Record series highlights 2013 USBC Youth Open

ARLINGTON, Texas - An all-time high series and three perfect games highlighted the competition at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Youth Open Championships, which wrapped up last weekend at Sterling Lanes in Sterling Heights, Mich.

The tournament moved to age-based divisions in 2013 and champions were crowned in U8, U12, U15 and U20 divisions. The highest age on the team determined the division for team and doubles competition.

Jonathan Lovett (above) of Columbia, S.C., rolled an 831 series, the highest series in the history of the tournament, on July 18 to win the singles title in the Under 15 division. Lovett, 14, rolled games of 267, 275 and 289 for his first 800 series. His previous high series was 709 in a city tournament.

Lovett's 831 was just the second 800 series in USBC Youth Open Championships history, which started in 2007. Tristan Musick of Olathe, Kan., had an 803 series in singles at the 2011 tournament.

The other singles champions for 2013 were Brandon Bohn of Jackson, N.J., with a 503 series in the U8 division, Trent Pektas of Volant, Pa., had a 653 series to win in U12, and Ryan Ramirez of Adrian, Mich., had a 746 series to edge Steven White of Westland, Mich., by two pins for the U20 title.

The highest score in doubles competition also came from the U15 division as Sean Connolly and Pete Vergos of posted a 1,444 total. Josh Maslanich and Brendan Tahsler of Cleveland (747) won the U8 title, Marcus McClain and Zack Horgan of Livonia, Mich., won U12 with a 1,165 total, and Alex Martin and Nicholas Christy of Auburn, Ala., (1,409) took the U20 title.

In boys' all-events, Dakota Daniels of Palm City, Fla., won the U20 division with a 2,180 total for the nine games, McLain (1,817) won the U12 division, Vegos (2,079) won in U15 and Bohn (1,339) won U8.

Emily Eckoff of Denver, who won the USBC Sport Bowling National High Average Female Youth Award in 2010-2011, had a 2,094 pinfall total to win the U20 girls' all-events title. Natalie Kent (926) of Newark, N.Y., won in U8, Danielle Jedlicki (1,692) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., won the U12 title, and Nicolette Mendez (1,838) of Homer Glen, Ill., won in U15.

In the team competition, three bowlers posted perfect games, though it wasn't enough to lift their teams to titles. Adam Morse of West Des Moines, Iowa, had the first perfect game of the tournament on July 13, Josh Mullen of Bellingham, Wash., rolled his on July 19, and Willie Rushing Jr. of Southfield, Mich., shot his 300 July 23.

There have been six perfect games in USBC Youth Open Championships history, all in team competition. Dan Reinke of New Ulm, Minn., rolled the first 300 game at the 2011 USBC Youth Open Championships in Las Vegas.

A team comprised of college bowlers won the U20 team title with a 2,725 pinfall total. The EagleCats team consisted of Robert Morris bowlers Mason Petrin and Ryan Zagar, and McKendree bowlers Adam Johnson and Riley Smith.

Michigan 2 of Madison Heights, Mich., took the U15 title with a 2,233 total. Team members are Alec Keplinger, Taylor Davis, Conner Weber and Kyle Tuttle. Team Skore Five (1,987) of Livonia, Mich., which had U12 doubles champions Horgan and McClain along with Jessica Kozakiewicz and Cameron Klein, captured the U12 team title.

Scores from the USBC Youth Open Championships are unofficial pending verification of divisions.

The USBC Youth Open Championships is s a non-qualifying tournament open to all USBC Youth members. Competitors bowl nine games total - three games each of singles, doubles and four-player team. The combined scores from those events is the all-events score. 

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