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Bowling: Quick chat with Sewanhaka

Sewanhaka District twin bowlers Kristina and Nick Genova

Sewanhaka District twin bowlers Kristina and Nick Genova on Dec. 19, 2012 at Sheridan Lanes.

Did some random interviews the other day with a couple of Sewanhaka District’s top bowlers, Nick Genova and Rebecca Gotterbarn. Why? Because I was around and I like random interviews.

Genova is one of the leaders of the Sewanhaka boys bowling team, and the junior is not only following in his older brother Tommy’s footsteps, but also filling his shoes. The Genova name has become a prominent one in the bowling community. Tommy Genova was a three-time All-Long Islander who led the Indians to back-to-back Nassau championships and took second in Junior Nationals.

And Kristina Genova, Nick’s twin sister, is also a two-time All-Long Islander and a member of the defending county champion girls team.

“I knew with Tommy leaving this year I had to step up and come up big,” Nick Genova said. “I just try to focus more and make consistent shots.”

Genova did admit that, given the number of great bowlers his team graduated, including Mike DeFalco and Joshua Kramer, there is added pressure on this group to deliver. So far so good. Genova has eclipsed a 650 series in four matches thus far this season and Sewanhaka District is off to a 7-0 start.

And some extra pressure comes from his sister, Kristina.

“It’s definitely a competition between us,” Nick said. “She’ll beat me one game, I beat her in another, I’ll go over and tell her… I think she is [a better trash-talker]. She talks a lot. But I try to show it on the lanes and get back at her.”

Also caught with Rebecca Gotterbarn.

The junior is perhaps best known as the star of the county championship girls team, a three-time member of the Section VIII all-star team whose 221.6 average last season broke the Nassau girls record. But, more importantly, she’s on the field hockey team.

Gotterbarn, in only her second year playing the sport, earned all-county honors after a stellar season at goalkeeper. She made 137 saves and had the “Indohawks,” a varsity program only since 2009, in playoff contention late into the season.

“I started playing last year and it was really fun,” said Gotterbarn said. “Kristina [Genova] has been playing it since junior high, but I didn’t even know about it. I wanted a fall sport and she told me about it.”

OK, now some bowling. Gotterbarn has rolled two 300 games already this season and her 225 average right now is best among girls in Long Island. And still, she insists she should be doing better.

“I’ve been bowling a lot of good matches, but then I even it out with some not-so-good ones,” she said, describing her 600 series on Dec. 19 as a “struggle.” “I’d like to bowl a lot better.”

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