Lincoln Lanes’ bowling brothers from Vernon, Lukas, left, and Talan, celebrate Lukas’ provincial championship run at the Youth Bowling Provincial Finals in Port Coquitlam. Lukas advances to the national finals in Ontario. Talan won silver in his division, missing a trtp to the Canadian event by one point. (Rachwalski Facebook photo)

Lincoln Lanes’ bowling brothers from Vernon, Lukas, left, and Talan, celebrate Lukas’ provincial championship run at the Youth Bowling Provincial Finals in Port Coquitlam. Lukas advances to the national finals in Ontario. Talan won silver in his division, missing a trtp to the Canadian event by one point. (Rachwalski Facebook photo)

Vernon youth bowlers among B.C.s’ finest

Trio heading to youth nationals in Ontario next month; two more barely miss making provincial squad

Team B.C.’s contingent at the Youth Bowling National Championships in Oshawa, Ont. July 10-12 will have a distinct Lincoln Lanes flavour.

The Vernon bowling centre had youth bowlers competing in April at the provincial championships in Port Coquitlam against five other zones for a spot on Team B.C.

Over the two days of competition, each zone played two games against each of the other zone reps. Teams received one point for a win and half-a-point for a tie. If there was a tie at the end of two days, there was a one-game roll-off where the highest scratch game was declared the winner.

Lincoln Lane’s senior boys double team of Alex Kazimer and Zakk Hamilton, coached by the legendary Ivan Soroka, will represent B.C. in doubles in Oshawa. They received eight points over two days to win the gold medal.

Lincoln’s junior boys single, Lukas Rachwalski, will also represent B.C. out east.

Rachwalski won the gold medal with eight points, averaging a stellar 223 for his 10 games.

Four other Lincoln bowlers came oh-so-close to booking flights to Oshawa, none closer than Rachwalski’s brother, Talan, and Aryssa Matsen.

In the senior girls single tournament, Matsen tied for first with her opponent from Scottsdale Lanes in Surrey, both with seven points, but lost the tiebreaker, 321-227.

Talan Rachwalski won silver with seven points in the bantam boys singles event, averaging 167 for his 10 games, but lost to a bowler from Scottsdale Lanes in Surrey by a single point.

The senior girls team of Ella Handley and Charleigh Lemay brought home a bronze medal by taking six points. The duo is coached by Peggy Hoggard.

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Vernon bowlers Zakk Hamilton (left) and Alex Kazimer sandwich coach Ivan Soroka after the duo won the Youth Bowling Provincial senior mens doubles championship to advance to the national finals in Oshawa. (Kara Kazimer photo)

Vernon bowlers Zakk Hamilton (left) and Alex Kazimer sandwich coach Ivan Soroka after the duo won the Youth Bowling Provincial senior mens doubles championship to advance to the national finals in Oshawa. (Kara Kazimer photo)