U20 and U15 champions crowned at North Pointe Junior Gold Championship


    USBC Youth

     Four bowlers earned national youth titles Friday at the 2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships presented by Brunswick. AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., Robyn Renslow of Brentwood, Calif., Bradley Crouse, Nazareth, Pa., and Breanna Clemmer, Clover, S.C., all came away with championships in their respective divisions at Woodland Bowl.

    A record total of 1,929 athletes took part in the event competing for more than $250,000 in scholarships.

    L-R Breanna Clemmer, Robyn Renslow, AJ Johnson and Bradley Crouse. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    A Team USA and Junior Team USA member in 2012, Johnson rolled to the 20-and-under boys title by going undefeated in the double-elimination match-play bracket with a 5-0 record. He defeated Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., 453-411, in the two-game title match.

    "This is one of the greatest feelings in the world," said Johnson, who is entering his sophomore year at McKendree University. "This is the biggest youth tournament in the country, and to come out on top is truly a blessing. I can't put words to it."

    In the U20 girls championship match, Renslow entered as the undefeated player, but lost the first match to Jacqueline Carbonetto of Blauvelt, N.Y., 456-314, before rebounding and winning the deciding match, 390-331.

    "I really can't thank everyone who has helped me enough to help get me here, and it's quite an accomplishment to say the least," said Renslow, who will start her freshman year at Vanderbilt University this fall. "My biggest goal was to make Junior Team USA, and to reach that goal has really made my day."

    The event champions and runners-up in the U20 divisions earned automatic spots on Junior Team USA for 2013. In addition, the top two after 25 games of qualifying also earned automatic spots.

    After Thursday's final qualifying round, Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., Matthew Farber of Plainview, N.Y., Natalie Goodman of O'Fallon, Ill., and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., all earned automatic spots on the team.

    In addition, the National Selection Committee added two additional boys and two additional girls to the team, taking Holly Harris of Long Prairie, Minn., Sarah Lokker of New Baltimore, Mich., Gregory Young of Viera, Fla., and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.

    In the U15 boys final, Crouse took down Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, who entered the championship match undefeated. Crouse, who lost his first match in bracket play, defeated Schenck in consecutive matches, 349-347 and 448-404.

    "It hasn't sunk in yet, but it probably will tonight," the 14-year-old Crouse said. "Once I lost my first match, I knew it would be a lot of bowling. I just started winning and I took it match by match."

    Clemmer managed to make it through the U15 girls bracket undefeated, going 5-0 and defeating Ashley Dunn of Palmdale, Calif., 369-339, in the title match.

    "It's unbelievable to believe that I'm a Junior Gold champion," said Clemmer, a 14-year-old who will be a freshman in high school this fall. "I've trained real hard for Junior Gold, and I'm hoping I can be back here doing this again next year."

    Four U15 bowlers who were age eligible earned spots to compete in the Tournament of Americas in 2013. The top players after qualifying were given automatic spots with Dunn and Wesley Low of Palmdale, Calif., earning those spots. The National Selection Committee picked Crouse and Clemmer to also compete in the event.

    Earning the David Dahms Sportsmanship award at this year's Junior Gold were Amanda Vogt of Pleasant Grove, Calif., Julia Okumura of West Valley City, Utah, Kyle Anderson of Lockport, Ill., and Low.


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    2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships - U20 Boys Match Play

    Double elimination, two-game matches decided by total pinfall

    U20 Boys Bracket

    Round 1
    (16) Armando Godoy, Stockton, Calif., def. (1) Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 429-355
    (8) Colin Champion, Clearwater, Fla., def. (9) Tylor Greene, Davison, Mich., 438-358
    (12) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., def. (5) Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 427-379
    (4) Charles Easton, Sylvania, Ohio, def. (13) Neil Cooley, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 370-340
    (14) Jacob Kent, Newark, N.Y., def. (3) Gregory Young, Viera, Fla., 444-408
    (6) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., def. (11) Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 462-449
    (10) Joey Kopera, Orland Park, Ill., def. (7) Mitchell Katic, Whiting, Ind., 461-367
    (15) Casey Shephard, Portage, Mich., def. (2) Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y., 396-395

    Round 2
    Godoy def. Champion, 476-316
    Anderson def. Easton, 451-357
    Johnson def. J. Kent, 394-390
    Shephard def. Kopera, 468-466
    Coffey def. Greene, 474-373
    Cooley def. Sherman, 364-352
    M. Kent def. Young, 483-436
    Farber def. Katic, 447-409

    Round 3
    Kopera def. Coffey, 451-412
    Cooley def. J. Kent, 471-363
    M. Kent def. Easton, 531-378
    Farber def. Champion, 369-345

    Round 4
    Godoy def. Anderson, 457-400
    Johnson def. Shephard, 477-401
    Cooley def. Kopera, 363-349
    M. Kent def. Farber, 483-353

    Round 5
    Anderson def. Cooley, 411-325
    Shephard def. M. Kent, 431-426

    Round 6
    Johnson def. Godoy, 407-332
    Anderson def. Shephard, 426-360

    Round 7
    Anderson def. Godoy, 393-371

    Round 8
    Johnson def. Anderson, 453-411


    2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships - U20 Girls Match Play

    Double elimination, two-game matches decided by total pinfall

    U20 Girls Bracket

    Round 1
    (1) Natalie Goodman, O'Fallon, Ill., def. (16) Thea Aspiras, Chesapeake, Va., 345-316
    (9) Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., def. (8) Nicole Trudell, Coventry, R.I., 355-318
    (5) Robyn Renslow, Brentwood, Calif., def. (12) Sydney Brummett, Fort Wayne, Ind., 390-307
    (13) Jordan Richard, Tecumseh, Mich., def. (4) Mary Wells, Westerville, Ohio, 420-354
    (14) Miranda Panas, Canada def. (3) Holly Harris, Long Prairie, Minn., 422-393
    (11) Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., def. (6) Morgan O'Brien, Lomira, Wis., 428-395
    (10) Megan Buja, Rockford, Ill., def. (7) Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 417-358
    (2) Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., def. (15) Melanie Crawford, Allen, Texas, 437-379

    Round 2
    Goodman def. Carbonetto, 446-350
    Renslow def. Richard, 467-360
    Panas def. Lokker, 444-371
    Buja def. McEwan, 398-367
    Aspiras def. Trudell, 427-344
    Wells def. Brummett, 430-384
    Harris def. O'Brien, 433-389
    Kuhlkin def. Crawford, 427-335

    Round 3
    McEwan def. Aspiras, 447-386
    Lokker def. Wells, 429-392
    Harris def. Richard, 472-329
    Carbonetto def. Kuhlkin, 452-416

    Round 4
    Renslow def. Goodman, 368-321
    Panas def. Buja, 388-385
    Lokker def. McEwan, 455-370
    Carbonetto def. Harris, 404-385

    Round 5
    Lokker def. Goodman, 401-369
    Carbonetto def. Buja, 431-376

    Round 6
    Renslow def. Panas, 365-318
    Carbonetto def. Lokker, 434-375

    Round 7
    Carbonetto def. Panas, 447-357

    Round 8
    Carbonetto def. Renslow, 456-314

    Round 9
    Renslow def. Carbonetto, 390-331


    2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships - U15 Boys Match Play

    Double elimination, two-game matches decided by total pinfall

    U15 Boys Bracket

    Round 1
    (16) Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. (1) Meeco Walker, East Cleveland, Ohio, 400-362
    (8) Daniel Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., def. (9) Kyle Young, Lake Jackson, Texas, 390-352
    (5) Tyler Boe, Redmond, Wash., def. (12) Brandon Soedarmasto, Levittown, N.Y., 355-340
    (13) Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., def. (4) Brandon Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 404-377
    (14) Donny Turner, Hermitage, Tenn., def. (3) Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 394-394 (46-25)
    (6) Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, Ariz., def. (11) Kennon McFalls, Gastonia, N.C., 411-407
    (10) Layne Sandt, Bethlehem, Pa., def. (7) Bradley Crouse, Nazareth, Pa., 493-355
    (2) Alex Martin, Smyrna, Ga., def. (15) Zachary Griffin, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 424-372

    Round 2
    Hanson def. Tackett, 406-382
    Wilcox def. Boe, 393-352
    Schenck def. Turner, 421-336
    Martin def. Sandt, 386-378
    Walker def. Young, 444-360
    Soedarmasto def. Biondo, 386-339
    McFalls def. Low, 424-423
    Crouse def. Griffin, 386-375

    Round 3
    Walker def. Sandt, 399-373
    Turner def. Soedarmasto, 363-359
    Boe def. McFalls, 435-333
    Crouse def. Tackett, 441-419

    Round 4
    Wilcox def. Hanson, 439-350
    Schenck def. Martin, 431-401
    Walker def. Turner, 374-318
    Crouse def. Boe, 406-391

    Round 5
    Walker def. Hanson, 354-311
    Crouse def. Martin, 375-316

    Round 6
    Schenck def. Wilcox, 397-373
    Crouse def. Walker, 396-341

    Round 7
    Crouse def. Wilcox, 389-355

    Round 8
    Crouse def. Schenck, 349-347

    Round 9
    Crouse def. Schenck, 448-404


    2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships - U15 Girls Match Play

    Double elimination, two-game matches decided by total pinfall

    U15 Girls Bracket

    Round 1
    (16) Amanda Duplan, Citrus Heights, Calif., def. (1) Kelly Skalacki, Coram, N.Y., 380-341
    (9) Taylor Russell, Tupelo, Miss., def. (8) Rebecca Broerman, Rudd, Iowa, 417-366
    (12) Mykaela Mitchell, Canada, def. (5) Haley Cummings, Huber Heights, Ohio, 351-291
    (4) Breanna Clemmer, Clover, S.C., def. (13) Haylee Boyle, Port Orange, Fla., 400-329
    (3) Ashley Dunn, Palmdale, Calif., def. (14) Sarah Doyle, Georgetown, Ky., 385-358
    (11) Jordan Newham, Aurora, Ill., def. (6) Kayla Crawford, Silvis, Ill., 372-324
    (7) Nicole Mikaelian, Macomb, Mich., def. (10) Justine Brookover, Parkersburg, W.Va., 354-347
    (2) Hannah Munson, Cottage Grove, Minn., def. (15) Amanda Garavet, Amherst, Wis., 449-339

    Round 2
    Broerman def. Skalacki, 439-378
    Boyle def. Cummings, 343-337
    Crawford def. Doyle, 371-329
    Garavet def. Brookover, 353-300

    Round 3
    Broerman def. Munson, 371-349
    Boyle def. Newham, 385-352
    Mitchell def. Crawford, 379-326
    Russell def. Garavet, 408-316

    Round 4
    Clemmer def. Duplan, 358-350
    Dunn def. Mikalian, 418-404
    Broerman def. Boyle, 357-333
    Russell def. Mitchell, 403-381

    Round 5
    Broerman def. Duplan, 365-351
    Mikaelian def. Russell, 384-336

    Round 6
    Clemmer def. Dunn, 428-379
    Mikaelian def. Broerman, 408-347

    Round 7
    Dunn def. Mikaelian, 366-356

    Round 8
    Clemmer def. Dunn, 369-339