SPARTA, NJ - The Vernon Bowling Team showed tremendous heart in completing a 5-2 comeback victory over Lenape Valley on Thursday, breaking a five match losing streak in the process.
“When I saw it happening I said ‘don’t get excited, don’t get excited anything can happen,” said Vernon Head Coach Sherry Quinn. “I don’t know [what happened] I guess staying focused and completing spares and they did. Especially this year I take [the victory] when I get it, it’s a happy day.”
Vernon found themselves in a one-game hole after the Patriots took the opening game 793-713. Brian Tufaro led Lenape Valley to the early lead with a 221. Tufaro was joined by Billy Smalley and Gabe Parmele who each chipped in with a 185 and 178 respectively to give the Patriots the early 2-0 lead.
Despite losing the first game Dan Mangano had the game-high for the Vikings with a 226 showing signs of what was soon to come.
“We were all leaving spares and stuff like that and we finally came through in the last game,” said Mangano.
Vernon began to mount their comeback in the second game as the unit collectively produced 859 pins to Lenape’s 759. Giana Loyer came alive scoring a game-high 239 for the Vikings. Loyer produced a 625 series on the day.
“Today [Loyer] came through for us. We just needed an extra boost and she gave it to us,” said Mangano.
Mangano continued his solid performance in the second frame adding a 212 of his own. Additionally the supporting cast of C.J Vonessen, Abby Couser, and Mike Fedorko combined for a respectable average of 132 to help even up the match at one game a piece.
“For the most part [Mangano]’s done really well [and] I’m proud of him,” said Quinn. “He’s a senior and I told him I’m not letting him graduate,” she jokingly added.
Billy Smalley was the lone 200 scorer for Lenape Valley in the second game notching a 223 of his own. Smalley finished the match with a 566 series, which was good enough for second on the team behind Brian Tufaro’s 614.
The Vikings would save their best performance for last as they racked up an 874 in the final game to not only take the final game, but also the total pin count for a 5-2 victory. Dan Mangano produced the best individual game of the contest in the third as he collected a 254.
“I just needed to use a ball that went down the lane better and hit the pins,” said Mangano. “Lately I’ve been leaving ten pins. I got a new ball I just needed to hit the pins better.”
Giana Loyer joined Mangano with an impressive 229 in the final frame to give the Vikings the advantage. Both Abby Couser and Mike Fedorko produced their highest individual scores in the final game for Vernon as Lenape Valley failed to match up.
Lenape Valley’s loss drops them to 5-9 on the year in head-to-head matchups. The Patriots will look to correct their mistakes by their next match, which is against Hopatcong on Tuesday.
Vernon’s victory improves them to 2-12 on the season as they’ve broke a five match losing streak. The victory must feel extra special having lost to Lenape Valley 5-2 earlier in the season. Despite the loss earlier in the season both teams hold a tremendous amount of respect for one another and in fact some have formed friendships according to Quinn.
“Truthfully Lenape is a real fun team to compete with and the kids get along really well,” she said.
Vernon will take on Wallkill Valley on Monday looking to continue on the winning path.
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