Freshmen don't usually have much impact in varsity sports. That's not the case with Sebring bowler Adrianna Stacy, who had the highest average on the team and helped the Blue Streaks reach the state finals for the first time in school history.
Stacy rolled games of 247, 268, 170 and 266 in the pressure-packed qualifying round of the state tournament to help the Blue Streaks advance.
"Adrianna has the most drive to improve than any athlete I've ever seen," said Sebring girls bowling coach Paul Przychocki. "She wants to win, will not settle for second best and has a great deal of potential."
Stacy, who has been bowling since she was 2 years old, rolled a perfect 300 game earlier this year and also won the prestigious Pepsi Tournament.
For her ability and accomplishments, Stacy has been selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Girls Bowler of the Year.
"It's such an honor to win this award," said Stacy. "I'm passionate about bowling and I'm dedicated to getting better.
"I love the challenge of the sport and I want to bowl in college, get my business degree and pursue a career as a professional bowler."
Savannah Connolly, senior, Lake Placid - Connolly was a team captain and competed on the bowling team for the last two years.
Marissa Andujar, senior, Sebring - Andujar was a great motivator for a young Blue Streaks team and finished 47th out of 228 bowlers in the state tournament.
"Marissa was a team leader and led by example," said Przychocki. "She's a fine young lady and will be missed next year."
Kaylee Diefendorf, senior, Lake Placid - Diefendorf has bowled for the last two years on the Green Dragon varsity team.
Jessica Chaney, sophomore, Sebring - Chaney had a great attitude and finished 128th at the state tournament for the Blue Streaks.
"Jessica was always positive and has a great deal of potential," Przychocki said.
Kat Barina, sophomore, Sebring - Barina competed for the second year on the team and managed to finish 82nd at the state tournament.
"Kat has shown a great deal of improvement," said Przychocki said. "She has worked very hard on her game and will only get better with experience."
Tegal Desai, sophomore, Sebring - Desai came on like gangbusters and improved her scoring average by 40 pins over her freshman year. She rolled a 224 in the pressure of the state tournament.
"Tegal has really improved in every aspect," Przychocki said. "I look forward to her coming back next year and helping us reach the state tournament again."
Coach of the Year
For guiding a very young Sebring squad to second at districts and qualifying for the state finals for the first time, Paul Przychocki has been selected as the Highlands Today 2013 All-Highlands Girls Bowling Coach of the Year.