Miami-Dade High Schools

TERRA rolls to boys’, girls’ bowling GMAC championships

TERRA’S bowling program swept the GMAC boys’ and girls’ team championships Tuesday at Bird Bowl in Westchester. It was the first time that TERRA, a fifth-year school, had won a GMAC title in any sport.

“It’s a huge day for TERRA,” coach Ed Garland said.

The bowling program, just in its second year at TERRA, was led by the unselfish performance of Samantha Boellard, who had an injured hand and chose not to compete in the individual portion of the event so she could rest and help her school win the team trophy.

TERRA was also helped by kids who had never bowled before August, yet made quick strides and did well Tuesday.

An example of that on the boys’ side was freshman Marek Bochnik. On the girls’ side, Kristi Perlberg was another novice who came a long way.

In the GMAC’s individual competition, South Dade’s Jon Hall and American’s Briana Futch rallied to victories.

Hall rolled a 222 in his first game, but sat in fourth place, 34 pins behind leader Jorge Osinaga of Southwest. Andrew Garcia of Ferguson (244) was second, and Alec Sanchez of Southwest (234) was third.

In the second game, Hall remained consistent — rolling a 215 — while all three leaders shot below 195 and as low as 145. That helped Hall emerge as the winner with a 437 total, 11 pins better than Sanchez and Jonathan Stadmire of Coral Reef.

On the girls’ side, Futch was sixth after rolling a 156 in her opening game. She rallied with a 225, the best game of the day for any girl in the tournament.

That was good for a 381 total — 10 pins better than TERRA’s Perlberg. Tori Burstein, also of TERRA, finished third with a 352.

“I made an adjustment in the second game,” said Futch, who finished third in the GMAC as a freshman and second as a sophomore before last year’s event was cancelled. “I moved over to the right. I was just looking for a dry spot on the lane.”

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