Atlantic High bowler finishes 6th in county bowling tourney

By Gary Curreri

Sun Sentinel Correspondent

Oct 28, 2021 5:07 PM

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Atlantic High School freshman Leah Green finished sixth in the Palm Beach County Bowling tournament and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the district tourney.

Atlantic High School freshman Leah Green finished sixth in the Palm Beach County Bowling tournament and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the district tourney. (Simone Green/Courtesy)

Atlantic High School freshman Leah Green made the most of her first year as a varsity bowler for the Eagles.

Green finished sixth in the Palm Beach County Bowling Tournament at Greenacres Bowl with a 505 total and followed that up a week later placing fifth in the District 14 tournament rolling a three-game series of 549, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the state tournament by 17 pins.

The top two finishers who are not members of the first- and second-place teams earn bids and the 14-year-old Green, who lives in Lake Worth, finished in third place.

“I wasn’t really expecting that,” said Green, who has been bowling for six years. “The girls who were on the bowling team now relied on me and counted on me to progress.

“I like that [bowling] is a unique sport and not a lot of people play it or take it seriously,” said Green, who had the highest game in the county with a 279 and averaged 185 for the year. “It is nice to actually prove to people that it is an actual sport. People see it as a fun, recreational game that you do at birthday parties. It is not a sport like football, but they offer scholarships for it too, so that’s nice.”

Green said the camaraderie among the bowlers is just as important as the competition.

“Working with others is part of the game and you being able to compete together builds a lot of teamwork,” she said. “Working together also builds a lot of motivation together and you see where your weaknesses are and you work on them together. It applies to competition a lot because it is not as free as practice, so you just apply what you learned in practice to the competition.”

Since she has been bowling for a while, Green said she did not feel added pressure being counted on to produce right away as a freshman.

“I didn’t feel nervous because I felt I was pretty well off because I had been bowling for a while,” she said. “I was hoping to learn from people who were older than me.”

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At the county championships, Green finished about where she thought she would.

“I felt pretty good because I am a freshman and I know a lot of the bowlers there,” she said. “Many of them have been bowling high school for like two or three years. This gives me a lot of confidence because I know I can improve. It was a unique environment for me this year because I was a freshman.

“I would like to improve my stamina for next year,” Green said. “I am hoping that I can get a bowling scholarship for college. I know that colleges and universities are very expensive. I don’t know what I want to major in yet, but the scholarship would give me some money to help me out with whatever I choose to pursue.”

Green’s bowling coach at the school came away impressed with his ninth-grader.

“Leah was the cornerstone of our team and the most consistent and reliable bowler we had this year,” said Eagles coach Paul Chadwick. “The fact that she is a freshman is remarkable.”

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