FMCC bowlers turn in another strong showing

ILION — The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s and women’s bowling teams continued their winning ways Friday as they traveled to Ilion to compete in the second of three Mountain Valley Conference matches. 

The FMCC men posted an impressive team total of 3,065 in the first match but were bested by Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Adirondack. They still managed to grab three points towards their season total. Freshman Ethan Hadcock paced the Raiders with a three-game total of 633, followed closely by Bryan Green who posted a 631.

Captain Richard Taylor also posted a 600 series. Other high games for FMCC was Hunter Meher with a 255, Andy Sitterly 222, Zach Rinehart 214, Brandon King 198 and Brandon Little with a 181. 

In the second match, the men upped their game and improved their team total to 3152. That score was good enough to grab four of a possible five points, only losing to HVCC.

In this match, Taylor would pace the blue and green with a three-game total of 661, his high triple of the year. Hadcock continued his hot start with a total of 635 triple. Other 600 series were posted by Green with a 627, and Sitterly rolling a 608. High games were Meher 239, Little 222, and King rolling a 162.

The men now hold a three-point lead over HVCC and a four-point lead against SUNY Adirondack in Mountain Valley Conference play. 

The Lady Raiders grabbed all six available points as they put a two-point lead over Schenectady County Community College.

Captain Makayla Williams lead all the women with a three-game total of 604. Shayla Staves, who was recently named Raider Athlete of the Month, posted the second highest triple with a 535 total. Angel LaFreniere returned to form with a triple of 521. Also posting a 500 series was Rebecca VanDeusen, rolling a 506. Allie Borst rolled a high game of 149.

In the second match of the day, Williams once again paced FMCC with a 534 total. Other high scores were Borst 176, VanDeusen 175, LaFreniere 173 and Staves 151. 

“I was very satisfied with the results today. The men gave up some ground to HVCC in the standings but while we bowled well, on this day they bowled a little better. That happens from time to time but our bowlers continued to try hard to the end,’ FMCC coach Tom Rathbun said. “The women put a little distance between them and SCCC. Both teams have an opportunity to capture their first Conference title at HVCC on Feb. 12. That will be the final Conference match and we’ll be ready”

FMCC will be at Hilltop Bowl in Troy on Tuesday. The first match begins at 1 p.m.

By Paul Wager

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