Green Dragons capture second consecutive SCT girls bowling crown

Green Dragons capture second consecutive SCT girls bowling crown

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Green Dragons capture second consecutive SCT girls bowling crown

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BRADLEY BEACH

The Brick girls bowling team picked up right where it left off from last season, winning its second consecutive Shore Conference title on Friday night at Bradley Bowl.

The Green Dragons finished with the top score in the preliminary team round with a 3092, and earned the top seed in the Baker-style 5 total wood semifinal against fourth-seeded Manchester. The Dragons cruised past the Hawks in the semifinal and eventually defeated in-town rival Brick Memorial in the final 1014-958.

It’s been a good past two days for Brick bowling. On Thursday, Karsyn Lukosius and Amanda Nardiello made the Shore Conference Individual Tournament an all-Brick affair, with Lukosius eventually winning the title over her teammate in the final.

Brick coach Cara Lukosius has grown accustomed to see her team finish tournaments these past two seasons, and Friday night was no different for the Dragons.

“My team all season long has learned how to finish, it was something they were able to do last year as well,” Lukosius said. “They struggled a bit early in the year, but they are really coming together now.”

Along with seniors Nardiello and Lukosius, senior Amber MacLeod also big in the lead-off spot for the Dragons this tournament. MacLeod finished with a 556 series in the preliminary round, Lukosius finished with a 674, and Nardiello fired a 657.

Brianna MacLeod scored a 631 series, while Vicky Sario and Nicole Aumack also bowled in the preliminary round for the Dragons. Anyone familiar with girls bowling knows that Brick has been arguably the most competitive program in the state over the past few years.

“We have the feeder program in the middle school through Ocean Lanes,and the girls are always there helping out,” Lukosius said. “The program is going to be strong because this is what the kids like to do in the town. This win is nice for the seniors tonight.”

The Dragons will now look to states and some redemption in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, after falling to conference rival Manchester last season in the semifinals.

“We struggled early with Baker, and you kind of start to doubt yourself when you aren’t able to produce,” Lukosius said. “For them to do great in Baker this tournament, has to give them confidence heading into states.”

The Dragons will have one final shot to give their coach another TOC title after winning in 2011. According to Lukosius, this will be her last season as Brick’s coach.

“It’s nice to be able to win this tournament, I figured this would be a good time for me to go out,” Lukosius said. “My other daughter is bowling at LIU Brooklyn and she has a lot of tournaments on the weekend. I’m missing that as a parent, and would like to be there to support them.”

Brick Memorial also had a solid Shore Conference Tournament. Although the Mustangs came up short in the final, they finished second in the preliminary team round with a 2958 and defeated Howell in the Baker semifinals.

Mustangs coach Dave Thompson liked what he saw from his team overall.

“(I was) very pleased with the team aspect of the tournament. We were very consistent,” Thompson said.

Thompson said a combination of things hurt the Mustangs in the Baker semifinals and finals.

“It was a long day and the kids were tired, it was tough for them to keep it in their spot,” Thompsons said. “We left a lot of pocket single pins and weren’t able to convert the spares.”

The Mustangs will begin the defense of their NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crown on Monday in the state tournament.

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