MacGillivray Takes Top Average Again as Barnegat Bowling Teams Finish Strong

Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Barnegat’s David MacGillivray lets his first ball of the eighth frame fly during the Bengals’ 3-0 victory over Pinelands in the teams’ season finale, on Feb. 4.

For anybody watching, it was easy to see David MacGillivray put a little extra zing into his final ball on Feb. 4. Seconds later, the crash of 10 pins getting blasted by that ball was exactly the punctuation mark the Barnegat senior wanted to put on his final regular-season match.

“Personally, I wanted to shoot a 700 series, and I did that,” said MacGillivray, finishing with a 719 during a 3-0 victory over Pinelands Regional. “I really wanted a 300 in the last game, but one ball got away from me, and that was it for that. I still had a good finish.”

Heading into Monday’s third game – after the Bengals scored 885-788 and 945-678 wins during the first two – only a catastrophe would have prevented MacGillivray from claiming the top average in the Shore Conference South B division for a second straight season. That wasn’t happening.

“A couple weeks ago, it didn’t look good,” said MacGillivray, who went into the last week of January a few pins behind Manchester’s Justin Villano. “Going into last week, I felt like I had to get after it. I threw an 800 series, and that got me back to the top. Today, I just had to stay there. But I wasn’t letting go of that lead.”

After tossing games of 236 and 238, MacGillivray started the third game with six consecutive strikes. He was forced to spare after banging down eight on his first ball of the seventh frame, then spared each of the next two frames. He spared on his first two balls of the 10th before culminating his final game inside Ocean Lanes with a strike.

MacGillivray finished with a 214.20 average, sending down 9,639 pins in all 45 games. His high game of 280 on Jan. 31, along with his 800 series the same day, were the division’s best of the season, as he led the Bengals to its best season in school history – a second-place position at 31-14.

In addition to MacGillivray’s 719, Matt Charland fired games of 168, 192 and 212 to finish with a 572 series, while senior Matt Kulpa delivered games of 198, 179 and 168 to finish with a 545 series. Mike Pulig tossed a 167 during the second game, and Anthony Balas scored 169 and 161 during the second and third.

“We started off a little bumpy this season, and then we started playing well later in December,” MacGillivray said. “In the middle of the season we had a few more bumps, and then we bowled 1,000 during one match, and it was smooth from there. We got our confidence back, and we finished off great.”

Meanwhile, a few lanes over, the Barnegat girls were finishing off their highest finish within the division – ending up in third place at 29-16 – following a 3-0 win over the Wildcats. After the Bengals won the first game, 808-570, they broke the girls’ program record for high team score with a 934, then finished with a 761-576 victory to cap the season.

Junior Lily Spagnola led the way for Barnegat, tallying games of 164, 215 and 180 for a 559 series, while classmate Jasmine Reid registered games of 213, 181 and 160 for a 554 series. Senior Precious Anderson scored a 213 during the middle game en route to a 487 series, and classmate Shauna Yodice tossed a 192 to boost the second game before finishing with a 157. Madison Kubicz fired a 169 in the first game.

“Some good things happened today,” said Anderson, who during the NJSIAA South Jersey sectional tournament on Feb. 2 qualified for the state individual championships and finished with the team’s highest average, a 163. “We had the big second game. I had the 213, but I wanted to finish with another 200, and that didn’t happen. But we had a really good season, and I’m proud of the team.”

The Bengals’ 934 second game was the second-highest team score of the season, and the team’s 2,503 series was third-highest in the division. Spagnola and Reid finished the season with averages of 162 and 160, respectively.

“We wanted to go out this season with a bang, and we did that,” Anderson said. “We could have been a little better this season, but it was good. Manchester and Lacey were really good, so getting third was all right with us.”

As for Pinelands, the girls ended up with a 17-28 record, as Catherine Allen led the way with a 405 series on the strength of 130 and 163 scores during the first and second games. Kaitlyn Edwards finished with a 399 series after recording a 141 in the first game and a 137 in the second. Caitlin Rodriguez, who led the squad this season with a 149 average, tossed a 378 series.

For the boys, Nick Carmona ended with a team-high 157 average after firing games of 239, 158 and 181 for a 578 series, while Dylan McDowell threw a 205 in the first game, Ethan Edwards delivered a 164 in the third game, and Darren Dowdy and Angel Santos tossed third games of 197 and 167, respectively.

— David Biggy

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