2014 Newsday All-Long Island girls bowling team
LONG ISLAND BOWLER OF THE YEAR: KELLY SKALACKI, Middle Country, Sr.
Chasing championships and records is all Kelly Skalacki has known in her bowling career, but no success was ever enough.
"I want to do better than I have before,'' the Newfield senior said. "There's a lot I have to improve on.''
Skalacki said that after a junior season in which she helped Middle Country capture its first state championship, had the second-best average in Suffolk girls history, and was named All-Long Island for a third time.
The bar constantly was raised. Last summer, she altered her stance to become more upright and tinkered with her backswing to add power. The result: Skalacki posted a 223.52 average, which set the Long Island single-season record, and led an inexperienced Middle Country team to second place in the Suffolk tournament.
"She's an amazing talent, but she has such a strong will,'' coach Mandy Dominguez said. "She has never been satisfied with anything short of being the best.''
NICHOLE BAIONE, East Islip, Sr.
She raised her average 21 pins from last year, to 215.47, and helped East Islip dominate the regular season and win a state championship. Her sister, Nancy, was an All-Long Island pick in 2012.
REBECCA GOTTERBARN, Sewanhaka District, Sr.
She capped her career by leading Nassau with a 216.6 average and her team to a third straight county championship. Gotterbarn was a two-time Bowler of the Year, and last season set the Long Island record with a 223.5 average.
OLIVIA LOPERA, East Islip, Soph.
Lopera averaged 217.07, second-best on Long Island. Already a two-time All-LI selection, she rolled a 1,253 series in the Suffolk tournament.
AMANDA SCHILLING, East Islip, Sr.
Schilling raised her average pinfall by 14 this season, to 213.2 -- fifth-best on Long Island. The Farleigh Dickinson-commit rolled a 1,167 series in leading East Islip to the state championship last month.
COACH OF THE YEAR: HAROLD COOLEY, East Islip