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Area bowling alleys hand out awards to 3 juniors

Andrew Rux it was improvement, for Shalisa Scallon overall contributions to bowling and for Travis Daniels sportsmanship and a good attitude.

But for all three young bowlers it all added up to junior bowler of the year awards.

Rux and Scallon were chosen as 1998 boy and girl junior bowler of the year for Medford Lanes and Daniels received the same honor at Roxy Ann Lanes in an awards banquet Saturday night.

The criteria is based on improvement, overall involvement in bowling, sportsmanship and outside activities, said Medford Lanes junior bowling coach Colleen Padilla. It's not necessarily the best bowler.

Rux, 15, increased his average nearly 50 pins over the course of the season. The Cascade Christian High freshman currently holds a 188 average in the Wednesday Wackers league and a 175 in the Lucky Strikers League. His highest career game and series are 287 and 687, respectively.

Andrew has improved phenomenally this year, said Padilla. That's one thing that really stands out with Andrew.

Rux claimed four trophies in this year's Junior City Championships, including first place in both scratch and handicap singles and all-events handicap. In last year's city tournament, Rux rolled a 212 triplicate to lead his team to first place. In addition, Rux took first place in the 1996 Southern Oregon All-stars Pro-am, first place in singles in the 1995 city tournament and first place in all-events in the 1994 city tournament.

Rux, who's been bowling for eight years, attributes his improvement to extra practice.

I've bowled three times a week this year and I got a lot of help from my dad and coaches, said Rux.

Scallon, a junior at Crater High, has a high career series of 607, which she rolled earlier this year in the Lucky Strikers league. Her high game is 234. She recently registered a 604 series in the district high school tournament.

Scallon's current average is 162, up 18 pins over last year. She won the all events handicap in the 1998 Junior City Championships.

Scallon considers being a member of the 1996 Crater girls bowling state championship team as one of her top achievements.

Besides the time Scallon puts in on the bowling lanes, she also volunteers as a junior coach assistant in the summer youth bowling program. She's active in choir and journalism and serves as a Crater High social service volunteer three hours a week.

Andrew and Shalisa are both excellent role models for our younger kids, said Padilla.

Daniels, 18, had demonstrated an ability to bowl his best in big tournaments. He took first place in the team and doubles events in the 1996 Junior State Tournament and was on the winning team in the 1995 Junior City Championships.

The Crater High senior has a high-game of 243 and a 565 high series. Daniels' high average is 159. He has bowled on the Crater High boys team since his freshman year.

Travis has the drive and ability to perform in competitive tournaments and leagues, said Roxy Ann Lanes coach Dan Gibson. Travis is very responsive to coaching and shows bowling courtesy to all ages of bowlers. Travis has good sportsmanship and a great attitude.

Daniels is a volunteer for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Klamath Humane Society. He's received a certificate of recognition for community service in the Crater High social service program.