By: Dharam M’19
The QHSS boys and girls bowling teams have recently capped off the 2016 season with improvements in showings.
The boys bowling team, coached by math teacher Mr. Lopez, finished up the season with a 4-8 record, sixth place in the Queens II League. The tightest game took place on October 13, when QHSS pulled out a victory in the final frame of the game. The strongest outing came a day later in a victory against Bayside High School, in which QHSS put up a cumulative score of 1446. By pinfall average (game score average), the team ranked forty-third in the city. The team narrowly missed the playoffs, for only the top forty teams qualified. The boys bowling team has been dominated by seniors for the last two seasons, with ten seniors in 2015 and six seniors in 2016.
The girls bowling team, under the guidance of Assistant Principal Mr. Reo, dominated the Brooklyn/Queens League with a first place win. The team finished with a 11-1 record. The strongest outings coincided with victories. The team won against Richmond High School on September 29, putting up a total score of 1160. Following the match with Richmond was the team’s October 6 play against Cambria Heights Academy. The team bested Cambria Heights with a total score of 1148. In terms of pinfall average, the team ranked twenty-seventh in the city. Unfortunately, the team was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, losing against Beacon High School.
Four seniors on the QHSS bowling teams – Sandra Cantillo, Jackie Shi, Henry Li, and Jerry Lu – were selected for the PSAL (Public School Athletic League) Individual Players City Finals. For the girls individual, Sandra came in 9th place and Jackie in 14th. For boys individual, Henry came in 9th place, with Jerry following in 11th place.
Jackie Shi, captain of the girl’s team, offered a few comments on the experience of playing in the PSAL finals.
“It was rewarding to lead my team. Considering that most of the girls on our team were rookies and never bowled competitively before, I was really happy with the way we ended our season, despite our loss at the end.”
She described her time on the team as a fun and enjoyable experience, and she encourages future QHSS bowlers to keep practicing. After all, “one [pin down] is better than none!”