He’s been on the varsity team since seventh grade, been to the state championships every year since eighth grade and owns both Section VI and New York State titles. What’s left for Chad Mee to prove?
Now on his farewell tour, carving out a legacy is all that remains for the Frontier senior. Picking up a few more titles certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Mee won the Section VI individual bowling title Thursday at AMF Thruway Lanes, piling up a six-game total of 1,359 pins that also powered Frontier to its second consecutive team championship. Mee beat second-place finisher Kyle Behr of North Tonawanda by 57 pins.
“I was confident. I struggled in the morning, but I fixed it in the afternoon,” Mee said. “I just went in with a mind-set to strike, and I struck a lot.”
Mee finished eight pins short of the individual title last year. He may have feared a similar fate Thursday after finishing the morning session in fifth place, but he came on strong with a 740 in the afternoon to take the title.
“I wanted to do better,” Mee said. “I really struggled in the morning. I thought I threw it well, but scores were low,” he said, adding he was hoping for at least a 1,400 or 1,450.
Behr, a junior, bowled his strongest in the morning. He led the pack with a 690 set at the break and bowled 612 in the afternoon for a 1,302 total.
“My first was just crazy big numbers. The second half was more realistic,” Behr said. “I got more tired in the afternoon, probably after my McDonald’s I had at halftime.”
That’s one theory for his fatigue. Another is that Behr broke the wrist on his bowling arm while snowboarding this winter and just had the cast removed last week.
“I don’t do rehab or anything, just some exercises on my own,” Behr said. “I bowled one game this year with the cast on because I needed one more game for sectionals, I was a game short.”
Behr said he bowled 211 with the cast on. Thursday he averaged 217.
He’ll have two more weeks to recover before the state tournament in West Babylon on March 1 and 2.
Connor LaJoy of Cheektowaga took third place overall with a 1,288 total, and teammate Dana Voytovich took fourth with 1,276. They’ll be joined at the state meet by Williamsville North’s Collin Hunt, Lew-Port’s Tyler Roskwitalsk and Performing Arts’ Chris McMillan.
Mee will compete with Frontier, the Class A champions (6,030 total pins), in the team event.
“We have a shot,” Mee said. “To win, we have to bowl a little better than we did today… we have to score probably like 400 or 500 pins better. It’s definitely doable.”
Cheektowaga took the Class B title with 5,760 pins, Tonawanda won C with 5,649 and Forestville won D with 5,093. Their seasons are over.
The girls Section VI championships are today at Thruway Lanes.