by Eddie Molina ‘23
Chaminade High School has a strong reputation throughout Long Island, New York City, and even the Tri-State area for its outstanding athletic programs. The Flyers’ reputation is impressive throughout many sports, whether it be lacrosse, baseball, basketball, or soccer.
Out of all its athletic successes, however, there is one team that is the most dominant: bowling. Throughout its history, the Chaminade bowling squad has secured league championships at an unmatched rate, earning it the title of Chaminade’s winningest program.
Bowling, for many people, is a leisure activity rather than an intense, competitive sport. What people fail to realize is that while learning the rules of the game is not too dif- ficult, it takes years of patience, practice, and persistence to master the skills needed to elevate the game to the competitive level.
Over the past few decades, the Chaminade bowling team succeeded in making the sport look easy, having racked up countless impressive achievements and accolades.
In recent years, the Flyers’ most impressive achievement was their achievement of a 70-game winning streak from 2015 to 2019, during which time the team secured nine straight league championships.
Reflecting on his four years at Chaminade, Tiernan O’Reilly ‘22 stated, “My time on the bowling team is something I will always remember. I created lifelong friendships as well as winning two championships.”
The squad’s prestigious accolades reflect the commitment and consistency of the CHS bowling program. “Everyone is always motivating each other and pushing ourselves to improve,” Mark Dacosta ‘24 said, “which is why I believe we played better than a majority of the other teams.
Although much of the credit goes to the students who per- form at this elite level, Mr. Terrence Fitzgibbon ‘00 deserves recognition for his remarkable coaching over the years.
Fitzgibbon explained, “We’ve been blessed over the past decade to not only have a talented group of bowlers, but a group of novices who are willing to learn and listen. The strength of our team really is their willingness to rely on each other, help each other, and learn from one another. Leadership comes from each group of seniors and has been the source of our success.”
Echoing his coach’s words, Francis Morrisey ‘22 stated, “Although it’s my first year on the bowling team, I feel like I’ve known these guys for years due to our great bond. With them, practice is always a great time. Further, Coach Fitzgibbon and Coach Germer encourage us to work harder and always give our best effort. We had a really strong team, which included four two-handed bowling seniors.”
Finally, commenting on their performance this year, Aidan Kennedy ‘23 remarked, “Going into the season this year we had a lot to work on. I’m proud to say we all recognized the challenge and stepped up to it. It was a very successful season and I’m proud of everyone’s performance.”
Best of luck to next year’s Chaminade bowling team as they strive to secure yet another championship. And as always, roll Flyers!