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USA takes four team titles as TOA concludes

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
Published: August 3, 2013 | Bowl.com
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ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States captured four of the five team titles as competition in the 51st Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Fla., concluded Saturday.

The titles in the team competition completed a highly successful week for the United States team as it won 25 of a possible 30 titles at Strikers Lanes and had the top performer in each of the 10 divisions in all-events.

On Saturday in the Adult division, Team USA members Brittni Hamilton of Webster, N.Y., Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tenn., Eddie VanDaniker of Chatsworth, Calif., and Steve Smith of San Diego, trailed Colombia heading into the final four games of team competition. Columbia took the title with a 8,050 pinfall total, 69 pins ahead of the USA team. Canada finished third.

Junior Team USA members Elise Bolton of Merritt Island, Fla., Morgan O'Brien of Lomira, Wis., Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., and Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., with a 7,878 pinfall total, won the Junior A (ages 16-19) division by nearly 500 pins over Puerto Rico.

In Junior B (ages 12-15), the U15 development team of Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., Ashley Dunn of Palmdale, Calif., Bradley Crouse of Nazareth, Pa., and Wesley Low of Palmdale, Calif., was equally impressive as its 7,607 total easily topped Venezuela (7,029) and Colombia (6,916).

Paula Vidad, Char Hammel, Bob Haney and Pete Thomas won the Senior Division ahead of Canada, and USBC Hall of Famer Dana Miller-Mackie, Jacqueline Smith, David Hurtt and Ed Roberts took the Super Senior title.

"We seemed to struggle some at this event last year but everyone did really well this year," Team USA assistant coach Bryan O'Keefe said. "We worked together, from the Under 15 team through the Super Seniors. While the Adult team didn't finish the way we wanted, you have to give Colombia credit; they bowled great."

O'Keefe also credited USBC Coaching Specialist Stephen Padilla and USBC Gold coach Michael Nyitray for their work with the USA teams throughout the week.

The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone. It is an invitational competition for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

In each division, one team comprised of two men and two women competed in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. Individual all-events and national all-events champions were recognized.

In all-events, Hamilton and Smith won in Adult, O'Brien and Anderson won Junior A, Clemmer and Low won Junior B, Vidad and Thomas topped the Senior division, and Miller-Mackie and Roberts won in Super Senior Women.

Go to bowlingamericas.com for scores and schedules.

2013 LEE EVANS TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS RESULTS
SINGLES

Adult Women - 1, Josie Earnest, USA, 2,584; 2, Valerie Calberry, Canada, 2,440; 3, Brittni Hamilton, USA, and Alicia Marcano, Venezuela, 2,437
Adult Men - 1, Steve Smith, USA, 2,734; Eddie VanDaniker, USA, 2,592; 3, Enrique Kassian, Mexico, 2,457
Senior Women - 1, Paula Vidad, USA, 2,436; 2, Char Hammel, USA, 2,129; 3, Joan Rojas, Venezuela, 2,023
Senior Men - 1, Pete Thomas, USA, 2,581; 2, Miles Nerona, Canada, 2,344; 3, Danny Acevedo, Puerto Rico, 2,293
Super Senior Women - 1, Danna Miller Mackie, USA, 2,171; Lordes Ortega, Mexico, 2,157; 3, Marion Marko, Canada, 2,098
Super Senior Men - 1, Mario Boneta, Mexico, 2,433; 2, Ed Roberts, USA, 2,389; 3, Mario Aguayo, Mexico, 2,381
Junior A Women - 1, Elise Bolton, USA, 2,302; 2, Morgan O'Brien, USA, 2,295; 3, Kamilah Dammers, Aruba, 2,248
Junior A Men - 1, Andrew Anderson, USA, 2,666; 2, Jordan Klassen, Canada, 2,456; 3, Mitch Hupe, 2,428
Junior B Women - 1, Lisvier Cardenas, Venezuela, 2,416; 2, Breanna Clemmer, USA, 2,388; 3, Ashley Dunn, USA, 2,295
Junior B Men - 1, Massimiliano Fridegotto, Venezuela, 2,355; 2, Rafael A. Pizarro Diaz, Puerto Rico, 2,307; 3, Bradley Crouse, USA, 2,304

DOUBLES
Adult Women - 1, USA (Earnest, Brittni Hamilton), 2,502; 2, Venezuela, 2,389; 3, Canada, 2,370
Adult Men - 1, USA (S.Smith, VanDaniker), 2,521; 2, Colombia, 2,514; 3, Canada, 2,490
Senior Women - 1, USA (Hammel, Vidad), 2,131; 2, Mexico, 2,072; 3, Canada, 2,050
Senior Men - 1, USA (Bubba Haney, Thomas), 2,294; 2, Canada, 2,292; 3, Puerto Rico, 2,291
Super Senior Women - 1, USA (Miller-Mackie, Jacqueline Smith), Canada, 2,097; 3, Colombia, 2,006
Super Senior Men - 1, USA (Dave Hurtt, Roberts), 2,383; 2, Venezuela, 2,208; Colombia, 2,196
Junior A Women - 1, USA (Bolton, O'Brien), 2,242; 2, Canada, 2,200; 3, Colombia, 2,085
Junior A Men - 1, USA (Anderson, Coffey), 2,470; 2, Canada, 2,409; 3, Venezuela, 2,288
Junior B Women - 1, USA (Clemmer, Dunn), 2,199; 2, Puerto Rico, 1,988; Venezuela, 1,970
Junior B Men - 1, USA (Crouse, Wesley Low Jr.), 2,253; Venezuela, 2,174; 3, Puerto Rico, 2,158

MIXED DOUBLES
Adult - 1, USA (Hamilton, VanDaniker), 2,590; 2, Colombia, 2,552; 3, Canada, 2,495
Senior - 1, USA (Vidad, Thomas), 2,575; 2, USA (Hammel, Haney), 2,308; 3, Bahamas, 2,265
Super Senior - 1, USA (Miller-Mackie, Roberts), 2,379; 2, Mexico, 2,171; 3, Colombia, 2,112
Junior A - 1, Colombia, 2,406; 2, Canada, 2,306; 3, Puerto Rico, 2,290
Junior B - 1, USA (Clemmer, Crouse), 2,320; 2, USA (Dunn, Low), 2,310

TEAM
Adult - 1, Columbia, 8,050; 2, USA (Earnest, Hamilton, S.Smith, VanDaniker), 7,981; 3, Canada, 7,844
Senior - 1, USA (Hammel, Vidad, Haney, Thomas), 7,589; 2, Canada, 7,148; 3, Venezuela, 7,042
Super Senior - 1, USA (Miller-Mackie, J.Smith, Hurtt, Roberts), 7,769; 2, Mexico, 6,899; 3, Puerto Rico, 6,806
Junior A - 1, USA (Bolton, O'Brien, Anderson, Coffey), 7,878; 2, Puerto Rico, 7,411; 3, Canada, 7,355
Junior B - 1, USA (Clemmer, Dunn, Crouse, Low), 7,607; 2, Venezuela, 7,029; 3, Colombia, 6,916

ALL-EVENTS
Adult Women - 1, Brittni Hamilton, USA, 6,970; 2, Valerie Calberry, Canada, 6,910; 3, Josie Earnest, USA, 6,855
Adult Men - 1, Steve Smith, USA, 7,470; 2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,214; 3, Eddie VanDaniker, USA, 7,120
Senior Women - 1, Paula Vidad, USA, 6,630; 2, Char Hammel, USA, 6,078; 3, Susan Grande, Canada, 5,976
Senior Men - 1, Pete Thomas, USA, 7,144; 2, Ramon Torres, Puerto Rico, 6,500; 3, Bubba Haney, USA, 6,458
Super Senior Women - 1, Dana Miller-Mackie, 6,588; 2, Marion Marko, Canada, 5,833; 3, Lordes Ortega, Mexico, 5,750
Super Senior Men - 1, Ed Roberts, USA, 6,823; 2, Dave Hurtt, USA, 6,669; 3, Mario Boneta, Mexico, 6,521
Junior A Women - 1, Morgan O'Brien, USA, 6,476; 2, Alexa Rodriguez, Puerto Rico, 6,415; Laura Plazas, Colombia, 6,335
Junior A Men - 1, Andrew Anderson, USA, 7,156; 2, Jordan Klassen, Canada, 6,915; 3, Michael Coffey, USA, 6,818
Junior B Women - 1, Breanna Clemmer, USA, 6,598; 2, Ashley Dunn, USA, 6,365; 3, Lisvier Cardenas, Venezuela, 6,156
Junior B Men - 1, Wesley Low Jr., USA, 6,599; 2, Massimiliano Fridegotto, Venezuela, 6,516; 3, Rafael A. Pizarro Diaz, Puerto Rico, 6,456

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