When the Schenectady County Community College men’s bowling team rolled to the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association championship on March 2 in Buffalo, it had to take down perennial power Vincennes University of Indiana in the process.
SCCC defeated the two-time defending national champions by a score of 13,500 to 13,343 for the title.
Vincennes, which has its own bowling lanes on campus, is the only school in the country that offers a bowling management and technology degree program.
Meanwhile, the SCCC women’s team placed fifth in the tournament. Ray Ross, who has coached both teams for 20 years, was named Coach of the Year.
The SCCC Board of Trustees and President Quintin Bullock honored both teams for their successful seasons.
“We are very proud of our men’s and women’s bowling teams for their successful seasons. The hard work of our student athletes has paid off, specifically with Coach Ross and the men’s team bringing SCCC its first-ever national championship,” Bullock said.
Board Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw also congratulated the team on its accomplishments.
“As a mother of a student-athlete, I know how hard it can be to juggle books and the field of play. Therefore, I have a special appreciation for what the bowling teams have accomplished this season,” she said.
Members of the men’s team are Tyler Mocharie, Jeff Karabin, Corey Buckley, Zach Doty, Casey Schoonmaker, Jake Rivers and Tyler Smith.
The women’s team consists of Brittany Barkley, Stephanie Carson, Theresa Shufelt, Kayla Marois, Shelby Colegrove and Brittany Fahd.
In addition, Mocharie and Karabin were named to the 2013 NJCAA Men’s Bowling All-Americans.