IN THE NEWS

A Future for the Sport looks at stories about bowling from around the country:

Young bowlers strike gold in qualifiers
Isaac Melvin, 16, is one of three Junior Gold Qualifiers so far from Suburban Lanes’ Junior Leagues.

Bowling association merger plans ahead of schedule
The move to merge the local bowling associations has now been moved to the fast lane.

Bowl For The Cure knocking down obstacles
The local bowling association held its annual Bowl For The Cure fundraising event the last weekend in January.

Esposito nothing short of perfect
In the Friday Night Classic League at Strike N Spare II, Sam Esposito was nothing short of perfect with his 900 series – three consecutive 300 games, 36 straight strikes.

100th Annual Iowa State USBC Bowling Tournament 


Racsumberger wins WNY Queens title
Carrie Racsumberger joined some select company when she won the Western New York Queens Tournament

Canadian bowlers make mark on PBA Tour
With two tournament wins including the marquee U.S. Open, Francois Lavoie has enjoyed a historic season on tour.

Honours keep on coming for Belmonte
In the same week that bowling superstar Jason Belmonte was chosen to represent the city of Orange at the Australia Day ceremonies in his hometown, he was recognised with the BPAA’s prestigious Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award.

Tackett leading PBA's youth movement
E.J. Tackett's last achievement came last weekend with his victory in the PBA DHC Japan Invitational in Osaka.
 
'Spare time’ is much more to this Omaha nurse
Erin McCarthy is as skilled with a stethoscope as she is with a bowling ball. The same traits that make her a good nurse, in fact, help her excel on the lanes.

State tourney leaves little room to spare at 2 local alleys
The Illinois Women's Bowling Association's state tournament is expected to bring about 200 bowlers a weekend to Arrowhead Lanes and Western Bowl from Feb. 24 to April 23.

Whippany woman combines love of bowling with Special Olympics
Combining her love of bowling with the Special Olympics was the perfect mix for Marisa Del Sordi.

Thousands of bowlers in Green Bay for a championship tournament
The State Open Championship Bowling Tournament is 115 years old. It’s an 18-week-long competition which ends the weekend before Mother’s Day.

Jackson preparing to host state bowling tournament unlike any other
Airport Lanes, a 60-lane center, will host the Michigan State USBC Bowling Association 114th Open Championship Tournament, both the team and doubles/singles events.
 
Red Lion bowler rolling strong after 59 years
Fifty-nine years after joining a league at Lion Bowl, Pret Grove is still competing in the league on Thursday nights.

Former UNL bowler to be inducted into USBC Hall of Fame
Mike Shady, a native of Ripon, Wisconsin and a member of the UNL bowling team from 1986-1988, will be inducted into the National USBC Bowling Hall of Fame in Las Vegas on April 26, 2017.

Bowler returns from two-year hiatus to win city title
While a city singles title is a coveted accomplishment, it isn’t even close to being the thing Lindsey Furnas is most thankful for this holiday season.
 
High achiever Daniel Bolan is bowler of the year and more
No matter what he does or where he goes, Orlando's Daniel Bolan always seems to bowl people over.
 
Women bowlers stir excitement
She described the performances of Singapore's female bowlers this year as "pretty awesome", and Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) president Jessie Phua is already plotting to take the team to even greater heights.

Pioneering Myra Krizman gets due with Hall of Fame honor
The former Whiting resident, who died in 2011 at age 82, was inducted posthumously into the Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame.
 
USBC Bowler of the Year award has Klepacz humble, hungry
Sharon Klepacz reached one bowling pinnacle this fall when she was chosen as the 2015-16 USBC Chicagoland Female Bowler of the Year. 

9 year old raises $700 for local kids
Gianna Schmidt, 9, has raised money for Toys for Tots the last two years and donated a whopping $700 to the cause at the kids bowling tournament at Pin-O-Rama in Utica.

The secrets (if there are any) of bowling a 300 game
Most bowlers could not put their finger on any one factor that made perfect games more likely but you do need some luck on your side.

Youth leaders making a difference in the community
Future leaders are the current focus of the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress Youth Leaders program.

Talented group of champions to enter Hall of Fame
Winning the George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament is no guarantee for election to the Greater Buffalo USBC Association Hall of Fame.
 
Dartmouth's Aguiar has plenty of bowling accolades, but he never expected this
Alex Aguiar, 37, said many bowlers paved the way for him to reach the Southeastern Mass USBC Hall of Fame.

Kettering’s Cummings earns her place among bowling royalty
Kayla Cummings won the 2016 Angie Kreitzer Queens Tournament, edging Jessica Wolfe, 231-212, to claim the title and the tiara.

Association services a priority for USBC
A component of yearly USBC membership dues encompass service to bowlers via local and state associations, and these associations rely on direction and assistance from USBC. 

Fairmont junior wins titles, gains confidence
While earning a tournament title is a thrill and Anna Borek won three in October alone, bowling is about so much more than strikes and spares to the Fairmont High School junior. 

Mentors guided Hall of Famers
Jack Horgan and Sandy Hughes will be inducted into the Wal-Roc Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 5.

LIU Post starts first season of varsity bowling
The new women’s bowling team will start its first season Sunday, Oct. 30, in Farmingdale, N.Y. The team of six girls is led by Coach Edward Raven. 

Genesee Region USBC achievement awards are there for the taking
The GRUSBC's awards program starts with plaques, medallions or entries into the association's year-end grand prize drawing for those who bowl 299 and 300 games or 800 series (700 series for women), but goes well beyond that 

Bowling pro, owner, ambassador Dean Courtade dies at age 88
Dean Courtade, one of New Orleans’ first pro bowlers and ambassador of the sport, died less than two weeks shy of his 89th birthday.

Edgewood, Harmon rolling into district bowling
Maybe there is no perfect time for a personal best, but it would be hard to imagine a better one for Michael Harmon.

Local bowler breaks national record
Liz Kuhlkin, a Rotterdam native and PWBA member, discusses her 890 series.

Hall of Fame bowler Jeff Carter at peace with leaving sport behind
Jeff Carter’s bowling career might be over, but there was at least one more accolade waiting for him.

Local bowler Mark Porter achieves lifetime dream: PBA title
Mark Porter of Lincoln joined an elite group of local bowlers that have won a PBA Title when he won the PBA50 Superbowl Midwest Open.

A kid again, Kretzer reaches milestone
Brian Kretzer's win in the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open in Delphos marked his 20th career PBA title.

Elburn bowler Mabel Cummins ready to Strike for Vets
Cummins will play a prominent part in the Strike for Vets charity bowling tournament at Fox Bowl in Wheaton  

A new champion arises
Singapore's New Hui Fen timed her maiden Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour victory to perfection.

Local women bowlers finish in top 10 at nationals
Three local women proved that they know how to get it done on the lanes at the USBC Senior National Championships.

Top bowler Payne opens league season with 804 series
Topeka USBC Bowling Association Bowler of the Year Allen Payne set the early pace for this year’s bowler of the year chase by rolling an 804 series.

Polk County Sports Marketing recruits major youth bowling championship
In partnership with Cypress Lanes Family Fun Center and the Florida State USBC Youth (FSUSBCY) Bowling Association, Polk County Sports Marketing (PCSM) recruited the 2017 Pepsi Florida State Youth Championships back to Polk County.

Local girl enjoys Bowling Combine in Texas
Katie Winch, 16, from Mansfield Township, New Jersey, had to submit an application citing her academic as well as bowling accomplishments and then was selected to attend the Bowling Combine in Arlington, Texas. 

Tulane women's bowling team members headed to Junior Gold

The Tulane women’s bowling team will be well represented at this year’s Junior Gold Championships, as Sarah Forton, Angela Falgoust, Tiera Gulum and Claire Turner will head to Indianapolis to compete for a spot on Junior Team USA.

Hornet Shelby Vincke named to all-American bowling team
Shelby Vincke has been named to the 2015-16 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress All-American Bowling Team. She is one of five women from across the country to have been selected for this honor.

Bob Bures Jr. wins USBC Open Championships title
 
Northeast Ohio keeps piling up champions.First it was UFC’s Stipe Miocic. Then it was the Cavaliers. You can add Bob Bures Jr. to that list of area champions.

Pete Weber on Sunday Sports Extra
After his victory in the USBC Senior Masters, Pete Weber was a guest on KPLR Sunday Sports Extra on Ch. 11 in St. Louis.

Wright State coach receives national honor
 
Wright State coach Jeff Fleck won the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.  


TV features Idaho state youth event
The Idaho State Youth Tournament, and its impact on the local community, was featured on a Pocatello TV station.

Leagues raise awareness, funds with Bowl for the Cure week
Bowling leagues in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, came together the week of April 4-9 for friendly bowling games, fundraising and raising breast cancer awareness.

Youth bowler has perfect game, captures two titles
Caylor Cox, 14, had a perfect game at the Montana State Junior Bowling Tournament, becoming the youngest Montanan to do so in a state tournament, en route to two titles.

Bowling team brings first Division I title to Stephen F. Austin
The Ladyjacks brought home the first NCAA Division I national championship in the school’s history, taking down last year’s champion Nebraska in seven games.

High school bowler adds to family's legacy
Despite coming from a family that includes a father and a grandfather in the Rockland County USBC Hall of Fame, Kayla Dobrinski was never drawn to the sport of bowling at an early age. 
  
Thiel in the spotlight at USBC Open Championships
Sylvester Thiel's record for 71 years of participation at the USBC Open Championships was featured on a Reno morning show.


Wake up Montana visits the USBC Open Championships
In town for a basketball tournament, two members of the Fox morning show in Montana featured the USBC Open Championships.

Schroeder continues work with Special Olympians
Jimmy Schroeder's work with Special Olympics' National Unified Tournament was highlighted in the Buffalo News.

Canadian bowler returns home still savouring historic PBA Tour win
The Canadian Press did a story on Graham Fach after he became the first Canadian to win a Professional Bowlers Association Tour title.
 
PWBA on Today

Today's Dylan Dreyer takes a look at the Professional Women's Bowling Association.
TodayShow2
The morning show visited with some of the top players on the PWBA Tour.

League Bowling
Meet the 99-year-old woman who leads a Louisiana bowling team
At 99 years old, one Louisiana woman isn't about to let her age slow her down. 

Team USA Trials
Marshall Kent again Team USA Trials champ
For the second time in five years, Kent captured the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.
 
Huskers selected to Team USA
Two former members of the Nebraska bowling team have been selected to Team USA 2016 and two current Husker bowlers have been selected to Junior Team USA 2016.

Schwartz climbs to top of bowling world

By the second day of the U.S. National Amateur, 19-year-old Stephanie Schwartz of Racine, Wis., was in 16th place and seemingly headed nowhere. 

  
High school bowler heads to Team USA Trials
While most of her classmates will be enjoying their last week of winter break, Tommie White, a freshman at Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada, will be competing in the USBC Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur.

Associations
Marquette County USBC unveils new bowling Hall of Fame
The local association held its first ceremony to induct members into its brand new Hall of Fame.


Bowling on TV
Bowling’s ‘Beat the Champ’ strikes again
The weekly bowling show will be resurrected on local Buffalo station WBBZ, startin Jan. 9.


Coaching
Volunteer bowled over by chance to coach youngsters
The motivation to help children learn to bowl is all about high-fives and cheers for longtime Rapid City youth and Special Olympics bowling coach and tournament organizer Patty Fanter.

Veteran bowler

Montague a veteran and a bowler

Stan Montague, still bowling at age 92, recalls the news he received 74 years ago after bowling with his father,  

Record performance
Fox Sports Live recently did a very entertaining feature on Bill Fong, who set the Texas state record for high series in 2010.


USBC Open Championships

Pennsylvania bowler follows his competitive dream to the annual event.

Associations and Bowler's Ed
Dubuque district scores new mobile bowling kit 
Earlier this summer, the Dubuque Community School District received a second mobile bowling kit through a Bowler’s Ed grant by the International Bowling Campus Youth Development.

Team USA
Kameron Doyle, the 2015 Team USA Trials winner, was featured in a local news story.



College Bowling 
College bowling puts best foot forward in AllState Sugar Bowl event
The two teams who bowled the best over the three days – Arkansas State and Sam Houston State – met for the championship.
 
High School Bowling
Florida State Tournament Among the Best
Annually held at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Bowling State Championships always rolls a strike.

Junior Gold Championships
U12 finalist Cameron Hurwitz was featured on a TV station in Syracuse.

Associations
Springfield Hall of Fame inducts six new members
The Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame added six new members at its 54th annual induction ceremony.