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Undefeated Bethpage girls bowlers keep rolling along

Bethpage girls bowling team seniors. Left to right:

Bethpage girls bowling team seniors. Left to right: Emily Dean, Sammi Ng and Carly Licht. Photo Credit: Renee Gannon

Carly Licht has been at the top of the leader board before, but this time she’s joined by her friends.

The Bethpage senior’s 202 bowling average is tops among Nassau County girls, and teammates Sammi Ng and Emily Dean, also seniors, round out the top three at 201 and 195.

Licht finished last season with a 204 average, the highest in the county, and reached the state championship tournament with her team.

“It means a lot to all of us being the top three,” said Licht, who said she will bowl for Molloy College next year. “We did so well last year, we just wanted to continue. That was kind of our aim, to shoot as high as we could. We put all our skills together and we just go out.”

Junior Kathryn Backman completes the 10-0 Golden Eagles’ four-person varsity lineup.

“We really have a lot of confidence on our team,” said coach Renee Gannon, who took over for longtime coach Donna Weikman this season. “Even though bowling is so individual, the big thing is we’re growing as a team. We’re really looking forward to the county tournament and hopefully states again.”

Lofty goals are within reach this season, said Ng, also a varsity soccer defender. She said that though Bethpage already missed out on sweeping every game of every match — as it did last year during the regular season — the team considered it a “wake up call.”

She doesn’t need another one, adding that the team brushed off this season’s one-game loss to Syosset and turned the focus to the big picture.“The goal is to make it back to states,” she said.

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