Highlander bowlers know there's no 'i' in team Captains lead squad to North 1 Group 3 championship
Photo providedWest Milford bowlers captains.
By Josh Lashley West Milford — One of the exciting things about watching a bowling program that’s working together is that not only do the athletes focus on their individual goals, but they cheer on their teammates to be their very best as well. This is certainly true for the 2017-2018 West Milford High School bowling team. The Highlanders have had a number of outstanding individual performances this season along with some considerable team victories. West Milford recently won the NJSIAA North 1 Group 3 Sectional championship. Helping to pace the Highlanders are a trio of captains-Andrew Finke (senior), Justin Gerity (senior) and Tyler Nicol (junior). Coach's assessment “[They are captains because of their] leadership abilities, responsible athletes, dedication and assisting in the nurture and development of the newer bowlers,’’ West Milford head coach John Caillie said. “They have shown dedication and devotion to the sport, and have come far and above my expectations of them from the first practices and matches. “Andrew Finke is a two winter sport athlete, bowling and basketball, and has maintained a 200-plus average in bowling. He has proven himself as a gifted athlete as well as maintaining his grades. "Tyler Nicol has maintained a 185-plus average and has showed leadership skills as well as assisting in helping our less experienced bowlers. "Justin Gerity is a dedicated and fun loving person. His charm and leadership skills are a breath of fresh air to the team.’’ Beyond finding ways to improve themselves as bowlers, the three captains work with rest of the student-athletes on the roster to be better on the lanes. “They work with each other to improve upon their individual skills and abilities,’’ Caillie said. “No one is left out and they all work together for a common goal of success," he said. "They show a great deal of sportsmanship toward each other and other teams, whether in victory or defeat. They show a sense of school and self- pride in all that they do.’’ A whole host of student-athletes have helped propel the Highlanders in a positive manner this winter. “Jennifer and Jessica Goldberg, as well as Michael Nicholas have played important roles, bouncing back and forth at times between JV and varsity when needed,’’ Caillie said. “R.J. Utter as an incoming freshman has become a varsity level bowler with a 195-plus average. "Amanda Finke as an incoming freshman has helped us to two Tournament wins, the most recent, the Passaic County Tournament on Jan. 19," he said. "Amanda had a second high 209 game for girls and third high series.’’