Fort Edward Bowling

Fort Edward Bowlers have undefeated season.
Posted on 03/02/2021
Fort Edward Bowlers went undefeated this season! Congratulations everyone! 

Read the great write up by the Post Star below.

As coach Nelson Chase put it, Fort Edward will take a virtual championship over no season at all.

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing high school bowling teams to compete in “virtual matches” at their own home bowling centers, the Flying Forts were able to complete their season without a blemish.

On Wednesday, Fort Edward rolled to the Adirondack League championship to cap off an undefeated 48-0 season, believed to be a first for the small-school bowling power.

“All things considered, it was a fantastic season,” said Chase, who has coached Fort Edward for 23 years, in a phone interview. “We didn’t have anybody out sick, we have kids who are hybrid and kids who are remote, and they all kept coming back and executing.

“This gave the kids, particularly the seniors, a little bit of normal,” he added. “It’s not the same, but it’s something normal.”

For Fort Edward, just having a sport to play was a tribute to a hard-working booster club that stepped in when the school budget was defeated last summer.

“They raised thousands and thousands of dollars,” Chase said. “They came through big-time — and not just for sports, we wouldn’t have had a yearbook or a lot of things without them.”

Bowling at their Broadway Lanes home, the Forts racked up a total pinfall of 6,190, more than 1,100 pins more than runner-up Granville, which finished with 5,031. Lake George was third with 4,758.

Fort Edward’s Brenton DeLisle rolled the high six-game series of 1,368, followed by Lake George’s Garrett Dunsmore with a 1,284.

The Forts’ Edward Amell earned the award for a high triple of 692, followed by teammate Mark Humphreys with a 637 series. Whitehall’s Kaleb Lyman had the high single game of 247, with Fort Edward’s Andrew Fish and Granville’s Lane Mattison both rolling a 244.

Dillon Perkins, Chris Yasko and Isaac Virtue rounded out Fort Edward’s seven-man roster for Wednesday’s tournament.

“Our five strongest have all bowled in our Saturday (youth) program since they were young elementary school kids,” Chase said. “My No. 6, Chris Yasko, he’s mainly a basketball guy, but with no basketball to start the season, we said, ‘Go grab your bowling ball,’ and he did.”

Chase said the Adirondack League figured out a virtual season schedule shortly before bowling was announced as one of the “low-risk” high school sports that could start practice in December.

Bowling matches would be contested at each team’s home site, with scores reported and compared afterward.

“We made up a regular league schedule, but everything would be done at your home bowling center,” Chase said. “With Lake George, North Warren and Hadley-Luzerne all using the same center (Lake George Lanes & Games), I had to rotate it through them — they didn’t want more than two teams there at a time.”

Working with the area bowling centers, Chase came up with protocols to promote masks, social distancing and clean, assigned team areas. Bowling centers have installed plexiglass barriers between lanes and removed some seating to comply with state regulations.

“It looked different, but it’s way better than no season, no tournament,” Chase said.