The League V bowling season kicked off last week, with East Hampton splitting a pair of matches while Southampton got a victory in its opening match of the year. Westhampton Beach, which lost a large group of seniors to graduation last year, suffered losses in its first two matches while Eastport South Manor got off to a good start with a pair of wins.
The Bonackers beat Southold 22-11 at East Hampton Bowl on December 2, winning the first game 879-821, dropping the second game 781-769 and winning the final game 841-824. The Bonackers held a 2,489 to 2,426 advantage in total wood.
East Hampton was not as successful against Mt. Sinai in a match at Port Jefferson Bowl on December 4. The Mustangs wasted no time showing that they’re ready to defend their League V title from last season, easily beating the Bonackers 30-3. East Hampton lost its games by scores of 919-762, 917-833 and 793-763 while allowing Mt. Sinai a 2,629-2,358 advantage in total wood.
Over the course of the first two matches, Brendan Caputo is leading East Hampton with a 172.40 average and has a high game of 211. Head coach Steve Graham said he expects his team to reach higher numbers as the season progresses.
“I believed that the kids will come around,” he said. “They haven’t hit their potential yet and with each practice, they are improving. I look forward to them getting stronger with each match and hopefully they will be in the top three in our league so they can go to the county championships.”
The Bonackers were scheduled to visit Westhampton Beach on Thursday for a match at the Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead at 4:15 p.m. and will host Southampton on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
After losing just two seniors to graduation and with a strong core of juniors returning to the team, the Mariners are expecting to be even more competitive in League V this year. They got off to a good start with a 31-2 win against Westhampton Beach at the Wildwood Lanes on December 4. Tom Rose—who bowled a perfect game last season—led Southampton with a high game of 216 against the Canes. Southampton won by scores of 938-784, 792-707 and 860-688, with a 2,590-2,179 advantage in total wood.
Rose, Eric Miller, Kristina Knoebel, Luke Powers and Kyle Robinson will be the primary starters for the Mariners this season, and head coach Peter Liubenov said he’s excited about what the team can accomplish this year.
“Most of my team worked really hard in the offseason to improve their bowling and it shows,” he said. “I expect us to compete throughout the whole season.”
Southampton was scheduled to host Eastport South Manor at East Hampton Bowl on Wednesday and was slated to host Rocky Point on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Mariners will take on Mt. Sinai at Port Jefferson Bowl on Monday at 3:30 p.m.