Just before the start of holiday vacation, White Plains Bowl hosted a singles tournament for the Southern Westchester league.
The Yonkers boys and girls teams stole the show, taking all but one medal between both sides of the tournament.
"Usually both of our teams bowl very well," said junior Robbie Shine, who took first place for the boys with a three-game series of 645. "We all kept our heads together and we were cheering for each other."
Shine estimated that more than 70 bowlers competed in the tournament, which was held on Dec. 20. In addition to his gold medal, sophomore Zane Shatz took bronze with a 614 series. Elijah Simmons of Woodlands, a friend of Shine's, took second place with a series of 639.
Shine and his team had to leave before scores went final and learned he had won later in the week in an email from his coach, Maria Hadala.
"I was really happy because Elijah is a good bowler," Shine said of learning he had come in first place. "I thought he would beat me."
The Yonkers girls team had bowlers sweep the top three spots. Senior Marianna Monaco took gold with a 550 series, junior Ashley Bryant finished second with a 471, and freshman Brianna Murphy came in third with a 453.
"The thing I'm most proud of is that my girls team is becoming a strong team now, too," Hadala said.
Matches to remember: It's one thing for a team to have three of its own bowlers record a match's top three high games, but three girl bowlers recently gave the feat new meaning. Tappan Zee's Jerrica Torres, Port Chester's Michaela Mascolo and Nanuet's Brianne Healy each bowled the top three high games for her team individually during the week leading up to the break.
On Dec. 18, Mascolo finished with a high series of 492, recording all three high games in a 7-0 win over Horace Greeley. On that same day, Torres threw games of 221, 210 and 201 for a series of 632 in a 7-0 win over Suffern. Coach LuAnne Carbonetto said it was the first time that she could remember one of her bowlers recording all three high games in a match for her team.
Ironically for Tappan Zee, two days later in a 7-0 win over Nanuet, Healy of the Golden Knights also recorded all three high games, throwing 208, 204 and 194 in the losing effort, finishing with a series of 606.
Panas girls cruising: In a 7-0 win over North Salem, the 47-2 Panas girls team hit a 929 pinfall in the opening game, and three girls recorded their personal-best game scores in the process.
"It was really exciting because it's a first for all of us," said junior Angela DiRenno. "We got to celebrate it together."
In addition to DiRenno, who shot a 204, Nicole Abel threw a 213 and Erin Cortes recorded a 208 in the memorable opening game.