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MILLER, SIGNAIGO, LOU CAPTURE TITLES IN 2008 JBT MAIN EVENT;
$50,000+ IN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
Scratch champ Brad Miller & runner-up Nathan Panaligan; Handicap champ Brenden Lou & runner-up Blake Teragawa; Girls Scratch champ Suzana Signaigo & runner-up Maggie Zakrzewski
Brad Miller, Raytown MO, Brenden Lou, El Cajon CA, and Suzana Signaigo, Kapolei HI, captured singles titles in the 2008 JBT Las Vegas Main Event, presented by Ebonite International and hosted by Texas Star Lanes at Texas Station Hotel and Casino.
Miller snuck into the #15 seed for the unique bracket-stepladder finals, and won five matches against extraordinary competition to earn the victory. Along the way, he beat Junior Gold champ Adam Martinez, and famous names in junior bowling like Jake Peters and Andrew Koff, just to name a few. In the title match, he defeated #4 seed and 2004 Main Event champion Nathan Panaligan 225-209, good for a $5,000 first place scholarship. Top qualifier Josh McBride (the all-events champion) finished third, Koff was fourth (his lowest Main Event finish ever!), and Peters rounded out the top five.
Lou, the #2 seed, and Blake Teragawa, the top seed, had been trading the lead throughout the tournament, so it was fitting they won their semifinal matches to meet up for the title. After both opened in the 9th frame, Lou threw a clutch double in the 10th to force Blake to do the same. Teragawa couldn't get the hits, and Brenden cashed in for a $2,000 first place scholarship as Main Event champ. Jurene Morales was the high female finisher in 3rd, Gregg Kern finished 4th, and Dillon Bridge rounded out the top five in a field of 170 bowlers.
The Girls Scratch division showcased how much the college bowling program helps out female bowling, as 6 of the 8 finalists bowl for major college programs. #3 seed Signaigo, a Wichita State bowler, beat CMSU star and #2 seed Amanda Flak in one semifinal, while fellow Shocker and top seed Maggie Zakrzewski beat #8 and ASU bowler Jordeen Koizumi in the other semi.
Maggie and Suzana put on a great display of both talent and sportsmanship in the title match. While both worked hard to adapt to the challenging conditions, it was Signaigo who figured it out first and best, and she won the match 204-181 for the $1,500 first place scholarship prize.
In the scratch doubles event, Travis Zehntner and Deanna Carillo rolled 1450 combined to split the $1,000 first place scholarship, while Gregg Kern and Delano Coveris blasted 1502 to win the handicap doubles title's $1,000 prize. Carrillo thus becomes the first female to win an open division Main Event title!
A team event was held for the first time and was a sold-out success. Jeremy Glover, Matt Jones, Matt Ezrol,and Clarence White captured the scratch competition, while Jamie Ferry, Eric Torrence, Jerome Jordan, and Cory Koyanagi earned the handicap title.
In total, over $50,000 in scholarships were awarded to the field of bowlers from all ages, averages, and 27 states and Canada. Complete results are at the JBT's website, www.bowljbt.com. The Main Event returns to Texas Station in 2009, and the JBT runs events nearly every weekend all season long. See you soon!
|2008 MAIN EVENT OPEN SCRATCH|
|2||Panaligan||Nathan||N Las Vegas||NV||$3,000|
|2008 MAIN EVENT HANDICAP|
|2008 MAIN EVENT GIRLS SCRATCH|