Ewing High’s boys and girls bowling teams each graduated some key players from last year, but as usual it’s hard to tell.
The Blue Devils boys are 11-1 and their only loss is against undefeated Burlington Township, while the girls are 9-1 and their only loss is against undefeated New Egypt.
With the girls’ sections set to arrive on January 29 and the boys’ sections on February 5 at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, veteran coach Dave Angebranndt hopes both squads can head to the states.
“It’s going to be a challenge this year with the talent that’s in the state, but I think both the guys and the girls have the right head on their shoulders and the right mindset,” Angenbrandt said. “I think they keep grinding.
“There has been a staff change, but the group I have is willing to work hard and achieve what they can. So I think when we go in we have the same expectations every year, and that is to qualify as the top two team in the section. They know what the goal is.”
The boys are led by senior Nick Canavera, who was outstanding this year averaging 198, five sets over 600 and 18 games over 200 ahead of Thursday’s game against Bordentown. Senior Kyle Delutis averages 186 with three 600-plus sets and 13,200 games. Jacob Delutis averages 165 and Morris Glover is 162 in his first year as a regular.
For the girls, Sierra Reid averaged 182 going into the Bordentown game and has the Blue Devils highest streak for both teams with a whopping 712 against Westhampton Tech. Mia Siminitus was also at 182 with a high run of 615, while Amanda Curtis is third with 135.
While Anbrandt is happy with his team’s commitment, he would like to see a little more consistency.
“I think there have been times when they have won all four games without any problems. Then there are days like today (against Bordentown) where we won the first game, lost the second game and had to come out and win the third game to get the win,” the coach said of the boys. “They did, but to get to where they need to be, we have to play three games together to win a game.”
The coach believes that both teams should raise their level of play when the tournament season starts.
“There have been games that we haven’t really done well, where we came out on top; but those scores aren’t necessarily the scores that will get us where we need to be,” he said. “But when you’re bowling against the competition that you’re going to bowl against in the sections; it brings out the best in you , so of course you’re going to bowl better because you’re playing against better talent.
“I think they’re ready, I’m excited to see how they do. I’m excited to see the girls team. I think the new girls coming out also have a chance to do good things.”
SCOTTIES DO ENOUGH TO WIN: Ron Jones finds that his Bordentown High bowling team has a habit of playing better against good opponents and a little worse against lower level competition.
But it hasn’t been so bad this year.
After Thursday’s loss to once-defeated Ewing, Bordentown still had a 14-2-2 record and is ranked first in the Burlington County Scholastic League’s Patriot Division. And Jones would have signed up for that in the preseason.
“With my full experience of high school level bowling at Bordentown, I can honestly say I wasn’t sure how we were going to be this year,” said the coach. “I had some good bowlers and we had a new kid around (freshman Lucien Carr). When I was told what he was capable of, I had to wait. I saw it in our practice sessions at the beginning of the year, and it was the real deal.
“They have surprised me that they have played so well, but that they have never beaten anyone. They are playing at the level of their competition and are doing enough to win.”
The Scotties’ only losses this year are to Burlington Township and Ewing, who have one loss. Their ties were with Cinnaminson, who they defeated 4-0 in the rematch, and Pemberton, who took just one win this season.
Carr leads the team on average with a 167, while senior Sean Horner is close behind with 165. Junior John Bassett checks in at 159, followed by junior John Murphy (142), sophomore Aidan Bramley (134) and senior Ryan Misner (129).
“Johnny Bassett and John Murphy were pleasant surprises,” Jones said. “I’m not trying to sound derogatory to my own team, but I think we can do better. I am very happy for them now. We are unbeaten in our division. So, is it a failed season? No, it’s not a failed season.”
The good news for Bordentown is that if it continues to play at the competitive level, it could be successful at the BCSL Open on February 3 at Laurel Lanes and the sectional tournament.
“That’s what I hope for,” Jones said. “The only thing I can rely on is that sectionals are playing to what we need to move forward.”
NEW EGYPT BOYS HEATING: After losing three out of four, the New Egypt boys (10-7) have caught fire and are on a four-game winning streak. All four games were 3-1 scores over Cinnaminson, Maple Shade, Pennsauken and Doane Academy.
Christopher Cameroni led the way with sets of 572, 565, 518 and 525. He played two matches over 200 in the four matches.
“It was great to see Chris Cameroni develop into one of the best bowlers in the region,” said coach Sam Palumbo. “We are extremely excited to see his progression over the next two years. We knew he was arriving when he reached the quarterfinals of this year’s prestigious South Jersey Singles Classic and I can’t wait to see him perform at the BCSL Open and the state tournaments.”
Ben Burgos (486, 545, 439, 414), Chris Raulf (421, 432, 398, 414), Conner Ulozas (387, 387, 391, 337) also contributed greatly to the winning streak.
“It was a pleasure coaching the boys,” said Palumbo. “We lost four starters from the previous year and even with current starters missing games due to covid protocols, we are over .500, which is a testament to Ben Burgos and Conner Ulozas, our two senior leaders.”
WARGIRL Flawless: The New Egypt girls remain untouchable as their record has risen to 17-0 and they haven’t lost a game.
The Warriors took a massive win on January 7, giving Ewing their only loss of the season. Emily Search led the way with a season-high 529 run and sister Kaitlin was close behind with a 482. Annie Witham also had her high run of the season with 409 as the new Egypt took on its toughest opponent.
On January 10-11, Grace Kraemer threw her two highest runs of the year with 487 and 477 against Cinnaminson and Maple Shade.
With the girls states sections approaching, at least one coach feels the Warriors are on their way to a title.
“I kind of expect the girls from New Egypt to win the Central (Group 1) section title unless there’s something coming from Central Jersey that we don’t know about,” said Bordentown’s Jones. “There could be a surprise, we never know. But I think New Egypt is good enough as a girls’ team to win the thing.”
SCOTTIE GIRLS BREAKING EVEN: The Bordentown girls have been up and down this year with a 9-9 record.
“Some of the games they lost they could have won, and some of the games they could have won,” Jones said. “So they’re right where they belong.”
Senior Maggie Berton leads the team with an average of 116 and threw her season-high set of 414 against Medford Tech on Wednesday. The Scotties’ second leading scorer is freshman Rachal Schiariti, who has a 112 average. She rolled her high run of 408 against Stem Civics on Tuesday.
SUCCESSES FOR NBC TEAMS: The Northern Burlington boys (3-8) have their first winning streak this year after victories over Doane Academy last Friday and Pemberton on Tuesday.
Logan Stewart threw a 440 in the 4-0 win over Doane, while Chris Delos added a 392. In a 3-1 decision over the Hornets, Stewart started with a 203 game and finished with a 510 series. Adam Zheng and Codey Frawley each threw sets of 396 and Delos threw a 362.
It took some time, but the Greyhound girls took their first win with a 4-0 decision over Doane Academy last Friday. Amilia Zheng led the way with a 347 series, while Erin Nunzen checked in with a 307.
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