Jacob Klein, Adam Zimmerman lead Suffolk to All-Star bowling title

Deer Park's Adam Zimmerman, center, and East Islip's

Deer Park's Adam Zimmerman, center, and East Islip's Jacob Klein, right, react during the NYSPHSAA Bowling Championships in West Babylon on Sunday, March 02, 2014. (Credit: Barry Sloan)

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Jacob Klein's knees were shaking. That's how intense the final stages of the sectional All-Star bowling championships were for the East Islip senior.

Klein said he wanted to win it for his former coach, Rick Papandrea, who died in 2012.

So when Sunday's match at Babylon Lanes concluded with Suffolk placing first for a second straight year, Klein embraced his father, Steve, with a huge bear hug that he calls "Klein time."

"It's indescribable. Just an unbelievable feeling to finish it off this way," said Klein, who bowled a 247 in Game 1 of a 1,243 series.

"Coach Papandrea would be very proud. I know he is."

All of Long Island would be proud of the way Klein and his Suffolk teammates, as well as the bowlers from Nassau, performed. The sections finished 1-2 overall in pin totals: Suffolk with 6,069 and Nassau at 6,023.

"We grinded it out," said Klein, whose teammate, Deer Park's Adam Zimmerman, had a sectional-best 1,266 series. "That's why it's a team game."

Sewanhaka's Nick Genova shared those sentiments with his Nassau teammates. Genova called the experience "electrifying" with the home crowd's energy.

Division senior Christopher Reilly said it helped him bowl a 290 in Game 4 of a tourney-best 1,346 series.

Sophomore Brandon Soedarmasto, Reilly's Division teammate, cherished the bowlers' final performance together.

"This is an emotional time because I've gone bowling with a lot of these guys over the years," said Soedarmasto, who bowled a 253 in Game 2 of a 1,221 series.

Middle Country's Michael Ruben, who rolled a 235 in Game 4 of a 1,182 series, said of Suffolk's win: "It feels good to be on top again."

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