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Carson rips up bowling lanes for Albany High

December 16, 2010

by Aoife Herbert

Bowling is a sport which typically goes unrecognized by the local media. For some it is a recreational hobby, for others it’s an enjoyable activity among friends. But, for Stephanie Carson and her family it’s an obsession.

A senior at Albany High School, Stephanie, 17, is the highest ranked bowler on her school team. Although the Falcons have a losing record (0-7), she is hopeful her impressive performances in the varsity league and her natural talent for the sport will earn her a scholarship at a Division 1 college.

“I’m clearly very passionate about bowling, I come from a bowling family which is where I learned all my skills,” Carson said Wednesday. “My mom and dad used to play in leagues, and we have always taken it quite serious. They have definitely been the biggest influences on me.”

Stephanie Carson- Key Member of Albany High School Falcons Bowling Team pictured at the Playdium Bowling Centre, 363 Ontario St. (Aoife Herbert)

The Falcons play their home games at the Playdium Bowling Centre at 363 Ontario St. where they took on Watervliet High School Wednesday afternoon in the girl’s varsity league. Carson outscored her Watervliet opponent Theresa Shufelt over the three rounds of bowling with a total score of 560 to 481. Still,  it was not enough to propel her team to success, and the Falcons succumbed to the Lady Cannoneers on a final point score of 28-4.

Despite the disappointing result, the team’s coach Nancy Madsen said she has a developing bunch of players who are enthusiastic, eager to learn and are gradually adapting to and learning the in’s and out’s of the game.

“We have great kids here who are doing a fine job. Obviously we are lagging behind the other schools because a lot more of their kids are practicing and playing in leagues on the weekends,” said Madsen. “Bowling is competing with other, more high profile sports such as basketball, soccer and softball but we’re doing okay”

Coach Madsen said Stephanie is “a stand-out performer” and praised her dedication and enthusiasm for the sport.

“Steph is a MVP at the school and holds the school record for high series and High Games, she’s very confident in her own ability and really encourages her teammates around her, it’s a tough sport to compete in at the highest level but I’m confident she will do very well,” Madsen said.

The Falcons will look to get their first win of the season on return from Christmas break when they come up against

The Albany High School Falcons Girls Bowling Team, pictured before their varsity game against Watervliet on December 15th (Aoife Herbert)

Bethlehem High School in a home game on Monday the 3rd of January at the Playdium Centre Complex. No doubt Carson will be a prominent player and one to watch as a shining prospect for the future.

See related story on The Pine Hills blog here:

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