By Louis Morledge ’16
On Thursday, February 4, Chaminade’s varsity bowling team, lead by first season coach, Mr. Terence Fitzgibbon ’00, ventured to Farmingdale Lanes for the Catholic High School Athletic Association Championship match against a strong squad from St. John the Baptist High School. Coming off their fourth consecutive league title, the Flyers had high hopes for a sweet victory against St. John’s.
Propelled by the pinnacle performance of sophomore Bobby Wright, who barrelled through the competition with a team-high 659 game series, Chaminade won the first two games of this tight three game match-up. Undefeated in regular season (14-0), Chaminade took the first game, 1,159-1,029, and the second, 1,050-979; however, the Flyers lost the third game 1,103-1,094. Wright, who was just frames away from a perfect game, stuck down 211 in game one, 202 in game two, and with amazing skill, a 246 in the third game.
“We played really well as a team, and, coming off our win against St. Anthony’s, we just felt great,” noted Connor Egan, senior captain and tournament MVP. “Even though the scores were less than expected for the finals, both teams fought hard to overcome some minor issues, and we were lucky to come out on top. All the best to the SJB team.”
Egan, who has had quite a successful run with the Chaminade bowling team, has won a CHSAA title in each of his four years on the team. On Thursday evening, he had yet another successful series, bowling 206 in game one and 542 for the match. In the future, he plans to continue his bowling career in college and further improve his natural talent.
Claiming their fifth consecutive title, even after the recent retiring of beloved Coach Steven Toner, Chaminade’s Varsity Bowling team has further established itself as one of Long Island’s most elite teams. All eyes are on Chaminade next year, with much of the responsibility of the upperclassmen resting on the talented younger bowlers. Go Flyers!