Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico shared the gold medals in singles in the boys and girls U21 and U16 division at the CONCECABOL (Central and Caribbean Bowling Confederation) Youth Championship currently underway at Bolera Unidad Deportiva Belen in Medellín, Colombia.
Jonaykel Conejo (featured photo, center) of Costa Rica closed his six-game series with a huge 280 game, the highest game of this Championship so far, to capture the gold medal in the boys’ Under-21 division with 1392 and an average of 232.00.
David Gomez (left) of Colombia was mere 14 pins behind to earn the silver medal with 1378 (229.67). Yannick Roos (right) of Aruba, who led the 30-player field by 55 pins heading into the last game, had to settle for the bronze medal with 1360 (226.67) after finishing with 165.
Juliana Botero and Veronica Cepeda earned gold and silver for Colombia in the girls’ Under-21 division. Botero had five games between 248 and 218 and a low game of 196 to win the first gold medal for the host country with 1369 and an average of 228.17.
Cepeda was 47 pins back in second place with 1322, including 279 in the fourth game, the highest game of the 19-player field. Ana Morales of Guatemala was third to earn the bronze medal with distant 1235 (205.83).
The Mexican boys took gold and silver in the U16 division. Manuel Ordaz led the 12 players with 1264 total and an average of 210.67, including a 234 closing game to wrap up the title.
His compatriot Marco Flores finished with 246 and 224 to jump into second place with 1208 (201.33). Diego Aguilar of Guatemala received the bronze medal with 1198 (199.67).
Blanca Fraticelli of Puerto Rico was the lone U16 girl that surpassed the 1200-mark (200 average) en route to earn the gold medal with 1201 and an average of 200.17, including a high game of 245.
Sara Duque of Colombia closed her set with 225 to take the silver medal with 1176 (196.00). Bronze went to Keyla Covarrubia of Mexico with 1164 (194.00).
The 2018 Central American & Caribbean Youth Championship has brought 71 competitors (49 in the Under-21 division and 22 in the Under-16 division) from 8 countries, Aruba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the host country Colombia, to Bolera Unidad Deportiva Belen, a 16-laner in Medellín, to bowl for medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and masters competition.
Under-21 Boys’ Singles medalists, from left, David Gomez, Jonaykel Conejo and Yannick Roos.
2018 CONCECABOL Youth Championship – U21 Boys’ Singles
Under-21 Girls’ Singles medalists, from left, Veronica Cepeda, Juliana Botero and Ana Morales.
2018 CONCECABOL Youth Championship – U21 Girls’ Singles
Under-16 Boys’ Singles medalists, from left, Marco Flores, Manuel Ordaz and Diego Aguilar.
2018 CONCECABOL Youth Championship – U16 Boys’ Singles
Under-16 Girls’ Singles medalists, from left, Sara Duque, Blanca Fraticelli and Keyla Covarrubia.
2018 CONCECABOL Youth Championship – U16 Girls’ Singles