Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Indians Equal Best State Finish

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Indians Equal Best State Finish

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NORTH BRUNSWICK – Henry Tipping should expect to receive some mail soon.

The Pascack Valley senior continued a postseason hot streak at Monday's state boys bowling team finals at Bowlero Carolier Lanes. He shot a 729 series and tied for third high game with a 269.

That helped the Indians post the best score by a North Jersey team in the event (3,023) and equal their best state finish, a fourth in Group 4. It also came nine days after Tipping fired a 746 (248.7 average) to win high series at the North 1A sectional.

The secret to his February surge?

"To be perfectly honest, I don't know," the Hillsdale resident said. "Right now, my game is working well, and I hope I bowl really, really well on Wednesday."

That's when Tipping will return to North Brunswick for the state individual finals – and, perhaps, linger a bit longer.

Monday, his team left after being interviewed but before the official announcement of awards for the top three games. Roselle sophomore Luis Torres wound up with the third-place trophy for his 269, and a duplicate will be made and sent to Pascack Valley.

Although high series were not recognized – the NJSIAA saves that for the individual finals – Tipping's was second only to the 785 of East Brunswick lefty Daniel Lenk. Their teams shared lanes for the final game, when the Indians tallied a 1,012 to the Bears' 1,015.

By that time, however, East Brunswick (3,180) was well on its way to a second straight Group 4 title.

"It was nice to give them something to think about," Tipping said, "but we were down by more than 100 pins, so it wasn't really going to happen.

"Our goal going into today was to break 3,000," he added, "and the fact that we did it, that's amazing."

Pascack Valley made its ninth appearance at the state finals in 10 years, and prior to last winter, it had never eclipsed 2,800, let alone 3,000. The Indians missed the latter mark by five pins while placing fourth in Group 3 in 2017.

Clifton junior Joe Paolillo wound up in a similar situation to Tipping after blasting a tournament-best 279 game.

He shared the honor with Sussex Tech southpaw Danny McNeilly and Jackson Liberty freshman Justin Bohn. Since Paolillo had the highest series of the trio (715, fifth-best of the day), he got to take home the trophy rather than wait for a duplicate.

The right-hander opened the second game with an 8-10 split, and after getting one pin on his spare roll, he struck out the rest of the way.

"The team didn't do so well in the first game," Paolillo said, "but I was like, 'Maybe I'll go for the high game, and see what happens.' And it worked out pretty well."

Top team honors went to Group 4 champ Woodbridge (3,185), which defeated Group 1 winner St. Rose of Belmar (3,138) in the Tournament of Champions' best-of-5 Baker finals, 3-0. St. Rose knocked off East Brunswick in the semifinals, 3-1.

Three other three Bergen County teams finished in the top half of their groups. …

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