Barnegat Bowling Squads Locked in Third Place as Regular Season Winds Down
On paper, the Barnegat High School boys bowling team was the third-best team in the Shore Conference South B division heading into the season. Now, as the regular season draws closer to an end, coach Jon Gordon’s Bengals have solidified their position.
Following their 3-0 victory over Donovan Catholic on Jan. 19, the Bengals were securely in third with a 25-14 record and only a couple of contests left before the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA state sectional tourney. During the win over the Griffins, Barnegat won by scores of 881-429, 878-419 and 856-523.
Jeremy Pilovsky and David MacGillivray led the charge for the Bengals, recording 631 and 551 series, respectively. Pilvosky registered game scores of 212, 222 and 197, while MacGillivray finished with scores of 204, 199 and 148. Matt Kulpa was Barnegat’s third-best bowler of the match with a 510 series, boosted by scores of 155, 160 and 195, while Evan Ciacciarelli tallied scores of 131, 159 and 180 for a 470 series. Matt Charland scored a 453 series behind scores of 179, 138 and 136.
As a team, Barnegat has racked up 33,784 pins, an average of 866 per contest. MacGillivray has contributed the most to that pin total with 7,916 pins through 39 games for an average of 202.97 – the third-highest average in the division heading into Jan. 23, when the Bengals were scheduled to meet Lakewood (9.5-29.5), but the match was canceled due to weather-related issues.
Pilovsky has knocked down 7,511 pins through 39 games for an average of 192.58, the division’s seventh-highest average. Ciacciarelli has banged down 6,223 pins in 36 games for a 172.86 average, while Kulpa has totaled 6,374 pins in 38 games for a 167.73 average. Charland is averaging 130.66. Andrew Hegarty and Evan Williams each have bowled in nine games this season.
So far, MacGillivray has registered the team’s highest game at 276 and highest series at 720, while Pilovsky has topped out at 247 and 651. Ciacciarelli’s high game to date is a 224 and his high series is a 599, while Kulpa’s high game of 223 and high series of 578 are Barnegat’s fourth-best in both categories.
As for the girls, the Bengals likely will finish in third place as well after they downed Donovan Catholic, 2.5-0.5, on Jan. 19. Barnegat won the first two games by scores of 827-636 and 731-675, before the Griffins and Bengals tied, 726-726, in the third game.
With game scores of 168, 159 and 216, Alyssa Pilovsky led the Bengals with a 543 series, while Mary Rawley came in with scores of 173, 170 and 151 for a 494 series – her high for the season to date – and Kelly Kantenwein tallied scores of 174, 161 and 117 to finish with a 452 series, also her season high. Leann Charland scored a high game of 159 en route to a 402 series, while Amber Kantenwein contributed a high game of 153 on the way toward a 393 series.
For the season, Pilovsky is the Bengals’ leader with 6,158 pins through 36 games for an average of 171.06, which is the eighth-highest in the division. Pilvosky’s high game to date is 223 and her high series is a 570. Rawley has the second-highest average on the team at 148.34 and a high game of 180, while Charland has a high game of 189, a high series of 486 and a season average of 147.69.
As a team, the Bengals have averaged 744 pins per game and so far have the third-highest series (841) in the division.
— David Biggy