Thursday March 6, 2014 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
FRONTIER BOWLERS WIN STATES — Frontier’s state-championship winning-team included, from left, head coach John Cordier, Chad Mee, Justin Thomas, Nick Brooks, Nick DiFlavio, Ryan Harvey, Matt Kinn, Bryan Carson and coach Mark Scudder. Mee wins individual state championship
A number of the boys bowling coaches at the state tournament couldn’t believe the separation Frontier established by the end of the team championships.
The coaches expressed this John Cordier at the competition. The Frontier head coach would have been surprised himself, if he had not witnessed first-hand the maturation of the Falcons over the course of the past two seasons.
After winning a second straight team sectional title, the Frontier boys bowling team ran away with state championship, distancing itself by 336 pins over six games from the second-place finisher, at the tournament Saturday (March 1) at Babylon Lanes in Long Island. It is the school’s first state championship.
After sitting in fourth place following Game One, trailing by 20 pins, the Falcons jumped out to a 60-pin lead after the second game and led by 120 at the end of the morning session. From there, Cordier said his team “opened it up.”
“These kids continue to amaze,” Cordier said. “When they’re worried about their own bowling and are not distracted by anything else, nobody can beat them. They had a mutual toughness that was uncanny. They put their mind to it, and they steamrolled.”
Senior Chad Mee finished off one of the greatest high school bowling careers in Western New York with an individual state championship, knocking down 1,346 pins for a 224.33 average. Mee, who also notched a high-game of 248, has been to the state tournament, either individually or with the team, every year since his eighth grade season.
“Chad got to win as a team and I think he relishes that,” Cordier said. “He’s our anchor and he gets us the big scores, but it’s not just a one-man team.”
Frontier proved that, with junior Bryan Carson erupting for a 1,259 set (210 average) and steady senior Matt Kinn knocking down 1,165 pins. Senior Justin Thomas added a high game of 226 for Frontier. Also members of the seven-player team at states, which consisted of five upperclassmen, were sophomore Nick DiFlavio and seniors Ryan Harvey and Nick Brooks.
“The whole team is just so solid,” said Cordier, who also added that the entire group is also either high honor or honor students.
Similar to the improvements the team made from last to this season and it made over the course of this winter, Frontier only got better as the day went on at the state championships.
The Falcons also won the sectional title, by almost 300 pins, after finishing another unbeaten regular season during an ECIC Division I-title winning campaign.