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Mineola Bowling Teams Soar Into Playoffs

This winter season proved to be one of great accomplishments for the Mineola boys and girls bowling teams. Going into the season the teams had their sights set on making the playoffs and competing against the best the county had to offer.

The girls team finished 10th overall in the county and placed 12th overall in the county tournament. Finishing the season with a 7-5 record, the girls were the only team in the county to hand juggernaut Sewanhaka a game loss during the season.

Amanda Hassett led the team with a 165 average. This outstanding season average qualified her for the county individual tournament, where she placed 10th in the county overall. Her accomplishments merited her All-County honors.

Heather Dolan received an all league award as she had a high game for the team (234) and series (602). Amanda Alves and Stephanie Gross both received All-Conference awards as they bowled consistently all year long.

The boys team also finished in the top 16 teams in the county and made the county team tournament. The team had a four-man team average of 746. They finished in second place in their conference behind the Sewanhaka Central High School District team. Like the girls, the boys were the only team to beat Sewanhaka in a game throughout the year.

The boys ended the season on a five-match win streak to finish with a 9-3 record. Individually, the Mustangs were led by All-State bowler Anthony Pucci. Anthony finished the season with a 202 average.

John Watts also finished the season with a 201 average and was named All-County. Phil Wacker finished the season with a 188 average and was named All-Conference. P.J Kelly (170 average) and Joe Hill (160 average) rounded out the rest of this talented team. All the bowlers had impressive high games (Pucci 258, Hill 210, Wacker 269, Kelly 236, Watts 223).

Both Pucci and Watts got the chance to bowl in the county individual tournament. Only the top six bowlers in the County Individual Tournament get to represent Nassau County in the state tournament.

Pucci stepped in and delivered an awesome show of handling pressure as he took third place overall in the county tournament. It was his clutch shots in the 10th frame as he collected strikes in the 10th frame in four of the six games. Anthony averaged 221 for the day and advanced to the state tournament !  Anthony will represent Nassau County and Mineola in the state tournament held in Poughkeepsie on March 7.