Nix, Lyter Vying for Junior Bowling Golds

Lexia Nix, 11, of Valley City, N.D., Matthew Lyter, 15, of Sanborn, N.D., and a record number of the country’s top bowlers opened the 2014 Junior Gold Bowling Championships on Monday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Nix qualified for Junior Golds in second at 722 behind U12 Girls champion Kaelyn Berg’s 733 at May 3-4’s North Dakota State Pepsi Championships at Sunset Lanes 2014in Moorhead, Minn. Lyter took second with a 1,204 behind U15 winner Logan Dalbol’s 1,258.

Nix, competing in the Junior Gold Girls U12 Division, stood 64th after Monday with a 120 in Game 1, a 100 in Game 2, a 159 in Game 3 and a 138 in Game 4 for a 517 total, a 129.25 average and a -283 differential. She ranks 81st through Tuesday after a 91 in Game 1, a 113 in Game 2, a 101 in Game 3 and a 106 in Game 4 for a Tuesday total of 411, a two-day total of 928, a combined average of 116 and a two-day differential of -672.

Lyter stood 102nd after Monday’s 171 in Game 1, 158 in Game 2, 156 in Game 3, 221 in Game 4 and 155 in Game 5 for a total of 861, an average of 172.20 and a differential of -139. He moved up to 79th on Tuesday with a 181 in Game 1, a 187 in Game 2, a 166 in Game 3, a 212 in Game 4, a 143 in Game 5, a Tuesday total of 889, a two-day total of 1,750, an average of 175 and a differential of -250.

Madison Bailey of Rocklin, Calif. leads the Girls U12 with a two-day total of 1,530, a 191.25 average and a -70 differential. Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y. leads Boys U15 with a 2,088, a 208.80 average and a +88 differential.

Wednesday’s results will appear at
The three-day top 12 of the Girls U12 and the top 18 of the Boys U15 bowl on Thursday.