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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — At bowling sectionals last month, Midlakes sophomore Emma Monagle rolled the game of her life. She bowled a 268, 43 more pins than her previous best. It was good for the top game in Class C and earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team.

It just came out of the blue, I had no clue I would get that high,” said Monagle. “When I turned around and looked at the score I was like, ‘Did I seriously just get that?’ I was blown out of my mind for at least three days afterward.”

Monagle started bowling just three years ago, when Midlakes started a bowling team in 2020 because other sports couldn’t compete right away during the COVID pandemic.

“When we started the first year we were just looking for numbers and she had never bowled before and I pretty much told [her and her friend] that you’re going to be on the team,” said Scott Monagle, Emma’s father and the Midlakes bowling coach.

Scott says with a smile that Emma’s reaction was complete shock and horror, however it’s now her passion.

“They bowl in tournaments and youth leagues and it’s taken off for them,” said Scott.

Her newness to the game isn’t the only reason why her achievement is so remarkable.

“It’s just been a better year than it has been in the past,” said Emma.

In the summer of 2022, Emma was camping with her family when she noticed bruises on her legs. She was tired and lethargic. Her family knew something was wrong.

After a doctor’s visit, she was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital for tests. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“I don’t know if I have words to describe what I felt those first few days,” said Scott Monagle. “It was almost not real, I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Thankfully, her type of leukemia is very treatable, but that meant chemotherapy and long hospital stays, including the first month after she was diagnosed

“It was an emotional rollercoaster for sure,” said Scott Monagle. “There were definitely high highs and low lows throughout the entire process. It breaks your heart some days to see her laying there not being able to do much.”

“All you have to do is just wait it out,” said Emma. “Every time I would get sick, I would have to go to the hospital and I did not want to be there because I wanted to spend time with my family and friends. I don’t want to be in a hospital bed all the time.”

“I think it taught us a lot about her and her perseverance and willingness to go above and beyond what most kids have to deal with,” said Scott Monagle.

Emma wasn’t able to bowl in all of her team’s matches last year, but she was always included. She joined her teammates and friends for their pregame huddles on FaceTime, letting her know they were in her corner.

“It was great to stand back both as a coach and a father to see them include her in all the activities that they possibly could,” said Scott Monagle.

“When they sent a bunch of get-well texts and cards, it made me feel like I wasn’t just sitting there alone going through this,” said Emma.

This year, Emma was with her friends for every single game this season, including her record-breaking performance at sectionals.

“I was always up there able to give her the high-fives first,’ said Midlakes sophomore Emileigh Cardin. “I will say she left some handmarks on my hands from how hard she high-fived. But that’s okay, it was nice seeing her happy and excited.”

Emma hopes to be done with treatments in December, setting herself up for another successful bowling season.

​ CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) — At bowling sectionals last month, Midlakes sophomore Emma Monagle rolled the game of her life. She bowled a 268, 43 more pins than her previous best. It was good for the top game in Class C and earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team.

It just came out of the blue, I had no clue I would get that high,” said Monagle. “When I turned around and looked at the score I was like, ‘Did I seriously just get that?’ I was blown out of my mind for at least three days afterward.”

Monagle started bowling just three years ago, when Midlakes started a bowling team in 2020 because other sports couldn’t compete right away during the COVID pandemic.

“When we started the first year we were just looking for numbers and she had never bowled before and I pretty much told [her and her friend] that you’re going to be on the team,” said Scott Monagle, Emma’s father and the Midlakes bowling coach.

Scott says with a smile that Emma’s reaction was complete shock and horror, however it’s now her passion.

“They bowl in tournaments and youth leagues and it’s taken off for them,” said Scott.

Her newness to the game isn’t the only reason why her achievement is so remarkable.

“It’s just been a better year than it has been in the past,” said Emma.

In the summer of 2022, Emma was camping with her family when she noticed bruises on her legs. She was tired and lethargic. Her family knew something was wrong.

After a doctor’s visit, she was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital for tests. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“I don’t know if I have words to describe what I felt those first few days,” said Scott Monagle. “It was almost not real, I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Thankfully, her type of leukemia is very treatable, but that meant chemotherapy and long hospital stays, including the first month after she was diagnosed

“It was an emotional rollercoaster for sure,” said Scott Monagle. “There were definitely high highs and low lows throughout the entire process. It breaks your heart some days to see her laying there not being able to do much.”

“All you have to do is just wait it out,” said Emma. “Every time I would get sick, I would have to go to the hospital and I did not want to be there because I wanted to spend time with my family and friends. I don’t want to be in a hospital bed all the time.”

“I think it taught us a lot about her and her perseverance and willingness to go above and beyond what most kids have to deal with,” said Scott Monagle.

Emma wasn’t able to bowl in all of her team’s matches last year, but she was always included. She joined her teammates and friends for their pregame huddles on FaceTime, letting her know they were in her corner.

“It was great to stand back both as a coach and a father to see them include her in all the activities that they possibly could,” said Scott Monagle.

“When they sent a bunch of get-well texts and cards, it made me feel like I wasn’t just sitting there alone going through this,” said Emma.

This year, Emma was with her friends for every single game this season, including her record-breaking performance at sectionals.

“I was always up there able to give her the high-fives first,’ said Midlakes sophomore Emileigh Cardin. “I will say she left some handmarks on my hands from how hard she high-fived. But that’s okay, it was nice seeing her happy and excited.”

Emma hopes to be done with treatments in December, setting herself up for another successful bowling season. Read More High School SportsRochesterFirst  

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