Chaminade’s Matthew Capellupo could not have picked a better day to bowl his highest game of the season.
Despite being the last to qualify for the CHSAA individual state championship, with a 195 average, the sophomore proved on Saturday that he can bowl with the best.
After picking up a spare in the first frame of Game 2, Capellupo rattled off 11 consecutive strikes in a 290 second game, the highest score of the championship. Capellupo went on to roll an 877 four-game series and finish sixth overall as the highest finishing Long Islander in the tournament at Levittown Lanes.
“I went into today saying, ‘let my bowling speak for itself,’” Capellupo said. “I am really not one to get all pumped up when I bowl, but that’s what I did today. I can’t believe that I finished in sixth, especially since I am only a sophomore and I was going up against the best bowlers in the state.”
Nick Rallo of Canisius won four consecutive head-to-head matches and defeated Holy Cross’ Tyler Cacioppo 234-203 in the final match to win the state championship.
Bobby Wright, who represented Chaminade at the state championship for the second straight season, finished seventh with an 859 series.
“Last year I was nervous because I was concerned with how the bowlers from upstate were doing,” Wright said. “Today I felt a little more confident knowing what I was coming into.”
Holy Trinity’s Bryan Bono finished seventh with an 851 series, Brandon O’Donnell of St. John the Baptist placed 10th with an 844 series and St. Dominic’s Joe Migliano was 11th, rolling an 838 series.
Capellupo, who was one of six Chaminade bowlers to qualify for the state championship, was elated.
“Today was all about stamina and that’s basically what it came down to,” Capellupo said. “I knew that as long as I could repeat my shots and hit my marks I should be fine, and that was what I did.”