D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - 16-year-old Ryan Fiorentino helped guide St. Martin to it's first-ever boys State Bowling championship this past season.
Fiorentino not only was a major factor in St. Martin High School winning the state title, Ryan has established himself as one of the top high school bowlers in the nation. He bowls at Cypress Lanes in D'Iberville
Fiorentino said, "Usually in leagues I can average about 220 or so."
On June 25 in Smyrna, Tennessee, Fiorentino was one of 300 bowlers competing in the U.S. High School Bowling Foundation National Championships.
Ryan says he wasn't doing that well until he needed to bowl a high game to advance.
"So, the very last game I had bowled a 252 and that kept me going into the next round, "said Fiorentino. "After that I bowled a 245, but "I didn't make the cut by 15 points so I ended up placing 39th."
His dad says Ryan started bowling at the age of three.
Enrico Fiorentino said, "So, he started then in the bumper league. After hat he decided he didn't want to use the bumpers and every week we would go out and bowl in the league and from there as he got older, he wanted to bowl more. So, we'd take him out more often then and he's just progressed from there."
On Monday, 16-year-old Ryan begins his quest to win the under-20 division in Cleveland, Ohio...the site of the Junior Gold Championship.
His mom Ricki Fuller says Ryan got his share of strikes at the same tournament in 2016.
"He bowled in the under-15 group and he did very well last year, "said Fuller. "He placed 67 out of 519 kids."
Fiorentino says going up against 20-year-old bowlers, is no big deal.
"It doesn't really matter to me because it feels like, the sport is all based on your skills, not really on your age."stated Ryan.
Seven bowling centers across greater Cleveland, Ohio will host the field of 4,000 bowlers. Ryan is hoping to become one of 16 bowlers in the Under-20 division final, where match play will decide the champion.