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Suffolk All-Stars roll to third straight state championship

Sachem East's Nick Caruana bowls for Section 11

Sachem East's Nick Caruana bowls for Section 11 during the NYSPHSAA All-Star Bowling Championship at the AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse, on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Credit: Heather Ainsworth

SYRACUSE - Deer Park's Adam Zimmerman called this year's Suffolk All-Star boys bowling team a "powerhouse. Because there are not too many kids who can do what we can do."

Sachem East's Nick Caruana said the word powerhouse is an accurate description because this year's group is so "versatile."

What the All-Stars did was win their third consecutive championship Sunday at Strike 'N Spare Lanes. Suffolk bowled a 6,219 six-game series, ahead of second-place Section VI (5,985).

Zimmerman, who was first overall with a 224.17 average, said the years of practice put in by this group make them hard to beat.

"It's pretty sweet. We have so much of everything," said Zimmerman, who rolled a 264 in Game 4 of a 1,345 series. "We have kids that can hook it and kids that can play straight. It's pretty amazing how we can hit the pocket consistently every time."

Like Zimmerman, Caruana bowled a great Game 4, rolling a 249 for a 1,270 series.

"Moving to my left was the big key and lifting it because the lanes broke down very quickly," Caruana said. "We all came through when it mattered most."

Caruana said the win is awesome. "The practice that we put in shows up every time," said Caruana, who was third with a 211.67 average.

Doug Pinelli, of Eastport-South Manor, who bowled a 254 in Game 2 of a 1,198 series, credited the team's success to their ability to "clean up the lanes by making our spares.

"You need everyone to contribute to do something like this," Pinelli said. "Just keep your head in the game and don't overreact."

That's why the Suffolk team has won three in a row, Suffolk coach Eric Sorenson said.

"We're showcasing all that the county has to offer," he said. "This win is a result of four weeks of practice at all the great alleys we use back home. It's a win-win all the way around."

The Nassau boys bowling team placed eighth with a 5,607 series. Anthony Macchietto of Mineola led the way with a 238 in Game 1 of a 1,169 series.

Nassau coach Helms Bohringer said the pins didn't fall Nassau's way.

"We got off to a slow start and tried to pick it up later in the day," said Carey's Connor Kramer, who rolled a 191 in Game 5 of a 986 series. "We went out with a positive mindset."


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