Youth bowling: Five-pinners strike gold at B.C.s

Glenmerry Bowl’s five-pin bowlers picked up a pair of gold medals at the B.C. Youth Bowling championships in Kelowna/Vernon on the weekend.

Glenmerry Bowl’s five-pin bowlers picked up a pair of gold medals at the B.C. Youth Bowling championships in Kelowna/Vernon on the weekend.

Trail bowler Kennady Keraiff is on her way to the nationals after rolling to gold in the senior girls singles competition, while the girls combo team comprised of eight-year-old Kiara Neufeld, Trisha Hardt, 13, and Katy Fowler, 18 also captured first place.

Keraiff bowled lights out, accumulating a five-game total score of 1,266 with a game high 317 to win the championship. She narrowly beat out Tyra Hoggard of Vernon who bowled a 373 in her final game to finish with 1,248.

“She (Keraiff) was pretty excited,” said Glenmerry Bowl’s Ron Sandnes. “She will go to the national finals now in Vancouver. She averaged about 250 which is really good . . . if you get into the 250s you’ve got a good chance of winning.”

The last time Trail won a provincial gold medal in youth bowling was 1995, and it’s the first time the team accomplished double-gold.

Glenmerry Bowl’s girls combo team made up of bantam bowler Neufeld, junior roller Hardt, and senior knock-down artist Fowler, threw a combined 256 pins over their average to win gold.

Jacob Plett won silver in the junior boys singles last year and came sixth at the senior  level this year, bowling a combined score of 990. Plett had a good showing, considering it’s his first year bowling in the senior division, said Sandnes. Junior boys bowler Brice Paugh also came sixth, and the boys senior team finished fifth overall.

Unfortunately, the girls combo-team’s journey ends at the provincial level, while  Keraiff will bowl in the nationals in Vancouver May 4-6.