Panthers win all four points against Fort Edward

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — Going into Tuesday's match against Fort Edward, Hoosick Falls bowling coach James Lynch made it clear that the Flying Forts would be one of the best teams the Panthers would see all season.

Fort Edward came into the matchup with a 26-2 points record. It was safe to say Hoosick had a tough task on its hands to take down the Flying Forts.

Hoosick Falls came out strong though and they would win all three games and best Fort Edward in total pins to take all four points in the matchup.

The Panthers varsity bowlers would knock down 3,521 pins compared to the Flying Fort's 3,273.

The win moves Hoosick Falls' points record to an impressive 27-5, while Fort Edward falls to 26-6.

The top bowler for the Panthers was sophomore Owynn Arnold, who scored over 200 in all three of his games bowled Tuesday. Arnold's high-game was in game two, where he bowled a 247. For the match, he knocked down 686 total pins, which is also good for a season-best. His previous best series score was 663.

Lynch has been so impressed with Arnold's improvement throughout the early stages of the season.

"He had a huge day," said Lynch of Arnold's performance Tuesday. "He's grown a ton from last year to this year. It's been really fun to watch, but overall I couldn't be happier with everyone top to bottom."

The other Hoosick Falls varsity bowlers in the match were impressive as well. Freshman Erin McCart had her best series of the season, knocking down a total of 602 pins, while bowling a high-game of 233. That high-game falls just three pins less than her high-game for the season. McCart has knocked down the most pins of any female on the roster so far.

Senior AJ Hurlburt, who has been consistently been the Panthers top bowler all season, had a high-game of 224 and a series score of 585. That series score leaves him with a total of 9,701 pins on the season, so he should reach the 10,000-pin mark during the next match.

Sophomore Evan Webster had a high-game of 224 and a series score of 565. Eighth-grader Brody Mullen bowled a high-game of 196 and a series score of 564. Junior Meghan Backes bowled a high-game of 181 and a series score of 519.

Brenton DeLisle led Fort Edward with a high-game of 224 and a series score of 639.

Other top scores for Hoosick Falls included: Colin King 224-568, Colin Cipperly 220-567, Cassandra Hynd 211 and Ziena Hurlburt 176.

Top scores for Fort Edward included: Tyler Stone 258-617, Sophie Greco 203-542, Anthony Miller 204-536 and Bailey Brayman 192.

Lynch knows this is a major confidence-boosting win for his squad. Taking four points against a team he expected a tough matchup against, has to feel good.

"This was an important matchup for us," Lynch said. "We lost a couple points earlier in the year that kind of woke us up. This is one of our biggest matches of the year and it's important that we bowl the way we did today."

Hoosick Falls finished 12 out of 25 teams in the Class C tournament last season and with the way they are trending right now, the Panthers figure to be a major threat come postseason time. Lynch credits his team's hard work as to what has led to their very successful early season stretch.

"They work very hard. We bowl a lot during the week, at least four days," Lynch said. "Today was a good example with spare-shooting. We pick up those spares and that's a real big difference for us."

Hoosick Falls is back in action Thursday when they take on Granville.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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