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Army women, Air Force men take 2018 Armed Forces Bowling gold

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By STEVEN DINOTE

After taking a year off, Army Staff Sgt. Rose Aguiliar of Fort Bliss, Texas captured her fifth women’s gold medal and Staff Sgt. James McTaggart of Creech AFB, Nevada repeated as champion in the
2018 Armed Forces Bowling Championship
at Fort Lee, Va. from April 13-17.

Aguiliar dominated the tournament rolling 3,368 pins to capture gold. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephanie Parsolano and PeTen Strike Bowling Center
at Fort Lee, Va. from 13-17 April. The annual tournament features doubles, mixed doubles, individuals and team challenges.

Army Women took team gold scoring 16,822 pins, with Navy scoring 16,533 pins for team silver. Air Force took third place scoring 15,584 pins.

On the Men’s side, McTaggart’s gold medal performance came down to the wire with the top four bowlers in the hunt for first place. Army Staff Sgt. Allan Smith of Fort Hood, Texas held a strong lead after the first two challenges by nearly 70 pins, but after the mixed doubles challenge, McTaggart bested smith by five pins to capture gold with 3,556 pins.

Smith took silver scoring 3,551 pins and Army teammate Staff Sgt. Chris Artebum of
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. scored 3,542 pins for the bronze.

Air Force dominated the men’s competition scoring 19,179 pins. Navy took silver rolling 18,500 pins followed by Air Force in third with 18,305 pins.

In the King and Queen Competition, Aguiliar squared off against McTaggart in a one-match winner take all. In the end, McTaggart’s 204 to Aguiliar’s 184 earned him top bowler honors for 2018.

The Armed Forces Bowling Championship features the best bowlers through the Service branches. Each Service conducted a qualification round to represent their branch at Fort Lee prior to the Armed Forces Championship.