With the NJCAA National Bowling Tournament less than a month away, the ECC men's bowling team continues to roll. Although the men have finished second in fields of 15 and 17, respectively, they have more importantly been the top team among those junior colleges they will compete against at the National Tournament in Buffalo.
With a 2016 NJCAA national finish of fifth, the Kats have consistently finished ahead of all the eastern teams ahead of them in last year's national tournament - that include last year's national champion Suffolk County Community College.
With Dan Streer leading the way, the team's depth is evident with any of its other members capable of stepping up to complement Streer's efforts and such was the case this past weekend. The Kats were good enough to claim one of the top-10 performances recognized by the Buffalo News in its College Power 10. A link for that story can be found here:https://buffalonews.com/2017/02/06/college-power-10-ub-sprinter-breaks-10-year-old-record-200/
In the Boulevard Bowling Class Invitational, Feb. 4, Streer took another all-events title with 1416 pins. The sophomore from Elma finished fourth in singles with 673 and second in doubles with 1290.
The Streer-led Kats were about 200 pins behind team tournament winner Rochester Institute of Technology (7235) with 7034.
At the Boulevard, it was Joshua Large who had a tremendous performance to compliment Streer. Large finished ahead of Streer in singles with 690 and just 10 pins behind the leader – Robert Shine of Westchester. Large finished ninth in doubles with 1184 and sixth in all-events with 1313.
Complementing Streer and Large in doubles play were Griffin Garcia and Tom Kress, respectively.
In the 23rd Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) Bowling Invitational, Feb. 5, the men's team finished second to William Patterson University in a field of 17 teams.
Although Streer was again the team's top bowler with 1207 and an 11th-place all-events finish, three of Streer's teammates finished ahead of him at singles and doubles collectively.
Eric Weinreich beat Streer (19th) by seven pins to finish as the top Kat bowler at singles with 606 and 16th overall. Kress and Large combined for a fourth-place finish in doubles with 1219, while Streer and Garcia finished 10th with 1149.
The doubles competition was fierce as William Patterson University took the top three spots in front of Erie's fourth-place finish by registering 14 of 18 games with scores of 200 or better.
Overall, three Kats finished in the top-20 at all-events. In addition to Streer, Kress was 18th with 1181 and Large was 20th with 1158. Kress had the second-best opening singles game at 255 and he and his twin brother Ryan, Large and Garcia were four of 25 bowlers to hit 200 or better in the singles opener in a field of more than 100.
The women's team finished fifth in both the Boulevard and SCCC classics in a field of eight with Abby Smith and Amy Feldman leading the way.
Feldman was the top Kat women's bowler at the Boulevard Classic with a 10th-place singles finish with 546, 20th-place all-events finish with 1045 and paired with Smith for a 10th-place doubles finish with 1039.
Smith was the top Kat women's bowler at the SCCC Classic with a fifth-place finish with 546, ninth-place finish in all-events with 1065, and paired with Chelsea Simmeth for an 11th-place finish with 968.