Northwest Indiana Junior Tournament
Porter County Open
Batliner downs Trombetta for Third Title
Highland's Adam Batliner defeats top-seed 181-169 in exciting finale
The Porter County Open championship match pitted two teammates from the 2014 Indiana High School
Bowling State runnerup Highland Trojans. Top seed Tyler Trombetta, looking for his first NWIJTPA title
not only had to battle two-time titleist Adam Batliner but also a mangled thumb. Forced to bowl
two-handed, Trombetta showed alot of grit and versatility but fell in the title match 181-169 to Batliner.
This was Batliner's third career title.
The field of 19 boys was reduced to 8 following six games of qualifying. Trombetta topped the field with
1,328 to edge reigning NWIJTPA Player of the Year Dustin Zehner by thirteen pins. Sam Brandt of
Freemont Michigan, fresh of his recent MJMA title, claimed the third qualifying spot with his 1,257.
Qualifying seeds 5, 6, 7, and 8 participated in the first eliminator round where only the top two
Boone Grove grad and Stephen F Austin sophomore Paige Kraushaar earned her
6th title of her NWIJTPA career and first since the 2012-13 season with a 192-188
victory over arguably the top female youth bowler in the midwest, Wichita State
recruit and Homestead grad Sydney Brummett. Kraushaar who qualified first with a
1,229 used a 219 to emerge from the semi-finals while Brummett (#7 seed) fired 208
to secure her spot in the title match. The two did not disappoint the crowd as the
match seesawed back and forth before Kraushaar doubled in the 5th and 6th frame.
Following opens by both players in the 7th, both players remained clean the balance
but a late double by Brummett was not enough as she was looking for her second
Joining Brummett and Kraushaar in the semi-finals were Kasey Eaton and Carly
Larson. Eaton was the #2 seed while Larson survived two prior rounds before
falling. Other finalists were Kelly Belzeski, Heidi Tucker, Nicole Walton, and Jordan
Junior Gold spots were awarded to Larson, Tucker, Walton, Newham, and Belzeski.
In all 28 girls competed in the event hosted and sponsored by Hebron Lanes. The
tournament condition was the 44 foot BG Invite pattern that had a ratio of 2-1.
would advance to round two. Highland teammates Logan Rosing and Mitch Burk edged Chase Benites and Michalel Velsovsky. But both
Rosing and Burk were stopped in their tracks as both #3 seed Brandt and #4 seed Batliner entered the fray and advanced to the semi-finals
where top-seeds Trombetta and Zehner would join the fun. Both Batliner and Trombetta pulled away early to advance to the championship
Junior Gold spots were awarded to Trombetta and Batliner.
Kraushaar Lands 6th Career Title in Battle of Titans Finale
Two of top Indiana Youth Bowlers squared off in title match with Paige Kraushaar edging Sydney
Brummett 192-188 in an edge of your seat title tilt
Girls Continue Battle of the Sexes Dominance
Talented girls squad rolls by guys 176-157 and 218-166 to take 4-1 series lead
A girls team comprised of a WIchita State University recruit, two
established NCAA Division One players, a top level player from
Michigan, and a rising Indiana High School star and the odds looked
long for the boys to snap their two match losing streak. Add in a Hall of
Fame Coach for the girls and the odds were stacked against the boys
even more. In the end, it was over before it began as the girls raced out
to leads in both games then let their spare shooting to the talking to
sweep the match 2-0.
The tide could turn at the Michigan City Open as many of the girls head
off to college but the odds makers will still be on the side of the team with
a 4-1 series lead.
The girls team was comprised of Kasey Eaton, Heidi Tucker, Carly
Larson, Sydney Brummett, Paige Kraushaar, and Coach Mike Eaton.