Following previous year’s NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV title, the Southern Regional boys bowling staff has ample bowlers back this winter to at minimum contend for the Shore Conference South A division crown. (Equipped Photograph)
Normally, the bowling year is about three-quarters complete by the conclude of January. But we all know this isn’t a common sporting activities calendar year, and the community higher college bowling squads lastly are finding their probabilities to contend this wintertime, with the alley motion getting underway this 7 days.
Of program, that signifies it’s an thrilling week for the Southern Regional boys bowling crew, final year’s NJSIAA South Jersey Team IV winner, which has a majority of its bowlers returning this 12 months. Nevertheless, the query is with these a late get started, will the Rams be as strong as mentor Tony Salvatore was hoping they would be this winter season?
“We had a great complete last year, and we’re looking forward to this period,” Salvatore explained. “We have four seniors who are capable of bringing us some impression scores. Sad to say, with the way the calendar year has unfolded, we already have shed two of our bowlers, and a 3rd has been delayed in his start off.”
Even so, it should really be only a make any difference of time before Southern is rolling alongside and delivering the scores Salvatore was anticipating. But it unquestionably all starts off with the returning core of seniors – Nick Marano, who averaged 176 a calendar year in the past Collin Wilkinson, who completed at 178 past wintertime Cole Johansen, who finished the year at 177 and put 15th in the sectional tourney previous time and Killian Horne, who’s wanting to increase his 167 typical of very last year.
In addition to that senior crew – and it is their depth that may be the Rams’ greatest asset this period – sophomore Andrew Christensen, who caught hearth at the end of very last year and finished with a 176 common while putting fifth at the sectional match, and junior Joe Wilkinson, who ended up at 172 a year back, complete the varsity lineup and give Salvatore a lot of possibilities for driving sizzling hands throughout matches.
The rest of the team consists of junior Mike Minardo, sophomores M.J. Pielhau and Ryan Brown, and freshmen Mike Wilkinson and Alex Henbest.
“I imagine we are capable of competing with all the groups in our division, and I know we are likely to have entertaining because of the make-up of our workforce,” Salvatore explained. “Everybody on the varsity group has built very good strides in strengthening their averages 12 months immediately after calendar year, and I expect this 12 months will be no distinctive.”
As for the Southern girls, they, as well, have an experienced group returning to the varsity lineup and need to be a aggressive squad in the generally rough Shore Meeting South A division.
“As generally, our purpose is to contend at our own ideal by means of team and personal match engage in, and we hope to compete with all the teams in our division although maintaining in intellect the importance of sportsmanship,” mentioned coach Ed Costa, whose team very last wintertime placed 2nd in South Jersey Team IV. “Of training course, with the uncertainty of the planet correct now, our women are thrilled and privileged to stand for Southern Regional athletics to the greatest of their skill.”
The Rams’ principal main also facilities on a bunch of seniors – Kyla Bender, who concluded with a 140 ordinary a yr ago Kayla Gonzalves, who ended with a 134 ordinary final year Jordan Rizzo, who averaged 149 last year and Olivia Wilbert, who led the way with a 154 common a calendar year ago. Powering them will be juniors Stephanie Giberson, Olivia Mackanka, Louisa Ricciardi and Clara Signorin, as properly as freshmen Mia Hart, Candence Laird, Mia Nolan and Miranda Pielhau.
Even though Southern has a greater part of its bowlers back again this winter season, the exact simply cannot be claimed for Barnegat, both with the boys or the girls squads, which equally lost several professional superior-rollers to graduation in June. Regrettably, supplied the state of the pandemic and the actuality lots of college students are not in the setting up on a full-time foundation, or at all, recruiting for bowlers to fill gaps has been tough. Even now, the Bengals are relocating on and anticipate to be competitive yet again this season.
Mentor Michael Palmieri’s squad was hit hardest by graduation, shedding a few varsity starters from a 12 months ago. Thankfully, the team’s best two bowlers – senior Matt Xiques, who averaged 192 and just skipped the stepladder championship rounds at the NJSIAA Point out Finals final February, and junior Joe Spagnola, who finished with a 194 regular a year in the past – are back to direct the way.
“The expectations, even with the chaos COVID-19 is presenting, are no less. Our objective is to contend for a B South title,” claimed Palmieri, whose group last time gained 33 games, the most for a Barnegat bowling team in the program’s record. “We have appear in 2nd a number of a long time in a row and hope to get in excess of the hump this year. But it will be no straightforward task. Further than graduating some crucial bowlers, there’s a new group to face this season.”
Thanks to Donovan Catholic not fielding a software this 12 months, the convention bowling committee opted to change the divisions a little bit and shipped normally strong Brick into the South B division.
“This is like relocating Donovan Catholic football into your division,” claimed ladies mentor Jon Gordon. “With that said, this probably will be one particular of the hardest divisions we will have to compete towards through the previous pair of decades.”
However, with Xiques and Spagnola foremost the way for the boys, the Bengals must be all appropriate, dependent on the advancement of younger bowlers and how swiftly they can raise their online games in spite of the brief preseason. Juniors Ryan Buckley and Josh Javines, together with sophomores Matthew Hwang, a 147 bowler in a component-time part with the varsity squad final calendar year, Gabe Bentancourt and Mason Rodriguez, will be the guys Palmieri is counting on to fill the gaps.
“Things are coming collectively. We have a genuinely good main of a few guys and are attempting to round out the varsity roster,” Palmieri claimed. “It’s discovering those people other two which is been hard for the reason that there is not much encounter at the rear of the all those 3.”
In the meantime, about on the girls’ lanes, Gordon has two returning varsity starters – juniors Madison Kubicz, who averaged 152 a yr ago, and Camryn White, who completed with a 142 typical past winter. Regretably, Kelsea Jecas, a junior who was a rising star last calendar year, opted to sit out this time, and that forces Gordon to move various new faces into the setting up 5.
Among the candidates to fill the other three positions will be senior Rebecca Bykow, junior Alexis Sugden and sophomore Summer months Burkle – all of whom had been junior varsity bowlers past yr. Yet another junior, Peyton Sugden, and freshman Taralynn Charland, whose brother Matt graduated very last year, spherical out the squad.
“Alexis has proven a lot of advancement and will move into the varsity roster,” Gordon claimed. “Summer has worked really tricky given that her freshman 12 months, and Taralynn will support fill out the varsity roster, and Camryn and Madison will anchor the staff. We know the issues that are ahead of us, but we’re happy to be bowling.”
Purpose for Advancement
Curiously, with the Brick ladies – a perennial Team IV title contender – demonstrating up to the South B division, it mechanically can make an now rough division even more durable, since Manchester and Lacey have vastly experienced and high-powered squads. Nevertheless, the Pinelands women, guided by coach Jim Becker, may possibly be the fourth-ideal squad in the division this period.
“We’re heading to be as competitive as probable,” Becker mentioned. “The ladies have worked tough the past three many years I’ve been below, and we’re wanting forward to observing what they can achieve when everyone’s working with each other.”
Luckily, the Wildcats, a 15-acquire crew very last winter, have some expert bowlers again in motion. Seniors Kaitlyn Edwards, Courtney Burns and Kennedy Heinrichs, together with junior Caitlin Rodriguez, have been varsity starters for several several years now and will be the main group major the way for Pinelands.
At the rear of that crew is a bunch of seasoned bowlers who generally toed the tactic for the junior varsity squad a year in the past, like seniors Arielle Moody, Korral Mackiewicz and Julie Maistro, as effectively as junior Angelina Papa. New to the staff this year is veteran athlete and senior Mickenzie Horay, typically recognised for her goaltending prowess in subject hockey.
As for mentor Paul Millar’s Pinelands boys bowling group, the outlook is promising for a stable period, but Millar too is only happy his fellas will have a probability to compete, even if it does have some tough troubles ahead, notably with how the division was realigned.
“We have a couple of bowlers who will have great averages, and ideally the other men will keep on to enhance,” he explained. “It’s challenging to believe that Brick was set into our division, but we’ll do our very best with it. We’re at minimum going to be participating in some game titles this yr. If we can get the total year in, that would be excellent.”
Returning for the Wildcats this winter are seniors Dylan McGowan, Alex Ulrich, Steve Johnson and Nick Trindle, along with juniors Ethan Edwards and Angelo Klein. Signing up for them this time are Mike and Andrew Basile, both juniors, and freshman Quincy Basile.
— David Biggy