The Chaminade boys bowling team has been the dominant force in CHSAA the past six seasons, having won six straight team titles.
On Thursday night at Farmingdale Lanes, Flyers senior Bobby Wright was determined to make it seven.
“I have felt a lot of motivation from parents, and all of my teammates to keep this streak going,” Wright said. “I know we are one of the most successful teams at Chaminade and we needed to keep the streak alive.”
The senior rolled the high series of the match with a 699 to propel Chaminade to a 9-0 victory over St. Mary’s for its seventh consecutive CHSAA title. Wright threw a 249 in Game 1, a 207 in Game 2 and a 243 in Game 3, to help the Flyers to a 3,856-2,842 pin advantage.
Fellow senior James Alaimo bowled the high game for Chaminade (14-0) with a 268 in Game 2, and junior Paul Igel added a 247 in Game 3 of a 653 series.
“It never gets old,” Alaimo said. “We have a great group of guys, and it’s really an honor to have won four titles during my high school career.”
Another bright spot for the Flyers was sophomore Christian Freel, who bowled a 254 in Game 3 of a 674 series. Freel won the CHSAA MVP and finished with the highest average in the league with a 212.
“The success for our team over these past seven years is that we have been able to cultivate talent, two or three guys per class,” coach Terence Fitzgibbon said. “Such that each time we have talented seniors graduate, we have some freshman who are developing and ready to step into starting roles as sophomores.”
Kellenberg girls repeat as champions
For the second consecutive season Kellenberg bested St. Dominic in the CHSAA girls team championship.
Freshman Kellie Sandas rolled a 214 in Game 2 of a 533 series to lead Kellenberg to a 5-4 victory. Sandas had the high game and high series of the match, and was named the MVP of the championship. The Firebirds (12-0) finished with a 2,551-2,497 pin advantage.
“It was a great first year with this team, the energy was amazing,” Sandas said. “There are no words to describe what this championship means.”
“Her performance was amazing, she was on her A-game the entire time,” coach Allyson Frisina said. “I couldn’t have asked her to do more.”
Rebecca Kelly had the high game for St. Dominic with a 183 in Game 1. This was St. Dominic’s seventh straight CHSAA final appearance.
Sophomore Daisha Howard threw the second-highest game and series of the match with a 212 in Game 1 of a 520 series for Kellenberg.
“It is just an amazing feeling and another goal accomplished,” Howard said. “We stayed positive, worked as a team and kept each other up. There was no negativity whatsoever. I could tell that this team was very special from the beginning and I am just so happy and emotional that we won.”