New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
A Wilmington Middle School sixth-grader has claimed a pair of state bowling championships.
Trent Pektas, 12, won the Class A all-events title and was a member of the winning Seneca Strikers team at the Pennsylvania USBC Youth Open Championships. Making the accomplishment even more impressive is the fact that, owing to his high average (176) and low handicap relative to his own age group, Trent was required to compete against bowlers four to six years older than him.
In singles, he rolled games of 227, 204 and 233 for a 664 scratch series. His handicap raised the number to 796, giving him third place behind two bowlers who had tied for first with 812s.
Trent and Tyler Weiss of Franklin rolled a combined 1,194 scratch series (1,527 with handicap) in doubles, tying them for second place in that event. Trent had games of 186, 257 and 232 for a 675 series.
In team competition, Trent finished with a 232-243-207—682, helping his squad to a first-place handicap score of 3,045. Gilly’s Bowl and Grill of Gettysburg was second at 3,018.
Putting all those scores together pushed Trent to the top of the all-events charts, with a scratch 2,021 and a 2,417 handicap. Overall, in his nine games bowled in the state tournament, Trent compiled a 224.6 average.
“I just went in there determined to win and put my mind to it, and just hope for a good spot for a scholarship,” said the son of Tom and Dana Pektas. “I thought I’d do good this year, but I didn’t think I’d place in the top three in every single event, especially getting first in all-events.
Trent’s scholarship total has yet to be announced, but he will receive it at an awards banquet scheduled for June 23 in Altoona.
Next up for Trent are the state finals of the Pepsi Youth Bowling Championship, a USBC-sanctioned event set for May 18-19 in Harrisburg. This one’s a scratch tournament in which he gets to compete with bowlers his own age in a boys 12 and under division.
“I want to go there to win first of all, since I’m in a younger age division,” Trent said.
Trent had his ticket punched to the Pepsi championships by posting the top series in District 1 competition, a 653. It is one of just three 600-plus series among the top 106 finalists from all 10 districts. Andrew Malozzi of District 9 and Spencer Schiele of District 10 posted a 620 and 607, respectively.