Pablo Cerda Jr.'s goal this season was to ensure his Coral Springs Charter School boys' bowling team reached the state tournament at Boardwalk Lanes in Orlando.
The Coral Springs Charter School junior and team captain certainly did his part as he averaged 220.79 for the season and helped the Panthers win its first district championship and punch a ticket to the state tournament.
Coral Springs Charter also finished the year with its first undefeated season at 12-0. Cerda has been named the Sun Sentinel Bowler of the Year.
"The highlight of the season was definitely our team going undefeated, winning districts and going to state," said Cerda, who had a county-record 289 game and county-record 546 two-game series this year. "I relied on my team the whole entire time and we got through it. We won the district championship. It was amazing!"
The Panthers also made the round of 16, but were eliminated in two games at the state tournament. Cerda narrowly missed qualifying for the individual bracket championship as he finished with a four-game total of 867. His pin count was 10 pins short of the round of 16 and was the highest finish of any Broward or Palm Beach County bowler.
"I practiced a lot this year," said Cerda, who bowls six days a week. "I worked with my coaches and learned a lot of new things. The difference in my bowling this year was I practicing a lot on spares."
Panthers coach Nelson Martin said Cerda leads by example.
"His years of experience helps him to lead such a young group of bowlers," Martin said. "He always stays cool under pressure, and gets the most out of the other boys. Having him on the team the last three years was like having an assistant coach out there with me."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun