Decker repeats; Conner Pawlosky is boys winner

Special to Tribune Chronicle Susan Decker, right, and Conner Pawlosky won the Warren Junior Masters bowling titles on Sunday.

Susan Decker successfully defended her girls title and Conner Pawlosky became the new boys champion when the 31st Warren Junior Masters finals were held Sunday at McKinley Lanes.

In the head-to-head format in the finals, Decker trailed two-time champion Jessica Guesman by 76 pins after two games, then cut that deficit 43 pins after the third round. The two met in the position round and Decker shot her best game of the day, 233, to pass Guesman and win the title, 867-821.

Decker won $200 in scholarship money, Guesman won $100 and Payton Schuller (711 pins) and Isabelle Lincoln (692) won $50 each.

On the boys’ side, Pawlosky led after the first round of head-to-head matches before Travis Burd jumped into the lead through the next three rounds. The fifth game featured a shootout between all the bowlers — there was a difference of only 66 poins between first place and fifth place in the round — and that round left Charles Pawlosky on top with 1,106 pins, just head of Conner Pawlosky at 1,102. Nathan Zook stood at 1,071, Burd at 1,061 and Donny Bishop III at 1,040.

In the final round, the Pawlosky brothers squared off with Conner winning, 224-209, to capture the title with 1,356 total pins. Zook finished strong with a 214 in that round and ended up tied for second with Charles Pawlosky at 1,315.

Conner Pawlosky won $100 in scholarship money, while Charles and Zook won $100 each. Bishop (1,304 pins), Burd (1,250) and Tyler Luoma (969).