NORTH JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING SEASON GETS ROLLING WITH 6TH ANNUAL TOM IRWIN MEMORIAL CRUSADER CLASSIC
12/02/16 – Tryouts for the various high school bowling programs throughout North Jersey have finished and over the next week, the new season will swing into action in both the Big North and the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. Before the league schedules commence, Bergen Catholic will host the 6th Annual Tom Irwin Memorial Crusader Classic at 2:00 pm tomorrow afternoon at Bowler City in Hackensack; the participating schools will have an opportunity to see the strength of their rivals and how they match up against each other. Last season, there was an impressive number of entries [twenty-two boys teams and ten girls squads] entered in this popular team tournament and Bergen Catholic coach Larry Fierro expects another fine turnout this year.
The Bergen Record posted staff writer Greg Tartaglia’s season preview this past Tuesday and other than the absence of North Arlington in the Boys Top Ten, there were few surprises. Once again, powerful Indian Hills is top-ranked, despite losing two of its top bowlers to graduation. The Braves will be led by seniors Jon Mormando and southpaw Jared Duncan, both of whom roll in the prestigious Stan Niemiec Youth Traveling League. Rounding out the top five are West Milford, Pompton Lakes, Hawthorne and Clifton. NJIC Meadowlands Division power Lyndhurst is sixth, but will likely be in the top five by the Holiday Break. AHA [Holy Angels] tops the girls with Paramus Catholic, Westwood, Wayne Valley and Hackensack following in that order. Most of the ranked schools are expected to play in the Crusader Classic tomorrow, including other entries from outside Bergen-Passaic.
Some of the high school leagues have already begun competition. The Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Southern Division sprung into action on Thursday with perennial powerhouse Montville sweeping to victory behind all-star senior Erik Kattermann 232: 632. Denville’s Morris County School of Technology [MCST] also grabbed seven points as the Devils overwhelmed Delbarton behind the excellent threesomes from John Wrebel 244: 700 and Matt Marletta 247: 621. Morris Hills had deuces from Mike Sperry 242, Andre Trujilio 225: 625 and Shaun Ireton 211 in its whitewash of Butler. In the tightest, although lowest scoring encounter of the day, Madison edged past Chatham, 5-2 [2056-2031]; top score on the pair was Chatham’s Evie Stiner 220.
Good luck and great bowling to all the entrants in the Crusader Classic.