The Southern Regional boys bowling team didn’t knock down as many total pins as Central Regional in the teams’ second meeting of last week, but that didn’t matter. The Rams banged down enough pins during the second and third games to score a 2-1 victory on Feb. 4.
After dropping a 909-845 decision to the Golden Eagles in the first game of the day, the Rams rebounded with 897-884 and 924-880 victories during the last two games to improve to 10-2 on the season. With the wins, Southern remained tied for the first place in the Shore Conference South A division with Brick Memorial.
Following Collin Wilkinson’s 193 and Joe Wilkinson’s 186 in the first game, the Rams were led in the second by Killian Horne and Nick Marano, who each tallied a 202, and Collin Wilkinson’s 188. In the third game, Horne capped a 545 series with a 205, while Cole Johansen delivered a 204 for a 530 series, and Joe Wilkinson finished strong with a 203, ending with a 535 series. Marano and Collin Wilkinson finished with series of 532 and 524, respectively.
Earlier last week, Southern won a 3-0 contest over Central, scoring 904-683, 942-853 and 938-754 victories. Horne led the way with a 613 series following games of 185, 224 and 204, while Collin Wilkinson racked up 593 pins with game scores of 217, 203 and 173, and Johansen finished with a solid 545 series on the strength of 174, 192 and 179 games. Joe Wilkinson topped out at 192 in the second game and finished with a 545 series.
As for the Southern girls, they finished the week with a strong, 3-0 win over Central, managing games of 625-563, 760-619 and 760-594. Kyla Bender slammed the pins for a 490 series following a 211 second game, while Jordan Rizzo contributed games of 166 and 162 during the second and third games to end up with a 452 series, and Stephanie Giberson delivered a 190 in the third game to finish with a 452 series.
Win Streak Ends
For Pinelands Girls
Within a three-day period, Brick Township’s squad improved by more than 600 pins, and with it ended the Pinelands Regional girls squad’s win streak of three consecutive victories. After the Wildcats ousted the Green Dragons, 2-1, on Feb. 3, Pinelands wasn’t nearly as effective against Brick on Feb. 6, dropping games of 804-667, 701-679 and 778-631.
Caitlin Rodriguez led the charge for the Wildcats (8-4) with games of 183, 183 and 184 as she finished with a 550 series, while Kennedy Heinrichs topped out at 161 for the second game to end with a 420 series.
Three days earlier, Pinelands won the first game, 730-418, and the second game, 614-587, before Brick swiped the third game, 624-600 – preventing the Wildcats from starting the season with a perfect 9-0 mark. Julie Maisto led the first game with a 196, while Rodriguez registered a 177. Maisto finished with a 474 series and Rodriguez ended with a 454 series.
Meanwhile, the Barnegat girls posted solid scores against Lacey in both their matches last week, but the Bengals fell short in each contest by 2-1 decisions. On Feb. 6, the Bengals (5-7) won the first game, 817-751, as Madison Kubicz smashed the pins for a 186 and Tara Charland and Camryn White each tallied a 168.
Summer Burkle’s 166, Alexis Sugden’s 158, White’s 156 and Kubicz’s 150 weren’t enough in the second game as the Bengals lost, 834-748. In the third, White led Barnegat with a 178 and Kubicz added a 171 but the Lions cruised to a 888-733 win. Kubicz finished with a 506 series and White ended with a 502, while Burkle finished at 452.
A few days earlier, Kubicz scored 213, 160 and 157 to finish with a 530 series, while White delivered games of 204, 149 and 148 for a 501 series, and Barnegat again won the first game, 811-730, but Lacey rebounded for 896-723 and 802-704 victories. Sugden managed a 158 in the second game and Burkle scored identical 148s during the second and third games.
In its only contest last week, the Barnegat boys fell short of Lacey, 3-0. Joe Spagnola led the way with games of 223, 246 and 225 for a 694 series, maintaining his spot at the top of average leaderboard within the division at 228.89. Matt Xiques tallied games of 191, 195 and 213 to end with a 599 series, and Matt Hwang registered games of 173, 223 and 170 for a 566 series.
— David Biggy