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Prather, Aspiras Pace Qualifiers as Teen Masters Heads into Match Play Elimination Rounds

RENO, Nev. – Kristopher Prather of Milton, Fla., and Thea Aspiras of Chesapeake, Va., retained their top positions in the Boys and Girls High School divisions as qualifying concluded Tuesday morning in the 14th annual Teen Masters at the National Bowling Stadium.

Prather finished the 18 qualifying games with 3,805 pins, a 211 average, to earn the top-seeded position for the best-of-seven-game match play eliminations by 17 pins over Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y. The top 32 Boys High School qualifiers bowl their first match play round Tuesday night.

In the Girls High School division, Aspiras held on to her qualifying lead after 18 games and will be the top seeded player in her division when the seven-game, single-elimination match play competition gets underway Wednesday. She averaged 205 during qualifying to finish with a 3,696 pinfall total, 276 pins ahead of second-place Caitlin Hofmann of Lockport, Ill.

“I did alright today,” the incoming Norfolk State University freshman said. “I definitely could have done better. I was hitting the pocket all day but I wasn’t carrying. I’m happy and satisfied with how I’ve bowled so far and I’m looking forward to match play. Match play is mind-boggling for opponents, but it’s fun. Match play brings the best out of me.”

Greg Young, Viera, Fla., topped the Boys 14-Under Division with 3,606 qualifying pins. Jeffrey Juarez of East Meadow, N.Y., was second with 3,435 pins. Ashley Dunn of Palmdale, Calif., led the Girls 14-Under group with a 3,222 total, 110 pins ahead of Chevelle Holstein of Sparks, Nev.

The 16 surviving boys and top 16 girls in the High School division along with the eight boys and four girls in the 14-Under division will bowl head-to-head single-elimination match play competition Wednesday. High School players, who bowl seven-game matches, and the 14-Under division, which involves five-game matches, will bowl their final rounds on Thursday.

In addition to competing for scholarship prizes, two top players from the Teen Masters will join two players selected from the Collegiate Masters in earning invitations to bowl alongside the best bowlers in the world in the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling, Oct. 24-Nov. 6, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

PBA.com’s Xtra Frame, a subscription-based on-line video streaming service, is providing live coverage of the match play elimination rounds Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Pacific, plus the Boys and Girls 14-Under finals at noon Thursday followed by the Boys and Girls High School semifinal round at 2 p.m. and championship matches at 6 p.m. To enroll as an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

14TH ANNUAL TEEN MASTERS
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., July 27

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Third Round (after 18 games; top 32 advance to best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play)

1, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 3,805.
2, Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y., 3,788.
3, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 3,786.
4, Cory Misura, Largo, Fla., 3,684.
5, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz, 3,611.
6, Adam Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,604.
7, A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,588.
8, Jimmy Ewell, Austin, Texas, 3,536.
9, Michael Peirce, Hastings, Neb., 3,523.
10, Kyle Anderson, Lockport, Ill., 3,513.
11, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,510.
12, John Patrick, St. Simons Island, Ga., 3,505.
13, McKenzie Eaton, Wyoming, Mich., 3,501.
14, Joseph Bowers, Carson City, Nev., 3,499.
15, Brandon Hott, Seminole, Fla., 3,495.
16, Ben Walk, Allen, Texas, 3,492.
17, Corey Rogan, East Meadow, N.Y., 3,486.
18, Tyler Liverman, Wake Forest, N.C., 3,473.
19, (tie) Joe Ayala, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; David Lance, Merritt Island, Fla., and Mikey Preston, Oswego, Ill., 3,428.
22, Joshua Roca, Garden City Park, N.Y., 3,407.
23, Lance Ragland, Sunnyvale, Texas, 3,398.
24, Austin Kissinger, Lititz, Penn., 3,396.
25, Wesley Edwards, Blue Springs, Mo., 3,394.
26, Brian Crater, Hudson, Mich., 3,391.
27, Erik Zimmerman, Deer Park, N.Y., 3,387.
28, Riley Dempsey, Avondale, Ariz., 3,371.
29, Andrew Balta, Walford, Iowa, 3,370.
30, Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., 3,353.
31, Taylor Coggins, Burleson, Texas, 3,351.
32, Christopher Fort, Peachtree City, Ga., 3,350.

Failed to advance (after 18 games)

33, Justin Knoelk, Lemont, Ill., 3,326.
34, Jeff McCann, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,321.
35, Maleeque Parker, Box Elder, S.D., 3,303.
36, Justin Markillie, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,280.
37, Corbin Castor, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,272.
38, Ryan Showalter, South Colby, Wash., 3,271.
39, Dominick Savage, Missouri City, Texas, 3,255.
40, Kevin Williams, Chesapeake, Va., 3,243.
41, Brandon Rice, Belleville, Ill., 3,222.
42, Austin Ruud, Brooklyn, Minn., 3,214.
43, Sheldon Oliver, Oklahoma City, 3,207.
44, Nick Spinelli, Wantagh, N.Y., 3,193.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Third Round (after 18 games; top 16 advance to best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play)

1, Thea Aspiras, Chesapeake, Va., 3,696.
2, Caitlin Hofmann, Lockport, Ill., 3,420.
3, Allie Ijams, Flagstaff, Ariz., 3,409.
4, Morgan O'Brien, Lomira, Wis., 3,371.
5, Natalie Goodman, O'Fallon, Ill, 3,370.
6, Kimi Davidson, Azle, Texas, 3,367.
7, Katelyn Simpson, Boise, Idaho, 3,349.
8, Correen Lieber, Issaquah, Wash., 3,337.
9, Katelyn Bullock, Brooklyn, Ark., 3,294.
10, Erica Schneider, Levittown, N.Y., 3,270.
11, Kaylee Magazine, Clearwater, Fla., 3,259.
12, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 3,245.
13, Melanie Crawford, Allen, Texas, 3,234.
14, Holly Zink, Port Jefferson, N.Y., 3,229.
15, Tara Lopez, Plano, Texas, 3,203.
16, Alexa Anderson, Hudson, Fla., 3,190.

Failed to advance (after 18 games)

17, Becca Pratt, Troy, N.Y., 3,182.
18, Karlie Loop, Menifee, Calif., 3,161.
19, Michelle Hunzaker, Cary, N.C., 3,141.
20, Rachael Perrault, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,128.

BOYS 14-UNDER DIVISION
Third Round (after 18 games; top 8 advance to best-of-five-game, single-elimination match play)

1, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,606.
2, Jeffrey Juarez, East Meadow, N.Y., 3,435.
3, Brandon Soedarmasto, Levittown, N.Y., 3,353.
4, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 3,346.
5, Kyle Stram, Grand Rapids, Minn., 3,225.
6, Trevor Przepiora, Alvordton, Ohio, 3,179.
7, Pio Aspiras, Chesapeake, Va., 3,177.
8, Ryan Harris, Wasco, Wash., 3,155.

Failed to advance (after 18 games)

9, Zach Johnson, Schuyler, Neb., 3,088.

GIRLS 14-UNDER DIVISION
Third Round (after 18 games, top 4 advance to best-of-five-game, single-elimination match play)

1, Ashley Dunn, Palmdale, Calif., 3,222.
2, Chevelle Holstein, Sparks, Nev., 3,112.
3, Rebecca Gotterbarn, Garden City South, N.Y., 3,047.
4, Sierra Kanemoto, Dayton, Ohio, 2,994.

Failed to advance (after 18 games)

5, Daniele Roca, Garden City Park, N.Y., 2,844.