Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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* Hackensack felt like it had something to prove Friday at Bowler City. The Comets did just that.

The opponent was Indian Hills, the only team to beat Hackensack this season. The Comets made sure there would be no repeat with a dominant performance that showed off their talent, depth and capability for putting up big numbers that could allow them to compete for a state title.

Hackensack totaled 2,526 in three games, an average of 832 per game. Or an average of 208 per bowler. Numbers like that don't lose too often. Hackensack wound up sweeping the Braves and reaffirming its spot atop The Record boys bowling Top 10.

"They were pretty hungry for this," Hackensack coach Bob Lotz said. "Maybe [the loss] woke them up or gave them the inspiration they needed to rally for the rest of the season."

John Draney had an especially big day for Hackensack. The senior arrived early to Bowler City for extra practice and shot a 300. Draney then fired games of 270, 259 and 191 for a 720 series. Rob Gilbert Jr. had a 259 high-game on the way to a 688 series.

"You could tell he was warmed up and ready to go," Lotz said of Draney, who seems recovered from an early season finger injury. "I feel very happy that the kids proved themselves today."

* Clifton is off to a good start in the Big North Liberty Division. The Mustangs have the kind of team that could do well in tournament play, as all of their starting four - Deandre Powell, Harry Litchfield, Dennis Pierson and Christian DeGuzman -- have averages in the 180s and 190s.

Clifton is in second place behind Passaic Tech, which has been one of the surprise teams of the season. Those two teams will be among the contenders for the Passaic County tournament on Jan. 25.

"I have confidence in these four guys," Clifton coach Brian Small said. "I'm not saying we'll win it all, but we'll compete."

* New Milford has hopes of going from worst to first this season in what has been a startling turnaround. …

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