The South Brunswick High School girls bowling team is pacing the Greater Middlesex Conference’s Red Division with a 9-0 record through Saturday.
“I am very impressed with the girls so far this year,” South Brunswick head coach Tara Burniston said. “Several of them didn’t bowl varsity last year and it’s a very young team so I’m impressed with how we’re bowling right now.”
The Vikings are indeed young this season, with just one junior on the roster and all of the rest of the bowlers competing as sophomores. Three of their contributors this season weren’t members of the varsity squad last year, including starter Connie Thanapuasawan, who is carrying a 178 average through the weekend.
Amy Caruso, one of the sophomores on the Vikings roster, leads the way with a 188 average this season. Brianne Font, the team’s lone junior, is close behind with a 186 average.
Alanna Zetchus rounds out the South Brunswick starting lineup with a 183 average, making the Vikings one of the deepest teams in the entire GMC. But with the high scores comes high pressure to continue their winning ways and stay ahead of second-place North Brunswick.
“We’re expected to keep bowling well and that’s a lot of pressure right now,” Burniston said. “I’m impressed with the camaraderie they’ve shown so far this season and they’re handling the pressure well.”
Burniston mentioned that she’s had to keep her team focused during matches, especially when something doesn’t go their way.
“I want them to make sure they know that if they have a bad frame it’s not going to be a bad game. I am hoping they have that confidence on their own at some point this season though,” Burniston said. “Every pin matters and they need to keep up the support for each other and the weeks drag on and I hope they keep up the energy.”
Chundak rolling for Barrons
On Dec. 28, Mike Chundak helped the Woodbridge boys to the Woodbridge Tournament title, as he rolled a 290 high-game and averaged 249 for the tournament. Chundak’s seasonal average of 186 is aided by the fact that he hasn’t thrown a series below 522 all year long. The senior’s 698 series on Dec. 13 against South Brunswick kept the Barrons ahead of the second-place Vikings for the top spot in the GMC Red Division.
Kennedy boys dominating
Through the weekend, the John F. Kennedy boys bowling team stood as one of three unbeatens in the Greater Middlesex Conference at 8-0-1 (7-0).
Tom Sharfetz, the only non-senior in JFK’s starting lineup, has been one of JFK’s bright spots this season, averaging 208 over the first month. Joe Pickard has JFK’s second-highest average at 206 and Tim Baakel is third on the team at 204. Nick Green’s 194 and Aaron Beltran’s 185 round out the Mustangs’ starting lineup, which makes them one of the toughest teams to deal with in the entire GMC.