February 15, 2015

HACKENSACK — Jordan Lopez and his Lyndhurst teammates set high standards for themselves, but even they didn’t foresee this.

The Golden Bears set a sectional record with a three-game, five-player score of 3,490 – a per-player average of 233 – at Saturday’s North 1A boys bowling tournament at Bowler City.

That they won the Group 1 title for the fourth straight year was impressive enough. After they opened with a first-game 1,233 (Emily Young 268, Richard Sawires 204, Ryan Donohue 244, Daijon Smith 259, Lopez 258), the question was no longer if they could win, but how high the total could go.

“You have a feeling that you’re going to have a good day when everybody’s on,” said Lopez, who tied for second individually with a 728 series. “Those first few frames, everybody just clicked, and everyone was striking.”

Lyndhurst had three of the five highest-scoring bowlers in the tournament, with Smith adding a fourth-place 716 and Young shooting a 759 to lead the house. Though she was ineligible to win high series, the senior saw no reason to complain.

“At the [North] girls sectional, I shot a great series [644] and came in second place,” Young said. “Then to come here and beat all the boys, it’s just amazing … it doesn’t even matter that I didn’t get anything for it.”