NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick and Woodbridge took first place in each of its groups for the 2016 NJISAA Boy’s Bowling Tournament today.
Boys’ bowling teams from Central Jersey gathered at the Brunswick Zone at Route 1 on Saturday to compete in the 2016 NJSIAA Boy’s Bowling Tournament.
At the end of the third game, the top two schools from each group move forward to the Tournament of Champions scheduled for Friday.
In Group III, the Woodbridge Barrons started off the day rolling a tournament high score of 1,246 pins.
Behind the Barrons by only 169 pins was Christian Brother’s Academy with 1,077 pins. Sayreville High School finished fourth behind them with 1,033 pins, while Edison and North Brunswick finished in the rear at 948 and 731 pins, respectively.
In Group IV, East Brunswick played a tremendous first game, with freshman Daniel Lenk bowling a near perfect game, with a 290 score.
After nine-sparing in the first frame, Lenk went on to strikeout the rest of the game, Bridgewater-Raritan scored 148 pins behind East Brunswick, rolling a 1,027 in its first game.
“I was just going through game by game motivating myself to do the best that I could,” said Lenk after the competition.
The 290 helped Lenk finish with a 682 series for the Bears.
Despite the effort, Lenk’s game fell below Brandon Lynch, who rocked a perfect score 300 game for his Middletown South Warriors in Group II.
In Group I, Keansburg started off its day with a score of 1,039 pins, with Manasquan holding on to second place at that time by only 17 pins with a score of 1,022.
Bishop Ahr, located in Edison, rolled an 891 in the first game.
Middletown South led Group II after rolling a 993 in its first game, while St. Joseph’s fell behind with a score of 965.
South Plainfield took third place after the first game with a pin fall of 892.
After the second game, the Sayreville Bombers sat in second place in Group III after bowling a tournament high score of 1,154.
Sayreville’s subtotaled at 2,187 pins after the second game, only 205 pins out of the top spot.
Woodbridge subtotaled 2,392 and remained in first place although it did fall short of Sayreville in pin fall for Game two, with a score of 1,146.
Edison and North Brunswick each finished the second game with 1,987, and 1,535 respectively.
East Brunswick remained in the lead for Group IV with a sub-totaled score of 2,281 after two games.
The Bears rolled 1,106 in game two, while Howell hopped over Bridgewater-Raritan to reach second place after bowling a 1,070 in its second game.
Howell stood just 11 pins ahead of Bridgewater-Raritan with a total pin fall for the Rebels of 2,011 following the second game.
Bridgewater-Raritan had a decent game rolling a 973, but Piscataway had an even better one after bowling 998.
That put the Chiefs in fourth with only 41 pins standing between them and Bridgewater-Raritan’s 2,000 pins.
Keansburg kept a strong lead in first place of Group I with a sub-totaled score of 2,153, after rolling a 1,114 in its second game.
Manasquan barely hung on to its second place slot when they rolled a 999 in its second game.
Carteret was banging on the second place window, only 46 pins behind Manasquan with 1,975 total pins.
Bishop Ahr respectively finished its second game with a sub-total of 1,783, after rolling an 892.
St. Joseph’s took the lead in Group II after rolling a 988 in its second game, totaling 1,953 pins.
Middletown South fell below St. Joe’s, only coming up with a 939 in its second game. South Plainfield, meanwhile, remained only 34 pins behind, in third place, with a total pin fall of 1,898.
In the final game, Woodbridge ran away with the Group III title after rolling a combined score of 3,351.
Sayreville placed second behind them with a total pin fall of 3,263.
Finishing outside of the top two were Edison and North Brunswick with scores of 2,945 and 2,328, respectively.
Woodbridge and Sayreville will play for Group III at the Tournament of Champions on Friday.
In Group IV, East Brunswick continued its reign to come up with a sub-total of 3,348 pins, almost a full 300 pins ahead of Bridgewater-Raritan who finished second with 3,059 pins.
Finishing outside the top two were Piscataway with 3,024 pins, South Brunswick with 2,996 pins, and John P. Stevens with 2,304 pins.
East Brunswick and Bridgewater-Raritan will represent Group IV at the Tournament of Champions this Friday.
“It feels great, I think we can manage to do it,” said Daniel Lenk, who led his East Brunswick Bears to victory.
Keansburg was able to hold on to Group I, and come away with the victory, rolling a 1,106 in its final game, and a tournament total of 3,259 pins.
Manasquan came in second behind them with a total pin fall of 3,071, after rolling a 1,050.
Bishop Ahr finished sixth with a total of 2,609 pins.
Keansburg and Manasquan will compete Friday for the Tournament of Champions for Group I.
In Group II, St. Joseph’s 1,117 game lifted them to a sectional victory with a total pin fall of 3,070.
South Plainfield was able to reach second place after rolling a 1,015 in its final game, bringing the Tigers total pin fall to 2,913.
Middletown South, who led after Game 1 thanks to Brandon Lynch’s perfect 300 game, fell to third and did not place in the Tournament of Champions.
St. Joseph’s and South Plainfield join the Tournament of Champions this Friday for Group II.