NORTH BRUNSWICK – With everything on the line, eight boys bowling teams advanced in the NJSIAA Central sections at Carolier Lanes on Saturday morning to qualify for the team Tournament of Champions.
In Group IV, champion South Brunswick (3078) and runner-up Freehold Township (2971) advanced; in Group III champion Sayerville (3236) and runner-up Woodbridge (3139) advanced; in Group II champion Ewing (3241) and runner-up Middletown North (3007) advanced; and in Group I champion Manasquan (3186) and runner-up Keansburg advanced.
For South Brunswick, Saturday was an opportunity to repeat as sectional champions and the Vikings to full advantage of that opportunity.
“We won sectionals last year so we wanted to win this year so our attitude was let’s take it again,” South Brunswick head coach Kelly Forthun said. “We have the same five bowlers as last year so we thought we had a chance of taking it again.”
The Vikings had a strong start, bowling a 1127 in the first game but adjustments needed to be made in order to stay ahead of the pack.
“The lanes started breaking down very quickly so we had to pick up our speed and change the angle,” Forthun said. “They did a great adjustment after game two and put up a great number in game three.”
In Group III, Sayerville was in third place going into game three and needed a strong performance to make the cut, let alone win the group. The Bombers bowled and impressive 1153 in the final game to push them to victory.
“The other teams that were in first and second had big games earlier in the day and we just wanted to post our best game in the third game,” Sayerville head coach Mike Weinert said. “A couple guys caught fire and it’s hard for other teams to keep up when you shoot 1150.”
Anthony Angotti led Sayerville, bowling a 751 which was fourth best in the tournament and qualified him for the individual Tournament of Champions. Angotti bowled a 279, which was fourth best in the tournament, in that crucial final game.
“I thought there was going to be a lot carry down and a few shots got away from me but I got lucky with some of them,” Angotti said.” “I moved one or two right and then one or two left in the last game to get the ball where I wanted it.”
Woodbridge, the Group III runner-up, started the tournament strongly with scores of 1090 and 1045 in the first two games.
“We just had to stay focused and stick together,” Woodbridge heach coach Amanda Small said. “We knew we had to stay ahead of Monroe so our focus was just filling out your frame.”
Monroe did not make it easy for Woodbridge as they scored 1018 in the final game, but the Barrons were able to hold on with a score of 1004.
Kyle Biwalsky, whose score of 770 was a tournament best, and Adam Trabalka, who put up a 740, led Woodbridge. Both Biwalksy and Trabalka qualified for the individual Tournament of Champions.
Both Justin Stow of Monroe and Gregory Tack of Immaculata also qualified for the individual T of C.
Group IV: 1-South Brunswick 3078; 2-Freehold Township 2971; 3-Piscataway 2909; 4-East Brunswick 2901; 5-Bridgewater-Raritan; 6-Howell 2666; 7-Old Bridge 2629; 8-Watchung Hills 2563; 9-Hunterdon Central 2362; 10-John P Stevens 1950.
Group III: 1-Sayerville 3236; 2-Woodbridge 3139; 3-Monroe 3128; 4-Edison 2885; 5-Franklin 2883; 6-CBA 2755; 7-St. Joe’s (Metuchen) 2625; 8-Middletown South 2597; 9-Manalapan 2514; 10-North Brunswick 2005.
Group II: 1-Ewing 3241; 2-Middletown North 3007; 3-John F. Kennedy 2939; 4-South Plainfield 2890; 5-Colonia 2739; 6-Carteret 2734; 7-Matawan 2601; 8-Ocean 2579; 9-Neptune 2367; 10-Wall 1873; 11-St. John Vianney 1835.
Group I: 1-Manasquan 3186; 2-Keansburg 2970; 3-Middlesex 2858; 4-Immaculata 2789; 5-South River 2683; 6-Bishop Ahr 2635; 7-Keyport 2452; 8-Cardinal McCarnick 2188; 9-Shore Regional 2091.
Individual Finalists: 1- Kyle Bilawsky (Woodbridge) 770; 2-Gregory Tack (Immaculata) 763; 3-Dan Jahnsen (Manasquan) 754; 4-Anthony Angotti (Sayerville) 751; 5-Adam Trabalka (Woodbridge) 740; 6-Eddie Colon (Neptune) 716; 7-Justin Stow (Monroe) 711; 8-Kevin Davis (Ocean) 705; 9-Joe Yatsko (Middletown North) 692.
High Game: 1-Dan Jahnsen (Manasquan) 299; 2-Kyle Bilawsky (Woodbridge) 290; 3-Adam Trabalka (Woodbridge) 280.
High Series: 1- Kyle Bilawsky (Woodbridge) 770; 2-Gregory Tack (Immaculatta) 763; 3-Dan Jahnsen (Manasquan) 754.
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