Last month, the soon-to-be seventh-grader traveled to Fountain Valley and competed in the 2014 California Pepsi USBC Youth Championship State Finals and placed first in her age division.
During her nine days in New York, Emily will have several days of practice and four days of competition. She will also have the opportunity to meet professional bowlers in working clinics.
“This is awesome!” Emily, who has an average game of 157, said. “This will be my first time to New York. I never thought I would get this far. I hope I win and get scholarship money. It’s been a lot of hard work to make it to nationals — I’ve been bowling for four years. I’m so excited! Who knows what could happen.”
Included in Emily’s winning package at state were a jacket, a shoe bag, a bowling towel, money for travel expenses to nationals and a $1,200 scholarship. To date, the young bowler has received about $2,000 in scholarships through competitions.
“I was overwhelmed when I heard she had won,” Kathleen Isola, Emily’s mother, said. “I think she will have a blast in New York. It’s wonderful that she has achieved so much. We are so proud of her.”
Emily is part of the West Valley Bowl Youth Travel League, which has 12 members. She practices three days a week, for 60 to 90 minutes, and competes in monthly tournaments around Northern California.
“Emily has worked very hard to get to this point,” her coach, Bill Moreno, said. “She will be competing with other bowlers from around the country. All of them have gone through three rounds of competition to get this final round. They did local, regional, state, and now we are in the nationals.”
Moreno said that scholarships awarded at nationals in 2013 added up to more than $100,000.
Get more information on the Pepsi Youth Championships at www.calusbc.com/page.asp?id=58. West Valley Family Bowl Center is at 2365 East St. and can be reached at 835-5262.
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