Bowling: First round matches separated by just one pin at P-T Youth Scholarship Tournament
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 11, 2013 8:42PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:40PM
HOBART — There were a couple matches in the first round of bracket-style match play in the 11th annual Post-Tribune Youth Scholarship Tournament that couldn’t have been any closer.
Girls No. 4 seed Jessica Sellers edged No. 5 seed Caroline Dienes 193-192, while on the boys side No. 8 seed Nick Laviolette came back from a 32-pin deficit after six frames to edge Calumet College of St. Joseph’s sophomore and No. 1 seed Mitchell Katic 244-243 in an instant classic.
Katic had a spare and then five straight strikes to start the game while Laviolette only had a double in the first six frame. Then Katic missed the head pin in the seventh frame for a six-spare, while Laviolette finished with the last six strikes to seal the match.
“I hit the pocket all but one frame and I lost,” Katic said.
Teammate angst: Two of the girls first-round matches were high school teammates facing off. Nicole Walton edged Jackie Rhoda in a low-scoring match of Portage bowlers, while the Sellers-Dienes match was between Lake Central bowlers.
“I hate beating my teammates, especially by just one pin,” Sellers said.
What would have been tougher is that she could have faced her sister, Allison, in the second round, but the older Sellers lost after rolling a 654 series as the top seed.
Last hurrah and rising star: In his last P-T scholarship event, Kankakee Valley graduate Randy Mewes qualified sixth, but lost his first match to No. 3 seed Cameron Crowe 179-135.
“He carried and I didn’t, and in head-to-head matches sometimes that’s all it takes,” Mewes said.
It didn’t help that he left a “Greek Church” split (4-6-7-9-10) and chopped a spare.
Crowe lost his next match to eventual champion Nate Sipe 221-191, but bowled well for only being in sixth grade.
“He’s got a long way to go, but he’s getting better,” Cameron’s dad, Kermit, humbly said. “He’s only 12 years old.”
Actually, he just turned 12 years old last week.
But he’s already had a sanctioned 300 game last year as an 11-year-old, and his unique style — two-handed approach from the left side — had him noticed by older bowlers watching match play.
“I’m bowling a sport shot league in the summer,” Cameron said. “I like tough shots.”