Four champions crowned at Pepsi Youth Championships


    USBC Youth

    2008PepsiYouthChampions.jpg Four players from across the country earned national titles Wednesday as the 2008 Pepsi United States Bowling Congress Youth Championships came to a close at Sunnybrook Lanes.

    The Pepsi Youth Championships features nearly 200 bowlers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and U.S. military zones competing for tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. The top 16 players in each of four divisions took part in single-game, double-elimination match play to determine the champions.

    From left, Tyler Van Niman, Desirea Holmes, Katie Jones and Adam Keith.

    The state of Illinois swept the Division 1 boys and girls titles as Adam Keith of Bloomingdale, Ill., and Katie Jones of Downers Grove, Ill., fired strike after strike to win their respective titles.

    Trailing at the halfway point in his title match against Greg Gose of Hudson, Mich., Keith fired seven consecutive strikes to close out the game and lock up a come-from-behind 241-226 (including handicap) victory.

    "I had a feeling I would do good, but I never thought I would win," said Keith, who recently turned 15. "I was just concentrating on throwing the next strike and everything turned out great. This means a ton."

    Jones had little drama in her championship match, starting with eight strikes in the first nine frames to run away with a 262-179 victory over Carisa Feist of Bismarck, N.D.

    "Halfway through the last game it hit me that I was bowling at nationals and had a chance to win," said the 17-year-old Jones. "I was only going out to bowl my game and I was cheering for Carisa and wanted her to bowl well, too, just as if she were my regular teammate."

    In Division 2, Desirea Holmes, 15, of Wichita, Kan., defeated Berti Jungnick of Liberty, S.C., in consecutive games, 208-190 and 246-233 to win the girls title. In the boys division, Tyler Van Niman, 15, of Cincinnati, Ohio, suffered a 224-206 loss to Derek Warman of Redwood Shores, Calif., but rebounded to claim the title with a 283-261 win in the deciding match.

    The scratch portion of the Pepsi Youth Championships was held concurrently with the USBC Junior Gold Championships last week and $15,000 in scholarships were handed out. Participants used their 18-game qualifying totals from the Junior Gold event toward the Pepsi Youth Championships.

    Andy Soukup of Naperville, Ill., posted a total of 3,820 to win the boys division over Jay Foote of Westerville, Ohio, who had a 3,741 total. Kim Yioulos of Rochester, N.Y., led the female division with 3,726. Jennifer Boisselle of Valrico, Fla., was the runner-up with 3,632.

    The top four finishers in each Pepsi Youth Championships division earned scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

    2008 Pepsi USBC Youth Championships - Scholarship winners

    Boys Division 1 (Averages 164-210)
    1, Adam Keith, Bloomingdale, Ill., $3,000
    2, Greg Gose, Hudson, Mich., $2,000
    3, Giovannie Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, $1,500
    4, William Duen, Orlando, Fla., $1,000

    Boys Division 2 (Averages 99-163)
    1, Tyler Van Niman, Cincinnati, Ohio, $3,000
    2, Derek Warman, Redwood Shores, Calif., $2,000
    3, Sean McCarthy, Mattydale, N.Y., $1,500
    4, Edgar Gee, San Francisco, $1,000

    Girls Division 1 (Averages 148-206)
    1, Katie Jones, Downers Grove, Ill., $3,000
    2, Carisa Feist, Bismarck, N.D., $2,000
    3, Crystal Eckel, Lapeer, Mich., $1,500
    4, Melissa Eipper, Exeter, Pa., $1,000

    Girls Division 2 (Averages 88-147)
    1, Desirea Holmes, Wichita, Kan., $3,000
    2, Berti Jungnick, Liberty, S.C., $2,000
    3, Laura Clair, Albany, Ore., $1,500
    4, Katy Ayers, Kearney, Neb., $1,000