Holiday Bowl

champs Klarice Medina and Ahkeen Williams

            Ahkeen Williams and Klarice Medina captured their fist JBT titles each in exciting JBT NM-TX Conference action at Skidmore's Holiday Bowl.

            The ultra-demanding US Open pattern was laid out for the bowlers, putting an emphasis on shotmaking and the spare game all day long.  Matt Helmick, always tough on the tougher shots, opened the scratch division of the stepladder finals with a 206-156 win over Colorado's Jess Gagliardi.  Helmick then beat Ryan Scheer 205-166, as Scheer enjoyed back-to-back 4th place finishes on the weekend.  Helmick then got past Jacob Gill, making his first scratch finals, 178-137, to reach the title match.

            Williams, a successful handicap division bowler for many years, was also bowling his first event as a full-time scratch division bowler, and he debuted impressively, finishing as the only bowler plus (+9) after eight grueling games, to nab the top seed.  In a back and forth title match, Ahkeen escaped with the 185-180 victory, and his first JBT title, becoming one of the youngest scratch division winners in JBT history- way to go!

            Elizabeth Romero opened up the handicap division finals with a 202-184 win over Santiago Withers.  Olivia Silva then bested Romero 230-208, before Medina stopped Silva 212-195, to reach the title match.

            Top seed Andrew Esparza had come tantalizingly close to victory before, and gained the top seed after 8 games to get just one game away from victory.  However, in a low-scoring finale, Klarice escaped with a 184-182 victory, and her first JBT title.  At an 88 average, Medina again proves that any age and any average can win JBT events!

            Thanks to everyone at Holiday for another fine job hosting our Tour.  Over $1,500 in scholarships were awarded at this event- want in on all this fun and excitement?  Come on out to the next JBT event, it's as simple as that!

Holiday Bowl- final results and optional scholarship winners
NM-TX Conference  
Scratch Division  
rank name prize
1 Ahkeen Williams $205
2 Matt Helmick $100
3 Jacob Gill $75
4 Ryan Scheer $40
5 Jess Gagliardi $70
6 Gregg Kern $35
7 Aaron Raymond  
8 Tommy Crites $55
9 William Yoder $45
10 Eric Sanford $15
11 Dan Romero $15
12 Charlie Elliott  
13 Hannah Stedman  
14 Timmy Crites  
15 Wiliam Entsminger $10
16 Diego Lucero  
17 Mike Romero  
18 Nick Lee  
19 Labriel Leach  
20 Dalton Hooker $15
21 Wendy Shelton  
22 Billy Read  
23 Tevynn Laws  
24 Brandon Gill  
25 Sara Vargas  
26 Andrew Muro  
Handicap Division  
rank name prize
1 Klarice Medina $300
2 Andrew Esparza $145
3 Olivia Silva $105
4 Elizabeth Romero $105
5 Santiago Withers $65
6 Samantha McFarland $40
7 Peter Cane $30
8 Marcos Armijo $35
9 Dillon Bridge  
10 Ethan Brandt  
11 Fernando Delarosa  
12 Ryan Fast  
13 Tylor MacPhee  
14 Shawna Bellman  
15 Lacey Shelton  
16 Tim Baribeau  
17 Josh Helmick  
18 Taylor Quintana  
19 Tonia Barela  
20 Stephanie Barela  
21 Trevor Pedroncelli  
22 Brandyn MacPhee  
23 Cheyenne Polen  
24 Jerimiah Cruz  
25 Dominic Cuomo $5
26 Susan Kurzeka  
27 Bailey McFarland  
28 Reanne Quesada  
29 Olivia Stedman  
30 Sam Zermeno $30
31 Jonah Seawright  
32 Ryan Doan  
Scratch High Games:  
  Raymond 244  
  Kern 232  
Williams 232  
Kern 224  
Scheer, Sanford 218  
Handicap High Games:  
Fast 265  
Withers 250  
Silva 244  
Delarosa 243  
Baribeau 241  
Round Leaders (5 pts. Each)  
Scratch Handicap
Tim Crites Silva
Williams Fast
Gagliardi Medina
Gagliardi Withers
Gagliardi Silva
Gagliardi Medina
Williams Medina
Williams Esparza
High Female:  
Stedman -130  
Silva -144  
W Shelton -200  
B McFarland -204  
S Barela -260