Bethpage High School senior Brian Lunetto was one pin short of a perfect game during his team’s match against Massapequa High School on Jan. 6. Two weeks later, he achieved perfection as he bowled a 300 on Jan. 19.
“It was kind of bittersweet, because it was my last match and I’ve been doing this for six years,” Lunetto said. “Like any other match, I was just trying to go out there and compete, and I was really focused on helping our team win the conference.”
Lunetto said he realized how accurate his shots were during the fourth or fifth frame. Once he found a rhythm, he said he was determined to bowl a 300.
“Those first few shots just looked and felt really good, so I kept trying to repeat that,” he said. “I didn’t want to recreate another 299.”
According to bowling coach June Dvorak, Lunetto was the only player in Nassau County to notch a perfect game this season. “He’s fabulous, and he’s an incredible student as well,” Dvorak said.
Once the match was over, Lunetto said he felt relieved to cap off an amazing performance. He also said it was a special moment to receive a bowling pin from his coach, which marked his perfect game.
“I was finally able to take it all in and celebrate with my team,” Lunetto said. “It was great being able to leave a legacy behind. Winning the conference was one of my goals, so this just fulfills all of the dreams that I had coming into the season.”
—Submitted by the Bethpage Union Free School District