Fayetteville State Bowling Reaches The 1,000-Win Plateau

Feb. 19, 2018

Baltimore, Md. – It was once said that Fayetteville State’s Bobby Henderson is a bowling institution. This statement was made in 2012 when the Broncos won its 600th game.

One would wonder, what will it take for the son of a professional bowler to become a legend in his own rights.

Fast-forward six years and recheck Bobby Henderson’s resume.

Fayetteville State University finished the 2016-17 season with a 66-11 overall record and its 16th consecutive conference divisional title. With 960 wins in 16 years, FSU has won three CIAA Championships with two NCAA Elite Eight Tournament appearances. Outside of the three titles, the Broncos have finished within the top-three of the conference tournament seven (7) times. There is also a long list of Coach of the Year accolades and CIAA Players of the Year and All-Conference honorees.

This past weekend, Fayetteville State traveled to Baltimore, Md. to participate in the fourth annual James Brown Invitational Bowling Tournament, hosted by Morgan State University.

The Broncos needed three wins in the tournament to reach the 1,000-Win plateau. FSU went winless (0-5) for the first day. The Broncos opened the second day with back-to-back wins over Norfolk State University and Belmont Abbey College.

Brittany Worthy (Durham, NC) was named to the 1st Team All-Tournament roster with the highest score of 252 and the second highest overall average of 210.80. She had three games of 225 or better.

One win away, Fayetteville State entered Sunday’s Championship Bracket ranked 12th with a 170.2 pin average and a 2-7 tournament record. The Broncos lost the first round 817-697 to No. 11 Mount Aloysius College. FSU failed to reach its mark in the second round with a 781-689 loss to No. 13 Belmont Abbey.



In the final round of the best 4-out-of-7 tournament, Fayetteville State captured the first two frames against Coppin State University 186-152 and 165-161. The Eagles won the third frame 176-174. The Broncos took a two-frame lead (3-1) with a 199-146 fourth frame.

Although there are two more tournaments and a possible appearance in the NCAA Tournament left on the schedule, Bobby Henderson will not have the pressure of winning his 1,000-victory looming over his head.

For Fayetteville won the last match of the tournament with a 169-125 frame over Coppin State and an overall 893-760 score.

The “Bowling Institution” now has a career record of 1,000 wins and 265 losses. The Broncos are primed to win its 17th conference divisional title with a 23-0 record.

After the final regular-season conference tournament during the weekend of March 9th thru 11th, Fayetteville State will shoot for its fourth title at the CIAA Championships in Chesapeake, Va. from March 22nd – 24th.


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