Bowling: Modesto teen roars back to win state championship

Youth bowler Rose Brown garnered another bowling honor when she took the title of the 2007 Youth State Scratch Girls Championship.

Brown earned her title at the annual event at Visalia Lanes. After 12 games of qualifying Saturday, Brown was sitting in fourth with a 2,227 score.

Brown, of Modesto, edged into the double-elimination finals rounds Sunday, placing seventh out of eight qualifiers with a 1,088. She made her championship quest a little tougher after losing her first-round match and dropped to the losers' bracket. She then beat her next six opponents to set up a match with the winners' bracket champion, whom she had to defeat twice to win the title.

She rolled games of 222-174 and 190-182 against Southern California's Tabatha Reynolds to claim the title. Brown, 18, adds this honor to her already impressive list of accomplishments. She is a member of 2007 Team USA, and last year was a member of Youth Team USA. She was named the 2006 California Star of Tomorrow, and has been a member of the prestigious NorCal All-Star Team the past 11 years.

IN THE MCHENRY bus trip to Black Oak Lanes to bowl the Anyone's Guess No-tap tournament, Margaret Taddei topped the women's scores with her 826 series. Gin Quinton finished second with an 820. Third place finisher Laverne Howe rolled a 797. Rod Hirtzell won the men's side with a 815 set. Darrell Barker was second with a 764, followed by Leroy Stanton at 754.

After winning the Black Oak event, Taddei came back to win the women's list in the Yosemite Senior No-tap, rolling a 903 set. Her husband, Louie, topped the men's side with a 911. Elaine Van Holland's 845 placed second for women, and Jackie Wilson finished third at 843. Dennis McKinney was in the runner-up spot for men at a 900. Emo Albo rolled an 847 for third.

THREE HALLOWEEN bowling events are scheduled this week. The Halloween Crazy Hat Senior No-tap is set to roll Friday at 1 p.m. at McHenry. Check-in is at 12:30. Crazy hats are encouraged and will be judged for prizes.

Later Friday, the Spooktacular Pumpkin Shoot will be rolling at McHenry at 4 p.m. Check-in is at 3:30. The party and tournament is open to youth bowlers, family and friends. No average is needed. Costume prizes will be awarded in seven categories. Bowling will be held in the dark with spooky music. Refreshments, door prizes and a pumpkin will be given to all kids.

Saturday, The Jr/Adult Halloween Tournament is rolling at Yosemite. The No-tap event starts at 6 p.m., with check-in at 5. The event is open to everyone and costumes are welcome.

The Northern California Junior Bowling Tour will be making a stop at McHenry Bowl for the Modesto Championship Tournament on Nov. 4. Six games of qualifying will be bowled, with the top 24 boys and eight girls advancing to eight games of Match Play finals. There will be 30 bonus points earned for each match won. Check-in is 8:45 a.m., bowling starts at 10 a.m.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.