August 05, 2002:
Junior Team USA, Team Canada Head To Thailand To Compete In FIQ World Event
08/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
Members of the 2002 Junior TEAM USA and Junior Team Canada squads are among 29 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs member nations competing at the 7th FIQ World Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship at P.S. Bowl, a 32-lane bowling center, in Pattaya, Thailand, through Aug 11.
The event features male and female youth bowlers from around the world competing for titles and medals in singles, doubles, four-player team, all-events and masters competition. To be eligible for the event all athletes must have been born on or after Jan. 2, 1979.
Representing the U.S., are Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; Heather Hoffman, West Lawn, Pa.; Jennifer Petrick, Massillon, Ohio; Holly Hoopii, Honolulu; Mike Remaklus, Florissant, Mo.; Matt Gilman, Davie, Fla.; Chris Klerk, Henderson, Nev.; and Rhino Page, San Diego.
Representing Canada are Robin Crawford, a Canadian who works for the Young American Bowling Alliance in Milwaukee; George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario; Matthew Chouinard, St. Hilarion, Quebec; Erin Quinn, Calgary, Alberta, Diane Nackonechny; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Steve MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario; Caroline Lagrange, Notre Dame-Des Pins, Quebec; and Chris Clerke, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Other FIQ member federations competing include: Australia; Bahrain; Brazil; Chinese Taipei; Colombia; Dominican Republic; Egypt; England; Finland; Guam; Hong Kong; Iceland; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Norway; Philippines; Poland; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Sweden; Venezuela; and the host country Thailand.
The U.S. leads the overall medal count with 44 through the first six events, including 14 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze. Korea has totaled the second highest medal count with 29 (seven gold, nine silver and 13 bronze).
Past competitors have included Professional Women's Bowling Association standouts Kim Terrell (USA), Lynda (Norry) Barnes (USA), Kelly Kulick (USA), Tammy Turner (USA), and Maxine Nable (Australia).Professional Bowlers Association stars Robert Smith (USA) and Justin Hromek (USA) are among the top athletes that have competed in the male division.
The first FIQ World Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships were held in 1990 in Manila, The Philippines. The event has continued every other year since then and has visited Caracas, Venezuela; Monterrey, Mexico; Hong Kong, Japan; Inchon City, Korea; and most recently Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2000.
Kansas Parent-Youth; Arkansas Parent-Teen Teams Grab Qubica Family Tournament Titles
08/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
Justin and Jaden Richardson, Ness City, Kan., and Danny and Jason Woods, Jonesboro, Ark., overcame competitive final matches to claim the Parent/Youth and Parent/Teen division titles, respectively, at the 2002 Qubica International Family Tournament held July 26-27 at The Main Event Entertainment Center in Grapevine, Texas.
Both first-place teams each won $3,000 scholarships to go towards their college education. Overall, $32,000 in scholarships were distributed as 32 teams from different states, as well as Puerto Rico, competed in each division. Each division's top eight teams after competition July 26 advanced to a match play final round the next day. The top three teams in each division then competed in the stepladder finals to decide the titles.
In the Parent/Youth division, the Richardsons survived a close match against Verness and Curtis Goins, Oakland, Calif., 230-213. The Goins won the chance to compete for the title by defeating Brian and Dalton McDaniel, New Effington, S.D., 229-197 in the first stepladder Parent/Youth match.
In the Parent/Teen division, the Woods battled up from the third place slot to overcome Hector L. and Hector Miguel Maymi, Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, 266-229 in the first stepladder game and then handily defeated Joseph and Christopher Johnson, Willmar, Minn., 276-216 in the final match. The Johnsons had entered the finals in the No. 1 slot.
In addition to the regular competition, additional scholarships of $500 each for boys and girls in each division were awarded to Youth Division bowlers Ashley Mills, Newark, Del. (908) and Chris McNamee, St. Clair, Mo. (1,075) as well as Teen Division bowlers Lindsay Susbauer, Hillsboro, Ore. (1,241) and Donald Steward, North Newark, Del. (1,251) for bowling the highest six-game scratch total during the qualifying round.
Contestants from across North America won their state competitions qualifying them for an all expense paid trip to Texas. 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 third straight year, Nickelodeon Games and Sports (GAS) Network was on hand to tape an 'All Access' segment which takes the viewers 'behind the scenes' at the tournament and which the network plans to air in the near future (dates/times TBD). Check your local listings to verify dates/times for the airing of this show.
The 2002 Qubica International Family Tournament was made possible by the generous contributions of title sponsor Qubica USA and presenting sponsor Pepsi-Cola, the official soft drink of Bowling.
Full final standings are available by visiting qubicainternationalfamilytournament.com or bpaa.com and clicking on the Qubica International Family Tournament link.