WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School boys varsity bowling team is clearly on a roll.
The team entered the holiday break with a 7-0 record as it approaches a Jan. 8 match against Linden High School, which has also been undefeated this season, head varsity bowling coach Ralph Corey said.
“This team is looking to try to secure a county title this year as well as the conference title and do well in the state tournament,” Corey said.
To accomplish that, the team’s 11 players have been challenging themselves in practices, which include realistic scenarios, he said.
“We’ve had them focusing on just hitting seven pins and 10 pins,” Corey said. “We’ve had them work on individual goals.”
And that hard work is paying off.
In a match against Cranford Dec. 19, the team attained its highest score of the season – 3235, Corey said.
“A score at that level is a score that could compete at a state level, and the crazy part is there is still a level that this team could do better at, which is exciting to see,” he said.
In that match, junior Trey Rabinowitz rolled a perfect game going into the 10th frame for game two and finished with a score of 265, Corey said.
Freshman Dante Morales took a perfect game into the 10th frame in game three to finish with a score of 279, he said.
With 10 teams competing in Union County, the Jan. 8 match against Linden will be a battle of the county’s two top teams, Corey said.
After that game, the Westfield team is hoping to continue rolling victories.
“We have the Union County tournament in the last week of January, and then the state sections take place on Feb. 8,” Corey said.
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