AmOrdé misses national berth by five pins

Jen AmOrdé came up just five pins short of the gold medal–and a berth to the national finals in Calgary in May–at the provincial round of the YBC “4 Steps to Stardom” in North Bay last weekend.
Competing in the senior girls’ singles division, AmOrdé, who bowls out of Plaza Lanes here, rolled games of 283, 250, 209, 223, and 215 to finish with a 1,180 total (a 236 average).
But it wasn’t enough. Susan Vignuda of Thunder Bay grabbed top spot with an 1,185 total (237 average).
Local bowler John Smith brought home the bronze medal in the senior boys’ singles division, finishing with a 1,092 total–almost 400 pins behind front-runner Wes Slowuk of Thunder Bay.
Meanwhile, the Sunset Country junior boys’ team, from Plaza Lanes here, also brought home a bronze medal from North Bay, finishing with an 880.75 total after the four-game roll-off.
Thunder Bay took top honours with a 972.25 total, followed by Cambrian North at 944.50.
The local team was made up of Jordan Bale, Jason Hammond, Tyson Piccinato, Jeff Watts, and Jon Wood. Their coach was Bob Petawanaqueb.
Wood led the squad with a 218.25 average after rolling games of 204, 200, 219, and 250. Bale was next with a 193 average (260, 214, 142, and 156).
Piccinato averaged 187 (185, 189, 192, and 182), Watts averaged 149 (129, 160, 109, and 198), while Hammond averaged 133.5 (123, 148, 113, and 150).
The Sunset Country junior girls’ team, from Plaza Lanes, finished sixth in their division at North Bay. The squad included Sara Degagne, Danielle Garon, Jennifer Hawley, Annelise Hawrylak, and Ashley LaFreniere.
They were coached by Kayne Shaw.
“They made it three-quarters of the way, which is excellent,” Shaw said Monday afternoon after the long bus trip home from North Bay.
Sunset Country also won four other medals there. Brittany Botos won bronze in the Bantam girls’ singles event, Kyle Hamilton took bronze in the Bantam boys’ singles division, as did Kevin Savoury in junior boys’ singles action.
And the Kenora Lanes senior boys’ team won bronze in their division.
Shaw noted the bowlers all got along well despite competing against each other earlier in the season.
“We were like a big happy family even though some of [the Sunset Country team] were from Dryden and Kenora,” she said.
One drawback, Shaw said, was not being able to watch all the bowlers from Sunset Country compete.
“They didn’t have enough room for all the bowlers [at Baywood Bowl] because of the time constraints so they separated us,” she explained. “We were spread out and that’s why we didn’t get to cheer.”