Bowling their Way to Success


Senior bowlers (from left to right) John Hirakawa, Tyler Blind, and Jon Shin hope to win both county and state tournaments this year — and are off to a strong start.

by Patrick Dowling, Sports Editor

            The Glen Rock Varsity Panthers bowling team got off to a hot start, taking six of six matches they have played. This is a tremendous feat, as this is just the third year that Glen Rock has had a bowling team. The team will play ten more matches to complete the regular season, and then they will try to win the Bergen county and state tournaments.

            Leading the Panthers bowling squad is Coach Joe Serico, who has coached the Panthers all three years of recent existence. In an interview with Mr. Serico, he says his favorite part about coaching the bowling team is “being able to interact and work with students again.” Mr. Serico is a retired teacher who taught for 35 years in Paterson. Coach Serico is a big reason why the Glen Rock bowling program has grown since its rebirth.

The bowling team is led by seniors Tyler Blind, Jon Shin, and John Hirakawa. Also a major factor to this squad is junior Jake Rollins. Coach Serico said Jake is “one of the best bowlers in Bergen County.” Jake is averaging over 225 pins per game, and Tyler Blind is averaging over 210 pins per game. Both are very impressive track records, as the average round of bowling for professionals during qualifying rounds are around 225 pins.

The expectations are to win their division. The division which Glen Rock bowling is in consists of eight teams. At the pace Glen Rock is going, it seems as if no other team will be able to top them in the division. If Blind and Rollins keep up their play, Glen Rock could see themselves in the as the victors of even the state tournament.

Hopefully the GRHS Panthers can continue their fast start and chase the tournaments down. It will be interesting to see how the bowlers progress as the season comes along and to see how Glen Rock fares in the tournaments.

Check back later at the end of the winter season as the scores from tournaments will be posted on the Glen Echo.