Chesterton teen wins Class WB of Times/Pepsi Classic

2013-06-10T16:15:00Z 2013-06-10T17:49:12Z Chesterton teen wins Class WB of Times/Pepsi ClassicDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent
June 10, 2013 4:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Sarah Voiers isn't even in high school, yet, but her USBC SMART account already contains $750 for her college education.

The 14-year-old Chesterton resident earned the cash with a 191-144 win over Gerri Hollins in the final match of the Times/Pepsi Classic Class WB.

"This is definitely not what I was expecting because I'm kind of young," Voiers said. "I'm still in kind of shock."

It was Voiers first major tournament victory in her first major tournament.

"I've never competed with adults," she said. "It's awesome.

Another First: Al Williams has never bowled in a singles tournament, but the Blue Island man took the top prize in Class C with a 207-201 win against Lashaun Darden.

"I cannot even describe how happy I am," Williams said. "This is so surreal."

Coach Leroy Johnson suggested Williams enter in the Classic during his regular league play.

"I am numb right now," he said. "This is the start of many more tournaments. You will definitely seem me doing this from now on."

Two birds on the shelf: Ron Coleman took home his second eagle trophy with a 172-166 win over George Ellison in Class SB. He won his first in 2010.

"I'm exhausted," Coleman said. "I trusted in my coach (Leroy Johnson). He helped me to throw it straighter and remain in control."

Coleman, who was the class's top qualifier, didn't wrap the game up until the final throw.

"I knew I had to make shots and make spares," he said. "I stayed focused."

Head of the Class: Stacey Timmer was the top qualifiers for the Class WA semifinals and finals and rolled a 268 to beat Delilah Bennett's 218 in the championship round for the win.

"I worked hard to get to where I'm at, so this feels great," she said. "I got up this morning and I felt like I was going to win."

Timmer came down from Grand Rapids, Mich. to bowl in the Classic. She had a big crowd of friends and family there for support.

"I just wanted to come in here and bowl the best that I can," Timmer said. "That's basically how my day was."

Start to finish: Ed Janiga bowled a 761 series in the first week of qualifying to earn his spot in the semifinals. Janiga stayed on top and won the Class B title with a 226-202 championship round win over Angel Mercado.

"I was fighting for the shot," Janiga said. "I lost the shot for a little while, but I found it and hit the last five (strikes) to win."

Past that seven pin: Tommie Miller was the top qualifier in 2009. He's been haunted by the seven pin he left that cost him the trophy that year ever since.

The nightmare is over, as Miller beat Dan Garrison 225-199 to win Class SA.

"I got a little help from that seven pin," Miller said. "I've been working on that all year and it finally paid off."

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