Letscher, Vandergrift Warren junior winners
By John Bassetti
Andrew Letscher and Hannah Vandergrift were crowned new champions in the boys and girls divisions, respectively, when the finals of the 26th Warren Junior Masters were concluded on Nov. 18 at Crest Lanes.
Letscher earned the title after eight matches of head-to-head play for the boys, while Vandergrift reigned after six head-to-head matches.
Defending boys champion John Richards Jr. had a one-pin lead over Kyle Condrick and a 16-pin lead over Letscher, until Letscher shot a 279 — the high game of the finals — to move past both to take the lead by 63 pins. In game three, Richards and Letscher bowled head-to-head with Richards winning, 258 to 190, to regain the lead. Letscher came back with a 243 game in game four to take the lead for good.
Letscher shot 983 for games four through seven to gain a 216-point lead over Richards going into the final position round.
Letscher won the final match to secure first by 254 pins for the championship.
Condrick was runnerup, while Richards placed third.
After shooting a 247, Marissa Simon, the defending girls Jr. Masters champion, took over the lead after game two and was able to maintain the edge after game three as Vandergrift fell to fourth, 111 pins out of first.
Vandergrift made a ball change and shot a 240 to close behind Simon. A game-six 258 pushed Vandergrift into first over Simon by seven pins. In a head-to-head match for the championship, Vandergrift rolled 236 to Simon’s 214.
Each champion will receive a $200 scholarship and winner’s jacket. Overall the tournament paid out over $900 in scholarships to various bowlers.