Camden squad leads bowlers into states

Published Mar 9, 2018 at 4:10pm

The Camden girls bowling team and three area bowlers will be joining the Section III composite teams at the state meet this weekend at the OnCenter in Syracuse.

The composite teams will begin their six-game set at 5 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the school bowling will take place at 8 a.m.

Camden’s girls team won the Section III crown for Division II, defeating runner-up New Hartford the score of 4,619 to 4,362.

The East Syracuse-Minoa squad will also be headed to the state meet after edging Rome Free Academy for the Division I crown at sectionals by the margin of 4,988 to 4,868.

Camden will be anchored by juniors Erin Bourgeois and Kylee Long. Bourgeois averages 190 while Long holds a 188 average. Other members of the Blue Devils roster include seniors Emily Norton and Laura Studebaker, juniors Amber Watkins and Daniela Nieto and eighth graders Emily Wines and Maryssa Parker.

“Going to states was our goal going into this season,” Camden head coach Jeffrey Klatt said. “We knew our potential based on our returning bowlers, and the girls worked very hard at improving their game each and every practice.”

After winning the first sectional girls bowling title in school history, Klatt said the Blue Devils still have some work to do.

“We have had a very successful season, but we still want more,” Klatt said. “This is the first time that a Camden girls bowling team has gone to states. We’ve had individuals go, but never a team.

“For us to bowl at a venue like the OnCenter, which is set up to host the USBC Open Championship, is a once in a lifetime experience for our kids. The girls are very excited and determined to bring home a state championship to Camden.”

Two Vernon-Verona-Sherrill bowlers, MacKenzie O’Herien and Bryce Betchel will be representing the Red Devils on the girls and boys composite teams, and Clinton’s Meghan Doris will join O’Herien on the girls team.

Betchel carried a 213 average for the Red Devils this season. Other members of the boys composite team are EJ O’Melia from Indian River, Tim Cloonan from Cicero-North Syracuse, Kaleb Elliot from Sauquoit Valley, Erc Carson from Oswego and Nick Hinshaw from Homer.

“I’m very proud of Bryce,” VVS boys head coach Pat Whipple said. “He’s worked very hard and he practices continuously on his game.”

O’Herien had a 202 average for the Red Devils and Doris carried a 206 average for the Warriors. Joining O’Herien and Doris on the girls composite team will be Jessica Birdslow from Solvay, Megan Guernsey and Alexis Ingersoll from Fulton and Kaylee Hodson from Auburn.

“We’re very proud of what MacKenzie has achieved this season,” VVS girls head coach Barbara Corrice said.

“It’s a great honor for her to be able to represent Section III at states.”