Northwest Indiana Junior Tournament
Players Association        
2014 Tour Championships - Sponsered by Martha's Kitchen & Country Lanes
Block 3
15 Game Totals
Rhoda, Powell Roll to Victory at Tour Championships
Rockin Rhoda Runs Away From Field, Handily Defeats Walton in Title Match for 3rd Title
Powell Powers Past Penn Teammate Zehner to Surprise Field, Earn 1st Title
NWIJTPA Bowler of the Year runnerup Jackie Rhoda had a chip on
her shoulder and it showed as she pounced on the competition
early with a game 1 223 and never looked back.  The Portage
standout jumped out to a 21 pin lead over upstart 15-year
sensation Sarah Voiers after block 1, then extended that lead to
nearly 150 pins with a dominating 961 during block 2.  Rhoda
continued her strong bowling, grabbing yet another scholarship
prize with her second place block 3 finish, 39 pins behind Portage
teammate Nicole Walton.  Rhoda's 2,807 qualifying total easily
outdistanced Walton (2,594)  and Voiers (2,646) for the top spot
and the right to choose the championship pattern.  Rhoda's
selection was WTBA London which she dominated the field on and
it proved to be a wise choice.  

Walton squared off against Voiers and the youngster made it clear
she was not only here to compete but to win.  Voiers posted a game
one 211 to Walton's 192 (clean) to take a 19 pin lead into game two
of the two game total pin match.  Walton continued to fill frames,
posting yet another clean game, this time a 217 to edge Voiers
409-380 and advance to the finals.  However, it was all Rhoda in
the title tilt, rollin to a 27 pin lead after game 1 and finishing with a
374-315 win.  Rhoda on the day  collected $235 to go along with
her $265 from the season point race.
Block 3 Leaders & Event Runnersup
Nicole Walton, Dustin Zehner
Tour Championship Champions
Jackie Rhoda, Spencer Powell
Bowlers of the Year Crowned
Kelly Belzeski, Dustin Zehner lead season points race, earn bowler of the year crowns
In two hotly contested races for NWIJTPA bowler of the year which
came down to the final event, and in both cases, the final matches,
the 2014 Bowlers of the Year were determined.

On the girls side Lake Central grad and Nebraska recruit Kelly
Belzeski edged Portage standout Jackie Rhoda 139-135 to earn her
first bowler of the year honor.  On the guys side, despite having won 4
titles on the season, Dustin Zehner needed to overcome a 11 point
deficit against Adam Batliner to earn the coveted honor.  And he did,
edging Batliner 153-152.

Rounding out the top 5 for the girls were Laura Levander (80),
Caroline Dienes (75), and Nicole Walton (75).  The top two boys were
followed by Bobby Kammer, Tyler Hansen, and the 2013 Bowler of the
Year Jacob Yankauskas.
Block leaders for the girls were Rhoda/Voiers/Alexandra Ross on WTBA Beijing, Rhoda / Jessica Sellers /
Erin Drang on WTBA Londan, and Walton / Rhoda / Voiers on the difficult 2014 ITC Womens pattern.

On the guys side, the dominate player of the season, Dustin Zehner was in a virtual deadlock for the
lead after block 1 with Hanover Central's Jon Metcalfe, followed closely by Adam Batliner.  Zehner
showed the field why he was the favorite during block 2, firing a 985 to edge Penn teammate Spencer
Powell by 11, who jumped to third.  But it was Powell who started out fast on day 2 with games of
234-223-206 to move to within striking range of the 4-time titleist but Zehner closed strong and extended
his qualifying lead, finishing with a 2,917 total, 152 pins clear of Powell who held on to second.  In the
battle for the third and final stepladder position, Adam Batliner edged Jacob Yankauskas 2,727 - 2,725
on the strength of a closing 204 game.  Zehner elected to bowl the finals on the WTBA London pattern
despite dominating the squad towards the end of day 2.  
Block 1 Leaders
Jackie Rhoda, Jon Metcalfe
Block 2 Leaders
Jackie Rhoda, Dustin Zehner
The semi-finals started out with Batliner dominating the confused
Powell 157-118.  A ball change for Powell at the advice of his father
paid huge dividends as he recovered during game 2  with a 236,
edging Batliner 354-336.  The momentum carried into the title match
as he jumped on Zehner early and continuously, taking a 216-174
lead.  Zehner's bad luck continued into game 2 as he was unable to
create any carry that would derail Powell's power game from the left
side.  In the end, Powell came away with a 399-363 win, earning his
first NWIJTPA title.  Powell earned $195 for his title while Zehner,
including his points race title, added $635 to his SMART account fund.   In all, the tour distributed nearly
$13,000 in scholarships over the nine event season.  The event was sponsered by Martha's Kitchen inside
Country Lanes.
Block 1
Block 2