Girls bowling team makes it to quarterfinals

Devastating lose to Midwood derails girls bowling championship dream.

The girls bowling team has had a great season year after year and has been in the playoffs for three consecutive years, starting from the 2012-2013 season. This year the team went for the gold, but ended up losing in the quarter-finals to Midwood. The highlight of their season had been finishing as the third seed in New York City and with a regular season record of 8-4, with their only losses being New Dorp and Tottenville.

Kamila Mazitova, a junior who’s been on the team for two years said, “We anticipated it [going to playoffs], because that was our goal.” Mazitova also shared that the team has gotten closer during this year and also was better prepared than ever before.

Danette Mancenido, a Junior who joined the team this year, shared her excitement about the team going to playoffs, “I was so excited when I found out we were going to playoffs . . . we’re going to crush T-ville and New Dorp.” However, that was not the case after a loss to Midwood in the C match.

The season started with a win against Information Technology HS, 670-510 in the A and 523-418 in the B. Next came Bronx HS of Science, the A team won with 596-452, but the B team lost 500-512, resulting in a decisive C. The girls ended up winning with a score of 647-591. The Cinderella season ended when they faced Midwood, on November 19th, 2014. The A team won with 761-604, with a high game from Paloma Zacarias (224). However, the B team lost, 395-478, once again resulting in a C match: where the team got kicked out of semi-finals with 548-613. “C matches are always nerve wracking, but when semi-finals were on the line, those nerves quadrupled.”

Coach Gonzalez, who has been with the team for the past five seasons, said, “a lot of the A and B bowlers from last year returned to the team, so they were already experienced and most of the teammates have spent four years together. They had a very strong bond.”