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SCHENECTADY — Whitehall senior Adrien Hollister said he felt he’d been leading up to this, but it’s still a pleasant surprise.

Hollister is believed to be the first Whitehall bowler ever to qualify for the State Bowling Championships, to be held this year on March 4-5 at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester.

Hollister rolled a 1328 series Tuesday at the Class C-D sectionals at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, which tied him for second place overall after classes A and C-D had competed. He still had to wait for Class B to bowl Thursday at Boulevard.

Once it was done, Hollister’s position hadn’t changed, and by finishing in the top six, he qualified for the Section II team, which will compete on March 5.

Guilderland, the Class A champion, will compete in the school division March 4.

“It was really nerve-wracking to wait a couple days to hear the results from (Thursday),” Hollister said. “All day today in school, I was, ‘Am I going or am I staying home?’”

Hollister rolled a three-game series of 653 before the lunch break, followed by a personal-best 675.

“I wasn’t familiar with (the oil pattern) at first, but then when I started bowling, it was somewhere close to a house shot, so I was able to figure it out, and made my spares, made good shots.

“I wasn’t expecting, at all, the score: a 220-plus average, on nothing less than house shot, really,” Hollister said. “Then I heard I had a chance to go to states in Rochester, and I was beyond excited.”

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