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West Boca Raton freshman Nathan Bray had never bowled a perfect game before.
So, as he got deeper into his game against crosstown rival Boca Raton there was understandably pressure. His previous high game was 280.
“I was trying my best not to think about it, but I just kept telling myself to stick to my game and throw a good shot,” said Bray, who has been bowling for a little over six years. “It was difficult to not think about it but knowing so many people were hoping that I shot 300 made it much easier and fell much less pressure.”
Bray, 14, who lives in Delray Beach, finished off his 300 and helped the Bulls to a 9-0 win over Boca Raton on Sept. 20.
“It was an exciting moment for me and my family,” Bray said. “Having so many people to support me and root me on made me feel great and I wanted to do it for them.”
West Boca coach Scott Breslow has known Bray for a few years.
“He has been priceless,” he said. “Coming in as a freshman with his experience and his talent of bowling is hard to come by. You don’t get this too often as a coach. It is like hitting the lottery.
“His performances dictate the pace and bowling of our boys’ team,” Breslow said. “He is a leader on the lanes and he has the highest average in Palm Beach County (226).”