EAST PROVIDENCE — For the third year in a row, a team representing the East Providence Bowling Academy in the Major Division will attempt to win the championship at the 2013 National Duckpin Youth Association Junior Tournament to be held June 21-23 in Baltimore, Md.
This year’s local entry — Christa Quigley, Colby Miller, Alex Dias, Amanda Duarte and Brandon Gaudreau — won the Major Division state title for the third consecutive year in late April at the Town Hall Lanes in Johnston.The division is open to young bowlers ages 16-to-21. A total of 18 teams from Rhode Island competed for the state championship. The local outfit is comprised of 16-to-18-year-olds.
“They been bowling together some of them for 13 or 14 years. Most of them have been bowling since they were single-digit age and just continued to stay with it,” said Bowling Academy coach and Colby’s mom Lynn Miller. East Providence Bowling Academy Manager Mike Arena also serves as the youth program director at the facility and is actively involved with the team.
In Baltimore, the Bowling Academy squad will be one of seven teams vying for the national crown. They’ll compete for the title, trophies and scholarship dollars made available through the tournament. Last year’s local championship quintet included Miller, Tyler Chase, Dan DiCarlo, Dennis Adamo and Sydney Carlson. The 2011 title team was comprised of Miller, Duarte, Gaudreau, Mike Kirby and Mike DiQuinzio.
“The competition down there is fierce,” Mrs. Miller added of nationals. “These kids love it. They soak in. They really get into it.”
For the younger Miller, not only does he have a streak of two consecutive Major Division national titles on the line, he was also a part of the Bowling Academy’s Junior Division team that took home the top prize in 2010.
“I don’t really think much about it,” Colby Miller said of his personal winning streak. “The goal is always to win. People ask if we feel any pressure, but there isn’t any at all.”
Having won so many times himself and having seen his teammates excel at nationals takes away any sense of trepidation the young Miller might have about competing in a high-level event.
“Once we get down there (Baltimore) it’s not suspenseful at all,” he added. “You just want to win and be done with it. I know we can do it. We’ve done it for however long now. I guess the only pressure would be to keep it (the national title win streak) going, but we really don’t think about it.”
Before heading off to nationals, most of the Bowling Academy Major Division team members will warm up by competing in the Rhode Island State Invitational Tournament, June 1 and 2, back at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston.