IN THE NEWS
A Future for the Sport looks at stories about bowling from around the country:
Despite obstacles, senior bowler Gary Smith rolls on to national title
When senior bowler Gary Smith of Billings gets on a roll in the Late Starters league on Thursday afternoon at Town & Country Lanes, cheers and high-fives celebrate his pin-busting ways.
Bowling associations donate portable bowling kits to Dubuque schools
The Women's Bowling Association and the Dubuque area USBC donated the kits which include 10 weighted pins, rubberized bowling balls, a carpet lane and a bag to store everything in.
Millward bowls for the fun of it, but awards keep rolling in
Stephanie Millward, 38, of Swansea, had undoubtedly the best season of her 30-year career and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Snells secure bowling history with pair of perfect games
Michael and Jasmine Snell have both struck bowling gold in many of their tournaments and events over the past decade.
Aguiar dreamed of a life in bowling, and 22 years later he has it
When he was 16, he moved up to the adult leagues and knew then that he was going to spend the rest of his life bowling, being involved in the bowling industry, or both.
Hatcher crowned royalty
Jessica Hatcher won her first Greater Dayton USBC singles tournament title, the Angie Kreitzer Queens Tournament at Century Lanes.
Fun on the lanes creates brighter days for Arizona veterans
League bowlers in Arizona played a critical role this year in the sport of bowling’s own charity, the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL).
Local bowling fans embrace U.S. Open tournament
Dan Marriott, a freshman at Notre Dame College in Ohio, made the five-hour trek back home to witness the stepladder final of the 73rd annual U. S. Open at Flamingo Bowl.
Vintage-era bowling alive and well in Wisconsin
Mom-and-pop bowling centers are alive and well in small towns, where change comes slowly, old habits die hard and the bowling alley-tavern is still a social hub.
Central New York could be the place to put bowling back on the country’s radar
Off a wide intersection, a large sign reading “Flamingo Bowl” in neon script rises higher than any of the neighboring structures in front of a gray building off Oswego Road.
Two Mikes enter 300 circle, best of the best invade Liverpool for U.S. Open
A pair of Mikes – right-handers Mike Dillon of Albion and Mike DeVay Jr. of Batavia – found perfection for the first time on the bowling lanes, and the 2017 U.S. Open got under way at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool on Wednesday night with a pre-tournament qualifier.
Hall of Famers, royalty revealed at awards banquet
Hosted by the Joliet Bowling Council, the event featured the induction of three bowlers into the Greater Joliet Bowling Hall of Fame and recognition also was given to three bowlers for their outstanding accomplishments.
U.S. Open set to begin this week at Flamingo Bowl
The 73rd annual U.S. Open will take place at the 40-lane Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool beginning Oct. 25 until the televised finals Nov. 1.
South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas to Host World Bowling Championships
When the Team USA women put their team title on the line at the 2017 World Bowling World Championships, they'll do so on their home soil and with five of the six gold medalists returning.
Perfect 900: Bowler Joe Novara rolls ultimate series
The ball exploded into the pins for the third and final strike of the 10th frame Monday night and East Patchogue’s Joe Novara had accomplished the ultimate bowling feat: a perfect 900 series.
Putting the 'open' back into U.S. Open
Is it truly an "Open" if the 144-player field is restricted to players who rank high on the PBA money list, World Bowling Tour points list and other pre-determined categories? Well, the BPAA and USBC have addressed that concern.
At 98, this Kansas bowler’s still on a roll
Maggi Watson grabs an eight-pound green marbled bowling ball with a frail hand and places it by her side as she steps up to the lane. She takes four steps in her old, white lace-up bowling shoes and releases the ball.
Winona gets jump on merging local bowling associations
It’s been talked about for a few years, and now “the merge” is closer to becoming a reality.
Already perfect: Youth bowlers post 300 games
She was shaking so much she almost dropped her ball, but Keirsten Schooler managed a decent release and hoped for the best.
Martinich opens adult career perfect
Someone in the bowling Martinich family notched their first USBC-sanctioned 300 game last Monday night.
At Sparta Lanes, Malone hits second 800 at age 65
Gary Malone, 65, saw his second sanctioned 800 series, and he did it in style.
Southpaw switch helped Avylla overcome injury and keep bowling
Instead of taking a year off from bowling to nurse an ailing sliding leg hip injury, Justin Avylla, 25, of New Bedford, switched from bowling right handed to left handed for a season.
“What does USBC do for me?” Let me give some details
A recent comment from a bowler asked: “Why give USBC $13 when they don’t give me anything in return?” Initially, I was stunned, but then I realized not everyone looks at this cost the same way.
Burzynski withstands challenge to earn top scholarship dollars
Daniel Burzynski of Lafayette found the right scoring spot on the 43-foot pattern for the double-elimination finals to earn the top spot in the Capital City Strike Out’s U20 boys division in the sixth annual Labor Day weekend youth classic at All-Star Lanes.
300 reasons to strike up the band for 77-year-old Ord
Twenty years ago, Jim Ord rolled the fifth 300 game of his life. Only another one, No. 6, would eclipse it, but when might that happen?
Baumgardner enters state Hall of Fame
Ron Baumgardner has been involved with bowling for more than 40 years. The left-hander has produced his share of honor scores and later got involved in the administrative side of the sport.
City’s top bowler credits attitude adjustment
Jarrod Arden recently earned the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress Bowler of the Year honor. It was his first appearance on the All-City Team.
Serrano strikes first at Senior Championships
Louie Serrano of Grangeville set two local marks last bowling season, and his strong play continued at the 2017 Senior Championships in Vegas.
Atkins named Indiana Girls’ Youth Bowler of the Year
Huntington University junior Abby Atkins earned one of state’s most prestigious bowling awards by being named the Indiana Girls’ Youth Bowler of the Year by the Indiana State USBC Youth Association.
Bowling legend Weber rolls to 100th title at DeHayes Championship
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber won the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite for his 100th overall title in PBA competition.
Liz Johnson wins her sixth U.S. Women's Open bowling title
Although she averaged only 190 pins in three of her victories, Liz Johnson climbed from the No. 5 spot in the nationally televised stepladder finals with victories over four talented young bowlers.
Former Apopka bowler Vergos makes Team USA
Petey Vergos, Florida’s only two-time boys high school state champ, earned his second Junior Team USA berth in two years.
Bowling offers thousands in scholarships at world's largest junior event
After several years of continuous cuts in non-revenue sports at the collegiate level, bowling still offers a number of scholarship opportunities.
Local bowlers to compete at Junior Gold Championships
Three bowlers that will represent SouthCoast in the championships — Madisyn Leavitt, David Napier and Sam Blanchette.
Bowling’s ‘Ambassador’ award goes to deserving Segi
The Union, Ohio, resident is proactive when it comes to promoting the game — especially local tournaments.
Junior Gold tournament rolls into Northeast Ohio
Scholarships and a shot to be on national television will be on the line July 15-22 as the Junior Gold Championships roll into Northeast Ohio.
Milton Rudo, Brunswick exec who promoted bowling, dies at 98
Milton Rudo promoted the sport of bowling over four decades in management with Brunswick Corp. and a leadership role in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.
Top 10 takeaways from months of top-notch bowling in Baton Rouge
With the USBC women’s championships in the books, Kent Lowe gives The Advocate top 10 moments from months of bowling action at the Raising Cane's River Center.
Milwaukee legend Megna passing on art, 'feel' of fitting bowling balls
Give John Megna a hand. No, literally, give him a hand and he’ll measure it, study it and drill a bowling ball that fits it precisely and comfortably, the better to throw strikes.
Ullian named to bowling All-American Team
Eric Ullian, a recent graduate of Lincoln-Way West, was selected for the 2016-17 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress High School All-American Team for his exceptional skills and dedication to his team.
Jackie Rhoda makes her mark at college nationals
Jackie Rhoda has been on some great bowling teams over the years. Whether it was at Portage advancing to the state finals multiple times, or in college at Maryland Eastern Shore qualifying for the NCAA women's finals.
Four elected to Oklahoma Bowling Hall of Fame
Oklahoma State United States Bowling Congress announced four candidates have been selected for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Local bowlers donate to veterans
The Milledgeville USBC Bowling Association along with local bowling center, Lake Country Lanes, recently made a donation to support area veterans.
Now a pro, Rhodes almost bypassed college bowling
Watching the match play rounds of the PWBA Players Championship, and specifically watching New Jersey’s Kelly Kulick, I am reminded that localite and collegiate star Sarah Rhodes bowled in her first pro tournament last week.
Workout regimens keep 2 PBA50 bowlers among elite
Las Vegas bowler Ron Mohr started keeping track of all of his workouts in 1999 because he wanted to see if he could do 150,000 situps and 100,000 pushups in a year.
For the Zodiacs, looking good is more important than bowling well
The “Best Dressed Team in Bowling” — an accolade given to the Zodiacs by a newspaper in 1970 and later endorsed by Liberace — made its 49th consecutive appearance at the USBC Women’s Championships.
Elburn’s Cummins adds to bowling trophy case
It was already quite crowded in Mabel Cummins’ trophy case. Then she went and added a few more pieces of hardware to the collection.
Pluhowsky, O'Keefe find familial roads intersect at PWBA Lincoln Open
Life has a funny way of connecting paths that maybe weren't supposed to intersect at an earlier point, yet had the potential to cross, before bringing them together later.
New Jersey bowler rolls 12 strikes in 74.85 seconds
Bowling 12 strikes is impressive. Bowling 12 strikes in one minute and 15 seconds is a possible world record.
Sapulpa teen aiming for national youth bowling championship shares his inspiring story
A liver transplant and battle with cancer led a Sapulpa teenager to become a champion youth bowler.
Baseball and bowling: The unusual two-sport combination
It was a random decision by his father that introduced Jason Leblebijian to baseball. It was a random decision by his high school basketball coach to scrap practice one day and take the team bowling and Leblebijian found another athletic outlet.
Women’s tourney attracts largest field
For the competitors, the sport and the region, the Midwest Women’s Bowling Tournament is a win…win…win.
Preziosa's booming 827 is high series by a Staten Island female
Lynda Preziosa had rolled an 827 series in April in the SMP Auto Mixed League at Rab's Country Lanes.
Zavjalova sings and dances her way to USBC Queens title
For Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova, winning the USBC Queens on Tuesday afternoon at the Raising Cane's River Center was like a Luke Bryan country song.
Doug Kent, son take doubles lead at USBC national bowling tournament
Doug Kent of Newark has accomplished a lot in his career but with some patience and luck, he’ll be able to add another achievement to his résumé and this one will be extra special.
Three bowlers on same team bowl perfect game
Ron Hartline, Mike Hames and Richard Lorey each bowled a perfect score of 300 in the same game in Gresham, Oregon.
Mankato bowler has spent a lifetime at the lanes
John Lamm began bowling when he was 12 years old in Mankato, and basically, he's never stopped.
Wallin recognized for lifetime contributions to bowling
Bowling has brought Patsy Wallin plenty of great memories, friends and she even met her husband in the sport.
Baton Rouge feels impact of national tournament
Eleven weeks times 35,000 bowlers, friends and family members equals upward of $40 million. That's the math that's being applied to the economic impact of USBC Women’s Championships that started in Baton Rouge on Sunday.
Minnesota man’s 900 series illustrates evolution of bowling
The first USBC-approved 900 series came almost exactly 20 years ago in Nebraska. When Brady Stearns rolled his three perfect games in a row at Southway Bowl, he became the 33rd bowler to do it — and the third one already in 2017.
Longmont bowler selected to tour Komen foundation, open Women's Championships
Longmont's Donna was chosen as one of the Fabulous Four for the Bowl for the Cure initiative.
Helena High's Pizzini signs historic bowling scholarship
Morningside College signs Helena High senior Mari Pizzini.
Lauderhill bowler, 20, rolls her way onto Junior Team USA
Of all the milestones Jessica Mellott has reached in her career, attaining a berth on the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Junior Team USA ranks right up there as one of the most significant.
Changes coming for Racine area bowling associations
USBC has mandated that all bowling associations from the local level on up must merge into one organization by the beginning of the 2018-19 bowling season.
Kuhlkin renews quest to be bowling’s best
Liz Kuhlkin is preparing for the new season of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association that starts in a month.
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.
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
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
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.
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
The morning show visited with some of the top players on the PWBA Tour.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Springfield Hall of Fame inducts six new members
The Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame added six new members at its 54th annual induction ceremony.