The Lacey Township High School girls bowling team won the South Jersey Group II title Saturday at Laurel Lanes in Maple Shade.
The Lions beat out second place Manchester Township 2,593 pins to 2,526. Manchester had handed Lacey (12-3) its only three losses this season and won the Shore Conference South B title.
Jack Mahar has led the Lacey girls bowling team for three seasons, and has coached the Lions’ girls soccer team for the past four years.
“It’s feels great to get the win this way. Not only for me, but for these girls,” Mahar said. “These girls are without a doubt one of the best teams I’ve ever coached in any sport. They get along so well, so they all pull for each other. When one girl has a bad game, the others ramp up theirs to help.”
Junior Liz Schreier led the Lions, setting a new school record for series score in a tournament with a 652 Saturday morning that put her in fifth place overall. She also led in game scores with 201, 236 and 215.
Her younger sister, sophomore Claudia, followed with scores of 205, 181 and 180 for a 566 series score and a 16th place finish.
Both Schreiers’ series scores fell within the top 18 from across New Jersey sectionals, qualifying them for the individual Tournament of Champions in North Brunswick on Feb. 15. They are the first Lions team to attend since 2009.
“We are definitely excited to have this opportunity,” Liz, 17, said, “but we really just wanted to beat the other teams today. We set this goal together, and we’re glad we got to achieve it for the team.”
Autumn Laird followed the Schreier sisters with a 549 series score. Julia Muro scored 414 and Samantha Trembley had 412. Next up for the Lions is the team Tournament of Championships on Feb. 10, where they will once again face Manchester Township along with the top two finishers from the other sectionals.
“After today, we’re feeling very confident,” Mahar said. “I looked at the scores from the other sectionals and we’re definitely in a good position to compete. When we bowl well, our chances are always good.”
Notes: Pennsauken’s Michelle Bello won the individual title with a score of 731. Other locals who qualified for the individual Tournament of Champions include Cedar Creek’s Sarah Florence (eighth, 618) and Barnegat’s Alyssa Pilovsky (15th 568).