Winning championships is nothing new for St. Anthony’s Francesca Rossi.
Heading into Thursday night’s CHSAA Individual girls bowling tournament at Plainview Lanes, it was no surprise that all eyes were on her.
“I knew that everyone was going to be looking at me,” Rossi said. “I bowl well under pressure, so I just had to stay calm, not get frustrated and take it frame by frame.”
The CHSAA’s leader in average (191) during the regular season, she didn’t disappoint. Rossi bowled the tournament’s high game with a 240 in Game 1 of a 690 series to win the event.
The senior earned her first CHSAA Individual championship as a freshman and captured another individual title last season.
Katie LoPiccolo (St. John the Baptist) finished second, rolling a 202 in Game 3 of a 537 series, and Kellie Sandas (Kellenberg) had a 192 in Game 3 of a 518 series to place third.
LoPiccolo and Rossi have bowled against each other for four seasons and have become close friends.
“I love her as a person and I look up to her for bowling,” Lo Piccolo said of Rossi. “I know we are the same age, but I can still look up to someone like that. I aspire to be that perfect and want to work as hard as she does.”
Rossi worked tirelessly during the offseason on perfecting her game with her coach.
“I changed my entire form and worked constantly with my coach,” Rossi said. “Everything I did this year was completely different from last year. My coach told me that I had even greater potential to become a better bowler and I listened to him.”
Alaimo wins boys title
Chaminade’s James Alaimo has had quite the couple of weeks.
The senior helped lead Chaminade to a CHSAA team title by rolling a high game of a 268 on Feb. 8 and on Thursday, Alaimo placed first at the Individual Tournament at Plainview Lanes by bowling a 256 in Game 1 of a 689 series.
Alaimo trailed St. Dominic’s Danny Brenner by 10 pins entering Game 3 and threw a 220 to best Brenner by three pins.
“Going into the third game I was aware of where I was,” Alaimo said. “Starting off the game I think I opened and wasn’t doing very well, but I knew I just had to keep making good shots and keep striking.”
Brenner finished tied for second with Chaminade’s Matthew Capellupo with a 686 series. Capellupo shot the high game of the tournament with a 258 in Game 3, while Brenner rolled the second highest game with a 257 in Game 1.
“I have a real good relationship with James,” Capellupo said. “Whenever we bowl together we always talk about what is going on with the lanes, what ball I should use, this and that. He is my go to guy when I’m struggling or when he’s struggling we give each other tips.”
Alaimo mentioned that his success last week was crucial in helping him win the individual title.
“Both were pressured filled, you had to make the best shots that you could,” he said. “I just felt that confidence from the finals and it carried on to today and allowed me to do well … It means a lot to have finally capped off my Chaminade career as an individual series winner.”