FMCC bowlers place at National tournament
BUFFALO — The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s and women’s bowling teams completed their season with a respectable showing at Nationals.
The men’s team finished 10th out of 20 teams and the ladies finished ninth out of 16.
“Conditions at Regionals and Nationals are very demanding,” FMCC coach Tom Rathbun said. “They bowl on a oil pattern that challenges the very best bowlers in the country and while it took a while for some to figure it, most of our bowlers did the best they could. With five of six bowlers eligible to return on both teams next year, I hope they gained some valuable experience that will pay off.”
Makayla Williams had the high series of the tournament among all FM bowlers with a very 550 triple on the final day. She posted scores of 157, 198, and a 195.
Other high single games for the women were Ally Colp 210, Kendra Sweet 192, Angel LaFreniere 176, Shayla Staves 149, and Shea Weaver 146.
“I did want a make note of the special contribution by freshman Angel LaFreniere of Fonda-Fultonville,” Rathbun said. “Angel bowled well above her average for the entire tournament and if she had not stepped up, there is no telling how much lower in the standings we would have finished. She answered the call, and I was very proud of just how far she has progressed this year.”
On the men’s side, the following were high scores for the tournament, Richard Taylor 214, Bryan Green 212, Charlie Cusano 200, Brandon Little 197, Robert Ward 168 and David Servello with a 164.
This was the final competition for second-year students and captains Kendra Sweet and Charlie Cusano.
“Those two were at the beginning of this program and have provided leadership and guidance that can’t be calculated,” Rathbun said. “They stayed with the program, while others did not and they will be sorely missed. I thank them so much for their contribution, I would wish them the best of luck but it’s not necessary, I know how successful they will be as they move on and become fine adult role models.”