The Lacey Township High School girls bowling team won the state Group II championship at the 2018 Tournament of Champions at Bowlero in North Brunswick on Friday. It was the first state championship for the Lions in the program’s three-year history.

Seeded second, the Lions went on to compete in the TOC but fell 3-1 to Group IV champ and No. 3 seed Toms River North, which ultimately won the title.

In the Group II finals, the Lions were down by about 20 pins in the first game and had to rally to keep up with Manchester Township and Colts Neck.

The team rallied in the second game to bowl a 993 and retake the lead. They finished with a 970 in the third to hold on.

“They’ve been doing it all season,” Lacey coach Jack Mahar said. “ When they need to step it up, they get the job done.”

Junior Samantha Tremblay led the team earning the high series with 587 and the high game at 214. The Lions finished the tournament with a total of 2,807 pins ahead of Colts Neck with 2,748 and Manchester with 2,682.

“It honestly feels amazing,” Trembley said. “We worked really hard and when we get our energy up, we start bowling better.”

Trembley said the team is like a family and helped each other stay positive. Even though Trembley led the Lions to the title, Mahar said her team was right there with her.

“This was the most balance tournament scoring-wise we’ve had as a team,” Mahar said.

This is the second year in a row Lacey won its division and the South Jersey Group II championships. Senior Liz Schreier competed in the individual state championships with Trembley on Wednesday and finished 22nd out of 51.

Mahar said this state championship win is a bittersweet end to a “dream season” as three seniors will graduate.

Can't get enough High School sports? Get the latest scores, game highlights and analysis delivered to your inbox each week

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Contact: 609-272-7210 KAuble@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressAuble

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Soon we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account.

Load comments