East Islip girls still the favorite; Middle Country a close second

East Islip's Lena Sorrentino bowls in the Suffolk

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

Two years ago, East Islip rocked the Suffolk Tournament with a record-setting performance and went on to take third in the state championships. Last season, the Redmen led Long Island -- girls and boys -- in average and finished second in states.

So, expectations for this season? Parity.

"This may be the best, most competitive year we've ever had in Suffolk," East Islip coach Harold Cooley said. "That's a testament to how good all these other teams have gotten."

East Islip still is the favorite, led by three-time All-Long Islander Lena Sorrentino (204), along with Olivia Lopera (209), Kelsey Fryer, Jordan Kruger and Nichole Baione.

But a true threat to the throne is Middle Country, the current leader with a 1,010 average. The Cougarines are headlined by superstars Kelly Skalacki (225), Melissa Sherwin (220) and Amanda Tyrell (205).

Longwood, which took third, is led by All-Long Islander Brianna Meyer and the Spillett sisters, Kylie and Brielle.

Talia Cohen, Jacqueline Castelli and Danielle Abruzzo have Commack among the elites. Comsewogue is a contender, led by the Clarks (Deanna, Emily and Renee) and Renee Rocco. Lori Greenblatt (196) and Katelyn LaRocca (195) lead a deep Islip squad. North Babylon, with Abigail Casale and Emily Garren, will be in the mix, and Patchogue-Medford is led by Jessica Calandra, who set the L.I. record with a 222.4 average.

Sewanhaka District, bronze medalists in the state tournament, could have a Nassau dynasty. Sparked by its three junior All-Long Islanders (Rebecca Gotterbarn, Danielle Roca and Kristina Genova), along with Morgan Roth, the Indians are favorites to defend their county title. Gotterbarn leads L.I. with a 225.5 and already has two 300 games.

Bethpage took second last year and is off to a strong start, led by Carly Licht, Sammi Ng and Elizabeth Ferraro.

Christie Warmingham (185) and Deanna Rosenberg lead Farmingdale, whose average is up 114 pins from last season. Valley Stream North could be in contention behind Maria Lucente and Jennifer Conti.

Massapequa (Alyssa Iannuzzi and Arianna Dumas), MacArthur (Kerrie DeLisi and Christina Thompson), East Meadow (Amanda Franzese and Jamie MacKay) and Carle Place (Dhara Kadakia) will be in the mix.

All-Long Islander Meghan Wing (216) leads Plainedge, and Stephanie Thilbourg could make Hicksville a sleeper.

After winning back-to-back CHSAA titles, St. John the Baptist must now overcome some roster turnover. Still, the Cougars are favored, led by league MVP Caroline Herrera along with Jennifer Budhwa and Leanne Constantino.

St. Dominic reached the league final in its inaugural season and returns Toniann Pasqueralle, Sarah Minicozzi and Amanda Finn. Kellenberg, a semifinalist, is led by Mary-Catherine Zehnder and Alyssa Raines. Holy Trinity made the quarterfinals and now is led by Geraldine Genovese, Sabrina Crispyn and Alexis Aries.

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