Bowling

Elianah Micael holds her state award for bowling the highest series — a 453 — in the prep girls division. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Hentges)

Hunter Blair picked the perfect time to bowl the best game of his young career.

The 13-year-old rolled a 279 that helped him claim the all-events scratch Division 2 state title at the 32nd Alaska USBC Youth State Tournament that concluded April 15 in Wasilla.

The official results were released last week. All-events scratch combines pin count from singles, doubles and team events. Blair knocked down a total of 1,838 pins.

“That was just out of sight,” said Kodiak youth bowling coach Ruth Hentges regarding Blair’s 279 game. “That was his highest game ever and to bowl it at a state tournament, does it get any better than that?”

Blair also won the all-events handicap and handicap singles Division 2 titles.

Dustin Swearingin finished second behind Blair in the Division 2 all-events scratch with a pin count of 1,792. He was also third in all-events handicap.

Swearingin did pick up a Division 1 handicap doubles title with Sam Bennett. The duo scored 1,612.

Jerish Bormuel had a solid tournament, finishing second in the Junior Gold Tournament qualifier and third Division 1 all-events scratch and handicap doubles, where he teamed with his younger brother Jacque Bormuel.

Jerish missed qualifying for Junior Golds — the nation’s largest youth bowling tournament — by 11 pins.

Twelve bowlers represented Kodiak at the state tournament.

Elianah Micael received a state award for bowling the highest series — a 453 — in the prep girls division. Tyler Skonberg also received a state award for having the highest average — 145.47 — in the boys prep division.

Sam Bennett was given an award and a $25 scholarship for recording the fifth-highest scratch game — 639 — at last year’s Pepsi Tournament for the 15-and-under division.

“We are really proud of all the kids,” Hentges said. “They outdid themselves. We couldn’t have asked for anymore from them.”

Contact the Daily Mirror sports department at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

32nd Alaska USBC Youth State Tournament

Kodiak results

All events scratch

Division 1

3. Jerish Bormuel, 2,050; 8. Dylan Kavanaugh, 1,951; 12. Sam Bennett, 1,874; 24. Joshua Morin, 1,698; 35. Brandon Jimenez, 1,546.

Division 2

1. Hunter Blair, 1,838; 2. Dustin Swearingin, 1,792; 11. Jacque Bormuel, 1,604; 21. Tyler Skonberg, 1,474; 34. Elianah Micael, 1,387; 24. Brandon Jimenez, 2,056; 32. Joshua Morin, 1,956;

All events handicap

Division 1

9. Sam Bennett, 2,204; 10. Jerish Bormuel, 2,203; 13. Dylan Kavanaugh, 2,167.

Division 2

1. Hunter Blair, 2,405; 3. Dustin Swearingin, 2,383; 10. Jacque Bormuel, 2,258; 40. Elianah Micael, 2,065; 44. Tyler Skonberg, 2,047.

Handicap singles

Division 1

7. Dylan Kavanaugh, 771; 12. Sam Bennett, 742; 13. Jerish Bormuel, 740; 24. Joshua Morin, 690; 30. Brandon Jimenez, 676.

Division 2

1. Hunter Blair, 868; 7. Dustin Swearingin, 756; 34. Elianah Micael, 698; 42. Jacque Bormuel, 678; 47. Tyler Skonberg, 667;

Doubles

Division 1

1. Dustin Swearingin/Sam Bennett, 1,612; 3. Jacque Bormuel/Jerish Bormuel, 1,530; 7. Sam Bennett/Brandon Jimenez, 1,483; 20. Hunter Blair/Sam Bennett, 1,375; 21. Elianah Micael/Dylan Kavanaugh, 1,369; 22. Dustin Swearingin/Joshua Morin, 1,349; 23. Dylan Kavanaugh/Jerish Bormuel, 1,343; 40. Dylan Kavanaugh/Joshua Morin, 1,269; 44. Brandon Jimenez/Joshua Morin, 1,222; 45. Tyler Skonberg/Jerish Bormuel, 1,212.

Division 2

17. Tyler Skonberg/Hunter Blair, 1,438; 44. Elianah Micael/Jacque Bormuel, 1,306; 56. Elianah Micael/Brandon Jimenez, 1,263; 62. Dustin Swearingin/Hunter Blair, 1,246.

Handicap team

Division 1

2. Kodiak Teachers, 2,898; 4. Eyecare Excellence, 2,746; 5. Kodiak Napa, 2,744; 11. Kodiak VFW Post 705, 2,630; 13. Tropics, 2,565.

Division 2

6. Mill Bay Auto, 2,868.

Junior gold

2. Jerish Bormuel, 2,050; 9. Joshua Morin, 1,698; 11. Jacque Bormuel, 1,604.

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