Bethpage's Elizabeth Ferraro during the Nassau Section VIII individual County...

Bethpage's Elizabeth Ferraro during the Nassau Section VIII individual County Bowling championships held at Garden City Bowl. (Feb. 11, 2012) Credit: Alan J Schaefer

Bethpage freshman Elizabeth Ferraro bowled a 1,285 series – including a 244 in Game 4 – to win the girls title, a year after finishing 10th in the tournament.

Winning this year: “It feels amazing. It’s a weird feeling, knowing you did so much better than you did last year. To come back from last year and win it, it’s really rewarding.”

First thought after finding out you clinched it: “I was just so relaxed, knowing I didn’t have to get a certain number of pins to make it.”

Jessica Spindell took second with a 1,187 series (including a 214 in Game 1). The Clarke senior had barely missed qualifying for last year’s individual tournament. This year, her 174.1 average in the regular season was good for 13th in the county.

Finishing second and being a Nassau all-star: “It means a lot. I never thought I would get here so it’s really special. Words can’t describe it.”

Last season: “I had a 158 average and I missed getting to this by like a single point. It stunk because in the beginning I was there and then I just dropped.”

Any nerves during competition? “My knees were knocking together almost the whole time, I was shaking. I don’t know, I guess the pressure was getting to me – but it makes be bowl better.”

How much fun will it be compete upstate? “I’m expecting to have a lot of fun. It's something I haven’t done before, so it's exciting. There's the feeling of accomplishment and I'm gonna be part of a great team. I’ve made a lot of new friends already, so I’m so ready to do this.”

Dhara Kadakia. The Carle Place junior was 2011 champion and took third this year with an 1,183 series, including a 215 in Game 2.

Going back upstate: “It feels great. It shows consistency and it’s awesome to represent my school… I had a great time up there last year.”

Having been in the all-star tournament before, any pointers for first-time teammates? “Not much. It’s just all about the lanes and the day. Everyone has the ability to do well, but it’s hard to tell how it’s going to go before you really get on there. Just relax, be calm, do your best and have fun.”

Shout-out to Carle Place’s Leanne Iannucci, who was in attendance to support her teammate Kadakia. Last year, Iannucci missed the tournament because of a weekend college recruiting visit. This year, her average just missed qualifying for individuals. Hey, she’s only an All-Long Island softball and field hockey player going to Cornell. She’s doing OK.

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