From staff reports
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Members of the Oakcrest football and baseball teams had Glory Days Magazine’s bowling team — a.k.a. “Rolling Thunder” — on the ropes Tuesday night during the April edition of the King Pin-Glory Days Bowling Challenge. Junior running back and pitcher Jailen Heard jumped out to the lead by rolling a 128 in the first game.
But to beat Glory Days, you have to grind out a win and stay focused throughout. Falcons football coach Eric Anderson, who was in attendance, had a feeling things were going south for his boys when the conversation turned to the prom early in the second game.
Rolling Thunder pounced on the opportunity, as Director of Advertising Bill Lynskey came to life in the second game, slamming four strikes in 10 frames to post a 167 and finish with a 275 two-game series, good enough to keep Glory Days undefeated in the 2016-2017 school year. Glory Days improved to 4-0 on the year, and now is 9-2 all-time — it’s only losses coming last school year to the EHT bowling team and the Upper Township Challenger League.
In order for a team to win the Challenge, it must score better than the highest two-game average that Glory Days puts up.
“I’ll tell you what, when Heard jumped out to the lead after Game 1, I was getting worried,” said Glory Days Publisher Dave “Sully” O’Sullivan, who took fourth overall with a 215. “There was definitely a tricky oil pattern out there and I wasn’t having my best game. It had been a while since our last Challenge event and I was definitely feeling rusty. I had a lot of confidence in my man Bill, though. He tends to heat up in the second game every time.”
Lynskey struggled early with his normal curving shot and decided to go with a more straight-forward approach in the second game. The results were evident, as he rallied big time from a first-game 108. He had three spares and a strike in his first five frames of the second game, then finished with a flurry, knocking down nine pins in both the seventh and eighth frames and adding strikes in the ninth and 10th.
Oakcrest kept the heat on, however, as Heard continued to bowl well, as did senior Jonny Dodson and juniors Sam Govern and Colin Reina. Dodson had a pair of strikes midway through the second game to overtake Heard and finish in second place with a 223. Heard was able to do enough to finish third with a 219, four pins ahead of Sully.
Govern checked in with a 192, followed by sophomore Alec Rodriguez (189), Reina (184) and sophomore Harrison Doe (155).
“The guys from Oakcrest were pretty competitive throughout. They were picking up some strikes and with a little more consistency they probably would have beaten us,” Sully said. “But one thing about Oakcrest athletes, they always have fun no matter what sport they are playing. We had a great time, as usual, over at King Pin.”
Lynskey led the way with six strikes, but Reina was right behind with five. Sully and Govern each finished with four strikes, and each of the eight players had multiple strikes.
From staff reports