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Spanish River High School senior Reese Garcia didn’t want “quiet” as he stepped up to the lane for his final shot in the District 14 bowling tournament at Greenacres Bowl.
“The worst thing about bowling that many strikes in a row is that everyone gets silent because they are all rooting for you,” said Garcia, who recorded his first career 300 game. “They get quiet because they don’t want to interrupt you. That was the one thing about it, I need the noise to keep me going to not interrupt my routine.
“I made sure to keep talking to people and made sure they kept talking to me,” he said. “My legs were trembling. On the last shot, I knew it. I was ready for it. It was great.”
Garcia, 17, opened the district tournament with a 185 and then rolled his 300 before closing out with a 188 for a 673 total. It was good enough for second place behind district champion Nathan Bray, of West Boca, who finished with a 713 series.
“I’ve been bowling for about three years now,” Garcia said. “That was my first one. I have come close before and I felt prepared to get it today and I was really confident. It is fun to get my 300 here on my last chance to do it as a high school bowler. It is really big for me. It is an eventful accomplishment for me.”