With a team consisting of returning Long Island girls bowling player of the year in senior Olivia Lopera and another standout senior in Lyndsay Mavrich, there is no shortage of talent on the East Islip roster. But on Tuesday it was a quiet freshman in Julia Bocamazo who emerged as East Islip’s high-scorer in its 1,089-608, 1,022-592, 1,022-665 victory over Eastport-South Manor at East Islip Lanes.
Bocamazo shot a 657 series, highlighted by a 234 Game 3 in East Islip’s win. The freshman admitted to being a little nervous in her first match since officially being named a starter. And she didn’t disappoint on her way to outshooting the top talent on Long Island.
“They just tell me to breathe,” Bocamazo softly said. “It feels awesome.”
Lopera finished with a 656 series, starting strong with a 228 in Game one. With her future coaches watching on (Adelphi University), Lopera also admitted to feeling a little nervous but was satisfied with her performance.
For Lopera, the standards are much higher than any other girl bowler on Long Island. Last season, she set the single-season average record with 228.30. This year, she’s looking to improve her mark.
“I would like to do that again this year,” Lopera said, “but it’s not a main concern for me. I just want to go out, have fun.”
The Mavrich name can’t be escaped at East Islip Lanes. Lyndsay and her sister Melissa, a sophomore, are veteran members of the team and their brother has his name emblazoned over the lanes as a bowler with a perfect game.
The Mavrich girls use their brother’s score for motivation and on Tuesday, Lyndsay had a 220 Game one of a 648 series and Julia had a 192 and 179 in the first two games.
Is there extra competition between the Mavrichs? You could say that. But the results are rather one-sided. Said Melisa about trying to one-up her older sister, “Sometimes I do but she always beats me. She’s good.”
East Islip’s depth is a problem every coach wishes to have. Lopera embraces her leadership role as she gives the team advice before every match along with making sure they stay upbeat and cheering each other on. She acknowledges the team’s talent.
“It’s hard to say who’s going to start each match because they are all bowling great each match,” she said.
As for the most important advice, it may be the simplest.