Blair, Lee shoot for national marbles titles
Two local mibsters, Grand Junction’s Jon Blair and Glade Park’s Anna Lee, advanced to today’s semifinal round at the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J.
Blair, 14, finished the three days of preliminaries Wednesday in second place overall in the boys division, while Lee, 11, is in fourth in the girls division.
The top eight players in each division advance to the semifinals, which take the top eight players, put them in groups of four from pool play, and the pool winners advance to the finals, which also will be played today.
Leah Lee, who coaches Blair and Anna Lee, her daughter, said both are capable of winning national titles.
“The boys field is tough, but Jon is playing like a champion,” Leah Lee said of Blair, who reached the semifinals the previous two years and placed eighth last year and fourth two years ago. “He’s playing great. He’s just ready.”
For Anna Lee, this will be her first appearance in the semifinals.
“Anna is in a really good position,” Leah Lee said. “She’s playing very well and very confidently.”
Glade Park’s Sam Lee finished 11th in the boys division, while Grand Junction’s Katie Carozza finished ninth in the girls division, just missing the semifinals after reaching that round the previous two years.
Two Gunnison mibsters made the boys semifinals: Josh Isaacson and Tim Isaacson, younger brothers of last year’s boys champion, Caleb Isaacson. They are coached by Jerry Piquette, Leah Lee’s father.