Patriots fall short at district, finish as runner-ups

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“We know we are underdogs, but we are going to have fun and give it 110 percent,” Dokson said. “Whatever the result, we are going to make Heritage proud.” (Photo submitted/Karen Stearns)

The varsity bowling team closed out the regular season as District Runner-ups this past Tuesday, Oct. 27, after totaling 2251 to first place Archbishop McCarthy’s 2733. 

Freshman Jason Marx led the Patriots, finishing with 616 through all three games to secure the Individual District Champion title. Junior Ryan Dokson added 491, sophomore Emily Legette totaled 424, freshman Reece Gunther finished with 392, sophomore Jackson Sipeilli ended with 228 and junior Sofia Santana chipped in with 100.

“We really came together as a team,” junior Ryan Dokson said. “We supported each other, lifted each other up and, by doing so, brought home Heritage’s first bowling district trophy. We are so proud of each other and today showed that the cliché ‘there is no ‘I’ in team’ is absolutely true.”

The Patriots will travel to Orlando next Wednesday, Nov. 4, to compete in the FHSAA State Championship as they aim to secure Heritage’s first bowling title in their first ever state appearance.

“Obviously to win, we are going to have to score more points than the other teams,” Dokson said. “But seriously, we are going to have to be focused and have the best and most consistent matches of our lives.”

Sammy Rosenthal is a senior at American Heritage School in Plantation Fla. and is entering his fourth year writing for the newsmagazine; his second year as the publication’s Sports Editor. Sammy takes pride in being a die-hard Miami Heat and Dolphins fan as well as dedicating his Sunday to watching football.

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