ROSELLE, NJ - They were not supposed to be this good, or so said the pundits. It was supposed to be a building year, but the Abraham Clark High School (ACHS), bowling team defied the odds this month, rising above eight other teams in the Union County Mountain Conference and securing this season’s championship.
“We’ve been improving for several years and at the beginning of the season we were expected to finish third,” said Coach Serafino Priolo, who is also a history and social studies teacher at ACHS.
“Instead, we wound up winning the division,” he said, prevailing over Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains and Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield.
Priolo took over the program six years ago, guiding the varsity team with co-Coach Jamie Condrack. “We’re only playing with two seniors this year so we’ve been able to develop a nice bench and we like our chances moving forward,” he said.
Senior Brandan Patterson said he had “no idea” his team was an underdog this season. “It’s an intense season and we practiced hard and went out there and won. It’s a really great feeling,” he said.
Teammates are as follows: Zuri Simmons - 11th grade, Austin Torres - 9th grade, Taj Thomas - 11th grade, Luis Torres - 10th grade, Brandan Patterson - 12th grade, Josh Loeb - 12th grade.
Coaches: Head Coach Serafino Priolo. Co-Head Coach Jamie Condrack.
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