LINDEN, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson bowling team clinched its first NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2 Group 1 championship since 2014 recently at Jersey Lanes in Linden.
According to their coach, Johnson came out fighting and ready to battle for the title. The Crusaders turned up the heat and by the end of the first game, had moved into first place, 11 pins a head of the pack, thanks to the solid performances by leadoff man The Opener, Junior, Toan “Tom” Le’s 212 and the 224 game by the team’s anchor Andrew Beach. Senior, Brandon Laraway and junior Evandro Galli contributed a 180 and a 176 to help pave the way.
During the second game Johnson continued their hot streak when Le bowled a 226, Junior, Nick Kelly’s threw a 220, Beach contributed 204 and Galli’s 190 games increased Johnsons 11 pin lead to an 87-pin lead over second place Roselle High School.
According to team officials, the lane conditions worsened going into the third game as the oil started to break down so Johnson bowlers began to struggle leaving more open frames than usual. The Crusaders saw the 87-pin lead going into the third game whittled down to just 37 pins. The Crusaders were able to maintain their composure and refocus to hang onto the lead to win the championship. Tournament stand out Le, once again, led the way with another 226.
“This year’s team has shown a tremendous growth from their averages to their spare shooting and at the state tournament this year all of their hard work and efforts paid off. I’m so proud of them all,” said, Coach Michele Zaleski.