Averill Park Sports By Isaac Joseph
AVERILL PARK – Hello Warrior fans, while all other winter sports continue to be on hold, our bowling teams continue their season with successful performances throughout the week.
On 1/4, the girls bowling team had a dominating 5-0 win versus Saratoga. Anna Wicks had a 513 series and a 208 high game for AP. The girls took their first loss of the season on 1/6 to Ballston Spa by a score of 1-4. Savana Rudolph bowled a high game of 204 and a high series of 567. Anna Wicks also had a 191 high game while Laney Brown had a 494 high series in the losing effort. The girls will take on Schenectady on 1/20 for their next match.
On 1/4, the boys bowling team dropped their match 0-5 against Saratoga. Hunter Willett bowled a high game of 214 and a high series of 604 in the loss. The boys team bounced back to defeat Albany by a score of 4-1 on 1/5. Parker Brown led the way for AP with a high series of 712 and a high game of 257. Tucker Cylkoff also bowled a career high game of 241 in the Warrior’s win. The boys bowling team will face CBA on 1/14 in their next match.
As always, Go Warriors!
Scholar Athlete of the Week By Tyler Michaels
AVERILL PARK -This Week’s Scholar Athlete is Lillian Bursey. Lilian plays tennis for the girls tennis team. Lillian began playing over the summer before her freshman year, and enjoyed the sport so much she signed up for the AP team that fall. Lillian has been on the team ever since. To prepare for the tennis season Lillian lifts weights and practices with her teammates all summer long. Lillian says her favorite part about her sport is “being able to be a part of a team and being with my friends.” Lillian also said that the most difficult part about her sport is staying positive throughout a match, and that even when the match isn’t going well, you need to keep a positive mindset. Tennis has helped Lillian learn to avoid overthinking and trust her skills during a match. Lillian hopes to continue playing tennis throughout her life and continue improving her skills as she plays more.
In addition to her athletic success, Lillian excels academically. Lillian has a 3.7 GPA while taking a rigorous course load, including Advanced Placement Government and Politics. Lillian is a member of the National Honor Society, and is the secretary of Student Council. To balance school and tennis Lillian found it helpful to stay organized. Lillian often makes a schedule to ensure she finishes everything that she needs to do.
Lillian’s friends and family have inspired her to work hard in school and in tennis. Lillian’s friends and teammates have always been there to support and encourage her. Lillian would advise younger athletes to “never give up and stay positive even when it is difficult.” After high school Lillian plans on going to college and getting her bachelors degree in psychology. After getting her degree Lillian hopes to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. We wish Lillian the best as she finishes her senior year and prepares for college.