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Jan 4, 2011 8:52 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

ESM Bowlers In First Place; Westhampton Beach Close Behind

Jan 4, 2011 8:52 AM

The East Hampton, Southampton, Westhampton Beach and Eastport South Manor bowling teams all saw limited action over the holiday break, though the Sharks retained bragging rights as the top team heading back to the lanes in the new year.

ESM (5-1) leads League V with 128 total points but Westhampton Beach (4-2) is trailing close behind with 124.5 points. Usual powerhouse Mt. Sinai was third with 120.5 points followed by East Hampton (103.5), Southold (95.5), Rocky Point (81) and Southampton (40).

ESM’s most recent match was back on December 20, where it took on Southold at Shirley Bowl and came away with a 28-5 win. The Sharks led the Clippers 2,734-2,529 in total wood. Andrew Karkota led the team with a 598 series and a high game of 249 while Steven O’Braitis rolled a 595 series including a high game of 244. Sam Cestaro (540 series) and Zach Abel (512) also had good days for the Sharks.

ESM head coach Charles Ferro has been happy with his team’s hot start, considering it lost two of its best bowlers to graduation last year. He acknowledged, however, that he thinks the fight for the top three spots in the league—and thus a place at the county bowling meet—will be a fight to the finish.

“This season is going to be another knock down, drag it out battle with what I think is going to be one of the tightest finishes over the last six years,” he said.

Westhampton Beach

The Sharks may be sitting in first for now, but the Hurricanes were breathing right down their necks upon returning from the holiday break.

Westhampton Beach beat Southampton 27-6 at the Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead on December 21, owning a 2,741-2,546 lead in total wood. Zach Laube led the Canes with a 595 series and a high game of 224 while Francesco Logozzo rolled a 551 series with a high game of 204.

The Westhampton Beach coaching staff has been happy with the team’s start and the play of eighth-grader Jordan Laube in particular. Laube rolled a 552 series in the win over Southampton.

“Jordan has been doing an outstanding job for the team,” co-head coach Ken Miller said. “He has become extremely consistent and can be counted on to earn several points per match for the team.”

East Hampton

The Bonackers fell to 3-3 after dropping their two most recent matches; they fell 19-14 to Mt. Sinai at Port Jefferson Bowl on December 20 before losing 27-6 to Southold at East Hampton Bowl the following day.

Mt. Sinai rode the strength of a 1,008 in the first game to beat the Bonackers, despite getting outscored by East Hampton in the final two games. The Mustangs held a 2,734-2,495 lead in total wood. Andrew Payne led East Hampton with a 548 series and a high game of 201 in the loss to Mt. Sinai. Against Southold, East Hampton was edged 2,231-2,100 in total wood. William Garbowski led East Hampton with a 471 series and Richard Nardo rolled a 470 series.

Southampton

The Mariners fell to 1-5 after losing 27-6 to Westhampton Beach at Wildwood Lanes on December 21. The Canes had a 2,741-2,546 lead in total wood.

Southampton is in a rebuilding year, though head coach Peter Liubenov has several young bowlers who have shown promise, particularly Mike Cenzoprano. The seventh-grader has been impressing his coach thus far this season. Cenzoprano led Southampton with a 568 series and a high game of 202 in the loss to Westhampton Beach. Kevin Edgar rolled a 563 series and both Myles Robinson (542) and Rich Wagner (487) also helped score points for the Mariners.

“Even though he’s only in seventh grade, Mike is fast becoming our best bowler and he’s by far our most consistent player,” Liubenov said. “We are building to be successful in the coming years.”

ON THE SCHEDULE: ESM—Tuesday, 1/4, vs. Southampton at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1/6, at Mt. Sinai at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/11, vs. Rocky Point at 3:30 p.m.; Westhampton Beach—Tuesday, 1/4, vs. Rocky Point at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1/6, at East Hampton at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/11, vs. Southold at 3:30 p.m. East Hampton—Thursday, 1/6, vs. Westhampton Beach at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/11, at Southampton at 3:30 p.m. Southampton—Tuesday, 1/4, at ESM at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, 1/6, at Rocky Point at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/11, vs. East Hampton at 3:30 p.m.

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