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All-Star tourney caps stellar career for Newfield's Kelly Skalacki

Middle Country's Kelly Skalacki smiles with a medal

Middle Country's Kelly Skalacki smiles with a medal during the NYSPHSAA Bowling Championships in West Babylon on Sunday, March 02, 2014. Credit: Barry Sloan

No tears. Only a raspy voice, earned from a weekend spent screaming cheers for teammates and friends. Another medal for the collection, too. But no tears.

"It hasn't hit me yet, probably," said Kelly Skalacki, a Newfield senior who concluded a sparkling career Sunday in the Sectional All-Star tournament. "I might get a little emotional later on when I look back and think about this being it."

She finished with another strong performance, rolling a 1,236 series -- second best in the tournament -- and leading the Suffolk girls to fifth place at Babylon Lanes. The Nassau stars took sixth behind Bethpage junior Liz Ferraro's 1,155. But Section III charged ahead late and toppled 5,772 pins to win.

And so ends Skalacki's career, one that featured four All-Long Island selections, two county titles with Middle Country, an all-star victory in 2012 and, of course, last season's state championship. She also set the LI girls single-season average record with a 223.52 this year. "When I started bowling, it was just for fun and I never thought I'd be this successful," she said, "so no matter how it ended, I'll only have positive memories."

The tournament, in many ways, was a celebration of the stalwarts who, for several years, helped elevate girls bowling. Among them was Smithtown's Laura Molloy, a two-time all-star who shot a 1,125 and helped Suffolk total 5,719.

There also were the first-time all-stars, such as Comsewogue senior Emily Clark, who said she felt "rewarded" after raising her average 30 pins to 209.9 to earn the selection. Likewise for Middle Country's Brooke Kelsey, who bowled a 1,109 Sunday.

Freeport's Yalitza Rodriguez, another first-timer, bowled a 1,067, Kerri DeLisi (MacArthur) had a 1,037 and Bethpage's Carly Licht a 1,019 for Nassau (5,365)."We obviously wanted to win," Ferraro said, "but making the cut, with this group, and being able to say you're one of the top bowlers makes us all feel extremely proud."

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