SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WETM) – The Express bowled their way to a state title on Friday.

The Elmira boys bowling team captured a Division I state title on Friday at the NYSPHSAA Bowling Championships at Strike N’ Spare Lanes in Syracuse. The Express brought home a state title with a six-game score of 6314. Hilton out of Section V finished in second with an overall score of 6263. The Express outscored Hilton by 100 pins in the final round to move into first place.

The Express were confident that they could win it all. “Going into it we knew that if we executed and did what we needed to do we would walk out of there with a trophy,” said Elmira junior Alex Smith. Express head coach Tim Crout says he is proud of the team and their effort. “It was one of the most awesome experiences that I’ve had coaching this sport and I can’t say enough about how hard these kids worked,” said Crout.

The Elmira girls bowling team placed fifth in Division I with a six-game score of 5064. Baldwinsville out of Section III won a Divison I state title with an overall score of 5680.