Bowling: Champs in women’s, youth divisions repeat at Sport Shot Classic
By Anthony Nasella Pos-Tribune correspondent January 12, 2014 9:16PM
Kevin McCune throws a ball during the Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic bowling tournament youth division final held at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer on Sunday January 12, 2014. | Charles Mitchell/for Sun-Times Media
DYER — To repeat as a champion in a scratch tournament takes a delicate combination of skill and luck.
For two champions to repeat is even more of a rarity, but that’s exactly what happened at Sunday’s Post-Tribune Winter Sports Shot Classic at Stardust Bowl III, where Alexis Voiers repeated as champion in the women’s division while Kevin McCune prevailed again in the youth division.
Voiers defeated Kathi Tucker in the quarterfinals 188-153 and Kym Gossett 208-148 in the semifinals before edging Jamie Latta 188-180 in the championship.
For McCune, the Andrean High School freshman defeated Highland High senior Logan Rosing 175-168 in the final.
For Voiers, Sunday’s win is the third P-T title for the Chesterton resident, having won her first crown in 2009.
“I was able to beat some good bowlers on a really tough shot,” Voiers said. “I did not like the shot, but I was able to make the majority of my spares. That saved the day for me. I got lucky a on a few shots, too.”
Voiers was clean until an open in the ninth. Latta racked up two strikes and a nine count to force Voiers to mark in the 10th, which she did with a spare.
“I think I was speeding up and not keeping my speed slow,” said Latta, who was competing while 27 weeks pregnant with a future daughter who is due April 14. “It’s a lot of work with baby in tow.”
For McCune, he defeated 2011 Indiana High School State Champion and 2012 runner-up Sydney Brummett in the first round. He advanced to the semifinals with a 214-170 win over Portage’s Jackie Rhoda and reached the finals compliments of a 194-179 victory against Josh Powell.
“I was able to move in and keep my same ball roll in qualifying while changing to more aggressive bowling balls,” McCune said. “I just had to make sure I made my marks in match play.”
McCune opened in the first and third frames before rolling three straight strikes. A 4-6-7-10 split in the seventh slowed his momentum, but he marked on his next three shots. Rosing opened in the seventh and eighth before throwing two strikes and an eight count to force McCune to mark in the 10th.
McCune closed it out with a strike on his first shot in the final frame.
He surpassed his Professional Bowlers Association member dad, Eugene McCune, who reached the top four on Sunday in the men’s division before losing to eventual champion Ari Wilson.