Updated: February 2, 2013 6:29AM
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Competitive holiday fun
With conference play put on hold for a couple weeks, it’s time for holiday tourneys across the region.
Last week it was the NWI Mystery Mixed Doubles with Lake Central’s Kelly Belzeski and Wheeler’s Zach Gilbert surviving a long day to win the title. They defeated Boone Grove’s Paige Kraushaar and LC’s Ryan Gorman 194-185 in the final.
The top boys qualifier was Adam Batliner of Highland with 680, while his “mystery” partner headed into match play was top girls qualifier Jackie Rhoda of Portage with 615. The top boys game was 279 from Chesterton’s Johnny Gorches, while Paige Chapman of Portage had the high girls game of 237.
This week it’s the longest running region high school tournament, the NWI Holiday Classic at noon on Tuesday at Camelot Bowl.
Last year’s defending champs are Hobart in the boys large school division, Wheeler in the boys small school, Lake Central in the girls large school and Hebron in the girls small school.
Both of the top individuals will have a chance to defend. Fresh off his Mystery Doubles title, Gilbert hopes to repeat his 689 series in last year’s Holiday Classic, while Kierstyn Rush will be back after her 630 series to lead LC.
P-T Top 5
1. Lake Central, 2. Hobart, 3. Chesterton, 4. Hanover Central, 5. Lowell
1. Portage, 2. Boone Grove, 3. Highland, 4. Lake Central, 5. Merrillville
Bowlers of the Week
BOYS: Zach Gilbert, Wheeler
He qualified third in the NWI Mystery Mixed Doubles with 648, then won the title with partner Kelly Belzeski of Lake Central.
GIRLS: Paige Kraushaar, Boone Grove
She teamed with LC’s Ryan Gorman to finish second at the Mystery Mixed Doubles, then led the field in the Fort Wayne Holiday Tournament with 443 to lead the Wolves to second place.
— Steve T. Gorches