Temps were rising and pins went flying as our Storm Youth Championship family came together to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Tennessee. The weekend was filled with smiles, music and honoring those who have served our country while raising funds for a great cause.

The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) returned to Smyrna, Tennessee, May 24-26, for the third stop of the 2019 SYC Tour. An expanded, sold-out field of 208 athletes, including 14 previous SYC champions, and their families traveled to our host bowling center Smyrna Bowling Center for a weekend filled with education, fun and competition.

“Spend a weekend at the Storm Youth Championships and you’ll be inspired almost instantly,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Business Development said. “Our generous owners and all those who support Storm make it possible for these young people to build lasting friendships, raise money for a meaningful cause, and compete for a national title.”

The bowlers competed in two seven-game rounds on two different lane patterns designed by KEGEL, the official lane partner of the SYC. The tournament is composed of six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls). The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After both rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall. The SYC awarded a total of $19,000 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.


In the U12 division, two new champions held their trophies high. Nick Trentler of Maryland, edged out the silver medalist, Henry Hind, by eight pins to earn the U12 boys title. Landin Jordan picked up the bronze overall medal. In the U12 girls division, Gianna Brandolino of Illinois, finished ten pins ahead of past champion, Kayla Starr, for the title. Abigail Starkey earned the bronze medal. Both U12 champions medaled on both patterns.

The U15 boys champion, Joshua Collins of Georgia, finished eighth on the medium pattern but he commanded the long pattern. Collins rolled games of 279, 279, 268 for an 826 set games 3, 4, and 5. He averaged 234 to earn the gold medal and earned his first SYC title. Nate Trentler earned the silver overall medal while Hayden Tarris picked up the bronze. In her fifth SYC event, Jillian Martin of Ohio, defended her Music City title to win her fifth SYC trophy. She led the U15 girls field by 155 pins and earned the gold medal on both patterns. Annalise O’Bryant earned the silver overall medal and Rachel Moore earned the bronze.

The U20 Boys division featured a tight race that came down to the tenth frame of the final game of the event. Duncan Whitaker of Washington, claimed his first SYC title averaging 219 for the event and finishing 12 pins ahead of Anthony Neuer and Charles Bostic who tied for the silver medal. Ryan Taylor picked up the bronze medal. Mabel Cummins of Illinois, who has also competed in five events defended her SYC Music City title to earn her fifth SYC trophy. Cummins who will be competing at Vanderbilt University in the fall averaged 216 for the weekend.  Past champion, Caroline Thesier earned the silver overall medal while Jordan Mundt earned the bronze medal.

Every SYC event features activities throughout the weekend for competitors to learn and meet friends from different parts of the country.

Youth bowlers and their families learned about lane play strategies and tips to tackle sport conditions from National Team Storm Member, Kyle Troup, Gary Hulsenberg, and special guest Parker Bohn III. Bohn joined our Team Storm members, Troup and recent PWBA Hall of Fame inductee Leanne Hulsenberg for a Q&A session filled with insights about life as a professional bowler and tons of advice.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm PhysiX bowling ball and had the option to have it drilled by the staff at Bowlers Advantage Pro Shop. Many youth bowlers had their PhysiX ready for the practice session where our Team Storm members walked through the field offering advice to bowlers who tested out the patterns they would see throughout the weekend.

Friday night, our SYC families joined us for the SYC Party at the Park where youth bowlers got outside and played throughout the night! Music and games of frisbee, corn hole, and whiffle ball filled the field while Kyle Troup jumped from game-to-game teaming up with SYC bowlers all night long.

“We truly enjoy being able to welcome new families to our events and reuniting with those who are already part of our SYC family,” Hulsenberg said.

Giving back is an important part of the SYC and bowlers come together to raise funds all weekend long for Ballard vs. the Big “C” which supports continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey. SYC families contributed to the cause through raffles and a silent auction in addition to the $10 donation that is contributed directly to BVBC from every entry. Our SYC families raised nearly $5,000 throughout the weekend.

The owners of Logo Infusion, Ken and Kathy Keegan joined us in Smyrna to provide apparel for the SYC. Logo Infusion is the official jersey partner of the SYC and creates customized jerseys to help commemorate each of our events.

“As the Official Merchandiser and sponsor of the SYC, Logo Infusion is proud to be associated with such professional events whose focus is based on education, competition, and new friendships,” Ken Keegan, Executive Director of Logo Infusion said. “It is a pleasure to work alongside the SYC staff at these events and is always fun to spend time with all of the families of these exceptional athletes.”

In addition, Dale Garner, of 3G Shoes our official shoe partner of the SYC was on site to introduce the bowlers to the durability, comfort and style of their current lineup. SYC bowlers were invited to visit the 3G booth to learn more about the products and their programs for youth bowlers to take advantage of.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from all of our sponsors, Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Bowlers Journal International. The event was livestreamed over the two days on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

Three events remain on the 2019 SYC Tour. The SYC will travel to Sun Valley Lanes for the SYC – Nebraska event, June 28-30. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. Entries open for the SYC – Wichita event June 10 and the SYC – Coastal Classic event on August 5.

For final results of all rounds of competition visit this page.

For more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.