At New Jersey beach town, king and queen of marbles crowned

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) Louie Lee has proven himself the current dominant male player in his sport after crushing an opponent to win a national championship.

The Mesa, Colorado, boy is 11 and he shoots marbles. He shoots them so well, in fact, that he was dubbed ''king'' of the 93rd National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, New Jersey, Thursday.

He took his place on a wooden throne next to ''queen'' Haley Grenesko to share the traditional marbles championship kiss. The 13-year-old from Pittsburgh defeated Lauren Shuty from western Pennsylvania for the girls crown.

Both winners took home $2,000 college scholarships.

About 50 ''mibsters'' ages 8 to 14 played more than 1,200 games during the four-day tournament held in this New Jersey shore town for decades.


This story has been revised to correct the spelling to Grenesko and to show Grenesko is 13, not 12, and she defeated Lauren Shuty.

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