Coach Donna Fleury and Jordan McKee reflect on McKee’s Section VII record-setting day. McKee’s 750 series broke the old conference mark of 719. Her 279 game tied the record for high game.
Jordan McKee is a very good bowler. A three-time state championship tournament qualifier for the Ticonderoga High School girls team, McKee is an established kegler.
That didn’t prepare the Sentinel junior for Jan. 4. That day 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.
“I didn’t know it was a record until it was over,” McKee said of the match. “I knew 279 was a great game and I was doing well, but I had had no idea I was setting records. I was shocked.”
Although unaware of the records, McKee faced plenty of pressure. She started the match with nine straight strikes and was staring at a perfect game until missing a single pin in the 10th frame. She got that spare and finished with a strike for her 279 game.
“It was nerve racking,” McKee said of the possible 300 game. “I was pretty nervous; I was shaking. Some of my teammates tried to talk to me about a perfect game and I tried to talk about other stuff. I didn’t want to think about it.”
McKee came up just short of the perfect game, but she was on a roll. A 186 average bowler, she fired games of 279, 234 and 237.
“Bowlers try to find a target in the center of the lane, a mark,” Donna Fleury, Ti bowling coach said. “Jordan found her mark and hit it over and over. If a bowler can hit their mark 50 percent of time they’re doing well. She must have hit it 85-90 percent.”
McKee is one of the section’s top girl bowlers, but her record day caught her by surprise.
“There’s no way I could have expected that,” McKee said. “The match before I had one of my worst ever; I had a 493. But I was in a good mood all day (Jan. 4) and felt really good when the match started.”
Fleury, who once fired an 824 series, understands.
“You never know when it’s going to be your day,” Fleury said. “You just go out there and sometimes everything falls into place.”
McKee didn’t leave a single pin standing during her record day, making every spare.
The key moment in the record-setting match came in the 10th frame of the first game when McKee left a pin standing. She confidently got the spare and added another strike to close the game.
“When she picked up that spare I knew she had something special going,” Fleury said. “That was the biggest ball she threw.”
McKee started bowling to strengthen her arm for softball. She’s a pitcher for the Sentinel team. That was in eighth grade. Since then she has made her mark on the lanes. She was part of the Section VII Ticonderoga girls championship team three years ago, the only Ti team to win a section bowling title, and has twice been named a CVAC all star. She has advanced to the state championship tournament each of the last three years.
Fleury noted McKee gets better every year. Last season she averaged 169 a game. This year that average is up to 186 and climbing.