Youth Open Has Three Multiple Winners

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Eric Gauroniak of Palm City, Fla., had the only 300 game and three other youth bowlers each won multiple titles at the 2014 Youth Open Championships that recently concluded at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

The Youth Open is a non-qualifying tournament open to all USBC Youth members. This year’s event drew more than 1,200 participants and will award approximately $80,000 in scholarships.

Gauroniak picked up a $100 scholarship bonus from for rolling the seventh perfect game in tournament history. He had games of 245, 300 and 183 for a 728 series in doubles, and his 300 was the first in tournament history that was not rolled during the team event. Gauroniak teamed with Jessica Mellott to finish 10th in U20 doubles.

Trent Pektas of Volant, Penn., won two titles, taking the U15 singles and all-events titles. His 713 series in singles tied U20 singles winner Cody Schmitt of Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the highest series in singles at this year’s event.

The other multiple-title winners were Natalia Delgado of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, who was on the U12 winning team and also took all-events honors with a 1,580 total in the U12 Girls division, and Micah Voorhis of Cherry Hill, N.J., who rolled a 444 in singles, 1,314 in all-events and teamed with Jake Diaz of Cherry Hill, N.J., for an 811 score in doubles to win three U8 titles.

Jonathan Lovett of Columbia, S.C., who set a Youth Open record with an 831 series at the 2013 tournament to win the U15 Singles title, teamed with Brandon Magennis of Fort Mill, S.C.,, to take the U15 Doubles title with a 1,200 total. Nicole Taylor and Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge, La., had a 1,125 total to take the U15 Girls title.

Other doubles winners were Dan Mangano and Jack Cook of Denville, N.J., with a 1,368 total in U20 while Paige Sutfin and Courtney Barney of Columbus, Ohio, rolled to the U20 Girls title with a 1,210 total. Connor Brink and Cameron Hurwitz of Shortsville, N.Y., won the U12 division with a 1,063 total while Paige Peters and Kamerin Peters of Toms River, N.J., had 1,012 to win in U12 Girls.

In the four-person team competition, Brandon Biondo, Kendle Miles, Kyle Sherman and Riley Smith of O’Fallon, Mo., took the U20 title with a 2,649 pinfall total. Patrick Dabatos, Richard Paul III, Anthony Silva and Noah Tom of Winton, Calif., had a 2,285 total to win the U15 division.

Edgar Burgos, Emmanuel Crespo, Brian Delgado and Natalia Delgado of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, won the U12 title while Savannah Burgin, Nathan Johnson, Anthony Mandry and Brendan Tahsler of Cleveland, Ohio, won the U8 division.

In singles, Lauren Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., fired a 660 in U20 Girls to edge Brittany Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, by a single pin. Rhianna Smith of Mount Olive, N.J., had a 616 series to take the U15 Girls division, Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Ill., had 588 in U12 Girls and Spencer Robarge of Springfield, Mo., had a 601 series to win the U12 Boys title. Kayla Brown of Dublin, Ohio, with a 372 series, won the U8 Girls title.

Kenneth Sexton Jr. of Manalapan, N.J., was one of only three bowlers to crack the 2,000-pin mark in all-events, taking the U20 Boys title with a 2,072 total. Jenna Wenning of Coldwater, Ohio, claimed the U20 Girls all-events division with a 1,911 total.

Other all-events winners were Caitlyn Titer of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who had a 1,675 total in U15, Anthony Strickland of Columbia City, Ind., who currently resides at Lakenheath Air Force Base in Suffolk, England, had a 1,584 pinfall total in U12, and Abbie Leiendecker of Wooster, Ohio, posted 1,164 in U8.

At the Youth Open, competitors bowl nine games total – three games each of singles, doubles and four-player team. The combined scores from those events is the all-events score.

The event, operated by International Bowling Campus Youth Development, moved to age-based divisions (U8, U12, U15 and U20) in 2013. The highest age on the team determined the division for team and doubles competition.

Go to for complete results from the Youth Open and to learn more about the tournament.

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