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Despite trailing by 390 pins after the third of six games, the Suffolk bowlers knew they could come back and win their fourth straight state sectional championship at Anchor Lanes Sunday. The bowlers used a 30-minute intermission to regroup after holding a meeting.
Naujokas led Suffolk to a second-place finish, accounting for a competition-best 1,252 (208.7 average) of the team’s 5,702 pins. Section II (Saratoga) won with 5,778. Naujokas didn’t even know she had the highest pin total.
The Holy Trinity senior was afforded a do-over after first throwing the ball down the wrong lane and he made it count with a strike. Then he added five more for a total of seven consecutive strikes on the way to rolling a 247, enough to top St. John the Baptist’s Liam Mahoney for the NYSCHSAA individual championship Saturday at AMF Babylon Lanes. Mahoney bowled a 219 in the finals.
Chris Vietri began his first game with 10 consecutive strikes, but he said he was still looking over his shoulder to his Holy Trinity bowling teammate Bryan Bono, who wasn’t far behind.
The East Islip girls bowling team senior has been a leader this season for the perennial powerhouse, but said she’s never been to the state championship. Mavrich said East Islip went there in 2014, but she was an alternate and didn’t compete.
Syosset’s Mackenzie Wagner knew that from her experiences and used it to her advantage Saturday, reminding herself to focus on the long haul and make progress throughout six games. She ended in first place with a 1,134 total at the Nassau individual bowling championships at Garden City Lanes.
Wright’s strong performance led Chaminade (14-0) to its fifth consecutive CHSAA title Thursday at Farmingdale Lanes. The Flyers beat St. John the Baptist, 1,159-1,029 and 1,050-979 in Game 1 and 2, but lost 1,103-1,094 in the third game. St. John the Baptist fell to 9-5-1.
The Division Avenue High School senior competed in the Teen Masters Grand Championship match in Reno, Nevada, on Dec. 19 and the event will be televised Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN as part of the PBA Challenge finals.
Soedarmasto didn’t leave an open frame in Game 2 in bowling a 258 on the way to a 760 series, helping Division take two of three against Island Trees Monday at South Levittown Lanes. He rolled a 257 in the first game and a 245 in the third.
Soedarmasto, 17, averaged 231.52 in his 42 games, winning 13 of 18 matches with a total 10,114 pinfall during the five-day tournament that concluded July 3. He beat runner-up Trey Brand of Battlefield, Missouri, by 165 pins.
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).