By Ashley M. Casey
G. Ray Bodley High School senior Mikayla Guernsey led the Section III all-star girls’ bowling team to victory at the state title championship March 2 on Long Island.
Section III girls won over Section VI by 53 pins with a score of 5772. The boys’ Section III team came in third place behind Sections XI and VIII.
Guernsey, 17, averaged a score of 213.33 over six games at Babylon Lanes in West Babylon, N.Y. Hers was the highest average of the six girls on her team and of the whole girls’ championship.
Guernsey’s fellow Fultonian and all-star teammate, Kate Ely, a junior at G. Ray Bodley, averaged 158.50.
Another Fulton junior, Kyle Denson, averaged 174.16 with the Section III boys’ all-star team.
“It was really, really cool … getting to compete against other people we don’t usually compete against (and) meeting new people,” Guernsey said of the state championship.
“We knew we had a really good chance, but I didn’t think we were going to win,” she added. “I was surprised — we were very happy.”
As a graduating senior, Guernsey said she will miss her teammates and the “close bonding” they have shared over her high school career.
“We’re all close friends, so I’m going to miss that a lot,” she said.
Guernsey’s father, Mike Guernsey, said the Fulton bowling coach is Mike Tryniski of Lakeview Lanes.
Mikayla Guernsey, who has been bowling since age 5, said she plans to study accounting at Robert Morris University in Chicago, Illinois.
She said the school is known for its bowling program.