High school junior Ryan Murphy and freshman Timothy Smith captured the Suffolk County varsity bowling doubles championship on Jan. 9. At the event, held at Sayville Lanes, Murphy and Smith competed against 90 other teams from 30 schools throughout the county.
In the preliminary rounds, Smith bowled games of 254, 210 and 255 and Murphy rolled games of 163, 191 and 208. Their combined score of 1,281 earned the pair a spot as third seed for the playoff rounds. In their first playoff match, they defeated second-seeded Connetquot, with Smith bowling an impressive 246 and Murphy bowling 239. In the final round, Smith rolled a 238 and Murphy a 184 to defeat the top-ranked Sachem pair for the championship.
The duo will now rejoin their teammates in a drive to lead West Islip’s team to place in the Suffolk County team finals in February.
“Congratulations to Tim and Ryan and coach Jim Farnworth on this impressive accomplishment,” said Athletic Director Tim Horan. “They may be the first West Islip bowlers to ever accomplish such a feat.”