NORTH BRUNSWICK — Behind four seniors and one dominant sophomore, the John F. Kennedy High School boys bowling team ran away with the team competition at Saturday’s Bob James Memorial Holiday Classic at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick.
Tom Sharfetz, the only non-senior in JFK’s starting lineup, paced the Mustangs with a 649 series, including a 277 middle game.
“It means a lot to me, as the underdog because I’m only a sophomore and these guys are all seniors, so it feels pretty good to bowl like this today,” Sharfetz said. “It’s a total team effort and there’s no bragging coming out of me.”
The Mustangs were consistent throughout the day, rolling a 1,026 in the opening game, followed up by a 1,032 and then a final game 1,048. Tim Barker went over 200 in all three games (205-205-226) to finish with a 636 set, something he was very proud.
“It felt really good to come in here as a fourth-year senior, having all of my teammates behind me and them pulling for me,” Barker said. “It’s great to come out of here in first place and I hope that it stays that way throughout the season.”
Joe Pickard’s 238 in the first game was JFK’s high for the day. The team finished 21 pins ahead of second-place Jackson Memorial for the team title.
“We bowled well, not perfect, obviously. We missed some spares here and there, but when you shoot over 1,000 each game, you’re always going to be in the hunt,” JFK head coach Tony Palumbo said.
While JFK dominated the team side of the competition, Monroe’s Jonah Burger stood out amongst individuals, rolling a perfect 300 in the second game en route to a 708 series, which was good for second overall. Burger shot a 198 in the opening game and finished with a 210 around the perfect game in the middle.
“It’s awesome to roll a 300, this is the second one in tournament, but it’s completely different to do it on a day like this,” Burger said. “It was really nice to do it in front of so many people and basically anyone can have a great day. I’m just glad I was able to do it today. It’s all about making the right adjustments, because I didn’t really think I bowled well at all in the first game, so I had to make some changes between games.”
Dominick Ayhelore of South Brunswick finished with the top series of any bowler, rolling a 709 to pace the Vikings.
On the girls side, Kayla Johnson of Edison had the tournament’s second-highest single-game score, when she threw a 268 in the opening game for the Eagles.
Tyler Karpinecz from Woodbridge also had a big effort, throwing the third-highest game for any girl competing, at 243.
North Brunswick was the highest placing GMC school, as they rolled a 2,572 as a team. Brick Township won the team title with a 3,132.