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      August 26, 2002:

-Gilman Helps U.S. Shine In Miami

08/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Led by gold medals in all six events by Matt Gilman, the United States contingent had a strong showing in the 40th annual Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas which concluded Aug. 24 at Miami's Cloverleaf Lanes.

      Gilman, Davie, Fla., topped the field in every junior male event as he led a 12-person U.S. squad to 61 individual medals. Two weeks earlier, he collected a silver medal in boys' doubles at the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Youth Championships in Thailand. He also earned gold in doubles and team, silver in all events and Masters and bronze in singles in the FIQ American Zone Youth Championships in July in Costa Rica.

      Gilman captured singles gold in Miami with 2,488 for 12 games. He joined Rhino Page, San Diego, in taking doubles with 2,411 for six games; combined with Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, to win mixed doubles with 2,515 for six games; competed with Page, Petrick and Leigh McPherson, Old Hickory, Tenn., on the winning team with 9,239 for 12 games; was best in individual all-events with 7,386 for 36 games; and joined Page, Petrick and McPherson in winning national all-events with 28,166.

      Mark Jensen, Wichita, Kan., and Shirley Hintz, Cocoa, Fla., were close behind Gilman with five gold medals each in the senior events.

      Jensen, an American Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, captured singles with 2,445; joined Kevin Dornberger, Sioux Falls, S.D., to take doubles with 2,395; combined with Hintz in earning mixed doubles with 2,365; was with Dornberger, Hintz and Linda Lunsford, Evergreen, Colo., in earning silver in team with 9,150; led all-events with 7,345; and joined Dornberger, Hintz and Lunsford in earning team national all events gold with 27,710.

      Hintz added gold in singles (2,253), doubles with Lunsford (2,364), and all-events (6,972).

      Jensen is a director and Dornberger a vice president on the ABC Board of Directors. Hintz won the 2002 Women's International Bowling Congress Senior Queens title in May.

      Leading the adult division was Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., with four gold medals. Individually, she won singles (2,571); and all-events (7,216). She also combined with Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, and Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb., to win team (10,297) and national all-events (29,988). She added bronze in doubles with Sandelin (2,281).

      Also earning four gold medals was Petrick in the junior women's division. She won singles (2,410) in addition to her mixed doubles, team and national all-events golds. She added silver in all-events (6,910).

      In addition to his team medals, Manna added gold in singles (2,563) and silvers in doubles with Hoffman (2,479) and all-events (7,788). Hoffman also won all-events (7,839), joined Sandelin for silver in mixed doubles (2,519) and had bronze in singles (2,543).

      Elsewhere in the senior division, Dornberger and Lunsford combined for silver in mixed doubles (2,301) with Lunsford adding bronze medals in singles (2,166) and all-events (6,542).

      A silver medal by Page in junior all-events (7,253) and bronze in mixed doubles by Page and McPherson (2,400) rounded out the U.S. medals.

      ABC, WIBC and Young American Bowling Alliance members in Puerto Rico collected medals in seven events. WIBC Hall of Famer Ashie Gonzalez earned silver in senior women's singles (2,215), all-events (6,560) and doubles with Maria Melendez (2,189). In juniors, Lucas Rivera (2,385) and Jessica Santiago (2,266) captured male and female bronze in singles, Rivera and Ricardo Delgado earned bronze in doubles (2,297) and the three joined Karen Molina in taking bronze in national all-events (26,568).

      Canada's contingent earned no medals.

      The event featured 144 participants from 18 countries. It included a 300 game by Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic, only the fourth adult perfect game in the tournament's history and seventh overall.

      Venezuela's Karen Marcano (adult) and Guatemala's Mike Aguilar (senior) and Miguel Mendez (junior) earned special tournament awards voted by the participants. Colombia's Sara Vargas (adult) and Mexico's Alfonso Rodriquez (senior) and Iliana Lomeli (junior) were named winners of the sportsmanship awards.

      For complete tournament results, visit bowlingamericas.com.


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