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Junior bowlers struggle at provincials


Three local junior bowling teams achieved mixed results as part of the contingent representing Sunset Country at the provincial round of the “4 Steps to Stardom” roll-offs on Sunday in Sudbury.

The day’s strongest performance was put forth by the Bantam girls’ team.

The quintet of Plaza Lanes bowlers—comprised of Lena Morelli, Danielle Bois, Teanna Silander, Tatum Hebert, and Amber Townson—brought home the silver medal for their second-place finish.

“It was an eye-opening experience for them,” coach Bobbi-Jo Morelli said yesterday.

“They realized that there’s a whole new level of competition,” she added. “They did really well to compete down there.”

The girls also had the opportunity to meet a number of new people as they were billeted in the homes of several host families.

“It’s a great community feel for them,” Morelli explained.

But while the Bantam girls were medalling, the other two teams representing Fort Frances struggled.

The bantam boys’ team—made up of Marcus Big George, Kirk Johnson, Raymond Polz, Dallas Gervais, and Chris Gallow—finished fourth out of the six teams.

Kathy Bois coached the team.

And the junior boys’ squad—comprised of Lyle Dolph, Joey Ballan, Jordan Sokoliuk, Daniel Murray, and Niko Matius—also wound up fourth.

Jeanie Townson coached that team.

Each of the three teams rolled three games. The team with the top cumulative score then was declared the winner.

Meanwhile, in singles’ action in Sudbury, local senior bowlers Lacey Bolduc and Travis Bois both finished fifth out of six.

All of the singles bowlers rolled five games, with the top cumulative score deciding the winner.

The winners of each of the divisions will now represent Northern Ontario at the “4 Steps to Stardom” national roll-offs in May in Winnipeg.

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