The Shore Conference certainly made its mark at the NJSIAA Individual Bowling Tournament on Wednesday night.
Jackson Memorial’s Mike Ormsby won the boys title and Manasquan’s Bryce Petraccoro took home the girls title at Carolier Lanes. The Jaguars’ Ormsby took advantage of his hot start in the first two preliminary rounds after he finished with a 1530 series giving him the top seed in the 5 player step-ladder final.
“It was a huge advantage getting that top spot,” Ormsby said.
“I had some nerves about waiting around, but I just started stringing together some strikes in that final game.”
The senior went up against Ocean’s Kenny Ryan in the finals, who also had a standout day on the lanes. Ryan finished with the second seed and bowled a monster game of 267 in the semifinals defeating Allentown’s Matt Ruso.
“I’ve been working really hard all year,” Ryan said.
“I had just a couple of bad shots in the finals, I give him (Ormsby) credit he bowled well.”
For Ormsby it was special to be able to put together this run in what would be his final year competing at this tournament.
“I knew coming in as a senior I needed to do something,” Ormsby said.
“I tried to relax as much as possible, and it just all worked out.”
Ormsby and his teammates will look to also make some noise in the NJSIAA boys finals on Friday at Carolier Lanes.
“We are confident as a team heading into it, we are going to go and give it all we have.”
Manasquan girls bowling coach Tom Glenn had never been to the state individual tournament, and his first trip would be one to rememeber thanks to Petraccoro. She also started the day strong and came out with the No. 2 seed in the step-ladder final. Petraccoro failed to qualify last season, and according to her coach that was the main reason for her success this year.
“She was really a different bowler this entire season,” Glenn said.
Petraccoro ended up defeating top-seeded Dominique Toro of Mother Seton 222-196. With the pressure on in that final game she finished with five straight strikes.
“It’s all hitting me right now and it’s crazy,” Petraccoro said.
“I came in trying to stay smart and not worry about what anyone else was doing.”
Petraccoro, who took the runner up in the Shore Conference Tournament, said the result was something that fueled her to perform in the state tournament.
“I just wanted to prove to everyone that I deserved to be here, and that I deserved to be bowling with the best of the best.”
Brick Memorial’s Kaity Lash ended up finishing fifth overall in the state, and Toms River South’s Faith Meider finished sixth overall and missed the step-ladder by just one pin.