Deep East Islip boys take victory over West Islip

The thrill of victory is a tradition within the East Islip boys’ bowling program – and it’s a tradition no team wants to break.

East Islip have won the last five Suffolk Boys Bowling Team Championships and are off to another strong start this season. East Islip beat West Islip, 26.5-6.5, in Suffolk League I to improve to 10-1 at AMF Babylon Lanes on Tuesday. West Islip drops to 3-7-1.

“It’s just discipline,” said Sebastian Gebhard. “We work hard and we’re bowling when no other team is there. We’re shooting games constantly and it’s just hard work to get us to this point.”

East Islip prides itself on its depth, which shone on Tuesday. Gebhard had a 224 in the first game of a 647 series for East Islip as all four bowlers who bowled in all three games totaled at least 600 pins.

“If someone is having a bad day, having someone else step in is amazing,” junior Jack Baranek said. “Few other teams have that at the moment – a reliable player to rely on – and that’s what makes East Islip great and such a great team.”

Baranek had a 244 in Game 1 of a 641 series, Brenden Muller had a 226 in Game 2 of a 640 series, Shawn Watts had a 225 in Game 1 of a two-game 392 series and Eighth-grader Matt Sundberg rolled a 268 in Game 3 of a 735 series for East Islip.

Sundberg quickly turned the heads of his older teammates.

“It’s like looking into the future,” Gebhard said. “He’ll be here for another four years and we’ve been on this team for a long time and have seen the talent come and go. When we joined the team, we looked up to the older bowlers and said, ‘This is where we want to be,” but Matt is already here, so it’s great to see the future is so strong.”

East Islip was also motivated by West Islip’s Tim Smith. The Suffolk leader with an average of 253.3 in 33 games, Smith had a 278 in the third game of a 772 series on Tuesday.

“You really just have to do your best against him,” Gebhard said. “I set myself a goal today and said, ‘I just want to beat him one game. I didn’t get it, but he’s a great bowler and he makes you want to work even harder.”

But East Islip’s main goals still have to do with the end of the season. After not having state championships the past two seasons, Gebhard and the rest of his teammates are hoping to make the trip to Syracuse in March.

“I want to go with this team,” said Gebhard, a five-year-old college bowler. “That would be great.”

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