Plainview JFK's Matthew Farber. (Feb. 11, 2012)

Plainview JFK's Matthew Farber. (Feb. 11, 2012) Credit: Alan J Schaefer

One could rave about Matt Farber's performance Saturday, how the senior put forth an awesome showing in the Nassau individual bowling tournament. But then, that 1,482 series was just three pins better than his season average. Or, how about that 300 he rolled in Game 4 to seize control? Nice, but that was the 13th of his career.

See, the Plainview JFK star has successfully managed to make routine the spectacular. Saturday was no different as he captured the championship at Garden City Lanes, finishing ahead of Roslyn's Samuel Kaplan (1,418).

"This is the icing on the cake," said a subdued Farber, whose 244 average led Long Island.

Bethpage's Jeff Rosenheck (1,380), Bellmore-Merrick's Thomas Bianco (1,372), Lawrence's Nick Mayo (1,368) and Sewanhaka District's Tommy Genova (1,343) rounded out the top six, which comprise the Section VIII all-star team. The group will compete in the state tournament March 3 upstate in Waverly.

"It's a talented group with all seniors and good leadership," Section VIII coach Bryan Landini said.

As for Farber: "He's coming off probably the best season in Nassau history," Landini said. "I've had the privilege of coaching him upstate for three years and the kid's amazing."

Meanwhile, a year ago, Elizabeth Ferraro was kicking herself over a 10th-place finish in the girls tournament, even though she was only an eigth-grader. So what about a championship in her second try? "I can relax now," the Bethpage bowler said with a grin after rolling a count of 1,285. "I'm so excited to be going to states."

Clarke's Jessica Spindell (1,187), Carle Place's Dhara Kadakia (1,183), Plainedge's Meghan Wing (1,175), Island Trees' Emily McLaughlin (1,163) and Great Neck North's Shannon Formas (1,112) made the all-star team. "This is crazy," said Spindell, who missed qualifying for last year's tournament by a pin. "I never expected this."

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