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Tyler James claims individual FHSAA bowling title
posted Nov 14, 2013 - 4:12:06pm
University (Orange City) High School’s Tyler James earned the Florida High School Athletic Association individual boys’ state bowling championship last week in Orlando at the Boardwalk Bowling Center. He first had to survive competing against 207 individual bowlers to get into the top 16 to compete for the title, where he finished in seventh place.
He first had to defeat 10th-ranked Dontee Skeete of Lake Minneola 654 to 638. He then had to face second-ranked Sean Connolly of Lake Brantley, whom he defeated 608 to 561. His third match had him facing sixth-ranked Evan Baranecky of Ida Baker High in the Fort Myers area, and winning 474 to 450.
The fourth go-round found him facing fifth-ranked Raymond Repaci of Wekiva High and winning 515 to 447. After defeating Repaci, James was the only undefeated bowler left in the individual side of the tournament. Repaci came back through the consolation round to face James for the best of two, and once again James defeated him, this time 532 to 428, which eliminated the second round.
Not only did James make it into the finals for the Titans, but teammate Kevin Kinslow earned the ninth qualifying spot. In his first match, he faced eighth-ranked Sebastian Stelle of Lake Brantley, who defeated Kinslow 460 to 368. This pushed Kinslow into the consolation round, where he met first-ranked Michael Coffey of Eau Gallie High, who eliminated Kinslow 473-353.
Two West Volusia teams made it into the team championship for boys, University of Orange City, and Pine Ridge of Deltona. The University squad came out of the qualifying round in second place with a 1,045-pin total, while James, Kinslow, Collin Scott, Mike Ferraro and Phillip Roche made the qualifying competition. The Pine Ridge team qualified 18th, not making the finals. They were led by Kevin Shattuck, Jacob Shattuck, Kyle Wilson, Jason Rivera, Steven Wojtuniak and Darius Lynch.
University in the team title matches first topped Lake Minneola 958-891. The Titans then knocked off Sebring 754-469. They then met Cape Coral, who stopped University in a very close match 985-976. This placed University into the consolation, where they met Park Vista Community High School from West Palm Beach, who defeated University. Park Vista then faced Apopka for the state title, which Apopka won.
The Lady Bulldogs of DeLand High winning their district tournament claimed eighth place in team qualifying. They defeated Island Coast 649-548 to face Martin County, who sent the DeLand squad into the consolation matches 843-745. DeLand faced Orlando Edgewater in their first consolation match, going down in defeat. Eventually, Oviedo girls won the state title, with Martin County taking runner-up honors.
Doing the bowling for DeLand were Michelle Harper, Reilly Whittaker, Brittney Hawkins, Amanda Hutchinson, Brandi Long and Jaclyn Merrel.
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