Holy Trinity's Christie wins third title

Luis Christie prefers not to speak much about his accomplishments. No matter. The effusive praise from teammates and opponents after Thursday's CHSAA individual tournament spoke volumes about his character and bowling career.

Christie did allow himself this: admitting that he's "running out of space on the wall" to fit his plaques.

It won't get any easier. The Holy Trinity senior won his third straight individual championship, rolling a 680 series at Sheridan Lanes. Chris Hall of St. John the Baptist took second (649) and Titans teammate Sal Rivieccio third (639).

Chaminade's John Lindgren won the high series award (a 269 in Game 2) a week after leading his team to the league title over Holy Trinity.

"He's the best player this program has ever had," Titans coach Frank Messina said of Christie, whose 226 average was tops in the league.

The Far Rockaway native said he transferred to Holy Trinity as a freshman "for the atmosphere and bowling team." It's worked out. This last award will go with his league championship, state title and MVP trophies, among others. Oh, and he'll compete for a second gold medal in the state tournament on March 3.

"It's all very flattering," Christie said, "but I believe in taking everything humbly."

If he takes any more awards, they might have to be mounted on his ceiling.

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