NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights dropped their season-opening match to St. Mary, 5-2, Thursday afternoon at North Arlington Bowl. The Aviators graduated their top five bowlers from a season ago, and are starting from scratch this year.
Yet, despite some adversity in their opening game, Hasbrouck Heights bowling coach David Rispoli saw some very positive things from his team in games two and three.
“You could see how nervous they all were the first game,” Rispoli stated. “We rolled some strikes here and there, but didn't make many spares. After game one I told them we could win if we made spares.”
Game two did see a turnaround, with the Aviators bouncing back and picking up the win.
“Thankfully something clicked, and they started making spares. We were trailing late in the second game but had a great 10th game. Sean (Reyes) bowled a strike and a spare. Damiano (DeCandia) put us in the lead with two strikes and a 9 count, just missing the third strike. Johnny (Parker) spared, and Jake (Rozsa) rolled a strike and a spare to seal the win. I was proud and very happy for the boys.“
Inconsistency reared its head in the final game, giving St. Mary the third game, and total wood, for the 5-2 victory.
Still, Rispoli was optimistic afterwards.
“The boys should be proud,” said Rispoli “They exceeded my expectations today. They felt pressure and rose to it. I couldn't ask for more.”
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