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Corner Brook's Beth Arsenault of the Newfoundland and Labrador bantam girls team celebrates a strike at the 2014 Youth Bowling Canada Nationals. Arsenault and her teammates are in the medal hunt heading into today's final action.
Corner Brook kegler Jamie Hickey has to be at his best on the hardwood today to push for gold at the 2014 Youth BowlingCanada Nationals in Winnipeg.
Hickey, a Benoit's Cove native who hones his bowling skills at the Corner Brook Centre Bowl, is tied for top spot in the bantam boys singles event with Xavier Singfield of Scottsdale Lanes in Surrey, B. C. with 15 points apiece after 20 games.
The title will decided today as the top dogs in the bantam singles division from coast to coast play another six games in Winnipeg.
Kaiden Banks of Southern Ontario holds down third spot in bantam boys singles with 12 points.
Kierra Bungay of Exploits Lanes in Grand Falls-Windsor, representing her province as the bantam girls singles entry, is in second spot in the medal quest with 12 points after 20 games, trailing Madison Richter of Smithers Bowl in Smithers, B.C., by a mere point heading into today's showdown.
Nicholas Keefe of Exploits Lanes, representing Newfoundland and Labrador in junior boys singles play, is out of medal contention with seven points after 20 games.
Corner Brook's Amy Mauger, with a 206.29 average over 20 games, is seventh in the standings in the quest for the national junior girls singles crown.
Josh St. Croix, who bowls out of St. Pat's Lanes in St. John's, heads into the final day of bowling ninth spot with eight points as the provincial senior boys singles entry.
Sarah Campbell of Plaza Bowl of St. John's, wearing provincial colours in the senior girls singles bracket, is in the medal mix with 13 points on a 227.16 average putting her within one point of both Ashley Bjorklund of Superior Bowladrome in Thunder Bay, Ont. and Brittany Dacosta of Willowbrook Lanes in Langley, B.C.
Meanwhile, Lauren Hurley of Corner Brook Centre Bowl has Newfoundland and Labrador in the medal hunt in the bantam girls team event with her team-leading 155.94 average helping put them in third place with 11 points on11 wins out of 16 head-to head matchups over the past two days.
Hurley's biggest single game on Sunday was a 210 score, in the team's 15th game overall, at the Polo Park Bowling Centre.
Makayla Bugden, the youngest member of the bantam girls team based out of Corner Brook under coach Cory Hurley, isn't letting the nerves get to her in her rookie debut with a 154.06 average - a 188 single in her 13th game the highlight of her tournament so far - heading into the final games today in Winnipeg.
Faith Batstone rolled a 198 single for the Newfoundland and Labrador contingent - her biggest score over two days - en route to a 140.19 average heading into the final handful of games where the titles will be declared today.
The other member of the province's bantam girls squad - Beth Arsenault - has a 146.44 average after 16 games, her biggest single game (201) coming in her 15th game on the hardwood.
Quebec leads the bantam girls division with 14 points on a 14-2 record and Southern Ontario has 12 points (12-4) in second spot heading down the stretch.
The province's bantam boys team - Plaza Bowl of St. John's with team members Tristan Pike, Michael O'Brien, Carter Belbin and Dante Yetman - found themselves in the cellar heading into the final day of play with only four points in 16 games.
Host Manitoba is in top spot in bantam boys team standings after two days with 13 points, while Quebec is in the hunt with 11 points and Alberta is holding onto a medal shot with 10 points heading into today's final action.
Newfoundland and Labrador, junior boys entry out of the Plaza Bowl in St. John's sits in eighth spot with a single point in a division being led by Southern Ontario's 14 points with British Columbia and Quebec holding down second spot with 10 points apiece.
Manitoba is leading the pack in the junior girls team event with 11 points, one ahead of Quebec and two more than third-place British Columbia.
Newfoundland and Labrador, represented by a contingent out of the Corner Brook Centre Bowl, is fifth in the medal hunt in the junior girls team bracket with seven points so they are a longshot for a medal at best with some powerhouses getting a comfortable jump.
Meanwhile, the provincial senior girls team, featuring Meghan Davis, Samantha Davis, Keisha Brown and Tiffany Fillier of Corner Brook, hold down third spot in the standings after 14 games played in the quest for the senior girls team gold.
Results from Sunday's final games weren't available at press time.
The Newfoundland and Labrador entry in the senior boys team event, Holiday Lanes of St. John's, is in second spot in the standings with 10 points heading into today's declaration of the best from coast to coast in Canada.