Hillcrest Bowling Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons
Written by Isela Larreinaga, Junior Writer
Photographer: Bacilio Bencosme
The Hillcrest Boys and Girls Bowling Teams had successful seasons as they each had winning seasons and made the playoffs.
Unfortunately, both teams’ runs ended in defeat in the playoffs after showing great improvement over the year. The Hawks finished in 3rd place with an overall record of 9 wins and 6 losses. Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks finished in 4th place with an overall record of 6 wins and 6 losses.
The Boys Bowling team improved dramatically from 2012 to this year’s season. In 2012, they had a rough season with 4 wins and 8 losses, but now thanks to their hard work and cooperation, they have more wins than losses. They enjoyed a successful season with 9 wins and 6 losses. There are a lot of rookies coming in the Bowling team, and the team has improved enough to make the playoffs where the team lost to Bronx High School of Science. The team’s highlight included beating Jamaica High School three times this year. Senior Justin Clarke averaged 179 pins per game, with a high of 279 this season. The team ranked 15th in the City Championship Standings.
Ms. Dauber, the Head Coach, has extended the amount of people on the team, and it has a great impact on how many victories they got compared to last year. “I want the players to find their mark and to feel comfortable when bowling. They put a lot of pride into the bowling games. They are very hard-working and very focused. They are also very kind to each other. The former players help the recent players with their weakness and helps improves their skills. Coach Dauber stated, “I would like to see the new players to feel comfortable releasing the ball and to follow through.”
The players on the team are very competitive, but they been taught to be nice and respectful to the opposing teams. The team and Coach Dauber set up goals for good teamwork, leadership, and cooperation with other teams of the other boroughs. The Bowling team has many positive outcomes, it led to the boys making new friends, helping each other in their weakness
and it made Hillcrest look better sports wise.
Meanwhile, Hillcrest Girls Bowling team had a huge improvement from their 2013-2014 season when they had 2 wins and 11 losses. The team this year showed their hard work had dividends as the Lady Hawks improved to 6 wins and 6 losses. Compared to last year, they have made Hillcrest more proud. This wasn't a one person job, it took the whole team to cooperate. The team came out swinging by winning their first few games. The season hit a rocky patch in the middle of the season, but the team still managed to get into the playoffs where they lost to Leon M Goldstein High School for Science.
Team Captain Miyah Rice averaged 99 pins per game with a season high of 128. Other key players included Riana Roopnarine, Bryana Martinez, Amatullah Wright, and Chantel Gordon. They were recognized for the most pins knocked down in their games.
There has been more players added to the team from last year. Some players do not have much experience while others do. The players from last year gave the new players advice and are treated as family once they join.
Although some are still learning, the teammates are helpful towards each other. As an extra effort to build chemistry and teamwork, sometimes, the girls would hang out together before and after games and practices. “If one team mate sees another struggling they go and help the struggling one out and make them better than before.” Coach Chattoo has pushed the girls to do their best and to have fun at the same time.
He would always give the girls a pep talk before the game, he would say "Strikes are good but spares win the game.” Coach Chattoo also gave them the courage and pride that every team should have. Although they didn’t last till the last round they came a long way from last year which is very impressive.
The Hillcrest Bowling teams have a lot to be proud of this past season. Both teams improved greatly and reached the playoffs. With another off season of preparation, both teams will be ready to aim for the City Championships next year.