The Erie Community College men's and women's bowling teams traveled to Utica, Feb. 19 for a chance at a regional title. While the men's team finished second, the women's team took third in a combined field of 14.
Two of the top three men's bowlers were brothers Tom and Ryan Kress, while Amy Feldman was the top women's bowler.
The Kats had six top-20 bowlers in all-events for the tournament. Four members of the men's team finished between positions 10-18, while the women's team held the 12th and 18th spots.
Tom Kress had the best individual finish at No. 10 in all-events with 1506. Amy Feldman led the women's team with 1311 and a 12th-place all-events finish.
Josh Large finished No. 13 in all-events with 1458, followed by Ryan Kress at No. 14 with 1458. The Kats held the No. 18 position in all-events for both men and women with Alex Weinreich (1410) and Chelsea Simmeth (1209).
The Kats had seven top-20 singles bowlers with five via the men's team and a pair from the women's team. Again it was Tom Kress leading the way at No. 13 with 762. The other four men's team members were clustered together at position's 17-20. Dan Streer (721) was 17th, followed by Large (717), Ryan Kress (708) and Griffin Garcia (702).
Feldman had the 15th spot for the women's team with 627, while Abby Smith was 17th with 622 in singles.
The men's team also had three pairs of doubles bowlers finish in the top-10. Ryan Kress and Weinreich were fifth with 1483, while two other Kat pairs finished tied for ninth. The Streer and Large combo equaled Garcia and Tom Kress, with each registering 1390. Also finishing ninth, but on the women's side were Feldman and Smith with 1236.
Schenectady County Community College captured both the men's and women's titles with 8934 and 8550, respectively. Although the men's team finished second with 8442, they did beat Schenectady in Baker play, 1132-1041. The women's team compiled 6551 in its third place finish behind Schenectady and Hudson Valley Community College (7591).
The second and third place team finishes allowed the Kats to collect a pair of team awards, however neither Kat teams garnered any individual regional recognition with top-three awards given for singles and doubles, and top-six awards given for all-events.