Danielle McEwan Wins World Bowling Tour Thailand Event

Team Storm Member, Danielle McEwan, defeated Stuart Williams in a two-game match to win the Professional Bowling Association – World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand event.

Though she remained in the top 5 throughout most of the tournament, McEwan jumped into the lead after the fourth round with a score of 1381 including 48 pins handicap to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals. As the top seed, her opponent was required to beat her twice to win the title. Williams won the first game 232-218 but McEwan went on to defeat Williams 225-179 in the second game. She will also add 400 WBT ranking points to add to her current lead in the race for the WBT Finals.

“I’m speechless,” McEwan said. “Although I had a great PWBA Season, I was not happy with how it ended with multiple losses in a row on TV. I was super disappointed at the thought of having to wait an entire year until the 2019 season to redeem myself. Being able to put together everything I’ve learned so quickly and have a good result is the greatest feeling in the world.”

Storm Tour Representative, Tim Mack, spent the week working with the Team Storm players in Thailand. Mack who has been traveling the world for many years was truly impressed by the talent of the international athletes in the field at this event. He shared his thoughts about the exciting stepladder match.

“An incredible performance by a superstar that has been great all year,” Mack said. “Danielle is a special talent with a drive and work ethic that demonstrates her greatness.”

McEwan recently started training at the New York Sports Science Lab to prepare for her busy summer on the lanes. Read more about her work in the lab here. Throughout the week Team Storm players shared several achievements with the world including 300 games by Timmy Tan of Malaysia, Marshall Kent, and Francois Lavoie. 30 of the 39 players who made the finals chose to throw Storm and Roto Grip.

“It’s a big win for Danielle!” Bill Chrisman said. “There were many great PBA and PWBA players as well as some of the world’s best international competing this week. It’s been a great week for the Team USA and Team Storm players. Things always work out for best.”

The PBA-WBT Thailand event is the 10thstop of the 2018 WBT Tour. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the WBT Finals in January 2019. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Next on the schedule for McEwan, she will travel with Team Storm for the 2018 Samho Korea Cup.


Danielle McEwan In The Lab

Tonight at the PWBA Tour Championships the #2 seed, Danielle McEwan, will take on Maria Jose Rodriquez in the Semifinal Match on CBS Sports at 8pm Eastern Time.

Prior to the start of the week, we talked to Danielle about some of the work that she’s been doing off the lanes to prepare for the 2018 PWBA Season. This summer, Danielle spent a lot of time traveling to bowl. During the weeks she was home, she spent some time training at the New York Sports Science Lab (SSL) to better understand ways she can train off the lanes.

You can WATCH some of what she was working on in this video from the SSL.

According to the SSL’s website, “The Sports Science Lab (SSL) is a world-class facility focused on optimizing performance of all athletes through measuring and quantifying the subtleties and complexities of athletic movement using state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Our mission is rooted in the philosophy that every athlete, regardless of age, body type or experience level, deserves to perform at their personal best.”

Find out what Danielle has been up to in our interview below.

What’s your favorite part of training at the SSL?

I love training at the Sports Science Lab for so many reasons. The trainers are awesome, they are so supportive and are always looking for new ways to learn about and help me in my sport.

The facility is so cool, they literally have every piece of technology an athlete would ever need. From training tools for your brain, to physical tools for your body, to recovery- they have it all.

In what ways do you feel it’s improved your bowling game?

The biggest way I’ve seen it improve my bowling game is mentally. In the beginning of the season, I was really struggling with keeping a quiet mind and staying focused.

At the lab, we did a lot of work that focused on the task at hand and eliminating distractions and I instantly saw a change on the lanes.

What types of exercises do the trainers work with you for bowling?

One of the first things we noticed through my physical evaluation was that my hips were really tight and imbalanced. They gave me a bunch of stretches and exercises to add into my normal fitness routine to help focus on this.

What exercises do you do to help with your mental game?

We do a lot of sensorimotor skill exercises that train my brain to focus on the task at hand, avoid distractions and make decisions quickly on the fly. We also do a lot of rhythm drills that are bowling specific. This helps with both timing and keeping a clear mind.

As soon as you start overthinking the situation and get off timing, it’s impossible, just like overthinking a shot in bowling!

What did they discover in their analysis?

One major thing that they noticed on my body is how imbalanced I am, especially in my hips from my left to right side. I’ve know, and have been working on this for years. The motion that our sport demands us to do over and over again makes it very difficult to avoid this issue.

I cannot stress enough to anyone who bowls a lot, at any level, how important it is to take care of you body and to train outside of the bowling center.

It is so important to keep your body as balanced as you possibly can.

What kind of exercises are you able to do while traveling or at home that you learned at the SSL?

I started working with the SSL during the PWBA season, therefore, most of our focus has been on recovery and mental game. They have taught me a bunch of different ways of stretching to add to what I already do that have helped out tremendously.

As the end of the PWBA Tour Season nears, what are your bowling plans for the end of 2018?

Even though the PWBA season is ending, the end of my personal bowling season is no where in sight. I will be going overseas immediately to compete on the World Bowling Tour, as well as a few additional international events, followed by competition for Team USA and then competing with the men on the PBA Tour.

To follow updates on Danielle and all the other #TeamStorm players visit pwba.com.


Liz Johnson Wins PWBA Columbus Open

Liz Johnson was on fire last week at the Nationwide PWBA Columbus Open! She threw 23 strikes over the course of her three matches on CBS Sports to earn her 24th professional title.

Saturday was a great day on the lanes for Johnson. Based on what she saw during qualifying on Friday, she made a few changes to her release. She started the final round of qualifying on Saturday with a 289 and stayed consistent for the remainder of qualifying.

She earned the third seed for the LIVE TV finals. In the first match, Clara Guerrero defeated Jordan Richard. Guerrero would move on to face Johnson. With her Intense Fire in hand, Johnson started the match with seven strikes on her first eight shots. She defeated Guerrero 234-205.

Johnson moved on to face Team Roto Grip player, Rocio Restrepo. Restrepo who earned her fourth career PWBA title at the Twin Cities Open this month had another strong week in Columbus leading the second round of qualifying. Johnson and Restrepo kept the match close through the tenth frame. Restrepo struck twice in the tenth frame forcing Johnson to do the same. She did, defeating Restrepo 224-215.

In the final match against Shannon Pluhowsky, Johnson threw the first nine strikes. She left a 10 pin in the tenth frame but won the final match 278-202.

“I tried to keep it simple, stay with that game plan.” Johnson said in the official PWBA release. “For the most part, I stayed out of trouble, had a couple of big games, got to the show and then made some good shots.”

The ladies of Team Storm will compete in the QuibicaAMF PWBA Players Championship at Plano Super Bowl. Qualifying will air on BowlTV. Visit PWBA.com for the full schedule.

 

 

 


Michael Haugen Jr. Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that Michael Haugen Jr. has joined Team Storm. Haugen has won five Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Tour Titles including one major title at the 2008 Tournament of Champions and several PBA Regional titles. He has also earned three PBA50 titles including one major at the 2017 Senior U.S. Open.

Haugen has been a PBA Member since 1994 and competes on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour.

“For me personally, I’m glad to join Team Storm and be on Bill Chrisman’s team.” Haugen said. “He does a lot for bowling – not just the tours. He supports all bowling from youth bowling to military bowling and more. There’s probably not a company or a person that gives back as much as him in our industry.”

Prior to joining Team Storm, Haugen chose to throw Storm and Roto Grip products exclusively on the PBA50 Tour.

“The majority of my bag has always been Storm and Roto Grip,” Haugen said.  “As a free agent, it gives me the best chance to win.”

Haugen recently locked up the PBA50 Player of the Year (POY) honor after his finish at the PBA50 Cup. This achievement makes him the second player to win PBA50 ROY and POY honors in consecutive years.

“Storm is excited to add Michael to our Team,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “He has been very loyal to our brand over the years as a free agent so it’s a natural fit to make things official. He has a great understanding of our equipment, our culture, and what we stand for. He will be a great teammate.”

Haugen’s love for bowling started at a young age on the weekends with his grandfather. At age 5, his grandfather thought he was big enough to bowl with him. They continued to bowl together throughout his young life and he was a huge part of his support system on and off the lanes.

“My grandfather was the most influential person in my life,” Haugen said. “He just meant everything to me. Not just in bowling but in life.”

It didn’t take long for Haugen to figure out what he wanted to do in his life. He knew that he wanted to be a professional bowler from a very young age. He set his goals high and bowled as much as he could. His family always taught him to work hard for whatever he wanted in life and to go get it.

“With anything you do, whether it’s going to medical school for seven years or anything else, it takes sacrifice and hard work to be successful,” Haugen said. “Very few people get lucky and just fall into it.”

For some time now, Haugen’s goals and plans have been focused on the PBA50 Tour. Though he felt he wasn't as competitive week to week as he would have liked on the PBA Tour, he feels he's competitive every week now.

In 2017, he won one title, made four TV shows and earned the PBA50 Rookie of the Year (ROY) title. After his rookie season, he set his goals a little higher.

“My first goal was to make every cut on the tour,” Haugen said. “My second goal was to win more. I won two tournaments this year. I also made 6 TV shows versus 4 the previous year. My final goal was to be Player of the Year (POY).”

When Haugen has some time off the lanes, he truly enjoys golfing with friends and especially his wife, Phuong Truong. He loves spending the time with her and he feels that when he’s golfing well, it’s good practice for the lanes as well.

“Honestly, if I’m chipping and putting with good touch and feel, that’ll translate to bowling for me,” Haugen said. “I don’t know why it does, it just does.”

Haugen is busy traveling to bowl regional events until the conclusion of the PBA50 Tour at the PBA50 Storm Invitational September 28-30. He is also excited to return to the PBA Tour this fall.

“I love to compete,” Haugen said. “I love to test myself against the best players in the world. I like going to different cities and meeting new people and trying to energize whether it’s the youth or the seniors at the pro-am trying to energize and grow the sport. I really enjoy that.”

 

 

 


STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER 2018

The PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Storm kicks off this weekend. Bowlers from all around the world will travel to Houston, Texas to compete in the 19th Annual Event.

 

2017 Champions, Birgit Popplar and Jason Sterner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story of, “The Luci,” as fans call it starts many years ago. Donna Conners and Luci Bonneau met through bowling and became travel partners on the LPBT. In 1999, Bonneau was battling breast cancer and Conners never left her side. They dreamed of creating a bowling tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research when her treatment was complete. When Bonneau passed away, Conners knew she had to build the event they dreamed about.

“It’s about people coming together for a dreadful disease,” Conners said. “When you think about it, breast cancer doesn’t ask any questions. It doesn’t care if you a mother, if you a father, or who you are. Breast cancer hits everybody.”

Storm Bowling Products have been proud sponsors of the event since 2002 and supports the event in every way possible. It’s an event that our team looks forward to each year.

“Not only do we sponsor the event, all of our pro staff and Storm employees participate in the tournament,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator at Storm Products said.  Donna Conners and her staff of volunteers do an incredible job all year to prepare for this weekend and we appreciate all of their efforts to make this special tournament happen each year.”

In January, Donna Conners joined Bill and Barbara Chrisman to make a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This contribution of $125,000 was a combination of the funds raised during our annual Paint The Lanes Pink campaign, a portion raised at the Luci, and a donation from The Chrisman Foundation.

The tournament fills up quickly. Entry blanks are posted live on the website on January 1 and she starts receiving entries that same day. Although the players are competing for a title and a $16,000 top prize they all know that this event means more than just that. In 2017, the event raised $87,000 to help fund breast cancer research and Conners is excited to expand the field and continue growing the event this year. All of the funds raised are donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah.

“There’s nobody in that building that hasn’t come in contact with somebody that has cancer.” Conners said. “I am very grateful that the PBA & PWBA have come together and given me a title for the players because they deserve it. The players would come here anyway and I know that, but I needed that title to help these players and their careers. I’m very grateful to Tom Clark and Chad Murphy and all the people involved for allowing me to award a title. I’m also grateful that people can watch the players compete live on FloBowling.”

Conners and all of her volunteers try to make sure that the players who participate in the event know how grateful she is for their presence and support. They have stayed with her and helped the event grow year after year.

“I want every person to come and have a fun weekend at the event,” Conners said.

“I do everything that I possibly can to make the players feel like they are rock stars. They are rock stars. They deserve everything I can possibly give them. If I can find a way to give them more then I’m going to find a way. I want them to remember that when they leave here that they are worth everything that I can possible give them. They deserve to be recognized as the greatest players in the world.”

A new addition to the event this year is the special “Beauties vs. Beasts” match. The top bowlers from last year’s qualifying will bowl in a five-game baker match to kick off the weekend. The event will be aired on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling on Thursday at 4 pm Central.

Conners usually starts preparing for the next event the day after the current year wraps up. We know she’ll have some surprises up her sleeve for the 20thAnniversary Event in 2019! We’ll have some special announcements all weekend long.

To follow the tournament all weekend long on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, click here:

If you're interested in making a donation, check out the "Pennies for Pins " page here to pick your favorite player! Click here for more info. 

 

 

 


Chris Warren Wins USBC Senior Masters with Intense Fire

Chris Warren survived what he called the "toughest pair in the house" to defeat Norm Duke and win the 2018 USBC Senior Masters title. According to the USBC Press Release, he's the third bowler in history to win both the USBC Masters and the Senior Masters.

In the stepladder final, which aired on BowlTV, he told our field correspondent, Tony Rodriguez Jr., that he started with a Roto Grip Hustle Ink sanded to 800 and went to an Intense Fire sanded at 2000. See his interview here.

Warren, the fourth seed in the tournament had to climb the ladder to win the title. In his first match he defeated Ron Mohr, 236 to 217. He moved on to defeat Kieth Lesko, 234 to 168 and Michael Haugen Jr. 290 to 197. In the final match, he would have to defeat the tournament leader, Duke, twice to win the title. He won the first game 269 to 220. The second game came down to the tenth frame. Duke needed a strike and get at least eight pins with a spare in his tenth frame to win the match. He threw the first strike but then left 3-4-6-7-9-10. Warren won 246-241.

"There's no words to describe how good Norm Duke is," said Warren, in the USBC Press Release. "Norm beat me at what I do best, which is throwing strikes, but it came down to one error. I outscored him, but he bowled an incredible game. You never want to see that happen to your buddies, and it happened. I just feel fortunate to have been there, and winning really is incredibly special."


The all-new Intense Fire was a favorite in several of the PBA50 players bags last week at the Senior Masters. You can watch a video here.

The Intense Fire is available in your local Storm VIP Pro Shop this Friday, June 15. Learn more about the latest technology here.

For a chance to win a new Intense Fire check out our #FanTheFlames contest by visiting stormintensefire.com through July 8.

 


Road Trippin’ with Tony

We’re so excited to introduce you to our new Storm Team Member, Tony Rodriguez Jr. He will be a Field Correspondent for Storm throughout the summer on the PBA50 Tour. Tony and his wife, Lisa, are both retired and have always enjoyed traveling and meeting new people. Tony has always dreamed of bowling full-time on tour and his family encouraged him to follow his dreams. Tony, his wife and his son are hitting the road for the summer in their RV to bowl all the stops on the PBA50 Tour. Along the way, Tony will be sharing updates and interviews from the tournaments and be able to give Storm Nation a behind the scenes look at life on the road.

Let's learn a little more about Tony and his family:

When did you start bowling?

I was 5 years old. My dad was a great bowler back in the day averaging 190 and my mom also bowled as well.
It’s in my blood.

When I was younger, I always told my parents, I wanted to be a Professional Bowler when I grew up.

You’ve told us how important your family is to you. Tell us a little about your family.

Lisa & I have been together since 1980.  We met at a bowling center and got married in 1983. I have a special needs son Tony who is 33 years old. He bowls all of the Pro-Ams on the road. Everyone calls him the Professional Pro-Am Bowler.  I have a daughter Teddie who is 31 years old and she met her husband Ronnie at a bowling center. So, we are a true bowling family.

Your wife Lisa and your family pushed you to go out on the PBA50 Tour? How much does this experience mean to you?

When I retired two and a half years ago I knew I wanted to try the tour. Lisa was 100% behind the idea.  I’m truly blessed with her.  My parents Tony & Dolores said they would help me in the finance department so with their help my dream came true.


What’s your favorite bowling memory?

When I finished in 6th place in the 2017 USBC Senior Masters and of course my first PBA50 Regional Title in 2011.

What’s your favorite part about traveling and seeing different parts of the county through bowling?

We love meeting and seeing new people.  When we drove back east this year, everyone was so nice.  At the first stop in Florida we knew about 3 bowlers. After the last stop for us in Mooresville, we've made so many new friends. It’s such a family feeling out on tour, since we have the RV we park with other bowlers and we get really close with them.

What’s a place that you’ve never been that you’re excited to be able to visit while on tour?

New York next year for sure!!!!

What’s your favorite Storm Bowling Ball in your bag right now?

SonIQ & Code Black

What advice do you have for other people who might be considering joining the PBA50 Tour?

Just do it, you don't want any regrets.

When I’m sitting in my rocking chair, I’m going to be watching some of the young kids on tour now bowling the PBA50 tour and I’ll be thinking, I remember watching them on the kid’s tour.  I’ll be ok with that because I followed my dream.

Follow all of Tony's updates on the Storm Bowling Facebook page and his page here.

 

 

 

 


A Great Weekend in The Music City

In May, Smyrna Bowling Center hosted the Storm Youth Championships – Music City in Smyrna Tennessee. 156 bowlers and their families traveled to participate in three rounds of qualifying at Smyrna Bowling Center. The bowlers competed on three different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $13,850 scholarship fund.

All three rounds consisted of six games on a different tournament oil pattern. The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After the three rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division were crowned based on their total pinfall.

 

Left to Right: U20G: Mabel Cummins, U15G: Jillian Martin, U12G: Karina Capron, U12B: Rylan Breese, U15B: Brandon Bonta, U20B: Brent Boho

Brent Boho, of Wisconsin edged out the 2ndplace competitor by just 35 pins to claim the U20 Boys division title and his second overall. Mabel Cummins, of Illinois, ran away with the U20 Girls division and took home her second SYC title. In the very competitive U15 divisions, Jillian Martin, of Ohio, and Brandon Bonta, of Kansas, earned their very first SYC titles and new SYC Champions banners.  Meanwhile, in the impressively talented U12 Division, Rylan Breese, of North Carolina earned his second SYC title and Karina Capron, of Nebraska, captured her first title.

At every SYC event we like to have fun and get to know all of the SYC Families a little better through our activities on Friday! Bowlers were able to attend two educational seminars, meet and practice with members of the Storm Bowling Pro Staff, and discuss lane play strategies with Storm Team members during practice.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Code Red and had the option to have it drilled by the staff at Bowlers Advantage Pro Shop. On Friday night, all the SYC Families joined for a party at the park that included games of frisbee, corn hole, and whiffle ball featuring pitchers, Rhino Page and AJ Johnson who were a big hit with the kids.

Our Ballard vs. the Big “C” partners, Del Ballard Jr. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, traveled to Smyrna to meet with families and talk to all of the youth bowlers in attendance. BVBC raises funds for 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.

The Smyrna Bowling Community graciously donated amazing items for our silent auction table that helped us raise more funds for an amazing cause! We raised nearly $9,000 throughout the weekend.

In addition to the scholarships awarded for competition, the SYC Passion Pays Off Scholarship donated by Jim Callahan, Storm Tour Representative, and his wife Keli, will be presented to a bowler who exemplifies sportsmanship and passion towards the game of bowling at each SYC event.

In Smyrna, two participants truly showed their passion for bowling. The scholarship was awarded to Spencer Robarge and Jenna Hedgepath. Both of these youth bowlers traveled home after the Reno SYC event and conducted fundraisers in their local bowling communities for BVBC. Together they raised more than $2,000 in funds which they presented to Del and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard prior to the start of their practice session.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from the sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel and 3G Shoes. Our youth bowlers were able to take advantage of some special offers from our sponsors at the event! The event was livestreamed over the three days on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

 

We still have two stops left on our 2018 Storm Youth Championships Tour. We will head to Shallotte, NC, October 12-14 and visit Fort Worth, Texas, November 30-December 2. For information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc or check the StormJr Facebook Page.

 


Mike Jasnau in Reno for 2018 USBC Women’s Championships

Storm instructional staff member Mike Jasnau will be set up in Reno to do video analysis lessons throughout the 2018 USBC Women’s Championships, April 19 – June 30. You can find Mike on Lane 81 in the Lane 81 Pro Shop at the National Bowling Stadium 300 N. Center Street in Reno.

Mike, who is a PBA Champion and Bowlers Journal Top 100 Coach as well as a USBC Silver Level Coach, has over 20 years of coaching experience and has done over 12,000 video analysis lessons. Jasnau has provided coaching at USBC Nationals for the over 18 events. During that time he has helped thousands of bowlers to improve their games and results, including over 50 PBA/PWBA Champions and USBC National Champions as well as many of our own Storm Pro staff members.

Jasnau, the Bowling Stadium’s premier and most successful coach, will once again be featuring a CATS system on Lane 81. The Computer Aided Tracking System is able to provide important information on what your ball is doing on the lane. Ball speed, speed control, accuracy at the arrows and breakpoint, launch and entry angles as well as rev rate are precisely measured and analyzed. In addition to this valuable information, a detailed video analysis is part of the lesson. A flash drive with audio will be included with the lesson.

Getting help with your bowling here on Lane 81 is for all ages and all abilities, from beginners to the pros. Please book your session with him at least a few weeks ahead of time to assure that you're able to get the day and time that you'd prefer. Men and juniors are also welcomed to make appointments.

The total cost for this complete package is $160 and takes about 90 minutes. A video analysis without the CATS data will also be available for a cost of $120 for an hour session.

You can book your lesson three easy ways:

Email: bowlbetter@hotmail.com

Call Lane 81: 775-335-8841

Facebook Message: Coach Mike Jasnau Facebook page


Champions Crowned and “BVBC” Charity Wins at 2018 Storm Youth Championships

The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) was held in Reno, Nevada, March 23-25, 2018. More than 270 youth bowlers from 29 different states, one bowler from Liverpool, England, and their families traveled to compete at the National Bowling Stadium. The youth bowlers competed in four five-game rounds on four different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $20,975 scholarship fund.

“Storm is a small family business focused on connecting with people and giving back, the SYC accomplishes both of these founding principles,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “We crowned national champions but throughout the weekend the SYC families also focused on raising money and awareness for charity.”

The 2018 SYC champions demonstrated consistency across all four patterns and each bowler led their division by at least 100 pins. Alex Aguirre, of California, captured the U20 boys title 164 pins ahead of the competitors in his division, while Mabel Cummins, of Illinois, dominated the U20 girls field in her first SYC event with a 327 pin lead. Spencer Robarge, of Missouri, earned two SYC titles in 2017 in Reno and Myrtle Beach. Robarge led the U15 boys division by 214 pins to defend his title and earn his third SYC crown. Melanie Katen, of California, picked up her first SYC title 214 pins ahead of the bowlers in the U15 girls division. In our U12 division, Micah Voorhis, of New Jersey, captured the boys title while Saphyre Nofuente, of California, earned the U12 girls title.

The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal. After the four rounds were complete, the tournament champions in each division were crowned based on their 20 game pinfall. The top two competitors in each division were named to the Storm All-American Team. Sebastian Huffman, Ashtyn Woods, Ashton Yamasaki, Jennifer Loredo, Nicholas Postag, and Caroline Thesier will join the champions on the 2018 Storm All-American Team.

2018 Storm All-American Team

Throughout the weekend participants and their families were able to attend a seminar with Dr. Dean Hinitz, meet and practice with members of the Storm Bowling Pro Staff, and discuss lane play strategies with Storm representatives. To celebrate National Puppy Day, Blake the Bowling Doodle also made a special guest appearance to meet with the youth bowlers, signed paw-tographs, and rolled the ceremonial first ball of the tournament. Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm !Q Tour bowling ball and were given the opportunity to have it drilled in the Lane 81 Pro Shop on site.

“Our goal is to give all the bowlers a welcoming environment to learn and have fun while doing it,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator for Storm Products said. “To have a sports psychologist of Dr. Dean’s caliber who has worked with many Hall of Fame bowlers was quite the experience for all the kids and parents in attendance.  In addition, our Storm and Roto Grip Pro Staff shared their practice regimes, mental preparation for competition and answered many questions during our Players Q&A Session. We also added in some outright fun with the guest appearance of Blake the Bowling Doodle and his little brother Adam who were a big hit with everyone.”

Charitable giving is a focus at Storm therefore we chose to align our SYC tournament with a worthy charity. A donation of $10 out of every entry goes directly to BVBC also known as Ballard vs. the Big “C.” BVBC raises funds for 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. The Ballard Family was on site to host a BVBC silent auction, raffles and more throughout the weekend. The SYC event raised more than $10,000 for BVBC.

“Our family is grateful for the growth of our BVBC charity,” Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, President BVBC said. “What started in Texas with our wonderful group of friends has grown to be a nationwide fundraiser largely thanks to the SYC bowlers and their generous families. BVBC is proud to be to be part of this amazing event.”

Additionally, Jim Callahan, Storm Tour Representative, and his wife Keli, have created a new scholarship to be awarded at the 2018 SYC events. The “Passion Pays Off” Award and a $500 scholarship will be presented to a bowler who exemplifies sportsmanship and passion towards the game of bowling at each event. The inaugural “Passion Pays Off” scholarship was awarded to Jimmy Hunter.

“As our SYC family grows, we are getting requests for additional events to be held all over the country and we are looking into ways to accommodate those communities,” Gary Hulsenberg said. “Our goal is for all youth bowlers to have the opportunity to experience the Storm Youth Championships especially those in more rural areas. Keep your eye open for an SYC coming to a city near you.”

This tournament would not be possible without the support of our sponsors; Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes, and the Eldorado Resorts. The event was livestreamed to an audience of more than 600,000 people throughout the two days of competition on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

The SYC will travel to Smyrna, Tenn., May 25-27. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. We will return to Myrtle Beach, October 12-14 and visit Fort Worth, Texas, November 30-December 2. For information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc or check the StormJr Facebook Page.