McCandless girl runner-up in National Marbles Tournament
June 19, 2014 5:30 PM
Fourteen-year-old Kelsey Baran, of McCandless, practices for her trip to the National Marbles Championship on June 3 underneath the Bloomfield Bridge.
By Kaitlynn Riely / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A McCandless girl was the runner-up in the girls division of the 91st National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J., Allegheny County said in a news release.
Kelsey Baran, 14, was one of the county's mibsters competing in the four-day tournament, in which marble shooters from around the United States compete for national honors, college scholarships and other prizes.
Kelsey won a medal, a trophy and a watch for her achievements, said Maureen Ricci, marbles coordinator.
Ms. Ricci's husband and fellow marbles coordinator, Ed Ricci, said while Kelsey was "a little disappointed, she did very well. She represented Allegheny County very well."
Allegheny County sent six competitors, including two alternates, to the marbles competition, Ms. Ricci said.
Another resident, 11-year-old Bobby Narr of Lawrenceville, made it to the semifinals and placed in the top eight, Ms. Ricci said.
Allegheny County has historically been a marble shooting powerhouse, producing 10 national champions in the past decade, the county said.
"Most areas would be ecstatic to have 10 national champions since the beginning of their programs, and we've had 10 in 10 years," Mr. Ricci said.
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