Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
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A high roller


When the Sebring boys bowling team needed someone to step up in the final frame with the match on the line it was David Daniels who came through with the clutch shot.

Daniels performed well all season, but the sophomore took his game to the next level in the playoffs to help the Blue Streaks qualify for the state finals for the first time in school history.

"David was solid all season and came through in several clutch situations to help us make it to the state finals," said Sebring boys bowling coach Rick Wiltse. "He was dedicated, he worked very hard on his game and was very coachable.

"He had the ability to score on various lane surfaces and conditions.

Daniels, who has been bowling since he was 7, had a high game of 279 and was the anchor that helped the Blue Streaks have a record-setting season.

For his ability and accomplishments, Daniels has been selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Boys Bowler of the Year.

"It means a lot to win this award," said Daniels. "All of the hard work I've put in has paid off and it's nice to know that the coaches notice.

"We had a great season making it to state and our goal is to go back next year."

The Team

Kenny Sides, senior, Lake Placid - Sides was a two-year starter on the Green Dragons varsity bowling team. Sides was a team captain and had a solid season on the lanes.

Nick Brod, senior, Sebring - Brod was solid all season but came up big in the district championships and averaged 209 at the state finals for the Blue Streaks.

"Nick was consistent and really worked hard to develop his lane skills," said Wiltse. "He came through in several key situations."

Christian DiNapoli, sophomore, Lake Placid - DiNapoli has bowled on the Green Dragons varsity team for two years and he qualified for the state finals as an individual.

Carl Daniels, senior, Sebring - Daniels averaged 204 at the state finals to help the Blue Streaks cap a very successful season.

"Carl led off for us and did a great job of motivating his teammates to get better," said Wiltse. "He threw a lot strikes and set the tone for us."

Thorsten Przychocki, junior, Sebring - Przychocki used his powerful ball to record many strikes to help

the Blue Streaks cruise through the competition.

"Thorsten is a dedicated bowler with the potential to be a state champion," Wiltse said. "He was a big part of us making it to the state finals."

J.C. Bowen, junior, Sebring - Bowen is the only two-handed bowler on the Blue Streaks but was very effective with his style.

"When J.C. finds the right line his strike ball is devastating," Wiltse said. "It's only a matter of time before he rolls a perfect game."

Cole Rankin, junior, Sebring - Rankin has a powerful hook that demolishes pins on contact. He plays a key role when the lane pattern transitions and a big curve is needed.

"Cole can really score when the lane conditions are favorable," Wiltse said.

Coach of the Year

For guiding the Sebring boys team to the state finals, Rick Wiltse has been selected as the Highlands Today All-Highlands Bowling Coach of the Year.


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