Despite losses, Greenwich bowling team eyeing another title run

In a match-up that featured two powerhouses in the Connecticut Bowling Interscholastic League, it was St. Joseph’s that triumphed over Greenwich on Tuesday at Fairfield’s Nutmeg Bowl.

St. Joe’s won the first two games of the match, while the third game Big Red was able to force a tie.

The Cardinals were close in every game, as captains Nick Vigliano and Dom Maniscalco led the way.

Vigliano shot a 513 series, as his fellow captain Maniscalco shot a 556 series. The other contributors for the varsity team were Thomas Dajer, who recorded a 427 series; James Weathersee was solid with a 438 series and Jack Raskopf added a 452 series.

Despite the loss, head coach Wayne Gioffre was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I’m very proud of how the team bowled today,” Gioffre said. “If they can bowl anywhere between 700-750 total pins on a consistent basis, there is nothing more I can ask of them.”

With the loss, the Cardinals fall back to fifth place in the league, but that’s not discouraging for the team. Of the five players on the varsity team, only Maniscalco has been on the varsity squad before this year.

“We have a senior dominated team this year, but most players have only bowled for a couple years now,” said Gioffre.

When the season ended last year, Big Red had some serious losses. Packy Hanarhan, who bowled a perfect 300 one game last year and dominated the competition, graduated and is now bowling for Wichita State. In addition to Hanarhan, several other top athletes left the team due to graduation.

Although they have a relatively new team this season, Greenwich is still a top team in the league.

The Cards potential is very high this year. With plenty on time still left in the season to build confidence and chemistry, Maniscalco is excited to see where the season takes the Cardinals. He also talked about how the team can stay competitive throughout the year.

“The biggest thing our team needs to do is to make spares,” Maniscalco said.” It is important to covert the spares and keep the matches close when we aren’t getting the strikes.”

Whenever the team goes through struggles in a middle of a match, Maniscalco preaches to his teammates to stay calm.

“Bowling is a mental game,” the co-captain said. “If you start to become frustrated or angry, your score will go down as well.”

Co-captain Vigliano says that in order for the team to make a run at the championship, players like James Weathersee are going to need to step up.

“He has a great strike ball, and if he converts more spares, he is as good as anyone on the lanes,” said Vigliano.

If the Cardinals can get a little more consistency from players like Weathersee, Dajer and Raskopf, Big Red has a strong chance of making a run at the title.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Cardinals find themselves in title contention after more players gain valuable experience. It may take time for the Cardinals to start performing to their full potential, but when they do, they can compete with anyone in the league.

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