Jordan McKee, left, is considered Ticonderoga High School’s best-ever bowler by her coach, Donna Fleury.
Jordan McKee joined the Ticonderoga High School bowling team to strengthen her arm for softball season. She ended her career as the top kegler in school history.
“She’s definitely the best I’ve ever coached,” said Donna Fleury, Ti High bowling coach the past 14 years. “When you look at what she’s accomplished, I don’t think you can argue that she’s the best. She’s taken it very seriously and it paid off.”
McKee, a senior, concluded her career at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association bowling championships in Syracuse March 2.
It marked McKee’s fifth trip the state championships — the most in school history. He earned a trip as an eighth grader when the Sentinels won the Section VII girls team title. She gone the past four years by qualifying as an individual.
Caitlin Patnode, Fleury’s daughter, reached the state championship four times for Ti.
“States can be pretty difficult,” McKee said. “There’s the travel and getting used to the different lanes. It’s competitive, but it’s fun, too. I just try to have a good time.”
McKee’s enjoyed success at the state level. Her 237 was the high game at the 2011 state championship.
She led Section VII bowlers at the state meet this year, rolling a high game of 229 and a six-game series of 1,065.
That’s not surprising. McKee has been Section VII’s top girl bowler the past two seasons. Her 186 average topped the region in 2011-12 as did her 190 average this season. At the Section VII championship meet this season McKee rolled a six game series total of 1,210, 29 pins ahead of the second place girl.
She’s also a section record holder.
Last season McKee rolled a record 750 series as Ti defeated Beekmantown in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference action. McKee’s 750 broke the old CVAC mark of 719, set by AuSable Valley's Savannah Ronfeldt.
McKee fired a 279-234-237-750 for the Sentinels.
Her 279 game tied the CVAC record for high game, which she now shares with Ronfeldt, Saranac’s Hillary Miner, Plattsburgh’s Stacy Steele and Beekmantown’s Ali Munson.
It’s been quite a career for a would-be basketball player. McKee played basketball as a seventh garde student before joining the bowling team.
“I’ve always bowled; I think I started when I was 5 years old,” McKee said. “I wanted to play basketball, but my coach suggested I bowl to get stronger for softball season.”
The move to bowling paid off. Not only has McKee made her mark as a kegler, she is one of the area’s top pitchers for the championship Ti High softball team.
“I think of myself as a bowler now,” she said. “I’ll always be a bowler. I really enjoy it. I definitely want to keep bowling.”
Apparently so. McKee has taken a job working at Ticonderoga’s Adirondack Lanes to be close to game. In the fall she plans to attend Maria College in Albany to study nursing.