Bowling

Kilian’s Forero, TERRA’s Burstein look to get over the hump

 

Killian’s Carlos Forero almost made it to the state tournament in his freshman season. TERRA’s Tori Burstein hopes to win it all in her senior year.

Season outlook

Key dates

GMAC tournament: Oct. 22

District tournament: Oct. 28-29

FHSAA Finals: Nov. 6-7

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Boys

Carlos Ferero, So., Killian; Jon Hall, Sr., South Dade; Alex Yanis, Jr., Miami Christian; Pablo Cerda, Jr., Coral Springs Charter; Dale Cupp, Jr., Zion Lutheran; Tyler Current, 8th, Highlands Christian; Brandon Sucher, Sr. Pompano Beach

Girls

Tori Burstein, Sr. TERRA; Catherine Gutierrez, Sr. Goleman; Samantha Boellard, So., Terry; Brooke DiGirolmo, Sr., Coral Springs Charter; Melanie Horowitz, Sr., Coral Springs Charter; Sarah Martin, Jr., Archbishop McCarthy; Jessica Mellott, Sr., Coral Springs Charter; Krystina Nealson, Jr., Coral Glades; Kristin Zimmerman, Sr., St. Thomas Aquinas

BOYS PREVIEW

Belen Jesuit (Coach Andy Blanco, 1st year) Last season: 1-8. Top players: Anthony Perez-Pino, Jr.; Andres Casariego, Jr.; Anthony de Furio, Sr.

Columbus (Coach Adam Scholer, 23rd year) Last season: 8-3. Top players: Nick Cangahuala; Ralph Cue; Rick Gonzalez.

Coral Springs Charter (Coach Nelson Martin). Last season: N/A. Top player: Pablo Cerda, So.

Coral Reef (Coach Ted Staples, 7th year). Last season: 5-6. Top players: Jonathan Stadmire, Sr.; Peter Ross, Jr.

Ferguson (Coach Dianne Coe, 7th year). Last season: 7-3. Top players: Andrew Garcia, Sr.; Richard Pinero, Sr.; Jonathan Barrera, Jr.; Allian Larroche, Jr.; Andres Reyes, Jr.; Marcel Butcher, Jr.

Killian (Coach Nick Ronda, 2nd year). Last season: N/A. Top players: Charlie Forero, So.; Chris Hernandez, Sr.; Sam Orenstin, Sr.

TERRA (Coach Ed Garland, 2nd year). Last season: 8-4. Top players: Nick Munoz, Jr.; Josh Munoz, Jr.; Kevin Morrissey, So.

GIRLS PREVIEW

Coral Springs Charter (Coach Nelson Martin). Last season: N/A. Top players: Brooke DiGirolmo, Sr; Melanie Horowitz, Sr.; Jessica Mellott, Sr.

Coral Reef (Coach Ted Staples, 7th year). Last season: 9-1. Top players: Leia Schwartz, Sr.; Amanda Heinze, Sr.

TERRA (Coach Ed Garland, 2nd year). Last season: 7-3. Top players: Tori Burstein, Sr.; Samantha Boellard, So.; Melanie Serrano, Jr.


Special to the Miami Herald

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. “He’s gotten close to 300 a few times. You can feel like it’s coming.”

Forero’s unique deliver is similar to Belmonte’s approach but has its own distinct characteristic.

“He has a twist at the end that gives extra torque,” Ronda said. “It’s so unique. It’s the first time I’ve 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 phenom’s 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.

“He’s 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.

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