Hamm helps sandwich together trio of BRHS wins

By: Sean Moylan
   Freshman Melissa Jones bowled the first 200 plus game (204) of her career while sparking the Bordentown Regional High School girls’ varsity bowling squad to 4-0 win over Ewing at Curtis Lanes last Friday.
   "Yesterday (Thursday) in practice she (Jones) bowled a 201. That was her first 200 game ever," noted Bordentown head coach Rob Conlin.
   Jones finished the day with a 509 series as Bordentown won the pin count over Ewing 2155 to 1723.
   Steady Kristi Hamm posted a 461 series (147, 146, 168) while Jen Dean rolled a 422 series, which included a 171 game. Katrina Cooper (a 385 series) and Samantha Todd (a 378 series) rounded out the Scotties’ potent lineup on the day.
   On Monday, Cooper and Hamm each recorded a 451 series to lead Bordentown to a 4-0 win over Rancocas Valley at the Holly Bowl.
   "Cooper had a very good day," added Coach Conlin.
   Jones also came through for Bordentown with a 444 series, which included a 167 high game. Dean, meanwhile, bowled an excellent 435 series with a 166 high game.
   Then on Tuesday afternoon at Papp’s Bordentown blasted Westampton Tech, 4-0. Hamm had an explosive 542 series (146, 193, 203) while Dean chipped in with a 403 series (153, 128, 122). Todd (a 397 series) and Jones (396) also pulled their weight in the lineup.
   "The girls bowled well," added Coach Conlin.
   Bordentown is 4-2-2 overall.
   The Scotties are scheduled to bowl against the Delran Bears today (Thursday) at the Brunswick Zone. Then on Tuesday, Bordentown is scheduled to host Maple Shade. Bordentown is in a groove right now. In fact, its win over Westampton Tech was by 333 pins (2045 to 1712). So look for the Scotties to enjoy another strong week.

   Ryan Branson erupted for a 619 series (219, 196, 224) to pace the Bordentown Regional High School boys’ varsity bowling team to a 4-0 win against Westampton Tech at Papp’s on Tuesday.
   The win improved Bordentown’s record for the season to 7-2 (5-1 in the Freedom Division).
   "It was great," said Bordentown head coach Rob Conlin of Branson’s fine effort.
   Leon Mack also bowled well for Bordentown with a 514 series (137, 190, 187). And T.J. McGonigal (a 177 high game), Rusty Miller (a 178 high game) and Lane Hirschfeld (a 173 high game) bowled for the Scotties too in the victory.
   On Monday, Rancocas Valley defeated Bordentown, 4-0, at the Holly Bowl despite a 195 game by Branson and a 556 series by Hirschfeld.
   "Hirschfeld—he was very consistent. The lanes were very dry, but Lane was able to carry the team so to speak," said Coach Conlin, who likes the camaraderie he’s seen on the squad as of late.
   Last Friday, Bordentown beat Ewing, 4-0, due in large part to Branson’s 560 series (207, 191, 162). McGonigal (a 525 series) and Hirschfeld (a 518 series) also put up strong numbers. Miller had a high game of 172 while Kevin Gabauer posted a 170 high game. Bordentown won the total pin count over Ewing 2471 to 2288. The Scotties are bowling well.
   Bordentown is scheduled at Delran today Thursday and it is scheduled to host Maple Shade on Tuesday.