Steve Reynolds of Woodbridge rolled a 224 in his final game yesterday, but missed -- by 12 pins -- qualifying for today's finals in the boys open division of the All-American Youth Bowing championships at Shirley Bowl America in Alexandria.
Reynolds started the day in eighth position and moved to sixth before the final game.
Reynolds defeated Chris Johnson of Lincoln, Neb., 224-169, and gained 30 bonus pins for the victory. In head-to-head matches each winner receives 30 bonus pins.
However, Bill Fike of Meridian, Miss., defeated Jeff Rampart of Kenosha, Wis., 180-153, and with the bonus pins added, Reynolds was eliminated. Had Rampart defeated Fike, Reynolds would have qualified.
Reynolds finished with 3,579 while Rampart in forth place had 3,591. Fike was third with 3.604.
"I'm really on cloud nine," Reynolds said. "I moved from eighth to fifth and missed out by 12 pins of being in the finals. "Three months ago, I was down in the dumps because I was bowling so badly. But I started to bowl real well again so I'm just happy to be where I am."
Reynolds' best game of the day -- a 225 -- didn't earn him any bonus pins because Mike Dooley of Lumberton, N.C. bowled a 247 in their head-to-head match.
Reynolds admitted checking on the Rampart-Fike match during his final game.
"I looked over about halfway through and saw that neither of them were stringing strikes, so I knew I had a shot," said Reynolds. "I got some breaks in that last game, about four Brooklyn-side (crossover) strikes, to keep me alive."
Bob Davidson of Seattle leads the division with 3,685. Dooley is second.
Joe Mullenax of Cumberland, Md., extended his lead in the boys handicap division, totaling 3,925 after three days. Michael Finnegan of Bloomfield, N.J., is second with 3,765.
Lenora Wong of Monterey Park, Calif., leads for the third consecutive day in the girls handicap division with a comfortable 3,645-3,511 lead over Teri Webster of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Joleen Kirvin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., is the girls open division leader with 3,620. Vicki Parker of Nashua, N.H., is second with 3,500.