NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – On Wednesday, South Plainfield’s own Lanasia Neal won the NJSIAA girls bowling individual title at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick.

After earning the No. 1 seed in the stepladder finals format, bowling games of 219, 257, 279, 222, 223, and 267 for a 1467 total qualifying her as the number one seed for the stepladder finals, she topped Tori Boughton of Brick Memorial 217-211 in the 2016 finals.

"Earning the No. 1 seed gave me some confidence, but I was still really nervous heading into the final match," Neal said. "I knew I was going to go up against Tori and she is a great bowler and it feels really great to be able to win this tournament. This tournament is a process and I think of it just one frame at a time. If I get a bad frame I just try to shake it off and move on to the next one."

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Only a sophomore, Neal has a chance to be one of the Garden State’s best bowlers of all-time.




4-Misty Downs, Brick Memorial, 216, def. 5-Rhianna Smith, Hopatcong, 203

4-Misty Downs, Brick Memorial, 232, def. 3-McKenna Collier, Brick Memorial, 206

2-Tori Boughton, Brick Memorial, 199, def. 4-Misty Downs, Brick Memorial, 178

1-Lanasia Neal, South Plainfield, 217, def. 2-Tori Boughton, Brick Memorial, 211

(Top five advance)

1-Lanasia Neal, South Plainfield, 219-257-279-222-223-697-1,467

2-Tori Boughton, Brick Memorial 224-204-204-216-237-268-721-1,353

3-McKenna Collier, Brick Memorial, 226-181-226-238-211-233-1,315

4-Misty Downs, Brick Memorial, 221-213-224-200-214-235-1,307

5-Rhianna Smith, Hopatcong, 141-257-226-221-257-199-1,301

(Top 18 advance)

1-Lansia Neal, South Plainfield, 219-257-279-755

2-Hayley Connelly, Raritan, 191-254-220-665

3-Misty Downs, Brick Memorial, 221-213-224-658

4-Abby Laws, Warren Hills, 183-243-223-649

5-Touri Holmes, Edison, 247-222-178-647

6-Brianna MacLeod, Brick Township, 210-227-209-646

7-Katie Robb, Kingsway, 224-172-247-643

8-Sarah Pitcher, Brick Memorial, 213-202-224-639

9-Mary Kate Kersting, Sayreville, 202-249-185-636

10-McKenna Collier, Brick Memorial, 226-181-226-633

11-Tori Boughton, Brick Memorial, 224-204-204-632

12-Jill Stuart, Brick Memorial, 236-198-197-631

13-Rhianna Smith, Hopatcong, 141-257-226-624

14-Tyler Karpinecz, Woodbridge, 225-204-195-624

15-Alexa Asta, Jackson Memorial, 198-237-182-617

16-Bridget Bolan, Monroe, 224-192-195-611

17-Ashleigh Poszyler, Cranford, 217-209-184-610

18-Madison Perry, Hawthorne, 201-202-204-607

19-Michelle Dekowski, Linden, 192-213-194-599

20-Deanna Calantoni, Woodbridge, 268-164-160-592

21-Gabby Pangaro, Clifton, 182-209-201

22-Jenna Henderson, Warren Hills, 172-225-191-588

23-Kristen Kane, Paramus Catholic, 168-193-224

24-Vicky Spirio, Brick Township, 194-207-177-578

25-Shannon Fodor, Iselin Kennedy, 182-208-186-576

26-Sarah Florence, Cedar Creek, 180-224-149-573

27-Kiara Powell, Union, 159-233-179-571.


1-Lanasia Neal, South Plainfield, 279

2-Deanna Calantoni, Woodbridge, 268

3-Rhianna Smith, Hopatcong, 257