Bowling Teams Prepare For Nationals
CONTACT: Jeff Foley
(518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 1, 2002
Hudson Valley Community College's nationally ranked
men's and women's bowling teams will compete at the NJCAA national championships
on March 7 and 8. The tournament will be held at Erie Community College.
Hudson Valley's women are ranked No. 2 in the nation
among two-year colleges and Hudson Valley's men's squad is ranked third in the
country. Erie sits atop both polls.
At the recent NJCAA Region III tournament, both
Hudson Valley teams placed second.
Hudson Valley's Dan Ahl (Colonie H.S.)
averaged 229 per game to place second in the all-events category and earn First
Team All-Region III status. Ahl also averaged 219 during league play this season
to pin down First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference honors.
Additionally, at the Region III tourney, Ahl paired with
Joe Marro (Bethlehem H.S.) to capture the doubles title. The duo combined
to knock down 1,397 pins. Marro also rolled a 278 single game, tying a
season-high for the Mountain Valley Conference.
Erin Fagan (Columbia H.S.) teamed up with
Bridget Au Claire (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk H.S.) to capture the women's
doubles title at the Region III tourney. They bowled a combined 1,253.
Additionally, the following Lady Vikings were named First
Team All-Mountain Valley Conference athletes: Melissa Blair (Columbia
H.S.), who finished second on the season with a 204 average in league play;
Fagan, who was third with a 203 average; Megan Nault (Lansingburgh H.S.),
who took fourth with a 200 average; and Marie Boomhower
(Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk H.S.), who placed sixth with a 190 average.
Boomhower finished the regular-season with the highest single game (280) and
three-game series (734) in Mountain Valley Conference action.
Coach Joe Prest, who was inducted into the NJCAA
Bowling Hall of Fame in 2001, leads Hudson Valley's bowling teams.
In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic
teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the
NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series
and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team
earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop
squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings
earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III
performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.