Youth Open Championships winners announced


ARLINGTON, Texas – The 2019 Youth Open Championships recently determined the title winners in scratch and handicap divisions for the event that took place at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Held in conjunction with the Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, the Youth Open Championships took place July 11-12, 19-21 and 27-28. The tournament was open to all United States Bowling Congress Youth members and featured four age-based divisions (U20, U15, U12, U10) with scratch and optional handicap divisions in each age group.

Youth bowlers competed for national titles in team, singles, doubles and all-events. The event had 233 four-player teams and 1,072 total participants.

Katelyn Abigania, the two-time U12 Junior Gold champion from San Diego won the U12 girls scratch singles (670) and teamed with Avery Domaguin, also from San Diego, to win the U12 girls scratch doubles (1,102). It was Domaguin’s third doubles title at the event, as she won the U12 scratch and handicap doubles title last year.

The U12 boys Junior Gold champion, Elias O’Hollaren of San Diego teamed with Sebastian Huffman of Las Vegas to win the U12 scratch doubles (1,307) title and O’Hollaren also won the U12 boys scratch all-events (1,915) title. Huffman won the scratch singles and all-events at the 2018 event.

Abigania, Domaguin, O’Hollaren and Huffman teamed to win the U12 title at the 2019 USA Bowling National Championships presented by Sixlets.

Gianna Brandolino of Channahon, Illinois, took the U12 all-events title in both the scratch (1,852) and handicap (2,248) divisions.

In the U20 division, Tyrell Ingalls of Alpharetta, Georgia, led the 369-player field to win the U20 scratch singles (770) and also took the boys all-events (2,208) title. Breanna Gibbons of Frankfort, Indiana, took home handicap titles in girls singles (767) and girls all-events (2,109).

Jillian Martin of Stow, Ohio, who bowled up a division and led the U20 girls in qualifying at the Junior Gold Championships, stayed in the U15 division at the Youth Open, taking the scratch titles in singles (686) and all-events (1,920). Mallery Lyme of Casa Grande, Arizona, won handicap titles for all-events (2,209) and in doubles (1,409) with Todd Martinez, also from Casa Grande.

The scratch and handicap U15 doubles titles went to Hannah Diem, the 2016 U12 Junior Gold champion from Seminole, Florida, and Sierra Calo of Riverview, Florida. The pair had a 1,300 scratch pinfall total and a handicap total of 1,369.

Lindsay Greim of La Mesa and Donaven Kline of Hazlet, New Jersey, each won two scratch titles in the U10 division. Greim won singles (456) and teamed with Bella Castillo of Odessa, Texas, to win doubles (900) while Kline also won singles (599) and paired with Jahmid Collins of Hazlet to win doubles (971).

Natalie Dobson of Cloverdale, Indiana, won three handicap titles across two divisions. She won the U10 girls singles (783), the U12 girls doubles (1,399) with Anna Sharp of Coatesville, Indiana, and the U10 girls all-events (2,227).

Dante Gonzalez of Chicago won four handicap titles in U10, taking boys singles (794), doubles (1,358) with Winston Lee of Flossmoor, Illinois, the team title as a member of Exclusive Elite #1, and all-events (2,253).

Title sponsor awards a $100 scholarship to any competitor who rolls a 300 game or 800 series at the tournament and two bowlers managed perfect games in 2019.

Nicholas Decesaro of Kenosha, Wisconsin, opened singles with a 300 game. He would finish ninth in U20 boys scratch singles with a 710 pinfall total.

Trent Pektas of Volant, Pennsylvania, rolled 12 consecutive strikes during Game 3 of doubles on his way to a second-place finish in U20 boys scratch all-events (2,201).

The 2020 Youth Open Championships will take place July 8-10, 17-19, 25-26 at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

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