SJB's Caroline Herrera rolls to bowling title

Caroline Herrera of St. John the Baptist focuses Caroline Herrera of St. John the Baptist focuses on her target during her second game of the NSCHSAA varsity girls' bowling semifinals at Farmingdale Lanes. (Feb. 13, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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Going into the third and final game of the CHSAA individual bowling championship, only 11 pins separated defending champion Caroline Herrera of St. John the Baptist and Suzette Cha of St. Mary's.

On the strength of three strikes and three spares, Herrera bowled a 154 in game three of a 500 series to win her second straight title at South Levittown Lanes.

"I was relaxed in the first two games, but I knew I had to come out stronger in the third," Herrera said. "I knew Suzette was coming up behind me, so it made for an exciting finish."

Herrera bowled a 179 in game one and a 167 in game two. After bowling a 150 in game one, Cha bowled a 185 in the second game to close the gap. But Herrera knew exactly what she needed to bowl to get the win.

"My dad was actually helping me because he was watching her game and he would tell me what she did and what I needed to do to stay ahead," she said. "I was a little nervous, but it was a good kind of nervous where I knew I had to improve and do something different to get the win."

Said St. John the Baptist coach Mary Coon: "Caroline always pulls through in the end. She always knows exactly what she needs; she calculates everything down to the pin so she can come out on top."

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Cha bowled a 139 in game three and finished second with a 474 series. Taylor Lester of St. Anthony's finished third with a 440 series.

St. John the Baptist's Jennifer Budhwa (428 series) had the high game of the day with a personal-best 208 in game three.

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