Coach Greg Leon is the greatest legacy of Scarsdale High School’s 17-year varsity bowling program. From White His Plains His Bowl to Bowlerland in the Bronx, Leon has provided his expertise to every bowler who listens, including the children of opposing teams.
Leon, who began teaching at Scarsdale in 1995 after graduating from the city’s Hunter High School, announced that he would be retiring from teaching computer science at the end of the year, but will continue working with boys for at least a year. It’s a schedule. Volleyball team in fall, men’s tennis team in spring, and this year will be his last as a bowling coach. He is the only coach the program has ever known.
Even before there was a team in Scarsdale, there was a student-run after-school bowling club with 80-90 members playing the sport on Fridays at the White Plains Bowl in the early 2000s. Little Lebowski Suburban Achievers are really into bowling and have come out in silly outfits every week to set the festive mood.
“They could have started the school team earlier, and we would have done really well,” Leon said. “Surprisingly, at the time, we had some kids bowling with both hands, and I wasn’t very familiar with it at the time. must.”
Many of the boys’ side bowlers joined the national team in 2006-07 when Scarsdale and five other schools had B teams in their own leagues, with Scarsdale finishing best in Section 1 that first winter. was. They won the league title and in the sectionals he finished third, 29 points behind champions Arlington in his bowl at White Plains. The Raiders totaled 5,717 pins in his six games, averaging 952 pins per game.
Zach Walden, then a sophomore, had a monstrous day, scoring the lowest 199 points in six games.
That team also included studs like senior Michael Julerer and juniors Logan Berkowitz, Zach Gompertz, Evan Gross, John Kessner and Dan Matsuzuki.
One year the Raiders chased 1,000 in a single game as a team, but the boys never reached the height of their first year again. For several years, the most memorable match was against a similarly talented team from Edgemont.
Most years the girls struggled to put together a full team, but when they did, they were competitive. It was Melissa Fish, who qualified as a senior when she was Section 1 Champion in 2010-11.
The Southern League hasn’t been as competitive as it once was since being kicked out of the White Plains Bowl and moved to Bowlerland for the 2014-15 season, but Leon still insists the kids have their own equipment. I never stopped encouraging. Participate in professional games and Saturday leagues, and provide advice and coaching. The most advanced bowlers were always the ones who not only listened but also asked questions. He still emphasizes the importance of hitting those spares, as every spare’s game will be 190.
“When they’re listening and improving, when they’re doing it for the first time, you can start developing the technology,” says Leong. “That’s the satisfaction of coaching at this level.”
Leon also always advocated making the league better for bowlers, from structure to tournaments to scheduling.
Leong has kept his humour over the years. More recently, after a bowler narrowly missed a spare, he was heard to say, “That’s not a horseshoe,” and “95 has not passed.”
“At least I got my kids hooked on bowling over the years,” Leon said. “I think last year’s group will continue bowling if given the chance. I think in this sport, if we can get the kids into bowling, that’s a major part of what we do.” And frankly, what other sport is everyone new to? Volleyball might be a different sport, it’s a lifelong sport.
Athletic Director Ray Pappalardi knows how lucky he is at Scarsdale. When he was at Edgemont, he always hired coaches just to fill the void.
“He has a technical background in sports coaching kids, which you don’t see very often,” Pappalardi said of Leon. “A lot of other schools are trying to find bodies to cover the buses and cover the attendees while at the bowling alley, and that becomes recreation. Even if there is, I have the expertise to teach children.”
Pappalardi also appreciates Leon’s knowledge of leagues and coaches, calling the sport an “infinite matrix”.
“The experience he brought has made him incredibly valuable and he will be missed,” said Pappalardi. “Not just the type of kid we have in Scarsdale and his relationship with the community, he understands how athletics works in general, but he also brings a bit of a competitive nature to bowling. You can. A lot of kids go to eat cheese fries.”
In fact, snack bars were banned years ago, but it was a big draw for bowlers across the league.
Pappalardi said he hired two assistant coaches this winter to learn the ropes from Leon, but he doesn’t yet know who will take over. All we know at this point is that bowling at Bowlerland will look very different next winter.
Raiders this year
With a 44-12 record, the veteran women’s team has been strong in the league this season.
“I have veterans and they are competitive,” Leon said. “I think the women’s league average is around 90 for him, so if he hits 120 points, he’ll be fine.”
Seniors Mattie Silberfein and Alessandra Hosseinbukus are the team’s only four-year bowlers.
“It’s fun to bring in new people each year,” says Silberfein. “Every year I’ve done it but new people have come in and stayed. I love bowling and I go every year. We only had one senior in year one and two in year two.It just piled up after COVID and it all came back together.”
A larger number of women’s sides makes competition easier, and a full scoring team requires five bowlers. Often there was no wiggle room, but having a larger roster gives the team more flexibility.
“Overall, we only lost one game outright and have only lost a few games,” Silberfein said. “It’s been pretty cool. We’ve got more younger kids this year, so we have more seniors this year, so next year we’ll have people. It’s been nice to build the team, but it’s also great to be able to hand it over to the team and let them continue building next year.”
Vanessa Thurman is a sophomore in her third year on the team and enjoys working with Silberfein and Hosseinbukus and mixing up lineups.
“We have a wide variety of kids this year, bringing the community together at an unprecedented variety of grade levels,” Thurman said. “In the past few years there were many upperclassmen, but this year there is a lot of variety.”
Thurman credits Leon for leading the way. “We’ve definitely grown because so many of us have stuck with it,” Thurman said. “We had time to improve. Mr. Leon guided us every year to hone our skills.
The men have a 38-25 record, but are in a rebuilding season.
“They have that potential,” Leon said. “The good thing is that we’re all beginners, so we’re beating a team that’s all beginners. And it’s worth taking something away.”
Junior sophomore bowler Wes Ulrich said the team has made great strides this season alone as less experienced bowlers learn more about the sport.
“As a team, we’re doing pretty well,” he said. “There were some close matches to win, but overall it was a fun experience. I think everyone learns how to bowl. I’m learning how to throw the ball down the lane to get it.One thing I had to learn last year is that if you throw it in the middle, it will crack.You have to pocket it. not.
Consistency is the biggest challenge for all bowlers. “I still struggle with it,” Ulrich said. “I will bowl 150 and the next game I will bowl 90. You have to do repetitions and the mechanics have to be the same every time. It’s the hardest thing. Getting repetitions is the only way to bring it down.”
Freshman Aaron Gunns, who has only ever bowled at birthday parties, was looking for a winter sport that would fit in between playing soccer in the fall and taking golf lessons in the spring.
“Everybody’s been trying to help,” he said. “They are supportive. If I do something wrong, they all pat me on the back and try to help me at the next ball. I’m a first grader and I feel like they’re helping me. If I keep doing it, if I listen to what people say, I think I can get better, and it has helped me a lot so far, I went from averaging 110 to averaging 135.”
Against Yonkers on December 19, the two Yonkers bowlers won 548-574-481-1,603 to 575 7-0. Silberfein rolled 134-168-100-402, senior Dani Scheiner rolled 124 and 126 in his first two games, and Thurman rolled his 114-108-129-351 .
The men lost 7-0, 827-850-732-2,409 to 552-611-655-1,818.
Senior Austin Flaster rolled a 120 in the first game to lead his team. Guns had 158 in Game 2 and senior Nicky Rappaport had 143. Ulrich had 166 in Game 3, Rapaport had 148 and senior Nate Abraham had 139.
Against Pelham the next day, the Raiders won both games 7-0. For the girls she won 572-498-566-1,636 to 493-467-480-1,440. Hosseinbukus rolled his 159-123-141, Silberfein had 119 in the first game and sophomore Isabella Lu had 162 in her third game.
The men won 673-656-561-1,890 to 492-438-428-1,358. Junior Tyler Deschamps shot 157-130-147-434, Flaster 148-142-114, Ulrich 153 in the first game, Senior Ethan Elkins 158 his second, and Junior Jared Hoffman 132 his second. rice field.
Scarsdale kicked off the new year with both teams defeating Mamaroneck 5-2 on January 4th. The girls won his 588-461-566-1,615 to 548-473-449-1,470, with Josén Buchs shooting 178 in the first game and senior Hannah Feuerstein shooting his 127. in the third game.
The men’s team won 708-596-672-1,976 to 539-783-639-1,961, with Rapaport on 155-134-163-452, junior Gabe Breby on 134-140-109, and Ulrich on 142 and 135. So, games 1 and 2, it was Flaster. 141 in the first game, Gans 136 in the first game, DesChamps 144 in the third, and Junior Luke Kermanshahchi 138 in the third.
On January 9, the women beat Harrison 5-2, scoring 461-562-551-1,574. Hosseinbukus rolled 124 in the first game, Feuerstein rolled 130 in his second game, and Silberfein rolled 127 in his third.
Harrison swept the men 7-0, 636-722-674-2,032 to 590-641-572-1,803. Flaster he shot 123-205-104-432, Deschamps shot 136 in the second game, and Kermanscherch shot 142 in the third.
In the make-up rematch the next day, the girls defeated Harrison again, 5-2, 594-567-572-1,733 to 489-579-463-1,531. Thurman was 139-132-112, Feuerstein was 136-120-161 and Silverfine was 124.
The boys were swept again, changing from 707-774-702-2,183 to 700-653-583-1,936. Levi Schott 101-135-116, Kermanscherch 158-126-146, Hoffman 166-125-105, Ulrich 131-126-92, Guns 144-141-125.