Area teens finish close to the top
By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published August 13, 2006
Ashly Galante took her approach, took a deep breath, then took a look around. Sound Stage 33 was more than an extraordinary bowling arena. The warehouse hosting the USBC Teen Masters at Universal Studios in Orlando was at times a bit odd. With no pinsetters to hum, clank and set up pins, bowling became an eerily quiet sport for the 17 year old from Palm Harbor.
But she knew, if she looked behind her, she would see a familiar face. That of Jon Brady, her doubles partner.
Clearwater's Brady, 17, and Galante bowl doubles together at Countryside Lanes with a few fall leagues already set up, and both advanced past more than 300 of the best high-school bowlers in the country and were bowling in front of a full television crew last Sunday in the final match of boys and girls division.
Brittni Hamilton, 16, of Webster, N.Y., defeated Galante 227-179 while Jake Peters, 17, of Decatur, Ill., defeated Brady 218-143. In a special winner-take-all match to determine the overall champion, Peters defeated Hamilton 223-179 and earned an additional $2,500 scholarship, bringing his total for the day to $10,000.
The most noticeable difference, competitors said, was the lack of noise inside the Sound Stage. Another obstacle was the professional conditions. Starting with the third round of qualifying and continuing until the end of the event, all players in the Teen Masters were challenged with two USBC Sport Bowling patterns on the same pair.
The odd-numbered lanes were conditioned with a long-oil pattern, while the even-numbered lanes had a short-oil pattern. A total of 16 players got to experience Kegel's arena setup, as action shifted to Sound Stage 33 for the round of eight for both the boys and girls. The setting itself was a change of pace for the bowlers, who bowled the qualifying and opening match-play rounds at nearby Boardwalk Entertainment Center.
For most players at the Teen Masters, each pattern played differently, but for Brady and Galante it was something they were used to. Galante was last year's USBC Sport Bowler of the Year. On the 42-foot long pattern, players used more aggressive equipment to help the ball react on the lane; the opposite was needed on the 35-foot short pattern.
"On the short condition, you have to make sure that you keep your tempo up so that you can throw the ball a little faster," Galante, who goes to Tarpon Springs High and used a different ball for each pattern, told the USBC. "Then, on the long oil, you have to calm yourself down a little bit and just sort of roll it. There's definitely a different mind-set."
In a telephone call Wednesday night, Galante said it meant a lot for both her and Brady, a Countryside High bowler, to have been under the same circumstances.
"I wouldn't watch my opponent bowl. I kind of put my iPod on and focused. Having Jon there was uplifting cause we were definitely rooting for each other," said Galante, who led all girls after 18 games of qualifying.
ESPN2 will air the event Oct. 16 at 9:30 p.m.
CHATTER: Bob Eggert's night on Lanes 1 and 2 at Dunedin turned into the week's best score. Carrying a 212 average, Eggert bowled games of 266, 286 and 290 for an 842 series in Friday Night's Mixers Summer league with a total 33 strikes.
CHECK IT OUT: Osceola High School tryouts will be Aug. 14, 15, 16 at Twedts Lanes at 3:30 p.m.
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