2009-11-20 / Sports

Beach Channel Boys Bowling Strikes Playoff Win

By Eli Velez

Harvey Pyser was getting a bit nervous at Cozy Lanes on Wednesday. But the Beach Channel/ Chan nel View boys bowling team coach was relieved and very happy when most of his players finally arrived ten minutes before their second round PSAL playoff game against Stuyvesant.

Pyser was also pleased with the final result as 12th seed Beach Channel won 2-1 over number 21 Stuyvesant. It was the first playoff win for the Dol - phins as they received a bye in the opening round.

Beach Channel won in the third and decisive game with the same starting four that have performed consistently throughout the campaign. Team captain and senior Christopher Petrillo, Matthew Hol gate, Edward Figueroa, and Christopher Morales com bined to help the Dolphins win 740-557.

"I have four guys who bowl well," Pyser said.

Holgate has been credited by Pyser for strengthening the team with his 198 average pins this season. His addition was vital to the rest of the team. Beach Channel has received contributions also from Edward Figueroa scored a game high of 243 pins this season. Joshua Caruso, who plays on the B team, recently qualified for the PSAL Individual Championships which began on November 17.

"He's been a terrific bowler," Pyser said of Holgate. "Once he joined, he made us a better team."

Holgate, a senior Channel View student, did not join the team until this year because of issues with different class schedules than Beach Channel that didn't allow him to compete.

"I would have to stay for an extra class and I couldn't come to their practices or games because I was late," Holgate said. "And it wasn't fair to them if I couldn't practice."

But the turning point of the season Petrillo believes is on October 27. After losing a close contest in the first match this season against John Adams, Beach Channel wanted to avoid finishing in second place for the third consecutive season in the Queens I Division.

Petrillo, a four year player, knew the Dolphins had already acquired a sense of confidence, and used that to record a 2-1 victory over Adams at Cozy Lanes.

The win paid off at the end. Though both teams ended the regular season at 13-1, the Dolphins clinched the division on a tiebreaker by recording six more pins than the Spartans.

"It was awesome. I've lost to them the past three years," Petrillo said. "I couldn't stand losing to them. It made me relieved that we beat them."

Petrillo and his teammates hope that good feeling continues on Monday.

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