Division I Bound

- Brian Mariano

MHS seniors Allison Carola (left) and Lindsey Rosen (right) will bowl for Division I schools next year in college. (Photo courtesy: Don Carola)

Looking back to high school, we all think about the fun we had, the proms, the big games and the friends that we made over the four years. For Allison Carola and Lindsey Rosen, signing their letters of intent last week, is another event they will never forget.

Together for the last five years, winning three Section II championships, and leading their Lady Raiders to their first league title last season, the three time Colonial Council All-Stars will separate for the first time when moving onto “the big time”: Division I bowling programs. Carola will attend Monmouth College in New Jersey and Rosen will continue onto Louisiana Tech.

“I feel in love with (Monmouth)” said Carola. “I did not want to go too far away, I wanted my independence but wanted to be able to come home for a weekend if I wanted too.”

Carola puts the credit for most of her bowling accolades onto her family.

Friends and family were on hand for the letter signing ceremony. (Photo Courtesy: Don Carola)

“My parents and my grandmother were the ones that got me into bowling and have been there for everything,” Carola said.

Carola also competed in the Junior Gold Championships the past two years and says that they really prepared her for what college bowling will be like.

“It was very difficult at first but it made me realize that I needed to build an arsenal and that will help me in the future,” said Carola, who is averaging 199 so far this season and led the Rotterdam Invitational earlier last month with a 676 triple.

While Carola will be in New Jersey, Rosen will be in Louisiana. Rosen has been a mainstay on the lanes ever since 7th grade but over the past few years has begun to shine. So far this year, Rosen is averaging over 200. Despite leading Mechanicville in average this young season, Rosen also has two bigger goals for this season.

“I want to do the best I can but I want to go to states, I want the best for me and the team and that’s the goal,” Rosen said.

As did Carola, Rosen credits her parents for giving her the success she has now.

“Without them, none of this would be possible,” Rosen said.

Louisiana seemed the place that felt right for Rosen.

“They are so nice down there, they open doors and ask how your day is going while up here it seems that everyone is more concerned about themselves, I love the hospitality down there” she said.

Rosen and Carola with MHS girls bowling coach Joe Yankowski (Photo Courtesy: Don Carola)

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The MHS team is off to a hot start this season, four wins to their credit but a big match is set for Monday December 9th where they will face off against Colonial Council rivals Lansingburgh.

“This is a big step for the program” said Mechanicville girls coach Joe Yankowski. Carola and Rosen are the first two MHS bowlers to sign Division I letters of intent since Jessica DeCrescente did so back in the late 1990s.

With the season just beginning, this could start a promising trend for the Lady Raiders as they have a very young group including another Carola, Allison’s sister Abigail. It remains to be seen how far the Mechanicville Lady Raiders can this Lady Raiders team go this season. But with Rosen and Carola in the fold for one more go-round, prospects are high.

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