Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor Leader

Wildcats Pursue Progress This Winter in Girls Bowling

Dec 07, 2018

It’s almost a given that most of the girls bowling teams in the Shore Conference South B division won’t touch Manchester, the squad at the top of the standings for the past few years. But Pinelands coach James Becker isn’t too concerned with trying to chase down the Hawks for the top spot in the division. Instead, just some more wins will do fine.

“Last year, we were 2-14 in matches, 6-42 in games. So I look forward to our girls competing this season,” Becker said. “We are very young, but we will be competitive. I’m looking forward to our girls improving their pin counts every match and putting up some of the best scores the school has seen.”

Record-breaking stuff still may be a year or two away, but the Wildcats definitely have the makings of a team on the rise. With only two seniors – Shaneen Kunder and Juleeanna Saccomagno – leading the way, the Wildcats largely consist of sophomores and an impact freshman.

The crew of sophomores is made up of a core bunch of players who likely will see on-and-off time amid the varsity starting five each week, including Kaitlyn Edwards, Courtney Burns, Kennedy Heinrichs, Catherine Allen and Quinn Moore. The youngster of the squad is Caitlyn Rodriguez, who already has made a difference in the lineup.

“Shaneen and Juleeanna provide our leadership, and Kaitlyn will turn a lot of heads as she improves on a fantastic freshman year,” Becker said. “Courtney should continue to be a leader in spares. Catherine continues to get better, and Kennedy and Quinn continue to show a lot of promise. Caitlyn jumped in and helped us right away.”

With two matches in the books as of Dec. 3, Pinelands started its season with a loss followed by its first victory of the season, a 3-0 win over division foe Lakewood. Rodriguez led the way for the Wildcats, scoring a 491 series on the strength of 190, 138 and 163 games. Behind the freshman anchor, Kunder managed scores of 113, 160 and 101 for a 374 series, while Burns tallied games of 126, 153 and 140 for a 419 series, and Edwards delivered games of 120 and 130 during the first and third games. Heinrichs added a second-game score of 120.

In the team’s opener on Nov. 29, the Wildcats lost a 3-0 contest to Manchester. Edwards fired scores of 172, 176 and 158 for a 506 series, while Rodriguez registered a 157 third game and Heinrichs added a 121 second game. Burns finished with a 331 series.

The rest of the team includes sophomores Zoe Tullo, Korral Mackiewicz, Julie Maisto and Mackenzie Regan.

As for the boys, it may be another long season for coach Paul Millar’s bunch. After a winless season a year ago, the Wildcats certainly will be an improved squad but the South B division is a rough one with Manchester, Barnegat, Lakewood and Lacey each fielding experienced and solid teams this winter.

To start the season, Millar’s crew has lost two straight, both 3-0 downers to Lakewood and Manchester. Against the Piners on Dec. 3, Pinelands was led by Dylan McDowell, who scored 181, 140 and 159 to finish with a 480 series. Nick Carmona ended with a 405 series behind a 138 and 158 during the first two games, and Darren Dowdy contributed a 138 and 133 during the first two. Ryan McGown delivered a 184 in the third game as well.

The rest of the team includes Ethan Edwards, Connor Giganti, Jacob Dippolite, Ryan Gulya, Andrew Staub and Angel Santos.

Against Manchester to open the season, Pinelands was led by Giganti’s 378 series after he registered games of 125, 133 and 120. Edwards topped out at 138 and 137 in the first and third games, while Carmona and Gulya scored 128 and 125, respectively, in the third.

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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