NORTH BRUNSWICK – Off a hot start, he seemed like he was on a roll but an incredible streak by his opponent left him without a first place win.
Immaculata’s Gregory Tack was defeated by Nick Cilento of Pompton Lakes by a score of 238-214 in the stepladder final of the NJSIAA Boys Bowling Individual Tournament at Carolier Lanes on Wednesday.
“I honestly expected to do my best and my best is sitting on top,” Tack said. “I had very high expectations for today but the stars didn’t quite align for me today.”
This was the last opportunity for the Immaculata senior to win the tournament but he ultimately fell a little short.
“It doesn’t make me feel good because it’s my senior year, my last hurrah,” Tack said. “I don’t know what to do or say about it but I still feel good about my performance.”
Tack took an early lead in the final round and was off to a hot start, notching three strikes and one spare through the first five frames. The senior felt good about his chances at that point.
“The hot start felt good,” Tack said. “I honestly was hoping that it would be a grind for me and I felt confident about that.”
Tack scored a nine in the fifth round and Cilento subsequently went on a tear, bowling seven straight strikes to end the game.
It’s tough to compete against a bowler who puts up perfect frames and Tack admits Cilento’s streak threw him off.
“I have to say it did get in my head a little bit,” Tack said. “But I was thinking take good shots and keep the pressure on and do all you can do.”
In the qualifying round, Tack recorded a 740, which was best in the round, and then clinched the top seed with a 715 in the second round.
With the prior success, Tack didn’t want to change his strategy too much and thought that he could still pull out a win if he stuck with what had worked all day.
“I stayed with the same ball and kept the same line that got me there,” Tack said. “I could have maybe moved a line and gotten a better look but coach and I talked, that’s the line he suggested and I think I did all I could out there.”
Though the strategy ultimately did not work, Immaculata head coach Fran Vitelli was proud of his senior.
“Greg can do anything, he’s a great bowler,” Vitelli said. “He had a great season and a great day today. One game doesn’t make a final and in my eyes he out-bowled everyone out there.”
For the girls, South Plainfield’s Rebecca Armand qualified for the second round, ultimately placing in fourteenth with a score of 1203.
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Finalists: 1-Gregory Tack (Immaculata) 1455; 2-Greg Khan (Bergenfield) 1379; 3-Nick Cilento (Pompton Lakes,) 1369; 4-Kyle Schellberg (Dumont) 1340; 5-Andrew Lazarchick (Brick Memorial) 1,335; 6-Daijon Smith (Lyndhurst) 1329; 7-Erik Kattermann (Montville) 1312; 8-Darius Singletary (Rahway) 1301; 9-Jordan Lopez (Lyndhurst) 1300; 10-Matt Frei-Funk (Lenape) 1295; 11-Zak Watson (Jefferson) 1,283; 12-Marcus Regino (Seton Hall Prep) 1278; 13-Ryan Donohue (Lyndhurst) 1244; 14-Josh Spiegel (Wayne Valley) 1219; 15-Dean Klimek (Lenape) 1216; 16-Jimmy Gramiak (Roselle Catholic) 1215; 17-Kyle Bilawsky (Woodbridge) 1214; 18-Jeremy Scott (West Milford) 1213.
Stepladder final: 5-Lazarchick d. 4-Schellberg 243-224; 3-Cilento d. 5-Lazarchick 235-211; 3-Cilento d. 2-Khan 187-185; 2-Cilento d. 1-Tack 238-214.
Finalists: 1-Kayla Johnson (Edison) 2-Alize Stevenson (St. Mary) 1281; 3-Tori Boughton (Brick Memorial) 1273; 4-McKenna Collier (Brick Memorial) 1269; 5-Brianna Smith (Hopatcong) 1260; 6-Vicky Spirio (Brick Township) 1255; 7-Nicole Aumack (Brick Township) 1249; 8-Deanna Calantoni (Woodbridge) 1234: 9-Jenna Henderson (Warren Hills) 1234; 10-Jessie Garzio (Ewing) 1229; 11-Jamie Golden (Sparta) 1212; 12-Sinoda Cook (Linden) 1212; 13-Alexis Policastro (Carteret) 1210; 14-Rebecca Armand (South Plainfield) 1203; 15-Amy Caruso, (South Brunswick) 1198; 16-Alexa Asta (Jackson Memorial) 1182; 17-Brianna MacLeod (Brick Township) 1157; 18-Maddie Miller (West Deptford) 1079.
Stepladder final: 4-Collier d. 5-Smith 173-173 (59-38); 3-Boughton d. 4-Collier; 3-Boughton d. 2-Stevenson (235-223); 1-Johnson d. 3- Boughton 183-171.