This year marks the last go-round in high school bowling for the Yaniz brothers at Miami Christian.
At the other end of the spectrum are eighth-grader Harmony Romano and seventh-grader Madison Foster, and the ride is just beginning for that talented duo from Coral Springs Charter.
Alex Yaniz, 18, is the two-time Miami-Dade Bowler of the Year and finished fourth at state last season. He has a 222 average, and his little brother, Jeffrey, 17, has an average of 188.
Despite their age difference, both are seniors, and they are the reason the Miami Christian bowling program even exists.
Their father, Amado Yaniz, spoke to school administrators about his talented sons in 2011. The end result was the creation of the program that features Amado as the coach.
“We have a strong team this year,” said Amado, who plans to continue coaching at Miami Christian even after his sons graduate. “We have all five starters back.”
At Coral Springs Charter, the future is bright with Romano, who carries a 157 average, and Foster, who checks in at 135.
“Harmony and Madison are great kids still coming into their own as bowlers and young adults,” Coral Springs Charter Coach Nelson Martin Jr. said. “They are competitive and love to bowl. They should become quite a 1-2 punch as they get older.”
Martin also coaches his school’s boys’ team, which made it to state last year before losing in the first round.
The Coral Springs Charter boys’ team is deeper and older than the girls’ squad and is led by senior Pablo Cerda, who averaged 221 last season. He had a high game of 289 and set a Broward County record with a 546 two-game series.
Supporting Cerda are sophomores Ryan Hernandez (179 average) and John Schneider (173). Rising eighth-grader Thomas Hoag (171) is a young teammate to watch.
Martin said the majority of his boys’ team competes at the youth-league level against the best bowlers in the tri-county area. Top competition, he said, does not bother them.
“We are expecting good things after winning District 15 last year and taking our first trip to the state tournament,” Martin said. “That experience is a great motivator for this coming season.”
Miami Christian and Coral Springs Charter are not the only promising teams in Miami-Dade and Broward counties this year.
Terra won a district title and finished 24th at state in boys’ and girls’ bowling last season.
Another similarity: Their top bowler in both programs is a senior who also plays basketball — Josh Munoz for the boys and Kristi Perlberg for the girls. Both made first-team All-County last year.
Among the two Terra programs, the boys are in better shape for 2014 because they return all six bowlers from the team that also won the GMAC championship last season.
The girls lost captain Tori Burstein to graduation and Samantha Boellard to relocation (Marathon).
Perlberg (152 average) will try to take up the slack after finishing second in the GMACs last year. She had a high game of 196 and a high series of 531.
Another team to watch is Ferguson’s boys, who finished 17th at state last year and return a crew led by senior Alain Larroche (185).
Dade and Broward season outlooks
2013 state champions
Apopka boys, Oviedo girls
StateNov. 5-6 in Orlando