McCann Has Big Day as Southern Regional Bowlers Cap Regular Season

By DAVID BIGGY | Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Southern Regional’s Tom McCann throws for a strike during the third game of the Rams’ 2-1 loss to Brick in the team’s season finale on Feb. 1.

Tom McCann had never been past the seventh frame with the chance to roll a perfect game. He was close on Feb. 1.

“The second game was really nerve-racking,” said the Southern Regional senior bowler, after the Rams finished their regular season with a 2-1 loss to Shore Conference South A division winner Brick. “The seventh frame seemed to be the hardest, because you’re getting over that hump of trying to be perfect going into the last three frames. The eighth wasn’t too bad. But that ninth shot ... my heart was beating so fast I could barely move. This was my first time past the seventh.”

That ninth shot left one stingy pin standing. His first shot in the 10th required a spare shot as well, and he ended up with a 267. During the next game, McCann didn’t roll seven consecutive strikes at the outset but still managed to end his final match at Ocean Lanes with a bang, scoring a 269 – the third-highest game in the division for the season.

After throwing an opening game of 235, the four-year varsity starter finished with the highest series of the season, a 771, also a program record.

“I was just told that I broke the record for high series, and that’s amazing,” he said. “Ending my career here with that series is awesome. It literally took all four seasons to accomplish that.”

The Rams’ anchor wasn’t among the division leaders for average, but he finished with a team-leading 198, smashing 9,517 pins in 48 games.

“I’ve experienced a lot the past four years, and it’s been an honor to bowl on this team. I never thought it would go so fast,” McCann said. “Before I threw my last ball, a lot of things went through my head. My grandma, who passed away last June, was on my mind, and my dad as well. I’ve spent a lot of time in this building and I have a lot of great memories to take with me.”

A few lanes away, another four-year starter was wrapping up her final season as well.

“When I woke up this morning, I cried,” said the girls’ anchor bowler, Mackenzie Olson. “These have been the best years of my life so far, being a part of this team. I’ve met so many great people and it’s sad that it’s coming to an end. I just wanted to finish strong one more time for my team.”

On the heels of a 151 and 167 during the first two games, Olson culminated her last season at Ocean Lanes with a 180, finishing with a 162 average after crushing 8,311 pins through 51 games.

“I come from a family of bowlers and in sixth grade I knew I’d be bowling for Southern,” Olson said. “This game can drive you crazy. Every day you show up at the lanes and you never know what kind of day you’re going to have. I’ve had a lot of good days and bad days here. But I’ve learned that I can make something happen if I really want to do it, and it’s been a lot of fun. More people need to try bowling because it is a great sport.”

Interestingly, another senior bowler found out just how great a sport it is by latching on to Olson.

“I’ve been friends with Mackenzie since sixth grade, and she got me hooked on this game,” said three-year starter Kat Camoosa, who culminated her final match with a 422 series and a 143 average. “I didn’t think much of bowling my freshman year, so I didn’t try out for the team. But Mackenzie said to me my sophomore year, ‘You better come out,’ and I did. I’ve loved it every since.”

Kamoosa said her moments of reminiscing hadn’t kicked in by the end of the third match, but she figured she’d get blindsided by emotion later that night.

“I’m saving my tears for the pillow tonight,” said Kamoosa, who’s headed to the University of Wyoming to study criminal justice in the fall. “This has been a lot of fun. You create a family for yourself, and before high school I never would have pictured myself here at this point.”

Classmate Nick Wilkinson finished with a 503 series after rolling games of 175, 151 and 176, while Joe Melchionne tallied a 545 series behind games of 212, 148 and 185, and Reagan Hogan fired a final game of 176 to end up with a 393 series.

The other guys on the team – Robert Petrozzino and Cole Johansen – scored 576 and 480, respectively. Petrozzino, who ended with a 191 average, rolled games of 170, 244 and 162, while Johnasen registered games of 156, 166 and 158.

On the girls’ alleys, Jordan Rizzo finished with a 157 average after firing a 502 series with scores of 193 and 180 during the second and third games, while Cristina Ciborowski tallied a 460 with scores of 159 and 169 during the first two games.

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