Stow-Munroe Falls bowling has enjoyed successful seasons over the last two years — and more help appears to be on the way.
Incoming Stow-Munroe Falls freshman Jillian Martin won the Junior Varsity division at the Teen Masters Bowling Championships in Las Vegas, which took place July 1 to 6 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.
Martin, who is the daughter of Stow-Munroe Falls boys bowling coach John Martin, averaged 192.98 pins per game during the tournament and earned $2,400 in scholarship money.
Billed as "America’s Premier High School Championship" event, 98 female bowlers from 26 states competed in the week-long competition.
According to coach Martin, Teen Masters tests bowlers unlike any other bowling tournament as players are limited to two balls, one urethane and one plastic. This levels the playing field by standardizing the equipment and creating a competitive environment in which strong fundamentals and shot execution are the primary keys to success.
Bowlers rolled 6 games each day over the first thre days, day one on a long pattern, day two on a short pattern, and day three on mixed pairs, with the long pattern on the left lane of the pair and the short pattern on the right lane.
After the first 18 games, the field was cut to 20 varsity girls and 4 JV girls, who bowled an additional 6 games before the final cut was made to the top 18, regardless of division. The top 18 bowled 18 games of round robin match play.
Final standings were determined by total pinfall for all 42 games. In addition to winning the JV division, Martin finished in ninth place in the varsity division, beating out Junior Team USA team member Crystal Elliott, who finished in tenth.
The varsity division was won by Jenna Williams on Homosassa, Florida.
Also competing in the tournament from Ohio were Kirsten Moore of Tallmadge, who finished 49th averaging 167.33 and Brenna Hartzler of Smithville, who finished 56th averaging 164.78.
Martin plans to bowl against more national competition this week. She plans to participate in the United States Bowling Congress’ Junior Golf Championships in Dallas. Qualifying rounds for Junior Gold will begin Monday at multiple lanes in Dallas.
Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, firstname.lastname@example.org or @MLeonard_RPC