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Striking Success: Bowling Team Claims Championship Glory

Bergen County

By: Richard L. Smith 

In the competitive world of high school bowling, I've found few stories that resonate with the blend of perseverance, team spirit, and sheer talent quite like that of the Academy of the Holy Angels’ bowling team.AdUnder the cautious yet hopeful guidance of head coach Mr. Patrick Dunne, the team not only met but exceeded expectations in a season that can only be described as a striking success.

Early doubts were cast with the departure of a First Team All-County bowler, Breanna Hetzer, leaving many to wonder if the team could maintain its competitive edge.

Yet, Coach Dunne's belief in the potential of his JV players to step up to the varsity level was not misplaced.

Indeed, these athletes did more than just fill the void; they propelled the team to a series of victories that would mark their season as one for the history books.

Bowling The team's achievements are a testament to their hard work and determination: they claimed titles as the 2023 Big North Conference Preseason Tournament Champions - United Division, 2024 Big North Conference JV Bowling Invitational Champions, Big North Conference United Division Champions, North 2 Group 2 State Sectional Champions, and finished as NJSIAA Group 2 Finalists.

Key to their success was the solid performance of the team members, which includes a roster filled with talent from across the region.

With eight sophomores among the twelve girls, the team showcased not just current strength but also the promise of future excellence.


Dunne highlighted the significant contributions of Kaitlyn Zheng, Nina Petrou, and Reagan Mirque, whose exceptional performances were crucial in the team's victorious campaign.

Individual accolades were plentiful, with Kaitlyn Zheng leading the pack with the highest average and securing First Team, All-County, and First Team All-Division honors.

Other team members, including Rachel Stanbury, Nina Petrou, Reagan Mirque, and Katie McLoughlin, also earned First Team All-Division honors, showcasing the depth of talent within the team.

Coach Dunne emphasized the dedication of his team, noting their continued commitment to improving their skills through participation in leagues and individual tournaments.

This dedication, coupled with the sweet victory over Indian Hills in the state semifinal—a team that had previously been a stumbling block—highlights the Angels’ resilience and determination to rise above challenges.AdAs the Academy of the Holy Angels’ bowling team looks to the future, they do so not just as champions of today but as promising leaders of tomorrow.

I absolutely know that their story is not merely one of victory but of striking success born from the relentless pursuit of excellence. This narrative will inspire future generations of bowlers not only at the Academy but also in New Jersey. 

Congratulations ladies, from all of us here at RLS Media.