Winners of the 2012 County Marbles Tournament, which took place May 31 through June 2 in the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard, will be headed to the national marbles championship in Wildwood, N.J.
In the boys division, 14-year-old Jordan Narr of Lawrenceville was crowned champion, and 13-year-old Ben Eddings of the South Side came in second. In the girls division, 9-year-old Emily Cavacini of Shaler Twp. was crowned champion, and 13-year-old Brooke Narr of Lawrenceville was runner-up.
The Allegheny County winners and runners-up are now eligible to enter the 89th Annual National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J., from June 17 through 22.
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.