Anxiety, nerves and tension are normal for participants of championship events. Not for Chaminade bowler Bobby Wright.
“I like bowling in finals,” Wright said. “I love the pressure. The more pressure, the more focused in I become.”
Indeed, Wright could do no wrong at the CHSAA individual bowling championship at East Meadow Lanes Thursday.
The junior rolled games of 268, 289 and 202 for a 759 series to capture the CHSAA boys individual title.
“I was locked in,” Wright said.
So were his teammates. The Flyers, who won the boys team championship on Monday, had another strong performance. Four of the top five CHSAA boys bowlers (there were 22 participants overall) were from Chaminade.
The Flyers’ David Bianco (706 series) was second and James Alaimo (684) finished third. Kellenberg’s Alex Cruz (664) placed fourth, and Chaminade’s Paul Igel (656) took fifth.
Alaimo said of Wright, “When you bowl a 700 series, that’s something, but when you go 759, that’s an amazing day.”
Even though they were a few lanes apart, Alaimo — as well as the entire bowling alley — felt something special was going on with Wright in Game 2.
“I knew he was doing well. I saw that he spared and then he started putting up strikes,” Alaimo said. “I knew he’d go a long way.”
Wright struck 10 straight times after a spare in the first frame of Game 2, and finished with a 9 on his final throw of the 10th frame for a 289.
“I wasn’t looking around, I wasn’t looking at my score,” Wright said. “I was staring straight ahead.”
Now, Wright and the other CHSAA state qualifiers are staring straight at the CHSAA state tournament at South Levittown Lanes on March 4.
Friars’ Rossi wins girls title. St. Anthony’s Francesca Rossi wasn’t afraid to admit how she felt before the CHSAA girls individual championship: “I was nervous,” the junior said.
The reason was two-fold. First, Rossi struggled last season in the individual event after winning it as a freshman. Second, she was the CHSAA girls regular-season, high-average leader (183).
But she battled through the stress with games of 191, 193 and 182 for a 566 series to capture the CHSAA girls crown.
“I’m proud of how I performed,” Rossi said.
Kellenberg freshman Alexis Kotanidis, who was 10th in average during the regular season (138), had games of 155, 142 and 210 for a second-place finish (507). Kotanidis’ score in Game 3 earned her the girls’ high-game award.
“I feel really good,” said the 14-year-old. “This shows you can do anything in life whether you’re young or not, as long as you believe.”
Kotanidis’ teammate, Daisha Howard, finished a close third (506). St. John the Baptist’s Kaitlyn LoPiccolo ended up fourth (488) and St. Dominic’s Rebecca Kelly rounded out the top five with games of 156, 169 and 156 for a 481 series.