NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights versus Wood-Ridge to end the season. Two rivals, closely matched, to finish off a year. Perfect scheduling.
Wood-Ridge came in averaging 599 pins a game as a team, Hasbrouck Heights, 591. Wood-Ridge in fourth place, eight games in front of sixth place Hasbrouck Heights. Wood-Ridge came out on top 5-2, despite Hasbrouck Heights bowling over its average in every game - Wood-Ridge did so as well, however.
“It was the boys last match of the season,” said Hasbrouck Heights bowling coach Dave Rispoli. “We were striving to end with something positive. (Today) our goal was to pick each other up. In other words, if the person before you opens, try to strike or spare. I wanted them to make up for other's mistakes.”
“Johnny did his best at trying to do that,” Rispoli stated “His 173 was 34 pins over his average. Damiano (DeCandia) was 11 pins over his, but it just wasn't enough. As a team we were over our average, but (Wood-Ridge’s) Joe (Rose) and Nick (Parmi) bowled great.”
In the second game “everyone but Jake got off to a very slow start. Jake opened the game with three strikes in a row. Wood-Ridge had a slow start also. They figured things out sooner than we did and started pulling away. They had a sizeable lead by the 8th frame."
“Sean (Reyes) and Johnny (Parker) started getting hot around the 8th frame. Jake hadn't cooled off. Going into the 10th frame, I told the boys we had a chance. Sean bowled two strikes and a 9 count in the 10th. Johnny made a clutch 3-10 baby split. Jake threw a strike but left an unlucky 6-7-10 split. They tried hard but fell three pins short. It was a valiant effort.”
The Aviators were able to salvage a win in the third game, beating Wood-Ridge by 14 pins.
“Third game they finally put it all together,“ Rispoli stated. “Damiano came storming back.”
“You can see the improvement in the second half of the season,”Rispoli said. “Our team average jumped up. The last few matches we bowled very well. We were consistent and had quite a few games well above our average. There were many personal bests right at the end of the season.”
“It gives me a lot of hope for next year," Rispoli said. “There is no doubt in my mind we will be a strong team next year.”
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