by BETHANY LU Staff Writer
Monroe Township High School boy’s bowling team wrapped up their winter season by finishing third in the White Division and third place overall in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC).
On February 6 and 7, the boy’s bowling team headed to the annual GMA competition in New Brunswick, New Jersey at the Carolier Lanes. Originally, the tournament was scheduled for February 3, but was changed to a few days later due to inclement weather.
Monroe was placed in the white division along with other schools from Perth Amboy, St. Joseph, Colonia, Sayreville, JP Stevens, JFK, Careret, and South Plainfield.
In their division, the boys placed third out of nine while ranking a high third place overall at the GMC bowling tournament.
Based on the rankings and scores, three Monroe bowlers were selected to the all division team: sophomore Justin Stow, junior Chris Gonier, and senior bowling captain Tim Forrest.
“I feel great knowing that great things could happen this season, especially with a good team this year,” says Stow.
The bowling team currently is in an almost-undefeated state. Thirteen wins were made this season against other New Jersey schools such as New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, and J.P. Stevens.
Scores included 4-0 (against South Plainfield High School), 4-0 (against Carteret High School), and 5-3 (against Colonia High School).
During the Joe Romer Baker tournament held on December 21, Monroe dominated other schools and placed second overall. Also during the Old Bridge/Carteret tournament, which took place on December 7, Monroe placed ninth overall.
“The team performed excellently this year and I was very proud of all they accomplished. They successfully worked as a team on a daily basis in matches and tournaments,” says Ms. Samantha Grimaldi, the coach of the boy’s bowling team.
The boys, in order to become successful and a well-built team, required daily training and dedication.
Because bowling is an intensive sport involving arm strength, precise coordination, leg work, and teamwork, practices were held almost every day after school. Occasionally, the boys would also train on the weekends.
“We are at the lanes 4-5 times a week including weekends…nonstop…There is a lot of skill and precision my bowlers practice to become better and be a great team,” says coach Grimaldi.
The bowling team started their winter season training at the beginning of November and ended on February 15.
Will you come out and cheer for the bowlers next year?