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Julia Bocamzo’s 236 helps Islip girls bowling finish second at state championships

East Islip HS bowlers. Championship tourney on

East Islip HS bowlers. Championship tourney on Saturday, March 5, 2016 during the 2016 NYSPHSAA Bowling Championships at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, NY. Credit: Robert Kirkham

Julia Bocamazo said she never competed at states before, but inexperience and nerves had little effect, as she bowled a 236 in Game 2 of a 1,223 six-game series for East Islip, which took second in the state championship yesterday at Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga near Buffalo.

Columbia (Albany) won the state crown with a 5,563, only 56 pins more than East Islip (12-2).

Bocamazo, a freshman, had the third best series in the tournament and Olivia Lopera wasn’t far behind with a 1,168. Lopera rolled a high of 205 in the second and third games.

“We did good, but we could have done a little bit better,” Bocamazo said. On Lopera: “She was just being herself. If she doesn’t get a strike, she makes every spare. I look up to that.”

East Islip had a total wood of 2,687 entering Game 4 and the team’s high game was a 981 in the sixth game.

Lopera, a senior who has been on the team for six years, said the day was bittersweet.

“Winning states would’ve been the best thing to end my high school career,” Lopera said. “But I’m just as happy winning second.”

Bethpage had a total wood of 4,904 behind Carly Licht, who was No. 2 in the tournament with a 1,239 series, and Sammi Ng. Licht bowled the highest game of the day with a 279 in Game 6 and Ng led off Game 1 with a high of 256.

“I think we did a good job of putting it all together,” said Licht, who will play for Molloy next season. “The lanes were hard today, but I adjusted quickly and got my head in the game.”

Added Renee Gannon, coach of 12-0 Bethpage: “They proved they were able to shine. The girls, especially my seniors, proved they are a team to be reckoned with. I couldn’t have been happier.”

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