Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island boys bowling team for the 2014-15 winter season.
Long Island Bowler of the Year
Deer Park, Junior
Bowling never stops for Adam Zimmerman.
"It's pretty much my life," Zimmerman said. It fits right into my schedule. It's what I was born to do."
Zimmerman's dedication and hard work paid off from Day 1 this season. It began for the Deer Park junior when he bowled a 300 in Game 1 of a 738 series in his team's League I win over Copiague. That was Zimmerman's first 300 game at the varsity level and the 42nd of his career, 25 of which are sanctioned.
He wasnt done. Zimmerman then capped the regular season with a Long Island-record 237.42 average, breaking Sachem East's Nick Caruana's 236.33 average a year ago.
And to cap off the postseason, Zimmerman was first overall with a 224.17 average in leading the Suffolk All-Star boys team to its third consecutive state championship.
Not a bad run for the Long Island Bowler of the Year.
"This is really unexpected," said Zimmerman, on receiving the award. "It's awesome. I don't really know how to describe it, or put it into words exactly. It feels really good."
Deer Park coach Kyle McCourt said what makes Zimmerman a great bowler is his demeanor.
"He has no ego," McCourt said. "You will never hear him brag about his accomplishments. It's just not his personality. He's a great sportsman."
The way Zimmerman gets it done is awesome. He holds the ball with two hands all through with only two fingers in the holes. He doesn't use his thumb. It's quite a technique for the five-year varsity star humbled by the Bowler of the Year award.
"It's a cool accomplishment," Zimmerman said. "But I'm still going to do my thing. I'm still going to practice and I'm still going to go to my tournaments."
Because bowling never stops.
Sachem East, Junior
Nick Caruana placed second in the county with a 234.95 average and was one of eight in Suffolk to bowl a perfect game this season. He took third in the All-Star tourney with a 211.67 average.
Brandon Soedarmasto led Nassau for the second consecutive year in average, this time with a 234 posting. Soedarmasto also bowled a county-best 1,258 series in the postseason.
Sachem North, Junior
Anthony Naujokas bowled a 230.61 average, third best in Suffolk during the regular season. Naujokas made the state All-Star team for the first time and posted a 197.33 average.
Pierce Field led the League IV champs with a 228.29 average. Field bowled an 828 series that was third-best in the county.
Coach of the Year
Adam Glickman, Hewlett
Doug Pinelli, Eastport-South Manor
Steven Welsh, Patchogue-Medford
Michael Orobello, East Islip (pictured)
Mike Karolewski, Longwood