Johnstown’s Marshall headed to state tourney

JOHNSTOWN – For just the second time in school history, the Johnstown bowling team will send a bowler to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championship Tournament.

For the second time in school history, that bowler has the last name Marshall.

Three years after his cousin, Tommy, became the first Sir Bill to compete at the state tournament, Jim Marshall will be the second.

Jim Marshall punched his ticket to the state tourney, which will take place March 2-3 at Strike N Spare Lanes in Syracuse, by posting the second highest score in the Section II Tournament.

Jim Marshall rolled a six-game series of 1,412 during the Section II Class B Tournament last Wednesday at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady. Only Guilderland’s Austin Van Buren posted a higher total with a 1,420 in the Class A Tournament on Feb. 12 at Boulevard Bowl.

“I don’t know if I was surprised that he made It because I knew he was capable of it,” Johnstown coach Sarah Maiello said.

After rolling a 685 series in the morning session last Wednesday, Jim Marshall, a 17-year-old junior, said he felt like he had a chance at making the Section II state tournament team.

“After the morning session, I thought I had a chance because I usually do better in the afternoon,” he said. “I felt I had a better chance.”

Jim Marshall delivered, calmly bowling the second highest three-game series of the day with a 727 in the afternoon session to qualify for states.

“Usually pressure doesn’t affect me unless it’s something huge,” Jim Marshall said.

Only Mohonasen’s Jo Jo Scaccia, who rolled a 734, had a higher series in the Class B tourney.

Also qualifying for the Section II team were Bethlehem’s Pat DeVoe (1,363 pins), A.J. Indovina (1,358), Scaccia (1,334) and Queensbury’s Marc Lambert (1,331).

“The Section II team is going to have a few practices at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady,” Maiello said. “The oil pattern they used there in sectionals is the same one they’re going to use at the state tournament.”

Maiello, who is in her second season coaching in Johnstown, coached Bobby Sitterly at the state tournament when she coached at Fort Plain.

“I think he’ll be a contributor at the state tournament,” Maiello said of Marshall’s chances. “He just needs to keep his head on his shoulder and work on making adjustments when he needs to. I think he just needs to go out and bowl the lanes. I don’t want him thinking about numbers.”

Mohonasen won the Class B title with a total of 6,183 pins, while Lansingburgh (5,970 pins) was second and Hudson Falls (5,827) was third.

Broadalbin-Perth (5,562) was eighth, Johnstown (5,458) was 11th and Gloversville (5,089) was 17th.

Bowling is a big part of the Marshall family, as Jim’s grandfather, Jerry, once owned Kobuskie Lanes and Johnstown Bowling Center and had a big influence on his bowling career.

His father, Jerry Jr., bowls in several area leagues.

“My dad and grandpa have been big helps,” Jim Marshall said. “My dad is my biggest coach.?They’ve both played a big part. Bowling is kind of our family sport.”

Jim Marshall has a 217 average on the season with a high game of 267 and a high series of 752.

“I’m very proud of him,” Jerry Marshall Jr. said. “We’ve worked really hard. Most of credit goes to Jimmy, he’s been a natural.”

Jim?Marshall has been bowling for 12 years and used his first fingertip ball when he was 6.

“He bowled bumpers for one year, but he never touched the bumpers,” Jerry Marshall Jr.?said. “He made the varsity team in eighth grade.”

Jim Marshall said he is looking forward to competing at the state tournament.

“I’m very excited to get to know the people I’ll be bowling with,” he said. “It should be fun and I’m excited to have the chance to go to states.”