Keyport bowling looks to continue its winning ways

first_img What a difference a year makes. In just one year, the Keyport High School girls bowling team has gone from hoping to attract enough players to field a team to defending its NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I championship. If coach Sal Principe were a prospector, he would have found the mother lode. The veteranmentor scoured the hallways and attracted several girls to the sport. That combined with holdovers Cat Wegman and Devon Loihle— as well as the arrival of freshman Alexa Guirk, propelled the Red Raiders to a 40-5 mark and the Shore Conference’s Northern Monmouth County A title. “The girls quickly became a team and they took off,” Principe said. “It was a phenomenal season, and this year they’re all back.” Guirk started off strong on the way to averaging 186 pins. Along the way, she posted a 731 series and even rolled a 296 game. Guirk, who according to Principe is averaging more than 200 pins in practices, also finished sixth in the Shore Conference individual tourney. Wegman, now entering her senior campaign, was solid throughout her third varsity campaign, averaging 172 pins. Her high game was a 236 and Wegman also rolled a 606 series. Loihle, now a junior, averaged 161 pins, with a 544 series and a 224-pin high game. Added to the mix, directly from Principe’s algebra class, Allie Fasano and Tyler Andrews became starters and important contributors. Fasano averaged 127 pins and Andrews 114 pins, enough to put Keyport over the top in many games. “Allie and Tyler were really beginners, but they took to the game and worked hard,” the coach said. “They’re going to be so much better this year. Both of them practiced through the summer and fall and they’ve become very good bowlers. I’m very proud of them.” Three juniors: Catarina Ramos, Jessica Grioli and Mary Feeney round out the Keyport roster. Ramos also joined the team a year ago and averaged 120 pins when called upon—and has also improved. Grioli and Feeney are newcomers. Keyport was scheduled to open the season yesterday against Keansburg and will meet Mater Dei tomorrow. Both matches will be played at Memory Lanes in Red Bank. On Saturday, Principe’s team will play in the Bishop Ahr Invitational in Edison. Keyport will host its own Red Raider Holiday Classic on Dec. 30 that will include other Northern Monmouth County A teams: Henry Hudson Regional, Keansburg, Matawan, Mater Dei and St. John Vianney. On the boys’ side, the Red Raiders are looking to better last winter’s 22-23 mark. Principe has several holes to fill with the graduation of starters Brian Servedio, James Cornelius and Nick Maupai. Servedio led the Keyport boys with a 209.7 average and will be competing this season for the Stevens Institute of Technology. However, both Jack Wegman and Ryan Gunsauls are back. Jack Wegman, a sophomore, posted a 171 average, while Gunsauls, a junior, averaged 162 pins. Other members of the team include seniors Pat Byrne and Matt Behrens, junior Wayne Kellman, sophomore Chris Calloway and freshman Brandon Sacharowski. Both Byrne and Kellman saw some action a year ago. “The boys are in the same position as the girls were at the beginning of last season,” Principe said. “We have a couple of solid veterans and a lot of promise. And if you look at the girls, you never know what can happen. Right now we’re looking to be competitive in our division and to keep improving our scores.” The boys schedule will mirror that of the Red Raiders girls team. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img

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