HACKENSACK/TETERBORO, NJ - It took a little while to confirm (two days) but not as long as the gap between that exists between the two occurrences. 

With its championship win by the Bergen Tech girls bowling team over the weekend, they captured their second straight Bergen County Championship, giving the bowling Boys-Girls Bergen County Champions for the second straight season.

The last time it happened, was 30 years ago, when Paramus Catholic boys won the Bergen County title in 1990 and 1991, while the girls won titles for Paramus Catholic three consecutive years, 1990 to 1992. 

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So, how good were the County Champs this season?  Well, aside from the obvious winning the County Tournament each of the last two seasons, their won-loss records were eye-opening.

The girls were dominant, going 16-0 in the Big North, gathering 110 out of a possible 112 points as a team.  (Teams get two points for winning a game, one for winning the total pinfall in a match.  

Seniors Riana Giacone (188.4 per game average), Selena Diver (182.3) and Alexa McManus (178.9) provided leadership and top-flight bowling throughout the year.  Each had a 600 series.  All three will be missed next year.   

But Bergen Tech returns four bowlers who all bowled extensively during the year, and will be led next year by junior by Lia Huang, who has the team's second highest average with 185.1.    She will be joined by juniors Rachel Lee (171.9) and Emily Rossi (163.0) and sophomore McKenzie Flynn (172.2).  

Presuming the format next year will return to four bowlers on the varsity, with a junior varsity competing separately.  This year, the format changed due to COVID, with six bowlers bowling, with the top four scores counting.  Throughout the year, all six rolled games over 200 and there were different combinations each game on many days.

  Year  Average  High Game High Series
Riana Giacone 12        188.4 258 625
Lia Huang 11        185.1 247 625
Selena Diver 12        182.3 240 626
Alexa McManus 12        178.9 221 622
McKenzie Flynn 10        172.2 209 599
Rachel Lee 11        171.9 224 597
Emily Rossi 11        163.0 209 584

The boys finished second in their division behind Passaic County Tech, with a 15 -3 match record, accumulating 105 of 126 points, before winning the Bergen County Tournament.  

Senior Jeff Ji was the Knights top bowler, averaging a 205.2, including a 286 game which saw him open with 10 straight strikes.  The 286, which was the highest game bowled by a Bergen Tech bowler since Kuipers has been Bergen Tech coach, propelled Ji to a 725 series.  

Junior Joseph Wargacki has next, with a 194.9 average.  Sophomore Hunter Louie (185.4) was next, followed by juniors Enrique Ramirez (178.1) and Dan Kee (173.0.) Senior Matt Castellano (137.4) broke into the top four periodically, capping out with a 197 game.  

It has been 30 years since anyone has repeated as boys and girls dual champions in the same season.  But in today’s “what’s next?” mentality, the question is, can Bergen Tech make it three in row?

With eight of the 13 bowlers who bowled varsity for the two teams returning, the question might be, “Why not?”  

  Year  Average  High Game High Series
Jeff Ji 12        205.2 286 725
Joseph Wargacki 11        194.9 245 660
Hunter Louie 10        185.4 232 628
Enrique Ramirez 11        178.1 235 581
Dan Kee 11        173.0 213 564
Matt Castellano 12        137.4 197 464

 

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