BLUE WAVES 31, FIRST SETTLERS 2
When the bottom two high school boys bowling teams in Suffolk County League IV faced each other on Monday, they both saw it as an opportunity to walk away with points, something that hasn’t been too plentiful for either side this season.
It was Riverhead that garnered the lion’s share of them at Southold’s expense. Three Blue Waves rolled three-game series scores of 564 or higher in a 31-2 win.
Riverhead and Southold share the same home alley, Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. They have also shared some rough times this season. Riverhead entered the match in seventh place, one notch above last-place Southold.
The Blue Waves, though, enjoyed a respite from their troubles with consistent play and some spare conversions. It was a good day for the Blue Waves in what has been a season of trial and tribulation. After prevailing in the first game, 883-809, they won the last two games more soundly, 885-700 and 979-735.
The Blue Waves are 9-12 in games this season, with 95 points. Southold has yet to win a game, losing 24. The First Settlers have 13 points.
Riverhead sophomore Jon Visek knocked down 19 strikes to go with 9 spares. He finished strong with a 221 game for a team-leading 596 series.
Mark Stewart surpassed the 172 average he took into the match. With the aid of 14 spares, the junior showed some of the consistency Riverhead has been looking for. He strung together game scores of 197, 188 and 196 for a season-high 581 series.
Another Riverheader, Jackie Irwin, improved on her 155 average by shooting a 564 series with a 213 high game.
Forrest Vail had a 486 over three games, and Chris Smith fell one pin shy of a 200 in the third game.
For Southold, Jess Jerome opened with a 224 game on the way to a 527 series. Jen Jaklevic (465 series), Kaitlyn Kettenbeil (440) and Emily Pressler (438) also played in all three games.