More gold for Josie

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Vandalia native takes titles for Team USA

By Andrew Harner

Josie Earnest’s collection of international medals has gotten even larger.

Representing Team USA at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, Earnest teamed with Brittani Hamilton to dominate the field in women’s doubles last Wednesday.

The two former Vanderbilt University teammates shot a 1,256 and a 1,246, respectively, to take the gold medal by 113 pins. The duo only trailed after the first game of the six games.

Earnest’s 257 in game five was the highest game among women and the third best score among men and women.

It was her second gold medal of the event after winning the adult women’s singles at the start of the event.

In mixed doubles last Thursday, Earnest teamed with men’s adult singles and doubles champion Steve Smith, but the pair just missed out on getting a medal.

Earnest had her worst single-day performance of the event, averaging an uncharacteristic 191.3, while she and Smith placed fourth, with a total pinfall of 2,474.

Team USA did win the championship in that event, with Hamilton and Eddie Vandaniker knocking down 2,590 pins.

In the adult women’s individual all-events, Earnest took the bronze, knocking down 6,855 pins over 34 games (201.6 average). Hamilton was the champion, with 6,970 pins (205 average).

Earnest’s efforts, however, did help the United States win gold in the adult national all-events standings, with 28,415 pins.

In the adult team standings, the U.S. finished second to Columbia, losing the 10-game set, 8,050-7,981.

Earnest is a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, and then attended Vanderbilt University, being named the national bowler of the year and being selected as an All-American all four years of her college career.

She helped the Commodores win the 2007 national championship.

She serves as VU’s assistant bowling coach and has represented the United States in numerous tournaments during her adult and youth bowling careers.