SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Over eight years ago boys soccer Coach Felix Fabiano was talking to a group of parents. For the event he wore his soccer tie. He asked the crowd what kind of ball was on his tie and a father in the back said, “It is a bowling ball.”
The coach checked his tie to see if he forgot what kind of tie he wore. He did not. It was his soccer tie. As he left the room, there was more talk about bowling. At the time, Jonathan Dayton High School did not have a team and there was pressure from some parents to form one.
In a later conversation, the coach let it slip that he coached bowling at St. Josephs of the Palisades High School. Dayton’s Athletic Director Lance Jacobs learned this and asked Coach Fabiano to take on additional coaching duties by becoming the bowling coach. He accepted the challenge and ever since has been Jonathan Dayton High School’s only bowling coach.
Every year since the team was formed, the Bulldogs have had a winning season. That is the goal again this year; to have a winning season and extend the streak to nine seasons. In the first eight years, Dayton bowlers came in fourth in the state twice, won the sectional once and won the conference twice.
This year, three members of Dayton’s 2017 unbeaten team have returned. They are seniors Scott Maran, Sean Martin and Evan Weinberg. They are joined by senior Ansh Baxi and sophomore Christopher Demers. Evan Weinberg has upped his “among the top bowlers in the state” game this year by increasing his average to 228 a game from 222 a game last year.
The season did get off to a rocky start as Dayton lost its first two matches against some of their toughest rivals, Union Catholic and Roselle Park. However, their performance improved last Saturday when the Bulldogs finished seventh out of 20 teams. Wednesday, the Bulldogs faced St. Mary of Elizabeth and won 7-0.
The team was led by Evan Weinberg with a three-game score of 726 that included games of 269 and 268. Sean Martin rolled 575 for his three games and was followed by Scott Maran with a 575 score, Ansh Baxi with 462 and Christopher Demers rolling a 302.
Coaching is what Felix Fabiano does after school. During the school day at Jonathan Dayton High School he teaches five courses in Italian that range from beginning, or level 1, to level 4 and when demanded an Advanced Placement class.
The Bulldogs face Plainfield High School Monday at Jersey Lanes in Linden. The match starts at 4:00 p.m.