Bobby Wright found high-fives on both sides of the aisle as he turned around in celebration after a big strike, his seventh in a row.
The Chaminade sophomore lost the chance at a perfect game in the first two frames of Game 3, but was flawless his next seven shots on the way to a 246 in the third game of a team-high 659 series.
Wright’s strong performance led Chaminade (14-0) to its fifth consecutive CHSAA title Thursday at Farmingdale Lanes. The Flyers beat St. John the Baptist, 1,159-1,029 and 1,050-979 in Game 1 and 2, but lost 1,103-1,094 in the third game. St. John the Baptist fell to 9-5-1.
“Once you string some strikes together, it’s one of the best feelings in the world,” Wright said. He bowled a 211 in Game 1 and a 202 in the second game. “It’s amazing, I don’t know any other feeling like it for me.”
Wright’s had the feeling a few times this year, namely when he rolled a perfect game on Dec. 19, he said, adding that the experience taught him how to keep focused — and his eyes off the scoreboard — when he’s on a roll.
The Flyers got off to a fast start behind Wright and tournament MVP Connor Egan, a senior captain who bowled a 206 in Game 1 of a 542 series. St. John the Baptist’s Liam Mahoney stood out with a 245 in Game 3 of a 657 series, but Chaminade didn’t buckle under pressure.
Added Egan: “Today I felt like the scores were going to be lower . . . lanes were going to break down more and they did, but we ended up being all right.”
St. Dominic girls win third title in four years.
Bailey Lubrano didn’t bother putting on a guise — she gets a little nervous when the score gets close, like it did in the second game for St. Dominic against St. John the Baptist.
“Oh, I freak out really bad,” Lubrano said. “You’re not supposed to freak out, but I do.”
It was impossible to tell.
The St. Dominic senior bowled a 181 in the third game to lift her team to its third league championship in the last four years. The Bayhawks (12-0) won 926-771 and 834-798 in Game 1 and 3, but lost 765-727 in Game 2.
“We knew what the last game had to come down to,” said Lubrano, who is bound for Molloy bowling next year. Her best game was a 204 in Game 1 of a 508 series. “We couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Freshman Alicia Buffa rolled a 174, her highest game of the year, in the first game of a 414 series, the second best on the team. Erica DeSimone and Sophia Venezia helped lead the team with a 418 and 371 series, respectively.
Katie LoPiccolo and Hannah Funk rolled a 146 and 142 in Game 2 for St. John the Baptist (8-5), but St. Dominic was in for a rally.
DeSimone, a senior, added that a small tweak went a long way after the second: “We changed where we stood and everything seemed to click back in place.”