St. C.’s Shook wins Youth Bowling Tourney crown

The summer youth bowling season ended Thursday night at St. Clair Lanes with a head-to-head tournament.

There were 26 youth competing from many school districts in this handicap tournament.

The handicap was based on 100 percent of the highest average youth in the league.

“Handicap scores always make things interesting” said Katie Fischerkeller, who was a volunteer to the youth program.

To begin the tournament, each youth bowled a two-game qualifier. The field of bowlers was then reduced to the top 16, setting up elimination matches.

The final four to compete were Kari Alexander from Union Local, who faced off with Michael Bator, from St. Clairsville, and Kacey Toto, from Buckeye Local, against Jacob Shook, from St. Clairsville.

With their handicap, Alexander defeated Bator, 203-188 and Shook defeated Toto, 218-201. The final match was between Alexander and Shook.

Shook prevailed by a 258-232 score.

“Gary Holubeck and the St. Clair Lanes staff always does a great job with the youth programs, and it’s a lot of fun watching the youth learn the game and really gain a passion for bowling” said Fischerkeller.

“Youth leagues are also a great way for the youth to learn the game and for the high school bowlers to get additional practice in.”

Fischerkeller, Holubeck and Mike Heath were there throughout the league to help the youth on their game. The next youth league starts Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. at St.Clair Lanes.