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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015: North Babylon teammates bowl 300s in same game

   Leading off today: Perfect games are a dime a dozen in bowling. Still, I strongly suspect this has never happened in New York high school bowling.

   North Babylon teammates Dominick Casale and Anthony Cioffi went frame-for-frame with each other, tossing 12 strikes apiece to finish with 300s in the third game of Tuesday's match vs. West Babylon at Babylon Bowl.

   It happened on a day when two other Suffolk County bowlers also rolled perfect games.

   Newsday reported that Islip's Adam Rotbart even went so far as to predict his perfection at East Islip Lanes.

   "This might sound like I'm bragging," Rotbart said, "but before I came here, I did my routine and I warmed up and I just felt really good today. Before I came here, I told my mom, 'Mom I'm gonna shoot 300 today.'"

   The fourth perfect game came from Bay Shore's Brandon Guerin, just a few lanes down from Casale and Cioffi, en route to an 812 series.

   Led by Casale and Cioffi, North Babylon rolled an 1,165 in the third game.

   "They both were going at it frame by frame," said North Babylon coach Sonny Casale, who is Dominick's father. "Neither one wanted to be the first to not strike. And they didn't."

   Big performance: Shadeen Samuels finished with 45 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as Ossining beat Our Lady of Lourdes 82-62 in a rematch of last season's Section 1 Class AA title game.

   Aubrey Griffin added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pride.

   A little levity: Hey, I've had days like this.

   Track decisions: Union-Endicott (2017) and Middleton (2019) were the choices to host upcoming state outdoor track and field championships in a meeting Tuesday.

   The NYSPHSAA track and field committee and NYSPHSAA administrative staff were in agreement. The recommendations will go before the Championship Advisory Committee on Friday, and then by voted on by the Executive Committee on Dec. 18.

   Cicero-North Syracuse has already been selected to host in 2016 and 2018.

   M-E star picks BC: Maine-Endwell senior football star Michael Palmer will continue his playing career at Boston College, The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.

   Palmer was expected to meet with BC defensive coordinator Don Brown on Wednesday. He visited Chestnut Hill last weekend and was offered a scholarship.

   Palmer, who intercepted 22 passes in three varsity seasons, is projected as a defensive back and potential punt returner at BC, which was 3-9 this season.

   That's a heck of a day: A mere week and a half ago, the senior holding the unofficial title of most electrifying high school football player in New York had exactly one scholarship offer to his name.

   And then Earnest Edwards put on one of the most memorable performances in the history of the NYSPHSAA football finals at the Carrier Dome, scoring three times on long pass plays and adding an interception plus a fourth TD

on an end zone fumble recovery as Aquinas beat Saratoga 44-19 for the Class AA championship.

   Interest picked up almost immediately and reached a new level Tuesday when Edwards doubled his number of offers in a span of a few hours as Maine, Monmouth and Old Dominion all stepped up.

   Volleyball honor: Eden outside hitter Sam Burgio has been selected New York's girls volleyball player of the year by Gatorade.

   The 5-foot-10 junior led the Raiders to a 37-8-1 record and the NYSPHSAA Class C championship last month. Burgio recorded 646 kills, 510 digs, 140 service aces and 79 blocks as Eden won its seventh straight title.

   She is the third Eden volleyball player to earn the award. Outside hitter Ashley DoEpp was selected in 2001 and 2002, and setter Heather Feldman was selected in 2010.

   New Jersey shakeup: Member schools of New Jersey's governing body voted Monday to separate public and non-public schools during the football regular season, creating a seismic shift in the landscape of football in New Jersey. reported the proposal passed by a 215-128 margin among New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

   Non-public schools already conduct separate playoffs. New Jersey crowned 23 champions in football this fall.

   The vote means non-public schools will form their own state-wide conference. That conference will determine its structure and scheduling. Public schools can still schedule games against non-public teams if the schools agree.

   The NJSIAA also split non-public wrestlers into their own districts and region by a 216-121 margin. There will be a season-ending championship for public and non-public qualifiers at the end of the season.

   The votes are subject to review by the state commissioner of education, and it's not out of the question that one or both issues will end up in state Superior Court as well. Issues include the fact that there are only 37 football-playing non-public schools in the state, making formation of new leagues difficult.

   Msgr. Michael Kelly, president of Seton Hall Prep, argued the proposals are in response to the dominance of the large non-public schools in North Jersey.

   "Why disrupt the entire state because of one region?" he asked.

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