Ticknor-led Triple Trouble tenpin bowlers win division crown

MIDDLETOWN, Del. — Ten-year-old bowler Abigail Ticknor of Millington helped her team, Triple Trouble, capture the championship of the Mid-County Youth League Minors Division in a four-team, three-game roll-off at Mid-County Lanes last weekend in Middletown.

Ticknor also led all bowlers in the division — which typically includes bowlers through age 13 — in average for the season with a mark of 124.90.

Ticknor and her teammates Saige Boone and SJ Hadaway, both of Smyrna, Delaware, won the four-team roll-off on Saturday, April 27 with a score of 1,842 total pins (including handicap) — 89 pins in front of the second-place team.

It was a fitting end of the season for Triple Trouble, which won 72% of its available points on the year to place first or tie for first in each quarter of the season. (One team from each quarter qualified for the championship roll-off.)

All three bowlers eclipsed their personal averages in the championship, with Ticknor rolling a 146-128-139 series, Boone (119.23 average) rolling a 125-122-140 series and Hadaway (75.91), who is in his first year of league bowling, rolling a 95-67-124 series.

Ticknor is the first girl to lead all bowlers — male and female — in average in the division in six years.

Over her final 15 games of the league season (last 12 of the regular season plus the championship roll-off), Ticknor averaged a 137.07.

She bowled her first-ever sanctioned series of 400 or better in an October league match and has since thrown eight more across league play and tournaments. The last of those came in the championship roll-off, following two 400 or better series in each of the last two weeks of the regular season.

Boone was second among girls and fourth overall in the division in average.

Hadaway led all boys in “most improved,” raising his average 12.91 pins from the end of the first quarter to the end of the season.

The Mid-County Youth League season runs from September to April and consists of three divisions: a bumpers PeeWee Division for young beginners; Minors, typically through age 13; and Majors, typically ages 14-18.

Team games are scored with handicaps based on the bowlers’ averages, with one point awarded to the winning team for each game and an additional point awarded to the team that wins the overall total for the series.

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