The Sebring High School bowling teams continued to make history in the district bowling championships held at Stuart Bowl on Mon day.
Both the Blue Streak girls and boys teams finished in second place and will represent District 12 in the FHSAA State Finals which will be held at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando Nov. 6-7.
Sebring High School Principal Anne Lindsay made the trip to Stuart to personally support the teams wearing her Sebring colors.
She lit the spark and set the tone for the day as she cheered and encouraged all of the players, even joining in during some of the huddles.
The girls team qualified fourth in the regular tenpin bowling format with a team average of 161.5.
Adrianna Stacy posted consistent high scores with 204, 202, and 201. Marissa Andujar was second high on the team with a 154.6 average and Katryanna Barina and Tejal Desai both averaged 153. Jessica Chaney struggled in game one but came back to her usual consistent play with games of 152 and 158 to qualify the team for top four team match play.
The girls team faced Martin County in their first semifinal match and although they again won a game against Martin County, they ultimately lost the match and went to the loser's bracket long format.
The Blue Streaks made an immediate comeback, beating St. Lucie West Centennial in three straight games.
In their next match against Lincoln Park Academy, the first game resulted in a tie which was won by Lincoln Park in a roll-off.
The second game was also won by Lincoln Park in a close finish of 170 to 167. Sebring won game 3 and in game 4 the Blue Streaks needed two strikes in the 10th frame to win and Adrianna Stacy stepped up and calmly posted three strikes to win the game and tie the match at 2 games each. In the final game the girls struggled with three splits in a row, but the girls were solid in the last five frames and won the match 152 to 145.
It was an emotional victory as this was the first time that the Sebring girls would get a chance to bowl for the state championship.
Coach Paul Przychocki was equally emotional as he instructed the girls "to punch our ticket to go to State".
The girls then bowled for the District Championship against Martin County. Martin County won the first game and Sebring came right back to win game two.
Martin County won the last two games to take the district title, but the Sebring girls were still floating on their goal of making it to the state championships for the first time in their program which is only three years old.
Marissa Andujar, the only remaining player from the inaugural team, will get a chance to lead her teammates to a state championship in Orlando.
The Sebring boys had an almost identical path to capturing the runner-up trophy at districts and earning the right to bowl in the state championships.
The boys had a team average of 199 in the regular bowling qualifier placing them in third place and they bowled better in the 18 grueling games of Baker match play, averaging a respectable 203.9.
Senior Carl Daniels, bowling in his last district championship, set the stage for the boys with a fabulous 642 series in regular play.
Carl had a high game of 256 and he supercharged the team with his explosive shot making. Carl's younger brother, David Daniels, was right behind with a 635 series.
Senior Nick Brod finished strong with a 599 series and J.C. Bowen bowled a 223 game along with support by Thorsten Przychocki and Cole Rankin who came off the bench to fire up the team for victory.
In the semifinals, the boys faced St. Lucie West Centennial in the first match and they lost in a close 2-3 Baker playoff. This caused the boys to be seeded in the longer format losers bracket.
Their next match was against Martin County, who has dominated District 12 for years. In game 1, Thorsten Przychocki and David Daniels struck out from the ninth frame to come up one pin short of a tie in a 201 to 202 loss.
The Blue Streak boys were determined not to be dismissed and they came back with a sound 204 to 173 victory over Martin County in game two and they repeated with a 242 to 185 win in game three.
Martin County was equally determined as they won game four 215 to 162. This set the stage for game 5 which would determine the match.
The Blue Streaks opened game 5 with a spit and an open frame but came back to play solid until an open in frame 6.
Martin County anchorman, John Gallagher, finished the 10th frame first and he put together 3 solid strikes to place all the pressure on Blue Streaks anchor David Daniels. Daniels had to roll two strikes and then get a good count to be able to win the match.
Amid the chanting home town Martin County fans, David took his time and placed all 3 shots squarely in the pocket to give Sebring a 187 to 182 victory to win the match.
The Blue Streaks and Coach Rick Wiltse surrounded David with cheers and hugs as they hoisted Daniels into the air for his dramatic 10th frame performance.