Ocean senior Kenny Ryan had a standout season last year for the Spartans, finishing runner-up in the NJSIAA Individual Tournament to Jackson Memorial graduate Mike Ormsby in the step-ladder finals.
Along with a successful run in the state tournament, Ryan bowled a perfect game in the Red Raider Tournament and finished the season with a 225 average.
It’s the farthest Ocean head coach Tom Siciliano has seen any of his kids advance in the state tournament, and it came as no surprise that Ryan was at his best late in the season.
“He bowled outstanding for us all season,” Siciliano
“Kenny just understands the game, he doesn’t just get up there and bowl, he knows what he is doing.”
Even with all the accolades of his junior season, according to Siciliano, Ryan’s goals are set just as high as last season.
“His goal this year is to go out and win state Individuals,” Siciliano said.
“I think he would also like to do a little better then he did last season at the Shore Conference Tournament.”
Ryan took ninth place in last season SCT, but it won’t surprise the Spartan coach if he improves on that result this season.
“He gets better every year he comes out, especially mentally,” Siciliano said.
“He is a very relaxed bowler, it will never get to high or to low for him throughout the season.”
Ryan was also invaluable as the anchor bowler for the Spartans last season, and will look to continue that trend in his final season. He led the Spartans to their third straight Class A Central title, the Monmouth County Tournament title, and the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title.
After graduating five players from last seasons team, Siciliano will add three new starters to his varsity squad this year. Seniors Jacob Vernick and Jeff Diament along with junior Kevin Davis will look to form some chemistry with returning starter senior David Enny.
“I’m lucky that the three guys coming in have been in the program for a while, and they bowled well for us last season at the JV level,” Siciliano said.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what they can do that the varsity level for us this season.”