Bowling Teams Defeat J.P., Set Records in Anthony White Memorial Match



John Re ’25 bowls during the Anthony White Memorial Match against J.P. Stevens.

The boys and girls varsity bowling teams defeated J.P. Stevens 3–1 and 4–0 respectively in the Anthony White Memorial Bowling Match at Majestic Lanes. 

The match was a tribute to former J.P. Stevens bowling and volleyball coach and Edison High graduate Mr. Anthony White ‘97, who passed away on October 17 last year. He had been a social studies teacher at J.P. Stevens for two decades. The bowling coaches, who had previously worked with him, organized a “White Out” in which all bowlers wore white at the match. 

“The J.P. Stevens and Edison High coaches have always been close. Coach White was a big presence at the alley,” said Head Coach Tracie Smith. “The White Out is a way for our programs to honor him and what he brought to our teams. It was a day to reflect, compete and remember all the great times we had with him over the years.” 

The boys team was led by James Stavenick ‘25 with a series score of 610, John Re ‘25 with 547, and Derek Dudek ‘25 with 495. 

The boys team saw many new personal records. Stavenick and Dudek both set their records for series scores. For game highs, John Re ‘25 bowled 229 and Isrrael Mojardin ‘23 bowled 193. 

“That was the most intense match I’ve played in my life,” said Re, boys bowling team captain. 

The girls team also delivered a solid winning performance against their J.P. counterparts. Junior Pooja Katara ‘24 led the team with a series score of 468, followed by Sophie Shin ‘23 with 422 and Illiana Boyce ‘23 with 388. 


Lorelai Hagens ‘24 reached a personal game record of 133. She bowled a score of 336 overall for the event. 

The boys team, holding a record of 4–7 after the victory, played their final four games of the season against Colonia, Middlesex, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Iselin Kennedy. While the team lost both games to Colonia and Middlesex and tied against St. Thomas Aquinas, the boys were able to end their season strong with a commanding 4–0 victory against Kennedy. They end their exhibition sets with a record of five wins, nine losses, and a tie.

The girls team, sitting at 7–4 after Wednesday’s game, also played the same teams. The Eagles lost their match against Colonia, three sets to one, and won their match against Middlesex with a commanding four-set sweep. They lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 3–1 but won against Kennedy by the same margin. They end their exhibition season with a record of nine wins and six losses, the best record since 2018.

Game statistics are available from for the boys and girls teams.