Girls bowling looks to finish season undefeated

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Girls bowling looks to finish season undefeated

Senior Sarah Chung goes for a spare in practice at Herrill Lanes on Jan. 9. They prepare for their final match on Jan. 14 against Great Neck South.

Senior Sarah Chung goes for a spare in practice at Herrill Lanes on Jan. 9. They prepare for their final match on Jan. 14 against Great Neck South.

Kyle Wong

Senior Sarah Chung goes for a spare in practice at Herrill Lanes on Jan. 9. They prepare for their final match on Jan. 14 against Great Neck South.

Kyle Wong

Kyle Wong

Senior Sarah Chung goes for a spare in practice at Herrill Lanes on Jan. 9. They prepare for their final match on Jan. 14 against Great Neck South.

Drew Basulto, Contributing Writer

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While soccer and football have gotten most of the attention in Schreiber, there’s one Vikings team which has quietly gone undefeated.  The girls bowling team currently sits atop their conference standings. 

With a recent victory over Great Neck North, the Varsity girls bowling team is now 10-0, having won every single match this season with the same dominate 3-0 score.

The team’s captains are seniors Joyce Lin and Sarah Chung, who were each named by Newsday as 2018-2019 bowlers to watch.  Both seniors were members of the Nassau All-Star team last season.   Sophomore Christine Worms has also made significant contributions to the team. 

Last year, the girls finished third in the county.  This year, however, they strive to do even better. 

“We are constantly giving each other tips to bowl even better than our previous years. If implemented correctly, we are on track to be successful,” said junior Stacey Kim.

A bowling game consists of ten frames.  At the start of each frame, ten pins are placed in a triangle shape at the end of the bowling lane.  In all ten frames, each bowler gets two chances to roll their ball down the lane to knock over all of the pins.  The lane has a gutter along each side of it, so bowlers must be careful not to roll their balls down the sides of the lane.

For competitive bowlers, like the girls on the team, it takes a lot of practice to spin their ball properly to hit all of the pins.  Scoring is based on how many pins are knocked over, and the highest score wins.  The Schreiber girls are striving to achieve a perfect score of 300.

Despite being a top bowling team, the team’s practices are usually relaxed.  Located at Herrill Lanes near Herricks, the practices often involve the girls buying food from the snack bar and reminiscing about bowling at the same place when they were younger.

“During the practices, the team just tries to make sure we hit out spares and find our marks,” said Lin.  “The team is always trying to roll a perfect game and it would be awesome if someone were able to do it in a match.”  

Based on the team’s impressive record, this approach seems to be working.  Although, the team is still working to correct its inconsistencies.  

The team’s goals this season are to win the County Championship and make it to the State Finals.  While the team’s undefeated streak is still intact, the team is bowling under the normal average, so there’s definitely still room for improvement.

Coach Kevin Braddish leads the team of 11 girls, encouraging them to be the best they can be while still promoting a supportive environment.

“I always look forward to bowling after school,” said senior Rachel Silberg.  “Both the team and coach are so supportive and everyone pushes each other to perform the best they can. Although the sport is more individual than other school sports, the team is still extremely tight knit and motivating.”  

The team has established a culture where every girl enjoys coming to play everyday.  Many of the girls are happy with a win or loss as they get to play the sport they love and be with their friends.  

“Regardless of our results at the end of the season, we all enjoy cheering each other on and simply playing the game. There is no better feeling than turning around after bowling a strike or spare and seeing the smiling faces of your teammates enthusiastically waiting to congratulate you,” said Kim.

Monday, Jan. 14 with a match against Great Neck South.  The girls are looking to maintain their undefeated record and end the way they started it: as winners.

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