The Midland Park bowling team booked its first trip to the state finals by finishing second in Group 1 at the North 1A sectional on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Standing, from left: Mattew Canellas, Katy Hartmann, Adrianna Kearney, Ryan Gibbons and Connor Mazzrillo. Kneeling: Tim Meima. (Photo & story info: Greg Tartaglia/NorthJersey.com)
Midland Park (2,639). From 2011-12 until last season, the Panthers had one 200-plus game in league and tournament play combined. Saturday, Tim Meima had two (216, 211), while Connor Mazzrillo (201) and Adrianna Kearney (200) added one apiece.
“We got sixth in our league this season,” first-year coach Jason Whelpley said. “So [Saturday] was an anomaly that we’re really happy with.”
Whelpley took over for longtime coach Jay Esposito, who passed away in April 2018. “He was looking down, he saw it,” Mazzrillo said.