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Robert Pepe, a senior at Newfield North High

Robert Pepe, a senior at Newfield North High School and member of the Middle Country boys bowling team. (Jan. 21, 2011) Photo Credit: James Escher

ABOUT THOSE BOWLING BALLS
The price
: Costs range from $150-$250 on the top-end balls such as the Ebonite Mission 2.0, Storm Anarchy, Track 916 and Hammer Taboo.
Cheaper plastic balls go for $70-$80.
Low-end resin balls: $100-$140.
Balls, bag and shoes often total more than $1,000.
The quote: "Bowling is similar to golf," said East Islip boys coach Rick Papandrea, who also runs the Right Approach Pro Shop. "Nobody would have one club for every condition. In bowling, you need 3-5 balls to be a good player and deal with lane conditions."
Scented balls? The fragrance is implanted in the shell of the ball. Storm manufactures the scented balls and their fragrances include: aromatherapy, mulberry, pear berry, warm maple syrup and more.
-- STEPHEN HAYNES

Arianna Dumas, a freshman at Massapequa High School
Photo Credit: James Escher

Arianna Dumas, a freshman at Massapequa High School and member of the girls bowling team, poses for a portrait with her custom bowling ball at Farmingdale Lanes. (Jan. 20, 2011)

Steven Harris, a senior at Farmingdale High School
Photo Credit: James Escher

Steven Harris, a senior at Farmingdale High School and member of the varsity boys bowling team, poses for a portrait with his custom bowling ball at Farmingdale Lanes. (Jan. 21, 2011)

East Islip High School varsity girls bowling teammates
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East Islip High School varsity girls bowling teammates pose for a group portrait at East Islip Lanes. Appearing are, from left, Nancy Baione - junior, Tara Ernst - senior, Lena Sorrentino - sophomore, Nichole Baione - freshman and Amanda Schilling - freshman. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Zack Monette, a senior at Longwood High School
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Zack Monette, a senior at Longwood High School and member of the boys bowling team, poses for a portrait with his Budweiser Americana-themed custom bowling ball at AMF Sayville Lanes. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Smithtown East High School senior Crystal Johnson, left,
Photo Credit: James Escher

Smithtown East High School senior Crystal Johnson, left, and varsity girls bowling teammate Victoria Bontempo, a senior from Smithtown West. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Steve DelGrudio, a junior at Sayville High School
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Steve DelGrudio, a junior at Sayville High School and member of the boys bowling team, poses for a portrait with his tire-themed custom bowling ball. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Henry Bogner, an eighth grader at Northport Middle
Photo Credit: James Escher

Henry Bogner, an eighth grader at Northport Middle School and member of the boys bowling team. (Jan. 21, 2011)

John Echel, a sophomore at Sachem North High
Photo Credit: James Escher

John Echel, a sophomore at Sachem North High School and member of the boys bowling team. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Robert Pepe, a senior at Newfield North High
Photo Credit: James Escher

Robert Pepe, a senior at Newfield North High School and member of the Middle Country boys bowling team. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Sayville, NY - January 21, 2011: John Echel,
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Sayville, NY - January 21, 2011: John Echel, a sophomore at Sachem North High School and member of the boys bowling team, poses for a portrait with his skull-themed custom bowling ball at AMF Sayville Lanes, located at 5660 Sunrise Highway. (Photo by James Escher)

Farmingdale, NY - January 20, 2011: Steven Harris,
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Farmingdale, NY - January 20, 2011: Steven Harris, a senior at Farmingdale High School and member of the varsity boys bowling team, poses for a portrait with his custom bowling ball at Farmingdale Lanes, located at 999 Conklin Street. (Photo by James Escher)

Chaminade bowler Anthony Zangrillo.
Photo Credit: Michael Gavin

Chaminade bowler Anthony Zangrillo.

Sewanhaka District High School bowler 14-year-old Kristina Genova
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Sewanhaka District High School bowler 14-year-old Kristina Genova lefty bowler and owner of a right handed bowling ball. (Jan. 20, 2011)

Sewanhaka District High School bowlers Kristina Genova who
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Sewanhaka District High School bowlers Kristina Genova who is a lefty bowler and owner of a right handed bowling ball and brother Tommy owner of a grape scented bowling ball. (Jan. 20, 2011)

Sewanhaka District High School bowler Tommy Genova owner
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Sewanhaka District High School bowler Tommy Genova owner of a grape scented bowling ball. (Jan. 20, 2011)

Holy Trinity bowler Tom Jakubowsk. (Jan. 21, 2011)
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Holy Trinity bowler Tom Jakubowsk. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Holy Trinity bowler Tom Jakubowsk. (Jan. 21, 2011)
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Holy Trinity bowler Tom Jakubowsk. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Sewanhaka District High School bowler Tommy Genova owner
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Sewanhaka District High School bowler Tommy Genova owner of a grape scented bowling ball. (Jan. 20, 2011)

Sewanhaka District High School bowler 14-year-old Kristina Genova
Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Sewanhaka District High School bowler 14-year-old Kristina Genova lefty bowler and owner of a right handed bowling ball. (Jan. 20, 2011)

Zulfiye Bademci, a varsity girls bowler from Patchogue-Medford
Photo Credit: James Escher

Zulfiye Bademci, a varsity girls bowler from Patchogue-Medford High School. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Crystal Johnson, a varsity girls bowler from Smithtown
Photo Credit: James Escher

Crystal Johnson, a varsity girls bowler from Smithtown East High School. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Melissa Sherwin, a varsity girls bowler from Newfield
Photo Credit: James Escher

Melissa Sherwin, a varsity girls bowler from Newfield High School. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Victoria Bontempo, a varsity girls bowler from Smithtown
Photo Credit: James Escher

Victoria Bontempo, a varsity girls bowler from Smithtown West High School. (Jan. 19, 2011)

Levittown - January 21, 2011: Holy Trinity bowler
Photo Credit: Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy

Levittown - January 21, 2011: Holy Trinity bowler Tom Jakubowsk (Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy )

Mineola - January 20, 2011: Sewanhaka District High
Photo Credit: Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy

Mineola - January 20, 2011: Sewanhaka District High School bowlers Kristina Genova who is a lefty bowler and owner of a right handed bowling ball and brother Tommy owner of a grape scented bowling ball. (Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy )

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