Keyport girls have sights on bowling title repeat

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Keyport High School girls bowling team is off to a dominating 12-0 start in its quest for a second successive NJSIAA Group I title. Coach Sal Principe’s team, 41-4 last winter, will also be looking for its third straight CJ Group I title and its fourth consecutive Shore Conference Northern Monmouth A division crown. Last season Keyport defeated Toms River East, 3-2, in the Tournament of Champions before bowing to Bordentown, also by a 3-2 count, in the championship match. Thus far, the Red Raiders have won three games apiece against Matawan, Keansburg, Mater Dei and Raritan. Principe’s girls also finished 10th in the Bishop Ahr tourney earlier this month. Next up are matches Tuesday against St. John Vianney and Thursday against Keansburg both at Strathmore Lanes. “The girls have been bowling well, but I still think they can get better,” Principe said. “They’re all working hard and they practice on their own, too. That will pay off for us.” Junior Alexa Guirk has been the team’s top bowler, averaging 208 pins with a 687 series to her credit against Matawan. She rolled a perfect game on Saturday in the South Jersey Singles Classic at Ocean Lanes in Lakewood, where she finished in second place in the girls division. Guirk also has scores of 250, 246 and 228 to her credit already this season. Allie Fasano is off to a solid start averaging more than 170 pins. Four years ago she joined the team as a newcomer to the sport and has steadily developed into one of the Red Raiders top kegglers. She has rolled games of 210 and 208 this winter. Devon Loihle, another senior, is right behind with a solid 164-pin average, including games of 206 and 202 against Mater Dei and Keansburg, respectively. Tyler Andrews is averaging about 150 pins out of the fourth spot, while Catrina Ramos and Jessica Grioli are also averaging nearly 150 pins sharing the fifth spot in the Red Raiders. In addition, Heather Flanagan, a sophomore, stepped in a pinch to roll a 158 and junior April Jaurez is averaging 135 pins in limited action. Melissa Grioli and freshman left-hander Sarah Walling provide added depth. Keyport’s boys team, meanwhile, is off to a 6-6 start after going 11-34 a year ago. Senior Ryan Gunsauls, who joined the team as a sophomore in 2007 who has improved regularly to become a team leader, averages 183 pins. Freshman Ryan Ohea has been a pleasant surprise, averaging 190 pins. At the South Jersey Singles Classic on Saturday, he rolled a 565 series to qualify for the round of 16. Other key members of the team include junior Chris Callahan, who averages 150 pins, senior Rusmin Lalic and freshman Nick Gunsauls, both of whom average in the 140-pin range. Rounding out the roster are junior John Zaino, sophomore Alex Bissel and freshmen Tyler Borza and Gary Coleman. “The boys are off to a good start and we’re certainly looking to improve on last year’s record,” the coach said. “A lot of them are very young and we’ll be looking for them to learn a lot this year and make big contributions in the future.” After these week’s matches, both the boys and girls teams will host and compete in the annual Red Raider Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 at the BrunswickZone in Hazlet. Other tournaments on tap for Keyport include the Long Branch Winter Wave Jan. 15 at Shore Lanes and the Brick Tournament Jan. 16 at Ocean Lanes.last_img read more