Girls bowling Top 10, December 28: Movement takes place despite little action

The new year is almost upon us and it’s been over a month in the books since the season started.

We’ve reached a challenging part of the year as COVID has taken over (again) causing many teams to pause.

That said, check out the latest NJ.com Top 10 Girls Bowling Below and find out.

NOTE: Rankings are based on statistics and scores reported to njschoolsports.com until December 27. Unreported results will not be taken into account in the ranking.

1-Brick Memorial (9-0)

Brick Memorial didn’t hit the track for the past week, but it remains steady at the No. 1 spot. The Mustangs have won every tournament they have competed in as a team to date, such as Rule the River, Day One, and Roll with the Indians. Brick Memorial has five players in the top 50 average series, the most of any team.

2-Toms River North (8-1)

Toms River North added two wins to its resume early last week against Brick Township and Southern. Miranda Dudas threw a 626 series in the 2-1 win over Brick, while carding a high-game 255 against Southern. She owns the third best average series in the state.

3-Lacey (9-0)

Lacey may not have the best firepower like other teams in the Shore Conference, but it has solid balance that allows it to keep up with Brick Memorial and Toms River North. Zuzanna Misztela and Lauren Haynes lead the way for the Lions. Lacey defeated Pinelands and Lakewood in the past seven days. Misztela and Haynes took turns in the 500s.

4-Jackson Monument (8-0)

Jackson Memorial was inactive a week ago, but it did finish fourth in the recent Roll with the Indians Tournament. Emily Fogarty is second in the state in team play with an average run of 621, while Gianna Masi is also high at 581.6.

5-Mons Tech (6-0)

The Knight took one win over Ridgewood to take their record to 6-0. Bergen Tech continues to get the job done despite rolling out essentially four bowlers. Rachel Lee, McKenzie Flynn and Lia Huang make up one of the stronger trios in the Garden State. Flynn posted a 606 series with a 237 game against the Maroons.

6-Gloucester Tech (7-0)

Gloucester Tech rose to 8-0 this season thanks to a win over Deptford last Wednesday. In the game, the Cheetahs set a new team record of 976 and a new team record of 2,803. Gianna McGahan also broke the single-game record of 277.

7-South Brunswick (13-0-1)

The GMC-Red will be an uphill battle as East Brunswick and South Brunswick battle for first place. The Vikings added two wins over the past week at Monroe and Old Bridge. Abigail Lepore and Carly Rosen continue to get the job done for the team at Monmouth Junction.

8-East Brunswick (12-0-1)

After bowling 12 games in a short space of time, the Bears had only one win since last week’s rankings, a win over Piscataway. Mackenzie Keane, the reigning Bowler of the Year, continued her stellar season with a 682 runs and 244 games. She tops the table with an average of 643.3 pins per match.

9-Ewing (7-0)

Ewing is entering the Top 10 for the first time this season as the year has started 7-0. In the past week, Ewing has beaten Maple Shade. Mia Siminitus (551 series) and Sierra Reid (526) are among the best tandems in the state. The Blue Devils lead the Liberty Division of the BCSL.

10-Phillipsburg (5-0)

The Stateliners have not bowled since December 16, but that can’t hurt. Phillipsburg ranks first in the Skyland Conference and Allie Rumfield averages a 501 series. Phillipsburg looks set to shake off the rust soon.

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