Dalers, Sewanhaka are Nassau bowling champs
After losing last year's Nassau County Championship by just 19 pins, the Farmingdale boys bowling team entered Garden City Lanes Saturday looking for redemption.
Leading by just one pin going into the fourth game, the Dalers opened up an 89-pin lead after the fifth game and held on to win the county title with a total score of 6,332 through the full six games.
"It's absolutely amazing," Farmingdale coach Joe Bianca Sr. said. "It's such a great experience for the kids; it was a great team effort from them."
East Meadow finished second with 6,308.
Sophomore Steven Hamlin, who had the top series on the day with a 1,385, led the Dalers. Hamlin even flirted with a 300 in the fifth game, bowling strikes in the first eight frames, but he lost it in the ninth. He finished the game with a 269.
"I just stayed focused on getting my team out in front, I didn't want to worry about getting the 300," he said. "A couple pins didn't fall, so I couldn't get it, but I don't mind at all."
Bianca will now take the Dalers to the state championship for the first time in his coaching career.
"I would like us to have a good showing," Bianca said. "If everyone bowls consistently like they did today, I believe we can win it."
Meanwhile, the Sewanhaka girls dominated with 5,396, which was 278 pins ahead of Bethpage (5,118).
After finishing second for the past two years, the Indians were able to come out of the gate strong with a 962 in the first game and they never lost the lead.
"To finally win the championship caps a perfect season," said sophomore Rebecca Gotterbarn, who bowled a 1,148 series.
Sophomore Daniele Roca had the day's high series with 1,198.
"We have some really talented girls on the team, and they worked hard, so it feels great," Sewanhaka coach Jay Hegi said. "I feel very blessed; it's a blessing to coach this team."
With the majority of Sewanhaka's top bowlers only in their sophomore years, the Indians are confident they can defend their title.
"We're a young team, and I think as long as we bowl how we always bowl, there's no way we can't win," Gotterbarn said.