Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League Update 02-22-15


Wayne, NJ 02-22-15 – A return to T-Bowl proved fruitful this go-around for the Stan Niemiec youth travelers who pounded the pins with regularity, resulting in a 740, a pair of 699s and a 689 among the nine “600s” delivered. Boonton’s anchor Karl Kattermann lifted his average to 206, sweeping the pin deck with 740, the day’s best threesome, forged with singles of 279-213-248. Other deuces posted for Boonton were Peter Hancock 224-230, Adam Gelvan 206-204 and Sean McGuire 206. However, after an awesome 913 net, 1120 start, Boonton had to settle for three points against North Arlington which came back to win the match, firing an impressive 877 net of its own; Jordan Lopez, who also struck for a pair of 225s in his 699 set, blasted 249, Haley Hassan 229 and Jenai Bacote 222 in that game.

Fair Lawn’s Steve Plaszky, currently holding 211, the league’s third best average, followed an opening game first frame spare with eleven strikes for 290, eclipsing a 289 he had rolled earlier in the season. He added deuces of 208-201 for a 699 set, powering the squad to five of seven points against Bowler City III, 2735-2639. Leading BC III with the only other “200” on the pair was Greg Khan 240, while teammates Nick Reyes and Tiffany Sucero added 190 and 180 respectively. In other contests,T-Bowl  was unable to generate much offense on its home lanes, with the only deuce a 221 from Matt Morris as the team was swept by pacesetting Bowler City I, 2866-2727. Unleashing a fierce foray on the plastic-coats, anchor Kyle Schellberg delivered 240-214-235: 689 in raising his league high average to 215 while mates’ Anthony Rizzo 230, JonMikal Sepero 222-197 and Janina Santoro 197 added to the carnage of the pin decks.

The two Holiday teams squared up with the defending champion Holiday I gang snaring five of seven points. The victors’ low game in ten of the twelve rolled was a 190, indicative of the team’s firepower: Ryan McGuire 212-215-224: 651, Nick Cilento 257-213: 622, Frank Magyar 204: 594 and David Neil 197-190. Short-handed Holiday II was led by Joe Malyack 238-213: 632 and Craig Oriente 193.

In pacing Bowler City II to a shutout of Lodi, Dean Edwards fired 226-213: 634, Matt Burzynski 203-196 and Emily Young 189. Best for Lodi was Chris Navarro’s fine effort: 231-206-210: 647. Closing out the session, Montvale scored well enough to sweep the seven points against the vacancy. Creditable numbers were produced by Chris Torres 203, Nick Fabiano 199-189 and Dan Sproviero 187.

























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2015 NJSIAA H.S. Bowling Boys Team Championships


North Brunswick, NJ 02-20-15 – The forty sectional winners and runnersup, ten in each of the four Groups, rolled a standard three-game block to determine the four winners who would advance to the aptly named Tournament of Champions. The four Group champs then paired off to roll three of five Baker style games, with top seed Lyndhurst [Group I: 3202] meeting fourth seed Rahway [Group II: 3042] and second seed Sayreville [Group III: 3146] matched against third seed Freehold Township [Group IV: 3118]. The latter shocked favored Sayreville, sweeping the Bombers, 3-0, while Lyndhurst squeaked past the Indians, 3-2 taking the tiebreaker, 208-199. In the championship match, Freehold, ahead two games to one and up by seven pins entering the final frame, appeared to have the overall title wrapped up in game four, but the unflappable Lyndhurst anchor Jordan Lopez delivered a double and nine-count to breathe new life into the Golden Bears who survived, 222-220 and then came back to close out the Patriots, 226-190, giving North Jersey its first overall state championship since Clifton won back in 2002.


Group I – Lyndhurst 1008-1105-1089: 3202, Pompton Lakes 2969*, Hudson Catholic 2871, Roselle Catholic 2853, Bishop Eustace 2726, North Arlington 2718, Keansburg 2706, Roselle Park 2705, New Egypt 2605 and Manasquan 2602. *an impressive showing by North Jersey’s Pompton Lakes which benefited by huge three-game sets from senior Frank Magyar 735 and sophomore Nick Cilento, this year’s individual state champion, 699.

Group II – Rahway 1011-855-1176*: 3042, Ewing 2959, Middletown North 2915, Johnson Regional 2866, Sussex Tech 2840, Westwood 2685, Burlington City 2667, Lenape Valley 2638, Atlantic Tech 2390 and Dumont 2338. *Scoring the tournament’s best game allowed the Indians to catch two-time defending group champion Ewing.

Group III – Sayreville 1148-994-1004: 3146, Sparta 2959*, Montville 2938, Cherry Hill West 2927, Indian Hills 2850, West Milford 2841, Warren Hills 2825, Woodbridge 2773, Paramus 2616 and Jackson Liberty 2495. * The NJAC’s Northern Division Spartans enjoyed a banner day, taking second place ahead of the NJAC’s Southern Division champs and defending state group champion Montville.

Group IV – Freehold Twp 1049-953-1116: 3118, Brick Memorial 3091, South Brunswick 3044, Lenape 2906, PCTI [Passaic Tech] 2899, Hopatcong 2865, Seton Hall Prep 2857, Linden 2802, Paramus Catholic 2773 and Demarest 2431.

High Individual Games – Lenape’s Matt Frei-Funk 277, Lyndhurst’s Ryan Donohue & North Arlington’s Tyler Keefe 269, Roselle Catholic’s Jim Gramiak & Freehold Twp’s Dylan Pittman 267.





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North Brunswick, NJ 02-19-15 – Judging by the telephone numbers posted  throughout the sectional matchups, one might anticipate tomorrow’s NJSIAA Team Championships to break scoring records. The four Group Champions that emerge from the three sections may well need to have posted 3300 scores. Let’s face it….3000 isn’t likely to win any Group; in sectional play, there were fifteen sets of three-game/five player matches that were over that mark.  Judging by those scores alone, one can project winners in each Group, but bowling is fickle; a team rolling 3000 one afternoon might not roll 2800 the next day. Still, let’s take a gander: Group I – Despite not being ranked in the star-ledger’s top twenty state teams prior to the sectionals, Bergen County powerhouse Lyndhurst should be an odds-on favorite to win; after all, they rolled a white-hot 1233-1147-1110: 3490 to blow away the competition in the North. Central champ Manasquan was also impressive in their title run, firing 3186 and no, the Blue Warriors weren’t state-ranked either. Makes one wonder what the star-ledger writers were thinking when compiling their rankings. Oh, they did list Roselle Catholic eighteenth and the Lions did capture the North II section with a 3096, but it would be an upset if any of the Group I state champs/runnersup outscored Lyndhurst’s Golden Bears.

Group II has powerful Ewing, although the Blue Devils aren’t in the top twenty either….interesting. Ewing upset favorite Glen Rock two years ago and locked up this group last year as well, so the Blue Devils, who won the Central title with an eye-opening 3421, should be considered the front-runner in tomorrow’s event.

Group III is loaded with talent, perhaps the most explosively challenging of the four Groups, from which an overall champion emerging would not be a surprise. All five section winners rolled better than 3000 to take home the hardware, among them defending champion Montville, ranked third in the state. Both the Mustangs and sixth ranked perennial power Sayerville are likely the favorites, but the dark horse quintet here could be Woodbridge or even Indian Hills, whose starting five all average better than 200/player.

Group IV favorite is likely South Champ Lenape who upset defending Tournament of Champions winner Brick Memorial with the other remarkable “3400” set, 3416-3046.  This should be a very competitive Group with largely overlooked PCTI very much in the mix along with Linden and Brick Memorial.

If nothing else, all these teams should provide plenty of excitement and who knows, perhaps a “3500” set will be posted. One can hardly forget Immaculata’s national record for a three game/five player set of 3608 rolled in league play in December of 2013. Best of luck to all the teams in the tournament; they are all champions, regardless of the final outcome.











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2015 NJSIAA Individual Boys & Girls H.S. Bowling Tournament


North Brunswick, NJ 02-18-15 – Last year, Bergen-Passaic had two boys reach the state stepladder finals with Glen Rock senior Jake Rollins establishing an NJSIAA record by posting a perfect game to win the title. Yesterday, Bergen-Passaic had eight players reach the second round, three of whom qualified for the stepladder big five. Pompton Lakes’ sophomore Nick Cilento earned the third seed with his 678-691: 1369, and fought his way to the final by stopping fifth seed Andrew Lazarchick of Brick Memorial, 235-211 and second seed Greg Khan of Bergenfield, 187-185. The final hurdle was no piece of cake, since sizzling top-seed Immaculata senior Gregory Tack was his opponent. Greg had earned the top spot by averaging 242+ in scorching Carolier with three-game blocks of 740 and 715. Predictably, the battle was nip and tuck with Cilento reaching the ninth frame a scant three sticks ahead. Outwardly cool as a cucumber, Cilento fired a closing four-bagger to shut out Tack, thus earning Bergen-Passaic a second consecutive state crown.

Edison senior Kayla Johnson had been there three times before; as a junior, she came up short and failed to get past round one. She was determined that this last shot would be her best effort and indeed it was as she garnered the top seed by two sticks with blocks of 682-601: 1283. Opening the championship match with a pair of strikes, Kayla took an early lead that she never relinquished, holding off third seed Tori Broughton Brick Memorial to capture the coveted title.

Stepladder Results:  Boys – Lazarchick over fourth seed Kyle Schellberg [Dumont] 243-224, Cilento 235-211 over Lazarchick, 187-185 over Khan and 238-214 over Tack. Girls – fourth seed McKenna Collier [Brick Memorial] edged Hopatcong’s Rhianna Smith 173-173 [58-48], but then fell to third seed teammate Tori Boughton, 165-159; Boughton stopped second seed Alize Stevenson [St Mary-Elizabeth], 235-223 before dropping the finale, 183-171 to Johnson.

Qualifiers: Boys – Tack 1455, Khan 1379, Cilento 1369, Schellberg 1340, Lazarchick 1335, Lyndhurst’s Daijon Smith 290-1329, Montville’s Erik Kattermann 268-1312, Rahway’s Darius Singletary 1301, Lyndhurst’s Jordan Lopez 1300, Lenape’s Matt Frei-Funk 1295, Jefferson’s Zak Watson 1283, Seton Hall Prep’s Marcus Regino 1278, Lyndhurst’s Ryan Donohue 1244, Wayne Valley’s Josh Spiegel 1219, Lenape’s Dean Klimek 1216, Roselle Catholic’s Jim Gramiak 1215,Woodbridge’s Kyle Bilawsky 1214 and West Milford’s Jeremy Scott 279-1213. Girls – Johnson 1283, Stevenson 1281, Boughton 268-1273, Collier 1269, Smith 1260, Brick Twp’s Vicky Spirio 1255, Brick Twp’s Nicole Aumack 1249, Woodbridge’s Deanna Calantoni 273-1234, Warren Hills’ Jenna Henderson 1234, Ewing’s Jessie Garzio 1229, Sparta’s Jamie Golden & Linden’s Sinoda Cook 1212, Carteret’s Alexis Policastro 1210, South Plainfield’s Rebecca Armand 1203, South Brunswick’s Amy Caruso 1198, Jackson’s Alexa Asta 1182, Brick Twp’s Brianna MacLeod & West Deptford’s Maddie Miller 1157.   North Brunswick’s Imari Perez had girls’ high game of 279.

To reach the state finals is an achievement in itself and all the student-athlete participants are to be congratulated for doing so. Best of luck to all the group champions in Friday’s team tournament.




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Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League Update 02-15-15


Fair Lawn, NJ 02-15-15 – The Stan Niemiec youth travelers visited Fair Lawn and rattled off forty-one deuces and eleven explosive “600s” in yet another impressive display of their talent. North Arlington bounded from the gate with a sizzling 914 net, led by Tyler Keefe 267, Chris Liloia 256 and Jordan Lopez 223 in steering clear of a hot Holiday I quartet; staying in the game throughout with a huge 856 net of its own, Holiday I dropped the torrid opener, 1091-1022. While all three games were competitive, North Arlington stayed a step ahead of its opponents, sweeping the match, 3013-2895. Jordan Lopez enjoyed the day’s best set by adding games of 206-247 for 676; Tyler Keefe followed his strong opener with 204-195 for 666 and Chris Liloia connected with 189-198 to finish with 643. High rollers for the potent Holiday I squad were the McGuire brothers, Alex with 223-200-211: 634 and Ryan 248-207: 622; Lilly Sigona chipped in with 202-191 and Nick Cilento put up a pair of 194s.

Aided by teammates’ Emily Young 195, George Held 193 and Arielle Wallace 183, Dickinson freshman Matt Burzynski carried Bowler City II to five of seven points against Holiday II by blitzing the pin deck with 234-266: 672. Pacing Holiday II were Al Chamberlain 210-210-240: 660 and Devin Crowley with 218. League-leading Bowler City I extended its lead by snaring seven points from the vacancy, triggering the onslaught with an opening game four-deuce 869 net. JonMikal Sepero and Kyle Schellberg led the charge with respective scores of 235-236: 664 and 206-211-224: 641; Kristen Kane and Janina Santoro pitched in, each rolling a 214 single. Nathan Tombo delivered a triple deuce 227-204-211: 642, Nick Reyes 203 and Tiffany Sucero 189, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Bowler City III from being shut out by T-Bowl, 2901-2811; the victors put together a consistent offense led by Patrick Mayer 213: 597, Joshua Spiegel 197: 570 and Matt Morris 195: 572. After taking the opener from Fair Lawn largely due to Karl Kattermann‘s 268 [he added a closing 209 for a 623 set] and Sean McGuire’s 208, Boonton got a big lift from 13-year-old Drew Gille; firing a season-best  225, Drew powered his team to a scant thirteen-pin second game win and five of seven points.  Matt Myers posted an opening 229 for Fair Lawn, but it was Hassan Izzard’s third game 223 that propelled the team to two points, edging Boonton, 958-940. Rounding out the session, Lodi rebounded from an opening game blowout loss to Montvale to roll stellar games of 1002-1010 and escape with four points. Sparking the comeback were Brandon Voorhees 219, Louis Ferrante 211-199 and Nick Ferrante 213. Twelve-year-old Michaella Raab broke loose with huge over average games of 192-202, a season high, and teammate James Reagan-Ward added 196-192 for Montvale.

























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North Jersey Individual & Team Qualifiers Head to Carolier 02/18, 02/20/15


 [02-16-15] – Wednesday and Friday are the respective individual boys/girls and boys team state championships. The sectionals were held last week and our North 1A and 1B representatives are as follows:

North 1A Sectional:  Group I – Lyndhurst [1233-1147-1110: 3490] and North Arlington [2858]; Group II – Westwood [967-944-1051: 2962] and Dumont [2700]; Group III – Indian Hills [1030-1012-1065: 3107] and Paramus [2925]; Group IV – Paramus Catholic [1032-959-980: 2971] and Demarest [2803].

Individual Qualifiers [Top Nine]: James Kane [Paramus Catholic] 748, Jordan Lopez [Lyndhurst] 728, Nathan Tombo [St Joseph (Mont)] 728, Daijon Smith [Lyndhurst[ 716, Greg Khan [Bergenfield] 699, Kyle Schellberg [Dumont] 697, Ryan McGuire [Indian Hills] 675, Zachary Seegers [Wallington] 669 and Ryan Donohue [Lyndhurst] 667.

North 1B Sectional: Group I – Pompton Lakes [1028-992-921: 2941] and Hudson Catholic [2838];  Group II – Sussex Tech [954-912-1029: 2895] and Lenape Valley [2734; Group III – West Milford [1052-1032-969: 3053] and Sparta [2922]; Group IV – PCTI (Passaic Tech) [962-963-923: 2848] and Hopatcong/Mt Olive [2693].

Individual Qualifiers [Top Nine]: Jeremy Scott [West Milford] 245: 685, Matt Rodriguez [St Peters Prep] 247: 683, Josh Spiegel [Wayne Valley] 236: 675, Ryan Scholz [Wallkill Valley] 253: 671, Joe Malyack [DePaul] 236: 666, Nick Cilento [Pompton Lakes] 278: 660, Chris Botta [Sparta] 225: 660, Matt Goldberg [West Milford] 267: 659 and Alex Vargas [Hudson Catholic] 235: 656.

Eight of Bergen-Passaic’s top ten ranked squads advanced along with North Arlington, Dumont and Demarest. The Star-Ledger’s Murphy Moroney and Liz Matakevich, apparently designated as part-time bowling reporters, keep missing the train. As recently as their “top twenty boys teams” on February 4th, neither Bergen-Passaic’s second and third ranked powerhouses’ PCTI and Lyndhurst made the list. The writers “heard about” a 1A sectional record being shattered and didn’t get that right either, crediting the record to Paramus Catholic rather than Lyndhurst. Lyndhurst’s remarkable score could possibly be an NJSIAA tournament record, but that is still being researched. Immaculata’s national high school five-player team record of 3608 established a year ago was a league match against Watchung Hills at Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in Green Brook.

Kudos to all of our student athlete keglers and nothing but the very best of luck in Wednesday’s Individual Tournament of Champions and Friday’s Team Tournament, both being held in North Brunswick at Carolier Lanes.








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 [North Brunswick 02-13-15] – With the wrap-up of regular league play this past week and the coinciding interlock of NJSIAA Sectionals, our Bergen-Passaic student athlete bowlers have been busy, to say the least.

Prior to yesterday’s North 1A Boys Sectionals at Bowler City, last Saturday’s team qualifiers among the girls already met the other sections Friday in North Brunswick, competing in the State Finals. Of the North’s eight representatives, it was conceded that the squads with the best chance for success were Warren Hills, Wayne Valley and Bergen-Passaic’s top ranked Westwood. Group III’s Wayne Valley finished a creditable third behind eventual Tournament of Champions winner Brick Township and talented North Brunswick. Group II’s Warren Hills had the North’s best pinfall, earning second place; the Blue Streaks [love the name] made sure group winner Manchester Township knew it was in a battle, but the favored Hawks prevailed by fifty-seven pins. We saved the best for last: at long last, a group crown for a northern school! Westwood, never seriously challenged romped to the Group I championship, earning them a spot in the Tournament of Champions against powerful top-seeded Jackson Memorial, the Group IV winner. In the best three of five Baker games, the Cardinals put a big-time scare into the Jaguars, taking games two and three before the latter pulled out a 3-2 triumph. The Westwood girls had a fruitful season, with league and tournament(s) hardware to now go along with the knowledge that they are the first girls’ team in Bergen County to come away with a state championship.


Group I  : Westwood 2653, Manasquan 2404, St John Vianney 2347, Bishop Eustace 2192, Mother Seton 2078 and Holy Cross 1931

Group II : Manchester Twp 2712, Warren Hills 2655, Ewing 2542, South Plainfield 2369, Point Pleasant 2181 and Holy Angels [AHA] 2162

Group III : Brick Twp 2833, North Brunswick 2805, Wayne Valley 2617, Toms River South 2468, Paramus 2409 and Franklin 2341

Group IV :  Jackson Memorial 2995, Brick Memorial 2771, Piscataway 2682, South Brunswick 2662, Bayonne 2209 and Bergen Tech 2088

Tournament of Champions: Semi-Finals: Jackson Memorial over Westwood, 3-2 and Brick Twp 3 Manchester Twp 1 ; Final: Brick Twp 3 Jackson 0

Individual High Scores: Amy Caruso [South Brunswick] 288, Demetria Bethel [Piscataway] 277 and Nicole Aumack [Brick Twp] 268

Notable North Scores:  Kristine Verbeke [Wayne Valley] 230, Claudine Rosca [Wayne Valley] 605 set, Alexa Hernandez [AHA] 225: 561, Haley Hassan [Paramus] 225: 599, Rebecca Davies [Westwood] 214, Marissa Rivers [Westwood] 213 and Kristen Benavente [Westwood] 212




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