Corner Brook youth bowlers earn trip to nationals

Dave Kearsey
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ST. JOHN’S It appears female keglers at the Corner Brook Centre Bowl hold the hot hands in provincial Youth Bowling Canada circles.

It was a clean sweep for the Corner Brook Centre Bowl female bowling teams at the 2014 YBC provincials held Saturday at the Plaza Bowl with the Corner Brook bantam girls team leading the charge by claiming gold for the third year in a row.

Led by coach Cory Hurley, the city’s bantam girls contingent came from 16 pins behind in the fourth and final game to claim its third-straight provincial YBC crown for the youngest age bracket in the youth rolloff.

Lauren Hurley, heading to her third YBC nationals at the age of nine years old and winner of a national bronze last year, paved the way for the bantam girls with a 755 four-game total for a 189 average.

Makayla Bugden supported the attack with a 642 total and a 156 average, while Faith Batstone (552 total/138 average) and Beth Arsenault (510 total/128 average) were the other members of the team who will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the YBC Nationals in Winnipeg in May.

Corner Brook’s junior girls contingent — Cecilia Loder, Helena McCarthy, Jenna Leyte and Kayleigh Au — captured the gold medal with coach Sean Penney at the helm, while the Corner Brook senior girls coached by Gord Davis — Samantha Davis, Meghan Davis, Keisha Brown and Tiffany Fillier — claimed the gold medal against the top senior female keglers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jamie Hickey of Corner Brook won the bantam boys singles crown with an 878 five-game set, while Tyler Dingwell of the Bruce II Arena in Port aux Basques settled for the silver medal with a five-game set of 855.

Amy Mauger of Corner Brook will also compete on the national stage in Winnipeg after claiming top spot in the junior girls singles division after a 309 single in her third game pushed her narrow lead to over 100 pins to push her over the top with a 1,087 five-game set. Kelsie Hodder of Bruce II Arena in Port aux Basques finished fourth in the junior girls singles division with an 897 five-game total.

The Corner Brook junior boys team of Stephen Rumboldt, Brandon Keeping, Alan Hoven and Christian Keats placed second, losing a 111-pin lead in the last game. They rolled totals of 831, 807 and 834 before slipping with a 669 in their last game. Plaza Bowl of St. John’s won gold in the junior boys team competition.

The Corner Brook Combo boys team, coached by Kristie Hurley, rolled 485 pins over their average in the four games to capture the gold medal. Team members include Kyle Eddison (junior), Ethan Robertson (bantam) and Mitchell Humber (senior). Provincial champion Combo teams, both male and female, no longer attend the YBC nationals.

The Corner Brook Combo girls team of Deah Robertson (bantam), Emily Myles (junior) and Samantha Cook (senior) placed fourth overall with a 252 average over four games. Riverdale Lanes went on to win gold in the Combo girls bracket.

The Humber River Lanes bantam boys team, under the guidance of coach Eva Anderson, snagged a bronze medal in the bantam boys bracket with a 2,274 five-game total. The team was comprised of Nicholas Landry, Aaron Lush, Evan Lodge and Joshua Moore.

The Corner Brook senior boys team, consisting of Albert Robertson, Kyle Janes, JonAndrew Evans and Jason Penney, finished fourth overall with a five-game total of 3,261. Plaza Bowl of St. John’s claimed bragging rights with a five-game total of 3,715.

Evan O’Brien of Corner Brook finished fifth overall with a 957 five-game set, while Andrew Battiste of Port aux Basques settled for 10th spot with a 615 five-game set. Nick Keefe of Exploits Lanes won the junior boys singles title with a 1,220 five-game set.

Brittany Penney, who also calls Corner Brook Centre Bowl her home alley, finished fourth in senior girls singles play with a 1,079 five-game set, while Hilary Bernard of Port aux Basques managed to nab ninth spot with an 847 total over five games on the hardwood.

Kyle Au of Corner Brook finished seventh in senior boys with a 957 total, while Kailey Strickland of Port aux Basques placed fourth in the bantam girls singles event with a 770 and Corner Brook’s Alexandra House was eighth overall with a 663 total over five games on the hardwood.

The YBC Nationals will be held in Winnipeg in May.

Organizations: Alexandra House

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Port aux Basques, Winnipeg Newfoundland and Labrador

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