Jackson Memorial boys bowling won its second straight Roll with the Indians at Ocean Lanes on Saturday.
The Jaguars topped the boys division in the first round with a team total of 3355 and took the top-seed heading into the final two Baker-style rounds of the tournament.
The Jaguars took care of business in the semifinal round defeating Toms River East, and carried that momentum into the final round against Toms River North. The Jaguars combined three Baker games of 574 pins over the Mariners combined score of 547.
It was clear from the start for Jackson Memorial head coach Anthony Buczynski that his team brought their best game to the tournament.
“It was a high-scoring environment, and I thought we bowled great today,” Buczynski said.
“It was an all around great team effort from everyone today.”
Coming in as the team to beat in the Shore Conference this season the Jaguars have put together a solid start to their 2012-13 campaign.
“It’s important to get a good start out of the gates,” Buczynski said.
“If you get a good start to the season you can kind of carry that momentum into the coming months.”
Jackson Memorial’s Mike Ormsby finished with the top series for the boys with 730 pins. Don Kane also put together a solid series of 707 pins for the Jaguars.
Ormsby was especially happy with the way his team responded in the final two Baker rounds of the tournament.
“We kind of got off to a slow start, but we were able to come together as a team and put up several strikes,” Ormsby said.
Knowing that most teams will be coming after the Jaguars this season, Ormsby and his teammates look to take some of that as motivation this year.
“We proved today that we are one of the top teams in the state with the 3355 we shot,” Ormsby said.
“After today we are confident and its a huge boost for us, but its important as a team to stay focused with the bigger tournaments coming up.”
Toms River North took second place and Toms River East finished third place defeating Manchester in the consolation round 203 to 188 pins.
Toms River East’s Tyler Brooks had the high game of the tournament bowling a 298, and Matawan’s Justin Henderson had the second high game with a 297.
On the girls side it was the Brick Dragons that took first place defeating Manchester 557 pins to 497. Brick also took the top-seed into the Baker rounds after putting together a 2952 pin score.
Head coach Cara Lukosius was happy with the all around team effort from the Dragons on Saturday.
“Since the beginning of the season we haven’t had one real standout bowler,” Lukosius said.
“All five of them have stepped up and bowled as a team.”
It’s a good problem to have for the Brick head coach who expected nothing less then too see Manchester in the finals. The two have produced quite the conference rivalry over the years.
“We wouldn’t expect anything less then too see them in the finals,” Lukosius said.
There was no clear cut winner with final game approaching, prompting Lukosius to have one final team meeting before the start.
“I just told them the team that’s going to win is the team that’s going to constantly fill frames,” Lukosius said.
“The strikes will come, but if we can make the spares we will be in good shape.”
Brick Memorial took third place defeating Toms River South 220 to 156 pins. Manchester’s Tina Shahinian finished with the top series of 642 pins, and Brick’s Sydney Scelfo finished with 633 pins and the second best series of the tournament.
Manchester’s Kelsey Krumeich also shot the top game of the tournament finishing with 248 pins.