When Killian sophomore Carlos Charlie Forero readies for a shot, the entire bowling alley stops and watches. Boasting an unorthodox two-handed shooting method similar to Australian Jason Belmonte, Forero wows the crowd as he rolls strike after strike.
After he hits 5 or 6 or 7 strikes in a row, it gets pretty intense, Killian coach Nick Ronda said. Hes gotten close to 300 a few times. You can feel like its coming.
Foreros unique deliver is similar to Belmontes approach but has its own distinct characteristic.
He has a twist at the end that gives extra torque, Ronda said. Its so unique. Its the first time Ive seen it.
A student of the game, Forero continues to show why he is considered one of the best young bowlers in the state. In his first match on Tuesday, Forero had a high-game 266 and a high series of 701. His coach credits the young phenoms preparation and determination as being some of the factors that makes him such a talented prospect.
I learn from him. He knows so much about the game. He studies the oil on the lanes, Ronda said. He does everything he needs to do in order to be successful.
The ultimate prize in high school bowling is the coveted state title. While Forero had an impressive freshman season, he narrowly missed qualifying for the state tournament in Orlando. With continued practice and attention to the mental side of the game, Ronda believes the sophomore is working in the right direction.
Hes one of the younger ones out there, Ronda said. As a freshman, he was pretty much up there in average. The biggest difference is consistency.
On the girls side, TERRA senior Tori Burstein hopes to finish her high school career with another trip to the state tournament. Burstein won the district title last season and earned a spot among a slew of girls vying for a state title. Burstein shot a 695 series but fell several pins short of advancing to the match-play round. Throughout the offseason, Burstein has continued a steady practice schedule that has seen her game improve. TERRA coach Ed Garland believes with extra work and continued attention to her mental approach, the promising senior has a chance to not only advance to the round of 16 but could contend for a title.
[States] was an eye opener for her, he said. There were some high powered bowlers there. Girls were shooting over 200. It gave her an idea for how hard she needs to work in the summer.
Throughout the summer, Burstein has tinkered with her technique. The senior has worked on a new grip and release that Garland expects should give her more pin-action. Burstein has also moved to a 15-pound ball and has tried to add more of a hook to her ball.