Heather Sharp and Marshall Kent score top scholarships


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    Win $15,000 in North Pointe Insurance High School Open Singles Championships

    2010NorthPointeHSC.jpgMarshall Kent, Yakima, WA, and Heather Sharp Jacksonville, Fla., survived a competitive two days of bowling to win their respective male and female divisions and become champions of the Fifth Annual North Pointe Insurance $100,000 High School Open Singles (Bowling) Championship.

    The teens were among the largest field ever entered at the annual event according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).

    Kent and Sharp each won $15,000 in scholarship money to cap the three-day scratch competition held July 17-19, 2010, at Hindel Bowl, Indianapolis, IN. The history-making field of competitors included 364 boys and 212 girls encompassing all-staters, Junior Gold bowlers, Junior Team USA team members, as well as members of the USBC/Denny's All-American High School Championship participants.

    In the Girls division, Sharp defeated Rochelle Hansen, LaVista, Neb., in the final match to nail down the top scholarship. Hansen received $7,500 for second place. Third place and fourth place finishers Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., and Emily Strombeck, Durham, N.C,, each won $2,800.

    In the Boys division, Kent, who just a week earlier captured first place in the USBC Junior Gold Championships, defeated Josh Burnham, Allen, TX, to win. Burnham took home a $7,500 scholarship award for his second place finish while Evan Luff, Riverview, Ma., and Lance Ragland, Sunnyvale, Texas, each won $2,000 for placing third and fourth place respectively.

    In a change from previous years, students other than graduating seniors were allowed to compete. To be eligible, each bowler had to be registered with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) as a certified youth member; have been a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in the 2009-2010 academic year; and bowlers must have maintained a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 GPA scale) as determined by the high school they attended.