Leland & Gray senior Brittany Bills competed in the age 12-20 division of the Vermont State Handicap bowling tournament on May 5 in Colchester. Bills, out
Leland & Gray senior Brittany Bills competed in the age 12-20 division of the Vermont State Handicap bowling tournament on May 5 in Colchester. Bills, out of Brattleboro Bowl, had a high game of 211 and a 1,412 series to take first place and earn a $450 scholarship. (submitted photo)

COLCHESTER -- Nine of Brattleboro Bowl's youth bowlers headed up north to Spare Time Lanes in Colchester on May 5 to compete in the Vermont State Handicap tournament.

For two of the bowlers, it would be the last time they would make the trip up north. Justin Coleman and Brittany Bills will be graduating this year from Leland & Gray and this is their last year in the youth league.

The tournament is a scholarship based event, where the kids are asked to raise money and all of it is distributed to the bowlers who finish in the top of their category.

James Dougan, Genavie Cobb, and Zoe Chaffin all competed in the 9-11 age group - a divison that has each bowler bowl three games. Chaffin finished in 5th place with a combined score of 684 and earned a $200 scholarship.

Brattleboro Bowl also had six kids competing in the 12-20 age group - a division that has bowlers bowl a six-game series. In the boys divison, Justin Coleman, Hunter Raymond, Jacob Cochran, Tyrus Cobb, and Colton Bills represented Brattleboro Bowl. Raymond was their top fundraiser with $250 and got to choose a bowling ball of his choice. Cobb finished 7th with a combined score of 1,376 and earned a $250 scholarship.

Brittany Bills competed in the girls 12-20 division. Out of her six games, her highest game was a 211 and her combined score was 1,412 which earned her 1st place and a $450 scholarship.