July 30, 2001:
Alaskan Parent-Youth And Canadian Parent-Teen Teams Capture 2001 Qubica International Family Tournament Titles
07/30/2001 - BPAA
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS - Becky and Kelly Clapper, Anchorage, Alaska, and Connie and Abbi Powless, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, withstood very close final matches to claim the Parent/Youth and Parent/Teen division titles, respectively, at the 2001 Qubica International Family Tournament held July 27-28 at The Main Event Entertainment Center in Grapevine, Texas. Both first-place teams each won $3,000 scholarships to go towards their college education. $33,100 in scholarships was given overall. 34 teams from different states, Puerto Rico and Canada competed in each division. Each division's top 8 teams after Friday's competition advanced to a match play final round on Saturday morning. The top three teams in each division then competed in the stepladder finals to decide the titles Saturday afternoon.
In the Parent/Youth division, the Clappers survived a very close match against Martha Smith and Courtney McCabe, Phillipsburg, Mo., 231-229. "I didn't want to know the score," noted Becky Clapper. "I knew it must be close and their two strikes in the tenth put added pressure on me to pick up my spare. We feel very fortunate to have won such a close match." This was nine-year-old Kelly Clapper's first international tournament victory. The Clappers won the chance to compete for the title by defeating Cesar and Micah Leija, Casa Grande, Ariz. 274-206 in the first step-ladder Parent/Youth match.
In the Parent/Teen division, Connie and Abbi Powless narrowly defeated Patti and Ricky Dixon, Mustang, Okla., 230-229 in the final match. Connie Powless left the door open when she failed to pick up a spare, but withstood the Dixon's final push to claim the one-pin victory. "This is an awesome feeling," remarked Connie Powless. "Since the match was so close and then after not picking up that spare in the tenth frame, I really got nervous. It's almost like a fairy tale to us. I don't think it is even sunk in that we won yet." A lover of sports and, in particular, field lacrosse, 15 year-old Abbi is setting her sights on attending a Florida college. Abbi began five-pin bowling at the age of 4 and then moved up to ten-pin at the age of seven.
The Powless team met Gene and Alex Derusha, Toomsuba, Miss., in the first stepladder final to determine which team would meet the top seeded Oklahoma team in the final Parent/Teen divisional match. The Canadian team defeated the Derushas 256-213 to advance to the final showdown against the Dixons.
In addition to the regular competition, additional scholarships of $1000 each were awarded to Matt Robinson, Richmond, Calif. and Anastasia Kisner, Denver, Colo. for bowling the highest 6 scratch series during qualifying for boys and girls. Matt totaled 1,272 pins while Anastasia compiled 1,134.
Contestants from across North America won their State competitions qualifying them for an all expense paid trip to Grapevine Texas where they will competed for $33,100 in Scholarships. This is the only sporting event in the United States in which parents participate with children and youth for an International Championship and scholarship funds.
For the second year, Nickelodeon Games and Sports (GAS) Network plans to air taped portions of the tournament and the AMF sponsored pro-bowling clinic where guests such as bowling legend Dick Weber along with, Cheryl Daniels, Norm Duke, Bob Learn Jr., and Brian Boss will give tips. Excerpts from the Qubica International Family Tournament will air to over 77 million U.S. households. Check your local listings to verify dates/times.
Along with the competition, many other activities awaited the contestants and their families. Competitors attended a barbeque at Austin Ranch, participated in "Bowling at the Ballpark", a promotional event held in conjunction with a Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers game, and a banquet where scholarships and awards were presented.
Full final standings are available by visiting www.qubicainternationalfamilytournament.com or www.bpaa.com and clicking on the Qubica International Family Tournament link.