Open Mike: Falcons domination on state lanes a feat to marvel
Thursday March 6, 2014 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
John Cordier was trying to take a second to catch his breath Monday (March 3).
Back at work as a physical education teacher at Frontier High School, he had just returned from states late the day prior and was attempting to put the final touches on the planning for his bowling team’s banquet the next day.
But there was a special accomplishment helping to will him through the day, just as it probably was his bowlers. That feat — the state championship the team had just won Saturday.
It marks the first state title for Frontier. And it couldn’t come from a better team, considering how fiercely this group went after it. The Falcons went up against the best in the state and won with such ease.
“I don’t think people can appreciate how good they are and what they were able to do,” Cordier said. “It’s unheard of. It was crazy.”
The Falcons have been so good, they’ve had the uncanny ability to intimidate opponents just by simply doing what they do on the lanes.
Cordier said after building a 120-pin lead following the morning session, Frontier was paired off against the second-place team in the lane beside it. By the time the afternoon sessions were done, the Falcons not only ran away with the title — by more than 300 pins, but their foe in the lanes next to them fell to third.
“They have the ability to demoralize opponents next to them,” Cordier noted.
The scores are traditionally low at states due to more difficult oil patterns set up on the lanes, but Cordier and his team were never troubled by what they would face.
“They’re so smart with their games that I know they can make the proper adjustments,” Cordier said. “I used to tell them if they were going to win a state title, they’d have to be a little lucky, but they weren’t lucky at all; they just were great.”
The greatest of them has been Chad Mee, who won the individual state championship in a remarkable fifth trip to the state tournament. The senior went individually from his eighth grade to 10th grade seasons and went as part of the team the past two years. Mee is also coming off his second overall Section VI title.
Personal accolades aside, Mee buying into the team concept may have been the catalyst of the Falcons reaching these heights. “He has so much knowledge of the game and is wiling to share it, which helps everyone,” Cordier said.
Even in an individualized sport, Cordier knew playing as a team would be the only way to get the group to the next level. It’s been Cordier’s two-year project to get them to play as a squad and his guys embraced what he’s been working to instill.
“They all work so well together and have built such a team camaraderie,” Cordier said. “They matured and peaked at the right time. They’ve always had talent but mentally they had to block out bad breaks or other’s good breaks. They’re so workmanlike.”
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