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United States Sweeps Teams as 2016 Tournament of the Americas Concludes


ARLINGTON, Texas - The 54th Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas concluded in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the United States swept the top spots in mixed team to walk away with gold medals in 31 of 45 events this week at Strikers Family Sportscenter.
Team USA's Josie Earnest and Chris Via and Junior Team USA's Haley Richard and Thomas Peters coasted to the win in the Adult category with an eight-game total of

In the Junior A division (ages 16-19), Junior Team USA members Sydney Brummett, Hollyann Johansen, Meeco Walker and Kenny Ryan also put together a dominating performance, winning the gold medal with a 6,366 total.
The mixed team title in the Junior B
division (ages 12-15) came down to the final game as the United States held off Puerto Rico by 21 pins with a 6,184 total. Jonathan Cummins led the way with a 258 in Game 8, and he was joined in the effort by Tom Hankey Jr., Danielle Jedlicki and Katherine Corbin.

In the Senior division, Lisa Wasson, Tayna Spaulding, Charles McLean Jr. and Pete Thomas of the United States rallied in the final game to move ahead of Canada for a
20-pin victory with a 5,711 total.

Jerry Teel, Carol Teel, Terri Ward and Doug Hayes of the United States finished the sweep with a Super Senior win (5,787). In each division at the Tournament of the
Americas, teams of two men and two women competed in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. After the completion of those events Saturday, individual all-events and national all-events champions were recognized, too.
For individual all-events, which consisted of 32 games, the United States collected six gold medals as Earnest (6,794), Brummett (6,564), Ryan (6,726), Hankey (6,658), Thomas (6,259) and Hayes (6,639) won in their respective divisions.
Canada's Zach Wilkins averaged more than 221 on his way to winning all-events in the Adult Men's category with a 7,103 total, while Puerto Rico's Sarah Sanes captured the girls' title in Junior B with

Canada's Cathy Harvey (5,965) and Lauraine Fast (5,797) earned gold medals in the women's Senior and Super Senior divisions, respectively. n national all-events, the United States captured gold in the Adult, Junior A, Junior B and Super Senior divisions, while Canada collected gold in the Senior category by 34 pins.

Brummett, Ryan and Hayes were the only competitors at the 2016 event to win gold medals in each event.
The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone. It is an invitational event for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of World Bowling.
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Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.