Finals set for Teen Masters showdown at Grand Central Terminal

    08/04/11

    USBC Youth

    TeenMastersLogo118q.jpg2011TMZackHattori.jpgDefending High School Boys champion Zack Hattori of Las Vegas, Nev.; Tommy Genova of Elmont, N.Y.; Rachel Vaughn of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Gabriella Mayfield of Lake Isabella, Calif., advanced to the finals of the 14th annual Teen Masters bowling championships presented by Ebonite Wednesday in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal.

    Hattori (pictured right), 18, was one of the three winners who survived one-ball sudden death roll-offs to advance to Thursday's championship matches. After losing a 212-139 decision to Ryan Ventillo of New City, N.Y., Hattori bounced back with a 278-180 romp in game two and then won the "best-of-two-game" match when he struck in the one-ball roll-off while Ventillo left one pin standing.

    2011TMTommyGenova.jpg2011TMRachelVaughn.jpgHattori will meet Tommy Genova (left) of Elmont, N.Y., for the High School Boys title after Genova upset top qualifier A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 222-161, 147-180, 8-7 in a one-ball roll-off.

    In the High School Girls semifinal matches, Rachel Vaughn (right) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., eliminated Elise Bolton of Merritt Island, Fla., 153-192, 181-169, 8-7 in one-ball sudden death roll-off.

    Gabriella Mayfield (below left) of Lake Isabella, Calif., was the only player to sweep her match, defeating Melanie Hannon, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 212-170, 235-224.

    2011TMGabriellaMayfield.jpgAt stake Thursday for the Teen Masters grand championship winner is a four-year "full ride" scholarship package worth $64,000, the richest scholarship prize ever awarded in bowling. The winner of the Hattori-Genova match will bowl the winner of the Vaughn-Mayfield match for the grand prize.

    Xtra Frame, pba.com's online video streaming service, will provide live coverage of Thursday's two High School and two Under 14 Division championship matches as well as the 7 p.m. (Eastern) Grand Championship match. All matches will be contested on a special bowling lane installation inside Grand Central Terminal.


    2011TMPabloCerda.jpg2011TMWesleyLow.jpgThursday's schedule includes the Under 14 Girls Championship at noon, Under 14 Boys Championship at 1 p.m., High School Girls Championship at 4 p.m. and High School Boys Championship at 5 p.m. The Grand Championship match for the $64,000 scholarship package follows at 7 p.m. All times are Eastern.

    In Thursday's Under 14 Boys championship match, top qualifier Pablo Cerda (left), 14, of Sunrise, Fla., will bowl against 14-year-old two-handed player Wesley Low Jr. (right) of Palmdale, Calif., who advanced to the 2010 Under 14 quarterfinal round before being eliminated.

    2011TMAshleyDunn.jpg2011TMTarynGray.jpgIn the Under 14 Girls championship match, 14-year-old Ashley Dunn (left) of Palmdale, Calif., will seek her second consecutive title against 13-year-old Taryn Gray (right) of Greenfield, Texas.

    All matches will be best of two games. In the "best-of-two-game" format, one player must win both games to win the match outright.

    If the players split the two games, the match will be decided in a one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

    In addition to Ebonite, the Teen Masters is being sponsored by Dexter Shoes and Kegel Training Center.

     


    Related Articles


    12 survivors headed to Grand Central Station for Teen Masters Finals
    Johnson, Lieber lead Teen Masters High School Divisions after Round Two

     


    14TH Annual Teen Masters


    Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York City (Aug. 3, 2011)

    High School Boys Semifinal Round (best of two games; winners advance to championship match)
    Tommy Genova, Elmont, N.Y., def. A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 222-161, 147-180, 8-7 in one-ball sudden death roll-off.
    Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, def. Ryan Ventillo, New City, N.Y., 139-212, 278-180, 10-9 in one-ball sudden death roll-off.

    High School Girls Semifinal Round (best of two games; winners advance to championship match)
    Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., def. Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 153-192, 181-169, 8-7 in one-ball sudden death roll-off.
    Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., def. Melanie Hannon, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 212-170, 235-224.

     


    Thursday's Schedule


    Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York City

    Noon – Under 14 Girls Championship (Taryn Gray, Greenfield, Texas, vs. Ashley Dunn, Palmdale, Calif.)
    1 p.m. – Under 14 Boys Championship (Pablo Cerda, Sunrise, Fla., vs. Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif.)
    4 p.m. – Girls High School Championship (Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla. vs. Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif.)
    5 p.m. – Boys High School Championship (Tommy Genova, Elmont, N.Y. vs. Zack Hattori, Las Vegas)
    7 p.m. – Grand Championship (Vaughn-Mayfield winner vs. Genova-Hattori winner)

    Best of two game matches; one-ball sudden-death roll-off will break ties; all times Eastern.