtually. Broadalbin-Perth bowled as a team on lanes 5 through 8, while Amsterdam was within sight on lanes 11 through 14. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

That changed Monday for the Patriots and Rams.

With Broadalbin-Perth bowing on lanes five through eight and Amsterdam on lanes 11 through 15, The teams were able to see each other, keep an eye on the scores, but not share the camaraderie they had been used to in the past.

“It is certainly different than in previous years,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Anthony Mucilli said. “We have a good relationship with coach [Mike] Miseno and the Amsterdam team. We will still be able to talk and text from a good social distance I will take a little glance over there but it is certainly different than in previous years.”

Coach Miseno agreed.

“Every match so far we have been here together just on separate lanes,” he said. “It is actually a little more entertaining when you can see your opponent. You can actually have some form of competition going on. Most of these kids bowl together on Saturday mornings so this is beautiful.”

Knowing the result at the end of the match is an oddity.

After the matches are complete, the coaches from around the league submit the scores from their home alleys to the league secretary who then figures out who won the scheduled match.

“We don’t keep an eye on anything. You just bowl as good as you can. You just do your thing,” Miseno said. “You don’t know [the results] until you pick up the scores. It is different without the competition there to get little adrenaline flowing.”

At the end of the match, Amsterdam came away with a 4-0 victory over the Patriots 3,228-2,873 total pins.

Jonathan Wolff led the Rams with his match-high 277-636 performance, while Donovan Lazier added a 220-585 effort. Matt Sawitzki finished with a 184-525 for the Rams, Patrick Hyam rolled a 212-521 and Mekhi Curry added a 179-500.

Broadalbin-Perth was paced by Derek Goebel with a 200-585 triple and Jennah Graham who finished with a 202-527.

Alex Filmer had a 177-495 for the Patriots and Andy Simons posted a 198-484.

“I am happy for the kids that they are able to be out here bowling and have some semblance of normalcy that we don’t have when we are taking on some of the schools up north.” Mucilli said. “It is good for them to have some competition at a proper social distance.”

Miseno said that bowling on your home alleys and not making the long rides north on a school bus to bowl against Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Queensbury and South Glens Falls in the middle of winter is not a bad thing, but “that is where the kids do build friendships and have the camaraderie that comes from playing high school sports.”

Reflecting on the rest of the season and the COVID-19 mandates, Miseno said, “It is different but in the grand scheme of things, we are just happy to be able to participate. Up until a couple weeks before the season we didn’t even know if we would have a season.”

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