Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island girls bowling team for the 2014-15 winter season.
Long Island Bowler of the Year
East Islip, Junior
Juniors Olivia Lopera and Adam Zimmerman shared the Long Island Bowler of the Year award news together. The two are teammates in the Teen Hot Shot Doubles League on Friday nights at East Islip Lanes.
Lopera, of East Islip, and Zimmerman, of Deer Park, each found out they had won their respective awards via text on their cell phones.
"I was in shock for a couple of seconds," Lopera said. "I turned to Adam and I was like, 'Really? OK. This is cool.' I didn't know there was such an award. I'm very happy to win it."
Lopera won it after setting the single-season record for average with a 228.30, a year after Middle Country's Kelly Skalacki set the record with a 223.52.
"Everyone says I should smile more," said Lopera, "but when I put my focus face on, I just bowl better."
East Islip coach Harold Cooley said Lopera takes after him with that focus face. "She doesn't smile well, just like me," said Cooley, with a laugh. "She's the best. She is everything you would want in a leader. She follows the East Islip captain mold."
As a sophomore, Lopera rolled a 217.07 average in leading the Redmen to the state title. This season, East Islip placed third in the county. In the final regular-season match, Lopera rolled a 720 series to guide the Redmen in their League III championship-clinching win over Comsewogue.
"I had tears of joy after I broke the record," said Lopera, who had a low series of 641 and a high of 741 this season. "It was a very big year for me, but I couldn't have done it without Coach Cooley and the girls."
Bowled a 222.42 average, up 16 pins from last season. She led the county in high series (805) and was second in high game (298).
Sachem East, Sophomore
Fontana had the top showing for the Suffolk All-Star team with a 239 in Game 5 of a 1,247 series, highest pinfall of the event.
East Islip, Junior
Had the fourth-best average in the county with a 204.86 and was third with a high game of 290 for the League III champs.
Her 1,055 series led Bethpage to its first county championship. Licht’s 204 average was a team-best for the conference champs.
Coach of the Year
Emily McLaughlin, Island Trees, Senior
Maria Lucente, Valley Stream North, Senior (pictured)
Courtney Scholl, Sachem North, Senior
Brooke Kelsey, Middle Country, Senior
Mackenzie Wagner, Syosset, Soph.