Imagine if Santa brings Lyle Dolph some consistency for Christmas.
The Fort Frances bowler, a member of the Sunset Country contingent, rolled a tournament-high 335 in his first game of the annual Youth Challenge provincial championships in Thunder Bay on Dec. 5.
But Dolph also had games of 192 and 175 en route to a solid fifth-place finish in the men’s singles competition, averaging 242 a game—just 14.60 pins per game behind first-place finisher Adam Goose of Thunder Bay.
Dolph won three of his five head-to-head matches.
Jordan Sokoliuk, meanwhile, finished 14th out of 46 bowlers, winning all five of his matches and finishing with a 227.20 average.
On the women’s side, Amy Hewitson was Sunset Country’s top bowler at 13th out of 44, averaging 210 while winning two of five matches.
Michelle Riley finished three spots behind, sporting a 201.20 average and two wins.
As a zone, Sunset Country ended up third of the six zones on the men’s side, finishing with 19 points—13.5 behind champion Thunder Bay.
The women’s team placed fourth with 16 points, behind first-place Cambrian North (35), while the Sunset Country mixed team also came fourth with 15 points to Thunder Bay’s 31.
Sunset Country’s Erin Rollins’ 2002 tournament five-game women’s record of 1,399 pins withstood a challenge from Cambrian North’s Natalie Godin, who still comfortably walked away with the women’s title with a 1,341 total.