2017 NJSIAA Boys Team Championships


North Brunswick, NJ 02/17/17 – Last week’s Central Jersey Sectional at Bowlero Carolier was a harbinger of what would occur at the NJSIAA Team Championships. Of the eight squads who advanced from the Sectional, five (East Brunswick, South Brunswick, Monroe, Woodbridge, Manasquan) [Groups 1,3,4] came in 1 or 2 and two others [Group 2] finished 3-4. East Brunswick’s Bears exploded at the CJS with an astounding 3400; returning to the same venue six days later, they had to be considered favorites for at least the Group 4 crown. However, Central Jersey rival South Brunswick sprang from the gate with an 1105 and a 114 pin lead over the Bears; still down 45 sticks entering the finale, East Brunswick put together a tremendous 1116 to overtake the Vikings to win the Group and meet Group 2 champion Sussex Tech in the Tournament of Champions semi-finals. Nothing would stop the Bears now as they steamrolled past the Mustangs, 3-0 and prevailed over Group 1 champion Manasquan, 3-1 to earn the coveted TOC Title. High individual games: Montville’s Peter Ho and Woodbridge’s James Stoveken 290, Maple Shade’s Dan Kelly 289, South Brunswick’s Nick Delacruz 287, Lyndhurst’s James Podolsky, Indian Hills’ Jon Mormando 279 and Ryan Donohue 278, Fort Lee’s David Grant and Pompton Lakes’ Esteban Garcia 266.

North Jersey’s best squad efforts came from Pompton Lakes [Esteban Garcia 688, Nick Cilento 253] which led Group 1 till late in game three when the Cardinals were caught by Manasquan. Wayne Hills [Patrick Mayer 626] and Pascack Valley [Tom Smith 634] finished 3-4 in the power-packed Group 3.

Group 4: East Brunswick [991-1051-1116] 3166, South Brunswick [1105-990-1057] 3152, Shawnee 3103, Cherry Hill East 3097, Dickinson 2955, St Peter’s Prep 2773, Union 2683, Livingston 2655, Ridgewood 2580, Northern Highlands 2556. Group 3: Monroe Twp [1092-1083-1052] 3227, Woodbridge 3090, Wayne Hills 3018, Pascack Valley 2995, Toms River South 2943, Sparta 2928, Brick Twp 2884, Warren Hills 2878, Indian Hills 2825, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 2823. Group 2: Sussex Tech [963-1083-1064] 3110, Montville [1132-983-992] 3107, St Joseph (Met.) 3041, Ocean Twp 2968, Lacey 2870, Hawthorne, Lyndhurst 2839, Seneca 2812, Jefferson Twp 2690, Fort Lee 2662. Group 1: Manasquan [1005-1022-1083] 3110, Pompton Lakes 3040, Roselle Park 3039, Maple Shade 2970, Hudson Catholic 2933, Bishop Ahr 2756, Hasbrouck Heights 2720, Jonathan Dayton 2678, Becton 2662, Cinnaminson 2595. Baker Format TOC: Semis: East Brunswick 3 Sussex Tech 0, Manasquan 3 Monroe 2; Final: East Brunswick 3 Manasquan 1.

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2017 NJSIAA Boys Individual Tournament of Champions


North Brunswick, NJ 02/16/17 – Unfamiliar with Steinert? That’s because the school doesn’t have a bowling team. It didn’t stop junior Ryan Carlisi from entering Central Jersey’s state sectional tournament, hoping to be one of the fifteen boys to make the cut and punch a ticket to the state finals. The cut was high [668], but Ryan fired a strong 679 to finish eleventh and made his way to Bowlero Carolier yesterday to compete against some of the finest high school keglers in the state. A right-hander with a huge backswing, Carlisi had to put his foot to the metal and did so with one of the thirteen “700s” rolled among the eighteen qualifiers, a stellar 207-256-247: 710 which earned him the eleventh position. To reach the five-player stepladder, he had to make up fifty-one pins in the afternoon threesome, and responded with a tremendous 787 [249-279-259], catapulting him into the stepladder at position three where he won three games [716] to take the crown.

The numbers from these boys were off the charts: The cut-off for eighteen of the sixty-nine entrants was an astounding 686. Qualifying from North Jersey were: Fort Lee’s David Grant, who led the field [780] followed by Indian Hills’ Jared Duncan [773]; Dickinson’s Matt Burzynski was fourth [761], Dayton’s Evan Weinberg sixth 738, Morris Knolls’ Rob Murray tenth 716, Dumont’s Kyle Schellberg thirteenth 704, Bayonne’s Rashee Cole sixteenth 688, Fair Lawn’s Nick Greco seventeenth 687 and Roselle Park’s Aaron Heimall eighteenth 687. One would figure Grant and Duncan would reach the stepladder, but round two produced incredible scores from Egg Harbor’s Matt Stephens 290: 835, Woodbridge’s James Stoveken 812 and a strong 727 from Dayton’s Evan Weinberg which left David Grant [668] seven pins shy of the ladder. Duncan, whose first round second game of 290 earned him high game honors, shot 624 in the afternoon to finish ninth. Dumont’s Kyle Schellberg posted 670 to place twelfth and Fair Lawn’s Nick Greco 655 was good for fifteenth place.

Stepladder Five: #5 Weinberg 190-166 over #4 Steve Nicholsen [Jackson Memorial], #3 Carlisi 235-183 over #5 Weinberg, #3 Carlisi 237-217 over #2 Stoveken,  #3 Carlisi 244-213 over #1 Stephens.

Round 2 Top Five: Stephens 771-835 [1606], Stoveken 761-812 [1573], Carlisi 710-787 [1497], Nicholsen 728-752 [1480], Weinberg 738-717 [1455].

Other Round 1 Qualifiers: Anthony Mathis [Cherry Hill East] 734, Joseph Ocello [St Rose] 716, Cameron LaPlant [Stevens] 707, Jordan Shackleford [Westampton] 699 and Justin Pavlik [Ridge] 695.


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2017 NJSIAA Girls Individual Tournament of Champions


North Brunswick, NJ 02/16/17 – Jackson Memorial didn’t qualify for last week’s Team Championships, but the squad’s talented senior Aimee Sherman made the individual cut at the Sectionals and stormed her way yesterday to a state championship at Bowlero Carolier, edging rival Kamerin Peters of Toms River North, 194-192. Both girls possess the state’s highest averages and seeing them meet in the stepladder finals came as no surprise. Eighteen of the fifty-one entrants advanced from the morning three-game block to the afternoon threesome from which the top five would engage in the stepladder tournament. Six players from North Jersey advanced to the second round although none were able to scale the stepladder: St Mary’s [Elizabeth] Alize Stevenson 639, Hawthorne’s Madison Perry 636, Sparta’s Jaime Golden 631, Millburn’s Lauren Potechin 622, Warren Hills’ Kelcie Mannon 598 and Wayne Valley’s Claudine Rosca 583. South Jersey girls dominated the field, with four earning the top rungs of the ladder; the fifth slot went to defending champion Lanasia Neal from Central Jersey’s South Plainfield, thanks to her strong second round 278: 734.

Entering round two, Sherman was second, trailing front-runner Peters by twenty-three sticks; the two of them stayed that way, both firing blazing 730 sets, with Sherman setting an NJSIAA tournament record by crashing the pin deck with a 300 perfecto. As torrid as they were for the six games [Peters 250.5/game), Sherman (246.7), when they met in the finale, neither broke a deuce.

Stepladder Five: #4 Juliana Forbes [Brick Twp] 224-207 over #5 Lanasia Neal [South Plainfield]; Forbes 255-214 over #3 Katie Robb [Kingsway]; #2 Aimee Sherman [Jackson Memorial] 247-233 over #4 Forbes; #2 Sherman 194-192 over #1 Kamerin Peters [Toms River North].

Round 2 Top Five: Peters 237-290-246 [773], 247-237-246 [730]: 1503; Sherman 214-290-246 [750], 300-204-226 [730]: 1480; Robb 279-213-225 [717], 216-238-216 [670]: 1387; Forbes 184-248-229 [661], 193-258-263 [714]: 1375; Neal 193-193-236 [622], 228-228-278 [734]: 1356.

 Others not previously mentioned who also made the first round cut: Michelle Bello [Pennsauken] 692, Jill Stuart [Brick Memorial] 673, Samantha Salzone [Edison] 593, Sarah Orensky [Freehold Twp] 593 , Clare Chaffer [Freehold Twp] 588, Sarah Florence [Cedar Creek] 588 and Jenn Ingulli [Ocean Twp] 577.


2016-17 North Jersey H.S. Bowling Report


02/13/17 – All Division winners in both the Big North Conference [BNC] and the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference [NJIC] have been determined. All that remains are the NJSIAA Individual Boys/Girls Tournament of Champions on Wednesday morning and the Boys Team Championships on Friday, both conducted at Bowlero Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick. In March, the Bergen, Passaic and All North first and second team selections will be announced, along with the boy and girl North Jersey Bowler of the Year.

NJIC Coed Division Winners: Pompton Lakes [Colonial], Lyndhurst [Meadowlands], Park Ridge/Emerson [Patriot].

BNC Boys Division Winners: Fort Lee and Ridgefield Park [American], Indian Hills [Freedom], Fair Lawn [Independence], Clifton [Liberty], Pascack Valley [National], Mahwah [Patriot] and Bergen Catholic [United].

Top Boys’ Weighted Averages: Nick Cilento [PL] 223.1, David Grant [FtL] 220.9, Jared Duncan [IH] 220.2, Kyle Schellberg [Du] 219.2, Ryan Donohue [Lyn] 219.1, Derek Lewandowski [RP] 215.7, Johann Gamo [Cftn] 214.1, Ryan McGuire [IH] 211.0, Jon Mormando [IH] 210.7, Matt Myers [Rwd] 205.8, David Neil [PL] 205.4, Jordan Tse [Dem] 205.3, Nick Greco [FL] 204.5, Andrew Finke [WM] 203.8, Joe Paolillio [Cftn] 202.0, Trevor Deliantis [Bec] 201.6 and Henry Tipping [PV] 201.6.

BNC Girls Division Winners: Ridgefield Park [American], Hackensack [Freedom], Wayne Valley [Independence], Bergen Tech [Liberty], Teaneck [National], Ramsey [Patriot] and AHA (Holy Angels) [United].

Top Girls’ Weighted Averages: Madison Perry [Haw] 199.2, Gabby Pangaro [Cftn] 194.3, Kristen Kane [PC] 193.7, Danielle Quitola [RP] 191.5, Emily Mamunes [NH] 188.9, Tiffany Sucero [AHA] 187.5, Arielle Wallace [Hack] 185.3, Marissa Cosentini [WV] 185.2, Alexa Hernandez [AHA] 181.5, Claudine Rosca [WV] 181.2, Mia Aish [Tea] 178.7, Olivia Wank [BT] 178.6, Margaux Lesser [Tea] 178.4, Tyla D’Andrea [Lyn] 176.5, Victoria Vucak [PC] 173.9, Kristen Benavente [WW] 171.7, Gail Kelly [Tea] 171.0 and Gabrielle Capalad [Leo] 170.6.

Bear in mind the weighted averages are not yet official and may vary somewhat.  Good luck to all the boys/girls individual entrants on Wednesday and to the boys’ teams on Friday.

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2016-17 North Jersey H.S. Bowling Report


Hackensack, NJ 0 2/12/17 – A number of entrants performed markedly better in Saturday’s Boys North 1A Sectional Tournament than they did in the County event. The highlight of the morning was Northern Highlands’ junior Will Cunningham sandwiching a perfect game between two deuces to record 746, the day’s best threesome as Northern Highlands, which failed to make the eight-team cut in the County Tournament, cruised to the Group 4 title, earning a trip to the State Team Championships next Friday at Bowlero Carolier in North Brunswick. Indian Hills, runner-up to Pascack Valley a fortnight ago, broke loose for 3103 to capture Group 3 as the Braves were spearheaded by Jared Duncan 251: 702 and Ryan McGuire 664. Fort Lee, behind Luke Athanassopoulos 658 and David Grant 646, struck the leaderboard with 2945, the day’s second best set, to win Group 2 and Hasbrouck Heights cashed in on senior Justin Rinaldi’s 644 to take Group 1. The top two squads in each of the four divisions and the twelve boys with the top sets punched their tickets for the NJSIAA Tournament next week.

Team Results – Group 1: Hasbrouck Heights 2668 [884-861-923], Becton 2606, North Arlington 2591, Palisades Park 2255, Bergen Charter 2219, Queen of Peace 2168, Leonia 2128, Midland Park 1892, Wallington 1847.

Group 2: Fort Lee 2945 [938-1042-965], Lyndhurst 2711, Dumont 2595, St Joseph 2584, Ramsey 2556, Westwood 2541, Glen Rock 2523, Mahwah 2492, Pascack Hills 2452, Park Ridge/Emerson 2289.

Group 3: Indian Hills 3103 [10431070-990], Pascack Valley 2857, Ridgefield Park 2791, NV/Demarest 2790, Bergenfield 2611, Paramus 2426, Ramapo 2358, Garfield 2236, Tenafly 2130, River Dell 1933.

Group 4: Northern Highlands 2925 [918-1050-957], Ridgewood 2774, Fair Lawn 2746, Bergen Catholic 2728, Bergen Tech 2520, Teaneck 2450, Hackensack 2437, Don Bosco 2416, Paramus Catholic 2341, Old Tappan 2232.

Individual Qualifiers:  Will Cunningham [NH] 746, Jared Duncan [IH] 702, Kyle Schellberg [Du] 694, Matt Myers [Rwd] 680, Henry Tipping [PV] 675, Ryan McGuire [IH] 664, Luke Athanassopoulos [FtL] 658, Nick Greco [FL] 648, Eric Weiss [Bfld] 646, David Grant [FtL] 646, Justin Rinaldi [HH] 644, Derek Lewandowski [RP] 642.

High Games: Will Cunningham 300, Henry Tipping 268, Matt Carbone [GR] 254.

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2016-17 North Jersey H.S. Bowling Report


North Brunswick, NJ 02/10/17 – At the State Team Championships at Bowlero Carolier, the Warren Hills girls’ quintet continued where they left off last week when they captured the North Jersey Sectionals Group 3 title by not skipping a beat and coasted to the NJSIAA Group 3 crown with a stunning 2949 set, the high threesome of the tournament and recipient of the Tournament of Champions top seed. They would play fourth seed Westwood which held off Carteret and Ramsey to snare their second Group 1 title in three years. Powerful Brick Memorial held off a challenge from Toms River North to grab the Group 4 crown and gain the second seed pitting them against third seed AHA [Holy Angels] which outdistanced Ocean Township to take the Group 2 title.

In the afternoon best of five Baker games semi-finals, AHA shocked Brick Memorial 3-1 while Warren Hills’ Blue Streaks sailed past Westwood, 3-0. In the Championship faceoff, the Blue Streaks were not to be denied, stopping AHA, 3-1 to become the first North Jersey entrant to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.

Team Statistics – Group 1: Westwood 2457, Carteret 2412, Ramsey 2409, Matawan 2236, Donovan Catholic 2011, Collingswood 1967.

Group 2: AHA 2722, Ocean Twp 2622, Manchester Twp 2471, Colts Neck 2371, NV/Demarest 2183, Lacey 2153.

Group 3: Warren Hills 2949, Brick Twp 2630, Edison 2626, Toms River South 2538, Freehold Twp 2474, Teaneck 2381.

Group 4: Brick Memorial 2824, Toms River North 2689, Howell 2549, East Brunswick 2323, Bergen Tech 2269, Kearny 2259.

Tournament of Champions [best 3 of 5 Baker games]

Semi-Finals: Warren Hills 3 Westwood 0, AHA 3 Brick Memorial 1

Championship: Warren Hills 3 AHA 1


Top Individual Games: Kamerin Peters [Toms River North] 269, Jenna Henderson [Warren Hills] 247, Julianna Forbes [Brick Twp] 246, Touri Holmes [Edison] 246, Angela DiNallo [Ramsey] 246, Margaux Lesser [Teaneck] 234.

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2016-2017 Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League


West Haverstraw, NY 02-05-17 – In the afternoon’s highest scoring and tightest match at Hi-Tor, Montvale moved into second place with a 20-12 [3002-2999] triumph over Holiday I. The latter’s Alex McGuire joined the elite “200 average” club by fashioning a brilliant triple deuce 727 [247-259-221] to sit atop the day’s leaderboard. The Holiday I quarter collaborated on a four-deuce 921 middle game and seemed to have the match in hand, but Montvale’s Henry Tipping saved the best of his outstanding 718 for last, crushing the maples with 276 to lift his team in the finale. Henry’s other two games were 241-201 and he had ample help from Joseph Mahoney 629 [222-185-222], Chris Torres 201-204 and Michaella Raab 191-170. Assisting McGuire in Holiday I’s pounding of the pin decks were Jon Mormando 629 [224-235], David Neil 624 [233-214] and Angela Dinallo 213-191.

Fourth place Lodi closed to within five points of Holiday II by stopping the latter, 23-9 [2862-2769]. Spearheading the offense was anchor Steve Plaszky 662 [258-192-212] and Madison Perry 603 [227-197] with chip-ins from Hunter Perry 213 and Hassan Izzard 184-182. Holiday II received a superlative effort from southpaw Jared Duncan 695 [206-254-235] to go along with Tom Chamberlain’s triple deuce 631 [206-208-217] and Devin Crowley’s 206-197.

The New York entrants faced off against each other on their home turf with Hi-Tor II escaping with a 17-15 [2807-2816] win over league-leading Hi-Tor I. Isabella Palamaro 648 [243-218], Dylan Bulusan 214: 581 and Annamarie Zayas 191 were the top numbers for the victors; rolling well for Hi-Tor I were Matthew Cona 659 [230-203-226], Brandon Smith 626 [227-206-193], Johnny Toscano 219: 615 and Nicholas Sparta with a stellar 246.

For the first time this season, two opponents split the thirty-two points, with T-Bowl’s strong finish offsetting the two games won by Bowler City I. Both teams played short-handed, with the pair’s best threesome netted by BC I’s anchor Gabby Pangaro 223-219: 605. T-Bowl’s huge finale was sparked by Tom Luchetta 246 and Dylan Heinold 213.

In the afternoon’s lowest-scoring encounter, Bowler City II swept three games from Bowler City III, 25-7 [2846-2686]. Deuces for the victors came from Louis Ferrante 216, Arielle Wallace 202 and Victoria Vucak 202; BC III’s best came from David Grant 222 and Michael Bellafemini 207.




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