Hudson Valley Bowling Teams Win Region III Championship

Women’s Bowling Team Snaps Erie’s 29-Year Streak

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, February 27, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College men’s and women’s bowling teams each captured the NJCAA Region III championship held Sunday in Utica and did it in impressive fashion.

For the first time in the history of the Region III bowling championship, one school captured the men’s and women’s team titles along with the singles, doubles and overall individual standings.

Hudson Valley’s men’s team won its fifth Region III title and the first since 1999 with a score of 10,572 – outdistancing second place Mohawk Valley Community College by 288 pins.

Four of the top six finishers on the men’s side were from Hudson Valley, including freshman John Ferraro (Kingston/Kingston High School) who took top overall honors with a 235.4 average over eight games. Freshman Ray Carhart (Ravena/Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School) captured the singles event and was second in the overall standings with a 234.3 average. Freshman Nick Harris (Latham/Shaker High School) was fourth with a 230.5 average and freshman Matt Garrity (Cohoes/Cohoes High School) finished sixth with a 225.4 overall average.

The Lady Vikings won their first-ever Region III championship with 10,063 pins, finishing 1,025 pins over second place Erie Community College. Erie had won every Region III bowling championship since 1977 prior to this year – a 29-year span.

Freshman Tia-Marie Stevens (Averill Park/Averill Park High School) averaged 234.9 over eight games to take first place in the overall standings. Freshman Kristen Koenig (Wynantskill/Catholic Central High School) was second with a 216.5 average and freshman Madison Spickler (Watervliet/Watervliet High School) finished fourth with a 212 average. Freshman Kristina Jenkins (East Greenbush/Columbia High School) rounded out the top five with a 207.5 average.

Hudson Valley will close out its season at the NJCAA Championship in Buffalo on March 10-11. The men’s team will be looking for its first national title. The women’s team will be searching for the second national championship and the first since 1995.

NJCAA Region III Bowling Championship Results

Men’s Team Rankings
1. Hudson Valley 10,572
2. Mohawk Valley 10,284
3. Adirondack 10,273
4. Erie 10,091
5. Schenectady 9,786
6. Columbia-Greene 6,713

Hudson Valley Men’s Overall Results
Pl. Name Pins Avg
1. John Ferraro 1,883 235.4
2. Ray Carhart 1,874 234.3
4. Nick Harris 1,844 230.5
6. Matt Garrity 1,803 225.4
16. Steve Caverly 1,720 215.0
25. Matt Lieberman 1,651 206.4
Men’s Singles Champ – Ray Carhart, Hudson Valley, 1,000 pins
Men’s Doubles Champ – Matt Garrity & John Ferraro, Hudson Valley, 1,881 pins
Men’s Overall Champ – John Ferraro, Hudson Valley, 1,883 pins

Women’s Team Rankings
1. Hudson Valley 10,063
2. Erie 9,038
3. Mohawk Valley 8,507
4. Adirondack 5,728

Hudson Valley Women’s Overall Results
Pl. Name Pins Avg
1. Tia-Marie Stevens 1,879 234.9
2. Kristen Koenig 1,732 216.5
4. Madison Spickler 1,696 212.0
5. Kristina Jenkins 1,660 207.5
8. Michelle Villenueve 1,593 199.1
11. Brenda Tilley 1,509 188.6
16. Jennifer Strom 1,445 180.6
Women’s Singles Champ – Tia-Marie Stevens, Hudson Valley, 903 pins
Women’s Doubles Champ – Tia-Marie Stevens & Kristina Jenkins, Hudson Valley, 1,824 pins
Women’s Overall Champ – Tia-Marie Stevens, Hudson Valley, 1,879 pins