Oviedo racks up 1st boys crown

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS FRIDAY - By Steve Ryzewski

For the past two sea­sons, the boys on the Oviedo High bowl­ing team have looked on and cheered as their fe­male coun­ter­parts won back-to­back state ti­tles.

Thurs­day evening at Board­walk Bowl, it was their turn.

The Li­ons swept Jupiter 3-0 in the de­cid­ing match, earn­ing the pro­gram’s first FHSAA boys bowl­ing team cham­pi­onship.

“I told them at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, I said ‘are you not tired of this?’ ” Oviedo coach Pat Costello said. “They have worked so hard to get where they are, and this is the great­est thing — for the Oviedo boys pro­gram, it’s huge.”

Oviedo fin­ished the de­cid­ing game with five strikes and a spare on the back-half.

The girls team was un­able to make it three straight as the Li­ons fell in the con­so­la­tion fi­nal to Co­ral Springs Char­ter, which went on to de­feat Cir­cle Chris­tian twice for the ti­tle.

Cir­cle Chris­tian coach Michael How­ell said that al­though his team came up short of its ul­ti­mate goal, he was proud of the way it per­formed Thurs­day.

“I am su­per proud of them,” How­ell said. “We worked on this all sea­son be­cause we didn’t do well at state last year — this year we were (de­ter­mined) to do bet­ter. … Our hats are off to Co­ral Springs.”

Ear­lier in the day, five­time de­fend­ing boys cham­pion Apopka was beaten in the con­so­la­tion round, end­ing its his­toric run of state ti­tles.

“They were all dis­ap­pointed that they didn’t make the run that they wanted to,” Apopka coach Doug Camp­bell said.

On the in­di­vid­ual side, South Lake ju­nior Ryan Ward won the boys state cham­pion af­ter de­feat­ing Apopka’s Ben Bai­ley 2-0 in the fi­nal.

“It feels great — it’s an honor to be here and there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion out here,” Ward said.

In the girls fi­nal, East River sopho­more Is­abella Pohl lost 2-1 to Port Or­ange At­lantic’s Brooke Roberts.

Pohl won an ex­cit­ing 2-1 match in the con­so­la­tion fi­nal against Evans’ Pa­tri­cia Ros­ales to ad­vance.

“It was a fun match, but it was very nerve-wrack­ing, be­cause me and Pa­tri­cia are re­ally good friends,” Pohl said. “I think the fact that we could go head-to­head and see how we are against each other was re­ally fun.”

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