Strombeck Shines at Junior Gold Championships
GREEENSBORO – North Carolina A&T bowling All-American Emily Strombeck recently got the chance to shine at on one of the highest stages at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships in the Girls U20 Division in Buffalo, N.Y., where she advanced to the final round on July 18.
It was no easy task as Strombeck battled it out on the lanes with 604 competitors for three days of qualifying rounds. Each qualifying round consisted of five games and the top 48 bowlers from those rounds made it to the final advancers round.
After 15 qualifying games Strombeck finished 31st with a pinfall of 2,930 and pinned an average of 195.33. After another dueling five rounds to qualify for the final advancers round, Strombeck moved to fourth in the standings after tabbing five 200-plus games including a 266 to advance to the top 48.
Another series of five games positioned Strombeck in fifth place and advanced her to the final field of 16 for double elimination match play. After 25 games Strombeck finished with a pinfall of 5,025. Strombeck was eliminated in the second round of the double elimination match series after falling to Lizabeth Kuhlkin and Emily Eckhoff.
“Emily again showed that she is a fierce competitor,” head coach James Williams said. “I don't think I can say anything else about her will to win. I hope that she can translate that will to the entire team this season, as the team will be looking to her and Najah Owens to lead them.”
Strombeck’s stellar performance is just another indication of future things to come for the N.C. A&T bowling program that ended the 2013-14 season ranked 13th in the country. The 2014 MEAC Bowler of the Year was not alone in her quest at the Junior Gold Championships. Teammates MacKenzie Robinson, Kristin Shinn, and Owens also competed at the championships. Incoming freshman Kori Smith who the Aggies recently signed also performed well and also advanced to the top 48 where she tallied a total pinfall of 4,680 after 25 games.
“I'm proud of the all the young ladies,” said Williams. “Kori had a fantastic outing. Her performance shows that our program is heading in the right direction. I know Kristin, Najah, and MacKenzie did not do as well as they would have liked, but I loved that they didn't give up. They continued to do their best. I hope the tough conditions will serve as an experience that they will be able to draw upon this upcoming season.”