Emily Cavacini, 11, of Shaler, won the girls championship today at the 90th National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J.
The four-day tournament, which began Monday, involved 52 contestants -- 26 boys and 26 girls -- who attempted to knock seven marbles out of a circle using a shooter marble.
More than 1,200 games were played on the beach in rings that were built for the tournament.
The marbles shooters, known as "mibsters," competed for national honors, college scholarships and numerous prizes and awards.
Emily's championship marks the 10th time in the past 10 years that a boys or girls national champion has come from Allegheny County.
Emily, a fifth-grader at Shaler Elementary School, won the Allegheny County Marbles Tournament on June 1 in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Previous national champions include Bailey Narr and Brandon Matchett in 2011, Penelope Bauer in 2010, Amber Ricci and John Leffakis in 2008, Alexandra Bauer in 2007, Keith Moss in 2006, Jamie Miller in 2005, and Carly Miller in 2004.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. First Published June 20, 2013 9:15 PM