It’s only fitting that the Greenwich High School bowling team would cap off a state championship-clinching match against its rivals with a perfect game.
Not only did the Cardinals clinch the Connecticut Interscholastic Bowling League championship by beating Notre Dame of Fairfield Tuesday afternoon at Fairfield’s Nutmeg Bowl, but GHS senior Packy Hanrahan had a day to remember, bowling a 290 in the second game and backing that up with a perfect 300 in his third game.
“These kids are amazing,” Greenwich High School head coach Wayne Gioffre said. “They go off in the offseason and bowl in tournaments and during their free time. We have five different teams and none have lost a game. It starts from the top and works its way down. Winning is contagious.”
Greenwich finished the day with a combined score of 2,793. Leading the way was Hanrahan, who finished his three games with an impressive score of 805. Obviously, the highlight of the match was Hanrahan’s perfect third game (to view the strike that capped off the perfect game, click here).
“I have only seen one other in my lifetime up here, so for him to do it and to win the state championship on that note is a great way to end their career,” Gioffre said. “You have to have focus to do that. He was phenomenal.”
What’s more impressive is that the last time he didn’t bowl a strike was in the first frame of the second game. Although Hanrahan could feel the pressure, he remained calmed throughout his match.
“All of a sudden it gets completely silent in the bowling alley,” Hanrahan said. “It goes from everybody talking to no one even bowling. I actually just tried to talk to my teammates and not really think about it too much. Once I pick up the ball, I’m right back in the zone.”
“That was insane,” Greenwich High’s Max Barefoot said. “You always see it when you watch professional bowling on Sundays but to see it for Packy, especially since he wanted it for such a long time, was great. He’s always had that goal of getting 300 and to see him do it in front of our rivals Notre Dame was incredible.”
Big Red also got solid scores from a plethora of athletes. Christian Dirusso finished with a 553, while teammate Don Maniscalco took home a score of 536. Joe Concepcione also bowled all three games and netted a score of 469.
Barefoot bowled the second and third games and combined for a score of 307. Rounding out the scoring for Greenwich was Ricky Okazaki, who bowled a 123 in the first game.
To read more on the team’s state championship-clinching performance, as well as Hanrahan’s perfect game, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.