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Another victory for Suffolk All-Stars in state bowling tournament

East Islip's Anthony Valente rolls the ball at

East Islip's Anthony Valente rolls the ball at the NYSPHSAA Bowling Championships at the The OnCenter in Syracuse, NY, Sunday, March 11, 2018. Credit: Heather Ainsworth / Heather Ainsworth

North Babylon’s Anthony Cioffi shined for Suffolk County in the state boys bowling All-Star competition, knocking down the most pins of anyone.

Suffolk placed first with a 5,963 total, its fifth title in six years, and Nassau finished third (5,800) in the composite division championships Saturday in Syracuse.

Cioffi had a six-game 1,267 series, including a high of 237 in Game 2.

“The atmosphere at The Oncenter was truly amazing,” the senior said. “I️ loved the competitive vibe I️ got from every team because we were all there for the same thing and that’s to bring home the state championship.”

Entering the final game, Suffolk had an 80-pin lead and won by 38. The team waited anxiously as final scores were calculated, coach Doug Dwyer said. Longwood’s Michael Mirabile had a 240 in Game 6 when the championship was on the line.

Jake Wallasch of Smithtown earned the Sportsmanship Award for Suffolk.

Mineola eighth-grader Philip Macchietto rolled a 266 in Game 4, the competition’s high game, and he had a series-high 1,203 for Nassau. Tyrone Wilkerson Jr. of Sewanhaka had a 258 in Game 1, the third highest score of the day.

“This year when I knew I made it again I was really pumped,” Macchietto said after explaining he had come in nervous last year. “I knew all the guys on the team.”

Before Game 4, Nassau coach Bryan Landini told his team that they were not bowling as a unit and to communicate. That is when Macchietto rolled seven consecutive strikes to start the afternoon session.

“He is a great kid and to see him excel on the biggest stage against the best in the state is a joy to watch,” Landini said.

East Islip took second of nine teams in Division I (large schools) with a 5,567 series.

Coach Bob Cheadle said champion North Rockland went on a run and the Redmen were not able to make up the deficit.

“It’s not what we went up there for, but it’s still something that’s good,” he said.

Anthony Valente had a series-high 995 for East Islip.

“I threw the ball great today because all I wanted to do is help my team succeed, I didn’t care about my score, just total pin fall,” he said.

In its first state championship appearance since 1996, Plainview JFK embraced its time on the big stage.

Coach Neil Lasher said the team did not have any specific goals in mind but to bowl the best they could while being competitive.

Despite finishing ninth, it was an experience the team will never forget, captain Bryan Hirsch said.

“Although we didn’t bowl our best, everybody stayed positive and always cheered for one another,” said Phillip Jankowitz, who rolled a series-high 831 for Plainview.

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