Ferguson senior bowler Melissa Perez stood out among Miami-Dade County’s representatives at this year’s state bowling meet at the Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando.
Perez was the county’s lone qualifier following Wednesday’s opening round.
Perez followed that up with an impressive showing Thursday by finishing fourth in the individual bracket after winning two matches in which she was the lower seed.
After making it to the second day as the lowest seed (16) in the girls’ bracket, Perez upset the top seed Marisol Dodson of Jacksonville Sandalwood 650-555. Perez later beat Lake Worth Park Vista’s Kayla Kanarick 471-362. Perez was then defeated in the semifinals by Stuart Martin County’s Shelly Goodwin 690-619. Goodwin finished state runner-up.
Region 4-2A: If the Miami Pace boys’ cross country team whooped it up at the Region 4-2A championships as if they had just won a state title, they had every right to.
Shut out of the State Finals for at least the past 30 years, the Spartans are back in the big dance.
Behind a 14th-place finish by Ryan Ventura, the lone senior on the team, the Spartans celebrated the end of their 30-plus year drought with emphatic hugs and high fives after claiming the sixth and final qualifying spot at Mills Pond Park on Thursday.
“After finding out that we haven’t made the visit to state in over 30 years, it means everything to us,’’ said Spartans coach Johann Odermatt. “We had nothing in mind but to place. Ryan Ventura was the district champion last week. The team did an exceptional job backing him up and supporting Ryan.”
It was business as usual for perennial state power Ransom Everglades (No. 7 in the FACA/flrunners.com Class 2A poll), which used superior depth to beat runner-up Pine Crest for the boys’ title.
While North Broward Prep’s Jack Klumpp ran away with the individual title, Ransom star freshman Gaby Correa (16:56) led a 3-5-11 finish with Jan Bergengruen and Adam Friedman.
The top 15 finishers and top six teams advance to the FHSAA State Finals at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park on Nov. 17.
In a compelling showdown American Heritage eighth grade sensation Daesha Rogers, the 2011 state runner-up, beat Pine Crest star freshman Julia Montgomery by two seconds for the girls' individual title.
Miami Carrollton shone brightest for Dade girls' teams, scoring 90 points to finish fourth.
Freshman Sophia Miguez paced Carrollton with a sixth place finish on a day 10 of the top 12 finishers were freshmen or younger.
Girls’ results – 1. Daesha Rogers (AH) 18:58, 2. Montgomery (PC) 19:00, 3. Alexander (AH) 19:43, 4. Wurth (PC) 19:53, 5. Archer (RE) 20:05, 6. Miguez (Carr) 20:17, 7. Dominguez (Sun) 20:33, 8. Jovanovic (PC) 20:35, 9. Ortega (AH) 20:39, 10. S. Fernandez (SB) 20:42, 11. Pinnell (NBP) 20:43, 12. Scott (RE) 20:45, 13. DiCintio (PB) 20:51, 14. Gornisiewicz (PC) 20:52, 15. K. Smith (RE) 20:53. Top 6 girls’ team scores: 1. Pine Crest 42, 2. American Heritage 61, 3. Carrollton 90, 4. Ransom Everglades 103, 5. Doral 175, 6. Lincoln Park 196. Boys’ individual results: 1. Jack Klumpp (NBP) 16:47, 2. Jacobsen (SA) 16:55, 3. Correa (RE) 16:56, 4. Geiman (Sun) 16:57, 5. Bergengruen (RE) 17:01, 6. Luttier (CN) 17:16, 7. Nelson (US) 17:18, 8. Sweetapple (SA) 17:19, 9. Hollander (CSC) 17:23, 10. Decker (PC) 17:24, 11. Friedman (RE) 17:24, 12. Guzman (KW) 17:25, 13. Wagner (KW) 17:26, 14. Ventura (MP) 17:29. 15. Samuelson (Sun)17:32. Top 6 boys’ team scores: 1. Ransom Everglades 59, 2. Pine Crest 95, 3. Key West 107, 4. Suncoast 135, 5. St. Andrews 139, 6. Miami Pace 146.