Indian River’s O’Melia takes fourth at nationals

High school bowling

Recent Indian River high school graduate Edward “EJ” O’Melia is preparing for the national junior championships after finishing fourth in the U.S. High School Bowling National Championship last month in Indianapolis.

O’Melia, the Section 3 boys champion this past winter and a member of Section 3’s bowling team in the state tournament, intends to participate in the Junior Gold Championships, scheduled to run from July 11-21, in the Detroit area. The Junior Golds, which is run by the U.S. Bowling Congress, feature the nation’s top youth bowlers and attract more than 3,000 competitors each year.

O’Melia reached the semifinals of the U.S. High School Bowling nationals June 24 at Royal Pin Expo Bowl, rolling a 202 in his final round. His tournament high was 258 in round 4 and he made it into the final eight with a 225 in round 5. O’Melia finished with 2,108 total pins for the tournament.

Noah Mandujano of Illinois won the tournament title, defeating Jonathan Cumming of Kentucky, 194-160.

The U.S. High School Bowling Championship, in its fourth season, included bowlers from 21 states.

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