All-star selection for East Islip's Lena Sorrentino is swan song to high school bowling

East Islip's Lena Sorrentino bowls in the Suffolk East Islip's Lena Sorrentino bowls in the Suffolk County HS Championships. (Feb. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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The Sectional All-Star Tournament will be Lena Sorrentino's last hurrah.

Well, "Oo-rah," actually. During the last five years, two sounds have become familiar: pins toppling and the East Islip star yelling the old Marines battle cry with teammates. But Sunday's tournament closes a chapter for one of Long Island's most decorated high school bowlers.

"It doesn't feel real," said Sorrentino, a senior and four-time All-Long Island selection. "It's hard to imagine this is my last time bowling in high school."

This also is her fifth time competing in a state tournament. She twice led her team to Suffolk titles and three other times has earned a spot on the all-star squad comprising the county's top six bowlers, excluding members of championship teams.

Sorrentino, who posted a 215 average this season, is among five Long Island girls competing for the last time, part of the core that ushered in this era of dominant girls bowlers.

"It's the end of something special, but I feel more excited than sad," said Longwood's Brianna Meyer, a three-time All-Long Islander. "It also means we're getting old."

Meyer helped lead Team Suffolk to gold in last year's tournament and will be joined on this team by teammate Kylie Spillett, a senior with whom she teamed to win the Suffolk doubles title this year.

Seniors Meghan Wing (Plainedge) and Paige Sztabnik (Roslyn) lead the Nassau all-stars after finishing first and second, respectively, in the county individual tournament.

"Right now it's starting to hit me that this is my last time," said Wing, who had a 219.5 average. "Looking back, it's been an amazing ride."

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