Hamilton is from Webster, N.Y. where she attended Webster Thomas High School. Earnest is from Vandalia, Ill., a graduate of Vandalia High School.
A standout bowler and academic standout, Earnest is currently an assistant coach at Vanderbilt with aspirations (like Hamilton) of pro bowling success.
Josie Earnest YouTube interview on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Smith, a San Diego resident, is a former collegiate basketball player who played professionally in the Philippines. After some injuries and his age, he decided to transition into bowling, and he’s doing pretty good. At the Tournament of the Americas, he bowled a 299 game.
Steve Smith YouTube interview on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Roberts, who is from Braintree, Mass, did very well in the Super Senior Division.
Ed Roberts YouTube interview on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Bowling is a popular participation sport in the United States. Spectator sport, not so much.
The casual fan may know Pete Weber, but personalities (characters) are limited, very limited, in the sport.
Paulette Watson, tournament director of the Tournament of the Americas, is a long-time bowling advocate.
Paulette Watson YouTube interview on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Team Canada’s Susan Grande won two silver and two bronze medals. Grande qualified to represent her country at the Tournament of the Americas, something she was proud to do, but like some, she had to pay her own way. Unfortunately, funding is limited in bowling, even when wearing your country’s colors and winning for it.
Susan Grande YouTube interview on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Bahamas Bowling Delegate Joanne Woodside-Powell discusses bowling in her homeland.
Joanne Woodside-Powell YouTube interview on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Venezuela Coach Massimo Fridegotto and some of his junior bowlers speak bowling (English and Spanish).
Team Venezuela YouTube interviews on the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
TOURNAMENT of the AMERICAS
At Strikers Lanes, Sunrise
ADULT TEAM STANDINGS
1. Colombia 8,050; 2. United States 7,981; 3. Canada 7,844; 4. Venezuela 7,541; 5. Mexico 7,540; 6. Bahamas 7,282; 7. Aruba 7,162; 8. Chile 6,627; 9. Brazil 3,634; 10. Ecuador 1,757.
SENIOR TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 7,589; 2. Canada 7,148; 3. Venezuela 7,042; 4. Puerto Rico 6,796; 5. Mexico 6,715; 6. Bahamas 6,507; 7. Colombia 6,284; 8. Curacao 1,810.
SUPER SENIOR TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 7,769; 2. Mexico 6,899; 3. Puerto Rico 6,806; 4. Canada 6,745; 5. Colombia 6,623; 6. Bahamas 4,925; 7. Venezuela 3,519.
JUNIOR A TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 7,878; 2. Puerto Rico 7,411; 3. Canada 7,355; 4. Venezuela 6,907; 5. Colombia 6,878; 6. Aruba 5,347; 7. Peru 3,251; 8. Curacao 2,853.
JUNIOR B TEAM STANDINGS
1. United States 7,607; 2. Venezuela 7,029; 3. Colombia 6,916; 4. Puerto Rico 6,816; 5. Curacao 1,723; 6. Peru 1,462.