Despite being a perennial conference and state power, the Carteret High School girls bowling team has never had one of its members roll a perfect game.
Heather Androvich capped off a tournament-high 784 series with a 300 game to lead the Ramblers to a third-place finish in the Westfield Invitational at Jersey Lanes in Linden.
Androvich’s perfect game was also the first ever in the history of the tournament.
“Heather has worked so hard on her game, you have to give her all the credit in the world,” Carteret head coach Len Masse said.
Masse said Androvich’s teammates were supportive and kept her loose. He credited Androvich’s personal coach, Moses Figueiredo, and former Carteret head coach, Charlie Simon, now an assistant, with the senior’s development.
Carteret finished behind tournament champion Brick Township and runner-up Brick Memorial with a 2,711 set.
Arthur L. Johnson won the boys tournament, with Brick Memorial and Immaculata placing second and third, respectively.
St. Joseph, Piscataway, J.F. Kennedy and Woodbridge also competed in the event.
After rolling an 804 in the first game and a 974 in the second, Masse told the Ramblers they had a chance to place if they fared well in the third and final game. Led by Androvich’s 300, Carteret rolled a 933 to keep pace with the leaders.
“They are good bowlers and competitive kids,” Masse said. “I was very happy with the result.”
Prior to Saturday, no boy or girl in Carteret history had ever bowled a 300, with the highest score being a 290. Androvich rolled a 675 series in the season-opening Bishop Ahr Classic.
“She seems to bring out her best in the tournaments,” Masse said. “She’s doing really well.”