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Suffolk girls fifth in sectional all-star bowling

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Suffolk girls squad didn't fare as well as its male counterparts Sunday in the sectional all-star bowling tournament, taking fifth place (5,729). The Section II team pulled away from the pack in games 3 and 4 and finished with a pinfall of 6,043.

"We bowled well in the first and later on, the oil dried out," said Tara Ernst (East Islip), whose team rolled a series-low 859 in Game 6. "We're not used to the wooden lanes and it gave us a hard time."

The arid lanes didn't dampen their spirits, though, as the teams all posed playfully for pictures. "We did good to just make it here, so we can't be upset," said Kathryn Rivera (Sachem North).

Alex DeVries of Islip had the highest average (200.2) among Long Island girls and her 254 in Game 5 was third-best in the tournament. East Islip's Nikki Wilson had a 1,198 series.

"It was a great experience for us," said DeVries, who also won a sportsmanship award. "Coming up here and being with this group is a great way to end my bowling career."

VSC's Scher overcomes adversity. Nicole Scher looked like a hockey player who came out on the losing end of a scuffle. The Valley Stream Central senior bowled the sixth and final game of her high school career with gauze and tape on her face to treat a bloody nose.

She didn't get into it with an upstate rival or have a mishap with the ball, it was only a nosebleed. One that took an hour to stop, causing her to miss Games 4 and 5.

"Since it's my last time bowling in high school, I needed them to just tape me up and send me back out there for the last game," said Scher, a three-time All-Star, sounding like a boxer. "I just blew my nose and it started pouring . . . I've had nosebleeds before, but never during a match."

Give her points for grit. The Adelphi-bound Scher returned to bowl a 188 in Game 6, which was her high for the day.

Her team finished eighth (5,284). Eighth-grader Rebecca Gotterbarn (Sewanhaka) had a 1,135 series and Bethpage's Sarah Rosenheck rolled a 1,101.

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