Vote for the NJ1015 HS Athlete of the Week [2/17]
Boys bowling – Jake Rollins, Sr., Glen Rock
Rollins rolled a perfect 300 game, the 30th of his career, to beat Allentown’s Matt Russo and capture the NJSIAA individual bowling title at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick.
Girls bowling – Raychel Waltz, Sr., Nottingham
Waltz made a run as the third seed to the NJSIAA individual title, beating top-seeded Alize Stevenson of Roselle 264-213 in the final at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick. Waltz bowls independently for Nottingham because the school does not have a team, and finished as the top bowler in the state after taking eighth as a junior.
Wrestling – Robert Melise, Fr., Hwt., Phillipsburg
Melise, a freshman who was only 2-4 with two forfeit wins for the season heading into the Group IV final against Southern, picked up a shocking pin of Southern’s Jesse Bauta (23-6) in 3:34 at heavyweight to propel the Stateliners to a 32-21 victory. Phillipsburg finished the season as New Jersey’s only undefeated team and won its 18th NJSIAA Group title.
Boys basketball – Jola Babalola, Sr., G, Vineland
Babalola had a team-high 16 points to lead sub-.500 Vineland to a stunning 66-63 upset of defending NJSIAA Group IV champion Atlantic City, which had beaten Vineland 75-34 in their first meeting of the season.
Boys indoor track – Hazem Miawad, Jr., Old Bridge
Miawad ran a 49-second anchor leg as the Old Bridge relay team set a meet record and ran the second-fastest time in the nation this year with a 3:18.98 to win the boys Suburban Division 4x400-meter relay at the Millrose Games at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City.
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