New Castle News

May 21, 2013

Young bowler wins another title

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — When it comes to bowling, 12-year-old Trent Pektas just keeps on rolling.

Trent, a Wilmington Middle School sixth grader, claimed the boys 12 and under title of the 2013 Pennsylvania Pepsi Youth Championships over the weekend in Harrisburg.

Last month, Trent won the Class A all-events title and was a member of the first-place Seneca Strikers team at the Pennsylvania USBC Youth Open Championships.

At the earlier tournment, Trent’s 176 average required him to compete against bowlers four to six years his senior. In the Pepsi competition, he rolled against youths his own age, although it didn’t really matter. His 753 series — which earned him $1,285 in scholarship money — was better than the top score in any of the other divisions (8 and under, 15 and under and 20 and under).

It is also believed to be a state record, although officials are working to verify that because up until this year, the tournament had used handicap scores rather than scratch.

Trent is a son of Tom and Dana Pektas of Volant. According to his father, Trent’s 753 series was comprised of games of 180, 298 and 275.

“The audience gave him a standing ovation for a minute after he bowled his 298,” Tom Pektas said. “And Trent turned around and saluted them.”

The 298, though, wasn’t even Trent’s highest game in Harrisburg. He bowled a 300 in practice.

Trent earned his way into the Pepsi championships by posting the top series in District 1 competition, a 653. It was one of just three 600-plus series among the top 108 finalists in his age bracket.

A total of $32,770 was awarded at this year’s state finals. All scholarship winners will receive an invitation to a June 3 awards luncheon in Altoona.

Other Lawrence County residents who competed in the Pepsi Youth Championships were:

•Rylee Lutton, 311, fourth place, girls 8 and under

•Hunter Lively, 320, 19th place, boys 8 and under

•Hailey Klingensmith, 377, 52nd place, girls 12 and under

•Jake Stephenson, 372, 51st place, boys 12 and under

•Mark Fobes, 488, 49th place, boys 15 and under

•Joey Sager, 457, 69th place, boys 15 and under

•Brandon Warren, 457, 70th place, boys 15 and under

•Maya McKissick, 416, 47th place, girls 20 and under.