This was Kaylee Magazine's last chance.
She was entered in her fourth and final Teen Masters Bowling Tournament in Reno, Nev., and she wasn't going to let anything stop her.
That meant fighting through pain in her back so excruciating that she held back tears on every shot. There was no way Magazine was walking out of a tournament she looked forward to every summer.
"My dad wanted to pull me out,'' Magazine said. "He said if I didn't bowl a 200 game in the next game that he was pulling me out. I bowled a 216. I was very motivated. I was not pulling out of this tournament. No way. Not going to happen.''
Magazine made it through the first stage and into match play. Each match was a best of seven. The back pain finally subsided thanks to aspirin and rest, and she bowled well enough to make it to the final.
After six days and more than 100 games bowled, Magazine was a match from winning the national championship. She won the first two games, then dropped the next three. The sixth game ended in a tie and forced a roll off. Her opponent, Morgan O'Brien of Wisconsin, threw a strike, and Magazine answered. Then came another strike for both. On the third roll, O'Brien got eight pins and Magazine bowled a strike.
But in the final game for the championship, Magazine fell short 181-175 and settled for second place.
"You could hear a pin drop in there,'' she said. "It was so quiet before you threw the ball and then when you threw the ball tons of people started screaming. It was crazy. My nerves were going insane.
"I told myself that because of my back I can't be mad if I win or lose. I made it this far. This is the best I've ever done. Win or lose I can't be mad at myself.''
Magazine is taking a break from bowling before she leaves Tuesday for Pikeville College in Kentucky, where she will play for the bowling team. She bowls regularly at Countryside Lanes and attended Clearwater Central Catholic.
Just a few years ago, Magazine had no idea bowling could take her to college. Now she hopes there are individual and team championships in her future.
"By my junior and senior years I started getting my act together,'' Magazine said. "Before that I didn't really know you could get that much (scholarship) money for bowling. I'm looking forward to it.''
On Aug. 5, Largo Golf Course held a junior tournament. The boys ages 6-9 winner was Evan D'Iori, who shot 31 for six holes. The girls 6-9 winner was Leilani Shirvis, who shot 41. The boys 10-13 winner was Deven Murray, who shot 41 for nine holes. The girls 10-13 winner was Kelci Melville, who shot 61 for nine holes. The boys 14-17 winner was Drew Curry, who shot 39. The girls 14-17 winner was Kynya Dixon, who shot 68.
• The County Golf Association held its weekly tournament at Tampa Palms on Aug. 9. The regular division gross winners were Brent Shaw and Ron Mudra, who shot 73. The senior division gross winners were Larry Vander Bie and Mike Sanderson, who shot 66. The overall net winners were Robert Kempton and Mitch Bentley, who shot 64.
Jade and Jayla Smith of St. Petersburg traveled to Minnesota recently for the fourth annual Northfield Minnesota Junior Open Tournament. The twins played in the girls 14 singles bracket and met each other in the final. Jade defeated Jayla 6-3, 6-1 for the championship.
• The East Lake Summer Local Jr. Championships were held Aug. 7-9 at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. The boys 18 singles winner was Chad Furst, the 16 winner Ganesh Rajaram, the 14 winner Peter Litsky, and the 10 winner Philip Chiritescu.
The girls 18 winner was Alexandra Kitchen, the 16 winner Jabilayh Asante and the 12 winner Melanie Dlugolecki.
• The Hot, Hot, Hot Rookie Tournament was held Aug. 8-9 at Largo Tennis Center. The boys 16 singles winner was Carl Gallauer, the 14 winner Gage Fox and the 10 winner Marshall Riccardi. The girls 16 singles winner was Michelle Dunbar, the 14 winner Meredith Riccardi and the 10 winner Perri Howard.
Astro Skate Center in Pinellas Park sent several skaters to the National Roller Skating Championships in Lincoln, Neb., on July 25-Aug. 8. Aimee Bergeron, 11, won gold in juvenile girls figures and placed sixth in juvenile solo dance. Joseph Ott placed sixth in classic men's figures.
Dick Shipman, 71, placed 12th in golden men's figures and 20th in golden men's solo dance. Ruth Ross, 73, was fourth in golden women's solo dance out of 32 other skaters. The skaters are coached by Terry Spence and Cookie Crumbock.