And just as she followed her mother, 1973 national champion Debra E. Stanley-Lapic, in the national title, she also follows her into international competition – mom’s team won the international division of that tournament in 1993.
Reigning national marbles champion Whitney A. Lapic of Shillington practices for the World Marbles Championship on the same ring her mother, Debra E. Stanley-Lapic, left, used to prepare for her trip to the tournament in 1993.
But international tournaments not only have different rules, they have a different ring. And Whitney, an eighth-grader at Gov. Mifflin Middle School who discovered two weeks ago that she’s not just watching but actually competing – likely on a British team – said she’s a little scared.
“It’s an entirely new game to me,” she said.
Americans play on a 10-foot square made of cement or macadam, with a 6-foot circle drawn in the center of it. The British play on a slightly raised 6-foot circle, thinly covered with packed sand.
“It’s like shooting through oatmeal; it’s very difficult,” Debra said.
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