Nicholas Kortenhaus threw an event-high 740 set to lead the Howell Boys bowling team, No. 5 in the NJ.com Top 10, to first place at the New Year’s Holiday Team Challenge on Saturday at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park.
After racking up a team score of 3,171 to secure the top spot in the playoff round, the team raced past eighth-seeded Old Tappan and fifth-seeded Wallington, setting up a championship round against third-seeded Sachem North, a Ronkonkoma, Team from New York.
Howell dropped the first game 193-236 before taking a 198-192 win in Game 2. The team carried that momentum into the next game, taking a comfortable 213-169 win before putting things aside with a 193-188 title-locking performance .
Anthony Morrell rolled a 638, the fifth-highest set of the day, while Henry Hecht (636) and Jake Diaz (635) tied for sixth and eighth, respectively, ahead of Howell, to help close out the top tier.
No. 3 in the NJ.com Top 10, Montville earned second place in the playoff series, throwing a 3040 behind Ryan Sylvester’s 706, the second-highest set on the day. Tyler Polachek (617) and Eli Kaufman (598) also had solid sets for Montville, who eventually fell to Sachem North’s semifinals.
Wayne Hills took fourth with a 2.731, led by a 660 from Zachary Jordan, while Daniel Jeetan’s 670 helped Wallington to fifth for the playoffs.
The girls competition wasn’t particularly tight during the qualifying round, with the Howell girls carding a 2,644 to secure first place by nearly 500 pins ahead of second-placed Westwood (2,173).
Reaghan Smith led the pace, throwing a 703 for Howell, who also took advantage of a fourth place 619 from Madison Mosley, as well as impressive scores from Beth Horvath (463) and Kayleigh Garmadning (448).
After beating fourth-seeded Mahwah in the semifinal round of the playoff round, Howell needed just about every pin to take the championship round victory, beating the third-seeded Bergen Tech 3 games to 2.5 games.
Bergen Tech held a 2-1 lead after three games before the teams tied at 149 apiece. Howell steamed to a 211-11 win in Game 5 before securing the trophy with a 106-97 lead in the final game.
1-Nicholas Kortenhaus, Howell, 740. 2-Ryan Sylvester, Montville, 706. 3-Daniel Jeetan, Wallington, 670. 4-Zachary Jordan, Wayne Hills, 660. 5-Anthony Morrell, Howell, 638. T6-Henry Hecht , Howell, 636. T6-Andrew Lee, Glen Rock, 636. 8-Jake Diaz, Howell, 635. 9-Tyler Polachek, Montville, 617. 10-Joseph Wargocki, Bergen Tech, 614.
1-Reaghan Smith, Howell, 703. 2-Shannon Darby, Sachem North (NY), 645. 3-Amanda Granata, Morris Tech, 627. 4-Madison Mosley, Howell, 619.5-Amelia Lemachowitcz, Morris Tech, 605 6-Cira Archangel, Sachem North (NY), 586. 7-Elizabeth Sandler, Mahwah, 543. 8-Lia Huang, Bergen Tech, 524. 9-Rachel Lee, Bergen Tech, 511.10-Lexi Mullins, Dumont, 501.
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