Times of Trenton Bowling post-season awards: Ewing, New Egypt, Bordentown dominate the honors

There are just five schools with bowling teams in The Times of Trenton coverage area; and the quality certainly made up for the lack of quantity this season.

It started with the Ewing girls’ team; which claimed the first state title in program history by winning the NJSIAA Group 3 tournament at Bowlero Lanes in North Brunswick.

Then there was the New Egypt girls, who won the Burlington County Scholastic League Open and the NJSIAA Group 1 Central championship.

In boys action, the Ewing boys enjoyed a 16-2 regular season while Bordentown went 15-2-2, reached the Group 1 finals after finishing second in Central Jersey, and had an individual state qualifier in freshman Lucien Carr.

So with that in mind, it’s time to hand out a few awards:

GIRLS TEAM OF THE YEAR: In any other year, New Egypt would have been a slam dunk with its sectional, county and division titles. But it’s hard to ignore a state champion, which Ewing became for the first time in winning Group 2.

The Blue Devils went 12-2-2 on the season, losing to New Egypt and Burlington Township, which were the two teams they finished behind in the BCSL Open. But in that tournament Ewing’s Mia Simminitus and Sierra Reid had the two highest series with 569 and 546, respectively.

From there, the Devils finished second to Brick in the Group 2 Central, and saved their best for last by amassing 2,440 pins to claim the state crown.

Ewing was led by Sierra Reid, Mia Siminitus, Megan Rosiejka, Ellie Otto, Amanda Curtis and Amber Porter. Rosiejka, Otto and Curtis, who are freshmen and sophomores, all shot their highest series of the year in the state finals

New Egypt has to be considered TOY 1A, however, especially since it defeated the Blue Devils head-to-head in the regular season, and out-pinned Ewing in the county tournament.

But being the state’s best is always the ultimate goal, and the Devils achieved it.

BOYS TEAM OF THE YEAR: Despite coming up just short in two tournaments, the Blue Devils still had a solid all-around year. Along with their 16-2 mark, they finished second to Burlington Township in the BCSL Open. The regular rotation included Canavera, Jacob Delutis, Kyle Delutis, Kenny Romero and Morris Glover.

Although Ewing’s 2,628 pins in the Group 2 Central tournament only placed it fourth, the total would have won the title in Group 1 Central.

Mia Siminitus of Ewing competes during the girls Central Jersey Sectional bowling tournament at Bowlero in North Brunswick on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Siminitus is the Times of Trenton girls co-Bowler of the Year. John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

GIRLS BOWLER OF THE YEAR: How do you decide between Ewing junior Mia Siminitus and senior Sierra Reid?

You don’t, as the two were equally valuable to the Blue Devils march to a state championship.

They not only lifted the team, but lifted each other as the lifelong friends have had a friendly rivalry for years. They took turns as to who would be the Devils top scorer throughout tournament play.

Siminitus had the Devils high series in the BCSL and Group 2 tournament, but Reid led the way in the Group 2 Central and advanced to the individual state finals.,

Siminitus averaged 184.6 during the regular season, and had a 503 series in the sectionals. She led all girls in the BCSL Open with a 569 series. Entering the third game of the Group 2 finals, with Ewing and Barnegat tied at 1600 pins, she came up clutch with a 237 game.

Reid averaged 173 during the regular season, during which she missed some time due to injury, and shot a team-high 554 series in CJ 2 play to reach the individual finals. She was second to Siminitus in the BCSL Open with a 546 series.

BOYS BOWLER OF THE YEAR: Although Carr reached the states, Ewing’s Nick Canavera had the most consistent year for area keglers.

The senior averaged 192 over 54 regular-season games, had a high series of 692 and rolled six series over 600 and 21 games over 200. His high game was 256.

GIRLS BOWLING: Central Jersey Sectional

New Egypt head coach Sam Palumbo celebrates with his team after winning a one game tiebreaker rolloff against Ocean Twp during the girls Central Jersey Sectional bowling tournament at Bowlero in North Brunswick on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Palumbo now has another reason to celebrate, as he is the Times of Trenton girls Coach of the Year. John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR: Going to battle with just one senior in his top-five rotation, New Egypt’s Sam Palumbo guided New Egypt to a truly memorable season.

With the aid of assistant Carolyn Santoro, Palumbo led the Warriors to a 19-0 record, the BCSL championship and Group 1 Central crown. New Egypt finished third in the Group 1 states. Sam credits his bowlers, but he deserves some credit too.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Ron Jones says he doesn’t do much actual coaching when it comes to technical stuff; but he did enough other good things to help guide Bordentown to its best season in a while.

The Scotties went 15-2-2, with its lone losses coming to powerful Burlington Township and Ewing. They also finished second in Group 1 Central and advanced to the states as a team.

GIRLS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ewing’s Amanda Curtis rolled through the regular season with a 131.5 average; and had her highest series of the year in the Group 2 finals after firing two sets of 472 during the regular season.

BOYS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Lucien Carr has been bowling much of his life and it showed this season. The Bordentown roller averaged 166.3 in the regular season, and was able to reach the Individual State Tournament by firing a 704 series in sectionals to finish third among all Central Jersey bowlers.

GIRLS BOWLING: Central Jersey Sectional

Emily Search of New Egypt competes during the girls Central Jersey Sectional bowling tournament at Bowlero in North Brunswick on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Search was part of a powerful twin combo along with sister Kaity as the Warriors won three titles this season.John Jones | For NJ Advance Media

TEAM TO WATCH: Palumbo does not believe in settling. Despite his young team, he had a win-now attitude and scoffed at the notion that next year will be even better. The Warriors did not disappoint him in looking at their achievements; but the best news for New Egypt is that next year still could be even better.

Senior Annie Witham is the lone regular that the Warriors graduate and senior Julia Rodriguez chipped in with some ice efforts. But junior twin sisters Kaity and Emily Search led the attack, while sophomores Caroline Cowan and Grace Kraemer were third and fourth on the team in average.

STRIKES & SPARE: Senior Logan Stewart led the Northern Burlington boys with a 151.5 average; and had two 200 games. His high set was 510 in a win over Pemberton.

–-New Egypt girls were not the only team with sizzling siblings. The Ewing boys featured a red hot tandem in the Delutis brothers. Kyle, a senior, was second on the team in average with a 184.7, while Jacob, a sophomore, was third at 169.2

Kyle had a season-high set of 659; and five 600-plus series. His most consistent set was a 638 in which he rolled three 200-plus games. He had 17 200 games with a high of 264. Jake’s high series was 632 and he collected seven 200 games with a high of 227.

—Senior Maggie Berton led the Bordentown girls with a 118.3 average and had a high series of 449 against Ewing in the final match of her career. Freshman Rachel Schiariti provided hope for the future as she was second on the team with a 111 average.

—The New Egypt boys finished 11-8 and had two strong senior bowlers in Ben Burgos and Chris Ulozas. But setting the pace was sophomore Christopher Jacob Cameroni Kramer, who led the Warriors in both average (186.3) and names.

Kramer had two 600-plus series with a high of 648. He had 16 200-plus games, with a high of 257 in his final game of the regular season. Both his 600 series were done by rolling three 200 games.

—Aside from Carr, the Bordentown boys also got solid contributions from Sean Horner, John Bassett, Ryan Misner and John Murphy. Horner was second on the team with a 163.1 average while Bassett was third at 160.

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