April 3, 2012 |

Marbles clinics coming to S. Side

The Allegheny County Parks Department's 2012 marbles program is now taking place with clinics and competitions taking place through May 30 at various locations throughout Allegheny County.

The complete schedule is available at www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/calendar/marbles.aspx. The marbles program is free to children and youth ages 14 and under.

In South Pittsburgh, clinics will take place:

April 30 - May 4 at Phillips School (outdoors), 1901 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 28 – 30, 65 St. Michael Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, Monday through Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

All local competition winners will qualify to enter the Allegheny County Marbles Championship, which will be held Thursday, May 31, through Saturday, June 2, in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse. All county winners will receive an Allegheny County Marbles Champion T-shirt and qualify to compete in the 89th National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J., from June 17 through 22.

Prior to the National Marbles Championship June 4 -14, there will be a practice session at 65 St. Michael Street daily from 5:30 p.m. to Sunset.

Allegheny County's marbles program has produced a number of national champions. Last year, Bailey Narr won the girls national championship, and Brandon Matchett won the boys national championship.

Past girls national champions also include Penelope Bauer in 2010, Amber Ricci in 2008, Alexandra Bauer in 2007, and Carly Miller in 2004. Past boys national champions include John Leffakis in 2008, Keith Moss in 2006, and Jamie Miller in 2005.

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