Meet the boys and girls selected to Newsday's All-Long Island bowling team for the 2012-13 season. - By Stephen Haynes
CO-LONG ISLAND GIRLS BOWLER OF THE YEAR: REBECCA GOTTERBARN
Sewanhaka District, Jr.
Gotterbarn broke the Nassau girls single-season average record last year as a sophomore and managed to outdo herself this season, setting the Long Island record with a 223.5. She bowled two 300 games this season, led the Indians to a second consecutive county crown, and her 1,267 series helped propel them to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament.
CO-LONG ISLAND GIRLS BOWLER OF THE YEAR: MELISSA SHERWIN
Middle Country, Sr.
Sherwin had a season for the ages, racking up individual accolades and then leading Middle Country to its first state championship with a record-setting performance. The four-time All-Long Islander set the Suffolk girls single-season mark with a 223.2 average, and broke the state tournament record with a 1,489 six-game series in Syracuse.
Meyer, three-time All-Long Island selection, helped establish Longwood as a perennial title contender in her five seasons on varsity. She had a 212.4 average this season, bowled a 1,340 in the county championships and rolled a 1,200 as a member of Team Suffolk in the Sectional All-Star tournament in Syracuse.
Middle Country, Jr.
Skalacki improved by 18 pins this season and her 222.6 average was second best in Suffolk (though it also surpassed the old record of 222.4). She rolled a 300 game in January, shot a tournament-best 1,389 series in leading Middle Country to the Suffolk title, and her 1,305 helped secure the Cougarines’ state championship.
East Islip, Sr.
One of the most decorated L.I. high school bowlers, Sorrentino capped her brilliant career with a 215.1 regular-season average, and her 1,399 series was third best in the Sectional All-Star tournament. Sorrentino is a four-time All-Long Island selection, a former L.I. Bowler of the Year, and was a member of three Suffolk championship teams with East Islip.
Wing, already a standout, tinkered with her delivery during the season and saw her average jump 15 pins from last year to 219.5 -- second best in Nassau. The two-time All-Long Islander rolled a 1,317 to win the county individual championship and, her 1,283 series led Team Nassau in the Sectional All-Star tournament.
GIRLS BOWLING COACH OF THE YEAR: MANDY DOMINGUEZ
He led his team to a second Suffolk title since 2010 and its first state championship. Middle Country dominated the state tournament, avenging its second-place finish in 2010.
Front row, from left: Brianna Meyer, Longwood; Melissa Sherwin, Middle Country; Lena Sorrentino, East Islip; Kelly Skalacki, Middle Country. Back row, from left: Coach of the Year, Mandy Dominguez, Middle Country; Rebecca Gotterbarn, Sewanahka District; Meagan Wing, Plainedge.
2013 NEWSDAY ALL-LONG ISLAND GIRLS BOWLING SECOND TEAM:
Brittany Arne, Patchogue-Medford, Fr.; Abigail Casale, North Babylon, Sr.; Kristina Etergineoso, Sayville boys team, Jr.; Lori Greenblatt, Islip, Sr.; Olivia Lopera, East Islip, Fr. (pictured); Maria Lucente, Valley Stream North, So.; Laura Molloy, Smithtown, Jr.; Danielle Roca, Sewanhaka District, Jr.; Amanda Tyrrell, Middle Country, Sr.; Kylie Spillett, Longwood, Sr.
BOYS BOWLER OF THE YEAR: NICK CARUANA
Sachem East, Freshman
The list of accolades don’t seem to end for Caruana. High average? Yes -- a Suffolk-best 232. High series? Sure -- an 815 against Longwood on Jan. 22. Big-game gumption and big-time results? Oh, plenty of that, too. Caruana led the Suffolk All-Stars to a state title with a tournament high 1,450 series, including a 289 in Game 1 of the sectional state championship. In the regular season, he spearheaded a Sachem East team that finished 10-2 and came in second to East Islip in the county team championship. Caruana bowled a tournament-high 1,555 series then.
Not pictured: ROBBIE CULP
The All-State bowler won the Nassau individual tournament with a 1,485 series, including a 276 in Game 2, and led his Hicksville team to a second place finish in the team tournament. He had a 230.1 average this year, second in the county, made all the more impressive by his 185 average last year, coach Justin Sullivan said.
East Meadow, Junior
The three-time All-State selection led Nassau with a 230.6 average and bowled a section-high 1,357 series in the state tournament in Syracuse. Juarez is a five-time All-County selection, a two-time first team All-Long Islander, and has an all-time high school average of slightly over 220.
East Islip, Senior
Kissel finished the year second in the county in average, with a 231.26. On Jan. 17, he bowled a bowled a 300 in Game 1 of a 782 against West Babylon. In the state tournament, he bowled a 258, pacing East Islip to a second-place finish. His most memorable performance, though, came when he helped East Islip win the Suffolk team title, bowling a 300 to lead the Redmen to a title a year after an 11th-place finish.
East Islip, Junior
Klein finished with a 230.31 average and bowled a team-high 1,408 series in the Redmen’s second-place finish in the state tournament. He played in every game of East Islip’s 12-0 season and notched a 279 game on Jan. 24, when the Redmen knocked down a county-high 3,625 pins.
Islip, Senior A two-time All-Long Islander, Kovarick finished the year with a 229.35 average, fourth best in Suffolk. Kovarick was known for his consistency on the lanes, though he did rack up big numbers, including a 288 game and a 755 series.
BOYS BOWLING COACH OF THE YEAR: BRIAN MALONEY
Led the Conference VII team to a turn-around finish and a surprising Nassau county title, its first since 1996.
Front row, from left: Jacob Klein, East Islip; Nick Caruana, Sachem East; Jeffrey Juarez, East Meadow. Back row, from left: Mike Kissel, East Islip; Coach of the Year, Brian Maloney, Division; Mike Kovarick, Islip. Not pictured: Robbie Culp, Hicksville
2013 NEWSDAY ALL-LONG ISLAND BOYS BOWLING SECOND TEAM:
Connor Egan, Chaminade, Fr. (pictured); Chris Hall, St. John the Baptist, Sr.; Phil Loeschinger, Chaminade, Sr.; Sean Doherty, Carle Place, Sr.; Brandon Soedarmasto, Division, Fr.; Mike Ryan, Oceanside, Jr.; Adam Glickman, Hewlett; Josh Sposito, Lindenhurst, Sr.; Mike Karolewski, Longwood, So.; Jon Cheadle, East Islip, Jr.