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Clara Guerrero's Journey To The Top Of Bowling World

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
On a bowling lane, just sixty feet separate the foul line and head pin.  But Clara Guerrero's journey is much longer than that.

Raised in a small town in Colombia, Guerrero first picked up a bowling ball at the age of nine.  Three years later, she was a youth national champion.  And while her native country boasts a proud bowling tradition, she knew a move to the United States would put her in the fast lane to stardom.

"My parents had to sell their house and cars and stuff for them to be able to afford me here in the states," said Guerrero.

After leading Wichita State, the most accomplished collegiate bowling program in America, to a national title in 2005, Guerrero turned pro two years later and moved to Austin. It is fitting that she chose the "Live Music Capital of the World", because Guerrero's got some heavy metal on display.

"I definitely want to win," said Guerrero.  "I'm a competitor and in some sense a perfectionist when I'm bowling."

A two-time world champion and two-time winner of the European Masters, Guerrero was inducted into the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame in 2010.

"It still shocks me sometimes when I look at my accomplishments," said Guerrero.  "It's still amazing for me."

This weekend, Guerrero is in Reno for the U.S. Women's Open, one of two majors in pro bowling.  She's competed in the event in the past, even finishing as high as fourth.  But this year's U.S. Open will be Guerrero's first as a U.S. citizen.

"It took four years," said Guerrero.  "It was a lot more touching than I thought.  I'm really proud of it."

A long way from her bowling center in Armenia, Colombia, Guerrero has already achieved the American dream. A U.S. Open title would be right up her alley.Clara Guerrero's Journey To The Top Of Bowling World

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Scores & Schedules

April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT


N-Y Yankees 3 Chi Cubs 0 (first game)

N-Y Yankees 2 Chi Cubs 0 (second game)

AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0

Cleveland 3, Detroit 2

Texas 3, Seattle 2

Kansas City 6, Houston 4, 11 innings

Boston 6, Chicago White Sox 4, 14 innings

Toronto at Minnesota, ppd., rain

L.A. Angels 5, Oakland 4, 12 innings

Thursday's Games

Cleveland (Salazar 0-1) at Detroit (Verlander 1-1), 1:08 p.m.

Toronto (Dickey 1-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2), 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Seattle (E.Ramirez 1-2) at Texas (Scheppers 0-1), 2:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Price 2-0), 7:10 p.m.

Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-0), 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

Boston (Lester 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-0), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Shields 0-2) at Houston (Feldman 2-0), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 0

Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 1

N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 2

Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 0

Washington 6, Miami 3

San Diego 4, Colorado 2

San Francisco 2, L.A. Dodgers 1

Thursday's Games

Atlanta (A.Wood 2-1) at Philadelphia (Burnett 0-1), 1:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 2-0), 3:45 p.m.

Colorado (Morales 0-1) at San Diego (Kennedy 1-2), 6:40 p.m.

Milwaukee (Gallardo 2-0) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wainwright 2-1) at Washington (Jordan 0-1), 7:05 p.m.


Wednesday's Games

Indiana 101, Orlando 86

Charlotte 91, Chicago 86, OT

Utah 136, Minnesota 130,2OT

Oklahoma City 112, Detroit 111

Atlanta 111, Milwaukee 103

Memphis 106, Dallas 105, OT

L.A. Lakers 113, San Antonio 100

New Orleans 105, Houston 100

Washington 118, Boston 102

Cleveland 114, Brooklyn 85

Philadelphia 100, Miami 87

New York 95, Toronto 92

Portland 110, L.A. Clippers 104

Phoenix 104, Sacramento 99

Golden State 116, Denver 112

Friday's Games

No games scheduled


FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) Wednesday, April 16

Montreal 5, Tampa Bay 4, OT, Montreal leads series 1-0

Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3, Pittsburgh leads series 1-0

Anaheim 4, Dallas 3, Anaheim leads series 1-0

Thursday, April 17

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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