Twin Titles for Varsity Bowling Teams


The high school’s varsity boys and girls bowling teams won their respective Suffolk County championship titles at the Feb. 4 competition held at Sayville Lanes.

The boys team, led by coach Bob Cheadle, started out with a three-game morning session, scoring 1,214; 1,114; and 1,198 for a total of 3,556, which gave them a 251-pin lead. It was the highest scoring three-game set in Suffolk this year, averaging 237 per bowler. Senior Vinny Altman’s 299 score in game 3 was the highest for the entire tournament. In the three-game afternoon session, the team scored 1,052; 1,074; and 1,048 for a total of 3,174, averaging 212 per bowler. The team’s total for the tournament was 6,730, for an average of 224.3 per bowler. They won by 218 pins, earning their third county championship in the last five years.

In individual performances, excelling with consistency were Altman (1,356 for a 226 average in six games) and fellow senior Matt Waldron (1,344 for a 224 average in six games); juniors Justin Orobello (1,327 for a 221 average in six games), tournament high bowler James Spina (1,366 for a 227.7 average in six games) and Anthony Valente (912 for a 228 average in four games); and freshman Sonny Pico (425 for a 213 average in two games). 

Led by coach Harold Cooley, the girls team remained undefeated as they won their second consecutive county championship.

In the morning session, bowlers included juniors Lauren Christie (226 game and 640 series), Amanda Kreush (202 game) and Melissa Mavrich (236 game and 692 series); sophomores Julia Bocamazo (221 game and 631 series), Jenny Murphy (247 game and 662 series) and Julianna Spina (235 game and 666 series); and eighth-grader Natalie Mavrich. Afternoon scorers included Christie (228 game and 625 series), Kreush (198 game and 574 series), Melissa Mavrich (215 game and 589 series), Bocamazo (243 game and 662 series), Murphy (205 game and 562 series) and Spina (236 game and 706 series).

Over the series, individual scores in six games were tallied by Christie (1,265 for a 210.8 average), Kreush (972 for a 194.4 average), Melissa Mavrich (1,281 for a 213.5 average), Bocamazo (1,293 for a 215.5  average) and Murphy (1,224 for a 204 average), and scores in five for Spina (1,372 for a 228.6 average).

The team’s totals were 1,080 in game 1; 1,078 in game 2; 1,136 in game 3; 1,027 in game 4; 1,112 in game 5; and 1,053 in game 6 for a six-game total of 6,486, beating second-place Middle Country (6,260) by 226 pins.

In a joyful twist, East Islip siblings James Spina and Julianna Spina – both high bowlers for their teams – won county championships on the same day. They and their teammates will have the opportunity for further glory as they move on to compete in the state championships in Rochester on March 4.