From staff reports
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Holy Spirit seniors Reggie Jean-Charles, Dante Daniel, Gavin Liepe and James Marcheski are powerful players on the football field. The group of captains spearheaded a Spartans team that went 9-3 this fall and advanced all the way to the Non-Public Group 2 state championship game.
But the game of bowling is as much about precision as it is power.
The Glory Days Magazine staff team, dubbed “Rolling Thunder”, got off to a slow start, but — thanks to some ringers — was able to rally in the second game of a two-game set to beat the Holy Spirit quartet 977-621 and remain unbeaten this season in the monthly King Pin-Glory Days Bowling Challenge, which is hosted by King Pin Bowling & Entertainment Center on the Black Horse Pike. Glory Days got past the Egg Harbor Township girls basketball team in November in the season opener, and with the win over Holy Spirit football improved to 7-2 all-time.
“I wasn’t sure how the Holy Spirit guys would be at bowling. I know they are great athletes and are very powerful, but bowling isn’t all about power,” said Glory Days publisher Dave “Sully” O’Sullivan. “They had a little bit of trouble at the start, but one thing about great athletes is they know how to make adjustments quickly. They started putting together some pretty good frames in the second game.”
Sully’s nephew, Mikey, and his buddy Jarod — both eighth-graders from Lacey Township — made the trip down the parkway to fill in Rolling Thunder’s roster. Adding these two young men proved to be a good move by Sully, as Mikey led all scorers with a 279 series, including a game-high 150 in the opening game. Jarod was a model of consistency, rolling 126 in each game to finish second with a 252 series.
Sully came in third among the eight bowlers, shaking off a slow start in the first game (96) to post a 132 to lead all scorers in Game 2. Glory Days Director of Advertising Bill Lynskey split the two games with Sully’s older brother, Paul, and the pair combined for a 218 series. Dante led the way for the Holy Spirit boys, finishing with a 209, and he was followed by Gavin (145), Reggie (142) and James (125).
The Holy Spirit football players tried all kinds of different styles, from the two-handed approach to granny style rolls. The granny style seemed to work for Reggie, who finished the night with three strikes. Mikey O’Sullivan finished with four strikes, two in each game, including one on his final roll of the night. Jarod and Sully also finished with four strikes, while Dante had three and Gavin added two.
Lynskey, who normally carries the Glory Days team, was a little off his game, finishing with a 92 in Game 1. But he and daughter Maddie had Christmas shopping on their minds, so Sully gives him a pass.
“Hey, I can’t fault Bill for tonight’s performance. The guy works his tail off for Glory Days Magazine and it’s a big week, family-wise,” Sully said. “I have full confidence he will bounce back with a standout performance during January’s King Pin-Glory Days Challenge.”
Pauly O, as he’s called, said he was impressed with the power the Holy Spirit football players displayed.
“We often hear of a power running game, of powerful tacklers. Tonight, my sons and their friend saw ‘power’ bowling,” Pauly O said. “It was four strong young men crashing bowling balls into pins with gusto. They may not have had the highest scores of the night, but the pins that got hit knew who they were.”
From staff reports