From staff reports
The Upper Township Challenger Sports League athletes said they meant business prior to the King Pin-Glory Days Bowling Challenge on Thursday afternoon at King Pin Bowling and Entertainment Center in Egg Harbor Township. Turns out that boasting wasn’t just youthful bravado.
The Challenger League athletes were impressive in handing the Glory Days staff just its second loss of the 2015-2016 school year. Glory Days finished out the year 5-2, but on a two-match skid, as Challenger League followed up a victory by the Egg Harbor Township boys bowling team.
“We’ll have to take the summer to regroup a little bit. We started off like a ball of fire, but have definitely cooled off in recent matches,” said Glory Days publisher Dave “Sully” O’Sullivan. “I’ll say this, though, the Challenger League athletes put on quite a show. When we saw Wesley topping 20 miles-per-hour on some of his early rolls, we knew we might be in trouble.”
Wesley had a strong game on Lane 1, but young Charlie rolled a 98 to take Game 1 on his lane. Being in a wheelchair didn’t limit Charlie one bit, as he followed up that score of 98 by rolling a 92 in the second game to finish with a two-game total of 190, good for second place overall.
Ryan and “Mighty” Mia had quite a battle on Lane 2 with Sully and Glory Days Magazine Director of Advertising Bill Lynskey. Ryan (96) and Mia (90) sprinted past Sully (78) and Lynskey (82) in Game 1, and Ryan got even better in Game 2, rolling a 110 to finish with a first-place score of 206. Mia wasn’t far behind, tying with Sully with a score of 187. Lynskey picked up his game in the second round, rolling an even 100 to finish the day at 182.
Cameron struggled a little bit in the first game, but really came on strong in the second, finishing with a 184 to edge out Lynskey.
“I was impressed with Cameron,” Sully said. “You could see he was frustrated with some of his rolls in the first game, but he didn’t give up. He just kept trying to refine his technique, and he finished off the day with a pair of strikes in his final frame. That was really cool to see a finish like that.”
Zach also had a good day that featured a strong finish, as he tallied 162, and Wesley, who showed high school varsity type of form, checked in with a 163. Wesley finished with a pair of strikes, one in each game, and Zach had a strike in the second game. Consistency was the key for Charlie, as he picked up several spares and knocked down nine pins in five different frames. He claimed before the match that he was rusty, since he hadn’t bowled since the Challenger League’s bowling league in the winter, but Sully suspected from the start that might be a ruse.
“Yeah, Charlie kept saying how he wasn’t confident he could have a good game since he hadn’t bowled in several months. I think that was part of his pre-game plan to lull us into a false sense of security,” Sully said. “You have to watch that boy, he’s pretty cunning.”
Overall, Sully said the first year of the King Pin-Glory Days Challenge was a huge success.
“King Pin does a great job accommodating us and it’s such a great facility. We really enjoyed challenging some area high school teams, as well as the kids from the Challenger League, and I think everybody involved really got a kick out of the competition,” Sully said. “I really had limited bowling experience prior to this, but bowling is a fun sport that anybody can compete in, and we’re looking forward to more challenges. If you haven’t been to King Pin in a while, it’s definitely worth it to go check it out. Great food, great fun, and just an enjoyable experience overall.”
From staff reports