Alex Corbisiero had no problem throwing his changeup for strikes.
The St. Anthony's senior, with his deliberate delivery and softer release, captured the CHSAA individual bowling title Thursday, rolling a 682 series at South Levittown Lanes.
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St. John the Baptist's Chris Hall, who was named league MVP, placed second with a 665. Vinny Fitzgerald of St. Dominic took third with a 656.
"I had surgery on my right wrist in September," said Corbisiero, who competed last season with two torn ligaments. "It was probably from throwing the ball too hard."
To avoid aggravating the injury, he altered his form to "slow and smooth," he said, going more for precision than power. Corbisiero said he struggled to adapt early on, when his 193 average was 11th best in the CHSAA.
But he improved as the season progressed and Thursday he pulled himself into first place with a 269 in Game 2.
"We worked a lot of practices to get him stroking the ball the way he is now," Friars coach Steve Droluk said. "St. Anthony's is known more for football and lacrosse, so Alex brought a little something back to our school."
The high series and game titles can't be awarded to the same bowler, so Phil Loeschinger, who helped lead Chamiande to a second straight league title last week, won high game for his 258 in Game 2. He also will compete in the state individual tournament March 2 at Babylon Lanes.
"There's a lot of great bowlers here and I felt like an underdog coming in," Corbisiero said. "But I think I proved myself."
He also proved that slow and steady can win the race, err, bowling match.