FMCC bowlers host match at Perry Lanes

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s and women’s bowling teams opened Mountain Valley Conference play in fine fashion Wednesday, as both teams found themselves in first place at the end of competition at Perry Lanes.

The Lady Raiders finished second in the opening round, finishing behind Schenectady County Community College, which has won the last four national championships.

Captain Makayla Williams paced FMCC with a 545 series. High single games were posted by Rebecca VanDeusen 169, Shayla Staves 163, Angel LaFreniere 149 and Allie Borst with a 146.

The Lady Raiders saved the best for last as they finished first in the second round. Williams was solid again with a 585 series and a high game of 254. The real spark for the women was Staves. She posted a personal best in the first game with a 204 but wasn’t satisfied with that and obliterated that score with a remarkable 253. Her series of 610 was also a personal best. Also contributing was Borst with a high game of 209, VanDeusen 185, and LaFreniere with a 141. The FMCC women are now tied withSchenectady County Community College for the conference lead.

The FMCC men enjoyed similar success posting the best overall team scores since the inception of the program three years ago. The combined team score in the first match was 3202, 150 pins better than the closest competitors, Mohawk Valley Community College and Hudson Valley Community College. Bryan Green paced the Raiders with a 741 series and a high game of 279, tying the highest score ever posted by a FMCC bowler. Charlie Cusano of Saratoga posted that similar score in the first year of the program. Green bested teammate Zach Rinehart by a single pin as he posted a 278 with a 641 series. Ethan Hadcock was ultra consistent by posting scores of 201, 201, and 203 for a 605 series. Captain Richard Taylor had a 579 series with a high game of 228. Other high games were Brandon Little, 224, Brandon King 192,and Hunter Meher 182.

In the second match, the FMCC men continued their hot pace with a 3,242 total, nearly 200 pins better than Herkimer. Little took charge for the Raiders and posted a team high series of 693, and a high game of 244. Hadcock improved his scores from the first match with a total of 673 and a high of 252. Rinehart also improved with a 651 series. Other high scores were Meher 228, King 226, Taylor 199, and Andy Sitterly with a 139.

“I was obviously impressed with the effort and production of both teams. Whenever we made a substitution for the men, that person posted a fine score. It was a total team effort,” FMCC coach Tom Rathbun said. “For the women, I can always count on Makayla, but what Shayla did on this day was something special, especially considering she was in a serious car accident just two days ago, I was so proud of her.”

The FMCC men garnered 10 out of a possible 10 points to lay claim to first place. There are four teams tied for second place with 5 points each. The women captured 5 of a possible 6 points and are tied with SCCC.

The Raiders will be back at it today as they travel to Ilion as Herkimer will host the second of three conference matches. The site is State Bowling Center in Ilion and the start time is 1 p.m.

By Paul Wager

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