Anthony Buczynski is All-Shore Boys Bowling Coach of the Year

Anthony Buczynski is All-Shore Boys Bowling Coach of the Year


Anthony Buczynski is All-Shore Boys Bowling Coach of the Year


It was just a year ago that Jackson Memorial head coach Anthony Buczynski admitted his team had been somewhat under the radar when it came to Shore Conference bowling. That all changed last season after the Jaguars won their second straight NJSIAA Group IV title, and set the state record for a team series with 3,409 pins.

After two straight Group IV titles, and returning seniors Mike Ormsby and Don Kane back for their final season you would think their would be no nerves for the Jaguars head coach.

“For me flying under the radar is better, there is that added pressure to win that can really get to you,” Buczynski said. “To tell you the truth, I think I felt more of the pressure to win than the guys did just because we were supposed to be that team to beat this season.”

With the target officially on their backs it was important for Buczynski to keep his team focused as they set out to accomplish their goals this season. The Shore Conference Tournament was one of those goals that has eluded them over the past few years.

This season was a different story as the Jaguars were able to capture the Shore Conference Tournament in convincing fashion, finishing with a team series of 2,483 pins. It was a statement victory for Jackson Memorial, winning the tournament by more than 300 pins.

“The win was really big for us,” Buczynski said. “They were just so focused that day, the win really cemented this teams legacy in my opinion.”

Their poise and experience was undeniable as the season progressed, and it started with Buczynski’s two seniors Ormsby and Kane. The progress the two made throughout their careers was crystal clear to their coach who often leaned on them for some late crucial decision-making.

“The team really fed off those two guys, they were definitely strong leaders,” Buczynski said. “I could tell how much they matured as bowlers when I was having discussions with them on team strategy.”

Each senior had a different effect on the team, according to Buczynski. When their anchor bowler Mike Ormsby was on, the entire team was bowling on another level. The coach also was quick to point out that Don Kane is one of the smartest bowlers he has had the privilege to coach.

That strong leadership brought them back to the NJSIAA Tournament where they were able to capture their third straight Group IV title. The Jaguars eventually fell in the Tournament of Champions final to Sayreville, but it was a season to remember for Buczynski.

“Expectations were really high for us this year, and I really think we lived up to them,” Buczynski said. “We have a bunch of guys next year who are commited to come back and try and do it all over again.”

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