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Brandon Soedarmasto bowls for dollars in Las Vegas

Division's Brandon Soedarmasto bowls during the Nassau County

Division's Brandon Soedarmasto bowls during the Nassau County High School Bowling Championship at Garden City Bowl Saturday, February 1, 2014. Credit: Barry Sloan

Division's Brandon Soedarmasto went to Las Vegas last week and hit the jackpot.

The senior won the boys championship and a $7,500 scholarship at the Teen Masters High School bowling tournament.

Soedarmasto, 17, averaged 231.52 in his 42 games, winning 13 of 18 matches with a total 10,114 pinfall during the five-day tournament that concluded July 3. He beat runner-up Trey Brand of Battlefield, Missouri, by 165 pins.

"I felt I proved myself that I can compete against the best in the country, not just in New York State and on Long Island," Soedarmasto said.

There were a few bumps at the beginning in Vegas, "but once I got in my groove," he said, "I felt more comfortable and relaxed."

The victory earned Soedarmasto a berth in the PBA World Series of Bowling in Reno, Nevada. The Dec. 19 event will air on ESPN in early 2016.

Deer Park senior Adam Zimmerman, 16, placed eighth in the tournament with a 9,288 pinfall total that earned him $460 in scholarship money.

"I thought it was pretty cool to watch a kid I know bowl that well," Zimmerman said of Soedarmasto, a two-time member of Newsday's All-Long Island team. "It was a great thing to watch. You could tell he put a lot of effort in and it paid off."

Zimmerman was Newsday's bowler of the year in 2015 and has made All-Long Island twice.

Tournament director Gary Beck said Soedarmasto "was the most polished I felt of anyone here. He crushed them. The dedication, the work he put in and the talent all paid off. The other part I have to address is he isn't just a great bowler, he's a great kid. I'm extremely pleased that he's our champion."

The next stop for Soedarmasto and Zimmerman are the Gold championships, beginning Monday in Chicago, with a berth on the under-20 USA junior bowling team on the line.

"I want this," Soedarmasto said. "I'm ready for it. This is my ultimate goal as a junior bowler."

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