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Brandon Native Bowls In National Tournament

August 8, 2012, 10:09 PM by Matt Holsen

Brandon Native Bowls In National Tournament

The Rubin family in Brandon is known for many things, Huset's Speedway being one of them.

But lately life in the fast lane has transitioned to another sort of lane, one you'd find at a Bowling Alley.

On Wednesday, Brandon Valley grad Haley Rubin competed in the finals at the Teen Masters competition and while she was in New York City, there was plenty of support for her here at home.

It all began in a bowling alley for Haley.

"She grew up bowling here. Bowled on the high school league here. Bowled in tournaments here. Open bowled here, practiced here," cousin-in-law T.J. Cameron said.

While it's a charming venue and currently under construction, hitting the lanes here isn't quite like competing at Grand Central Station with thousands in attendance and thousands of dollars on the line.

Because many of her friends and family couldn't make the trip, the Haley Rubin fan club set up shop in the alley's bar and grill. And the group was led by her grandma.

"Oh yes, I was the loudest rooter there," grandmother Dory Rubin said.

Haley is among the top four female bowlers under the age of 18 in the country. After winning two matches on Tuesday, she clinched a spot in the championship.

"Oh my gosh. I was just so excited. I am so proud of her," Dory said.

And Grandma isn't the only one.

"I've watched her bowl for a number of years and to reach a pinnacle like this is pretty sweet," Adam Peters said.

A spot in the title match guaranteed Haley at least a $4,000 scholarship. But if she won, she'd have a shot at $64,000. 

Despite starting the best of three match contest with a strike. Haley dropped the first match in a close one. Unfortunately from there, her opponent rattled off seven consecutive strikes to begin the second match before claiming victory.

But even though her trip ended in a loss, that's not how Grandma sees it.

"That is winning; coming in even fourth is winning. She came in second," Dory said.

And although she couldn't be there to celebrate with Haley in person, Grandma was happy heading up the cheer team back at home.

"I'd say one of the happiest days of my life I had right here in the bowling alley in Brandon," Dory said.

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