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That strategy helped the Flaming Arrows finish third in the state bowling championships Saturday. Sachem North finished with 5,281 pinfall. Fairport won the team title with 5,399.
East Islip sure made a statement. Led by Kavanaugh, who rolled a 239 in the sixth and final game of a 1,238 series, East Isilp captured a state title at Strike 'N Spare Lanes.
The Firebirds "B" team rallied to win the deciding third game and a point as Kellenberg edged two-time defending champion St. Dominic, 5 points to 4, Tuesday at Farmingdale Lanes. Kellenberg's "A" team won all three games and got a fourth point for total pinfall.
Sachem North junior Anthony Naujokas is one of Long Island's top high school bowlers and headed to the state championships in Syracuse. But he may not be the best bowler in his family. His seventh-grade sister Amanda is also very good.
The Flyers' top bowler rolled a 640 three-game series for a 213.3 average to help the Flyers defeat No. 1 St. Anthony's in total series by the score of 3,457-3,408.
Midway through yesterday's tournament at Garden City Lanes, the scoreboard showed Soedarmasto in domination mode -- a 112-pin lead with three games to go. But he shrugged it off, refusing to let the moment get the better of him.
There was a lot of that going on from Naujokas. The seventh-grader at Seneca Middle School said all the excitement of the Suffolk girls bowling championships was new to her.
The Commack sophomore rolled a 278, 244 and a personal-best 290 for a career-high 812 series in the Cougars' 3-0 Suffolk League III bowling win Monday over Northport at AMF Commack Vet Lanes.
Lopera leads Long Island girls with a 229.56 average, more than five pins better than the single-season record of 223.52, set last year by Middle Country's Kelly Skalacki. Zimmerman, who has a LI-best 246.62 average, is on pace to break the boys mark of 244 set by Plainview JFK's Matt Farber in 2012.
Representing Valley Stream North in her sophomore year, Lucente's 196.3 average was third best in Nassau. Now a Valley Stream District senior, Lucente is looking forward to making up for lost time.
All of Long Island would be proud of the way Klein and his Suffolk teammates, as well as the bowlers from Nassau, performed. The sections finished 1-2 overall in pin totals: Suffolk with 6,069 and Nassau at 6,023.
Jordan Kruger shot a 1,150 series and Olivia Lopera a 1,122 as East Islip toppled 5,632 pins -- 130 better than South Colonie -- to win its first state championship since 2008.
That trip to the state tournament as seventh-graders, qualifying for the six-person All-Star team, was only the beginning. They did that three years in a row. And the three years that followed, a dynasty, as the Indians enjoyed undefeated regular seasons, capped with Nassau championships.
Skalacki finished with another strong performance, rolling a 1,236 series -- second best in the tournament -- and leading the Suffolk girls to fifth place at Babylon Lanes.
Skalacki posted a 223.52 average, just surpassing the Long Island mark of 223.50, set last year by Carey's Rebecca Gotterbarn, who competes for Sewanhaka District.
Last year, the first look most people got of Division bowling was on the leader board at the county finals. The defending county champions and former underdogs don't have the benefit of anonymity this time around, and that's absolutely fine with them.
Zimmerman has gone from a 215 average in 2012 to a 235.86 average this year -- tops in Suffolk. He's also earned a county-high 31 match points this season, with a high series of 779.
When the Suffolk County boys bowling all-stars won the state sectional championship title in Syracuse earlier this month, it wasn't a coronation, but a homecoming.
East Islip's celebration wasn't complete without a huddle and cheer around a framed photograph and its night wouldn't be fulfilled, they said, without a trip to the cemetery.
Once upon a time, "218.4" was golden in Long Island girls bowling. That was the record; a mark set by East Islip's Ali Martin that had some wondering how long it would be before it was matched.
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WAVERLY, N.Y. -- When Brianna Meyer threw her last ball, she immediately spun around and began clapping as she was rushed by teammates . . . before a pin was even struck.
As usual, Sewanhaka District was well-represented at the state bowling tournament. As usual, the hip-hop music was blaring from their hotel rooms (perhaps loud enough to be heard halfway back to Long Island).