Collegiate Spotlight | Will Mateffy | Minnesota State Mankato

Name: Will Mateffy
School: Minnesota State University Mankato
Location of school: Mankato, MN
Year in School: Senior

What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?
My favorite part about college bowling is being part of a team that cares about the sport of bowling as much as I do and being able to compete at such a high level of competition. Another part I love is seeing all of my friends that I have made from other teams across the country.

What is your preparation routine before a big event?
My preparation before a tournament is getting my physical game the way that I feel is good and getting my arsenal ready with the right surfaces and the right ball selections.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?
Our team practices Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm. We also have 1 on 1 times with the coaches to work on specific aspects.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?
Teamwork means working together and pushing each other to be the best they can be, both on and off the lanes. Everybody sees the lanes differently, communication about the lanes and ball choice are essential pieces to perform well at tournaments and it is a way for the younger players to learn about lane play and transitions. Having someone that keeps up the energy is also important because it keeps everyone more active and involved throughout the entire tournament.

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?
Both aspects are very important but I believe that the mental game is more important. The mental game helps you bounce back from a bad game and help you focus on what you should be doing on the next pair. It also takes longer to develop and understand than the physical game, especially if your team needs to be on the same page.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?
We are very blessed as a small program to be sponsored by the Storm and Roto Grip Companies and to that we say thank you very much! They have given us the best bowling ball options that are available on the current market and new equipment to replace all our old stuff, that are great for moving from pair to pair at tournaments.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?
My life as a collegiate athlete is great, I get to practice everyday with some of my best friends and study about my favorite topics that we discuss in class.

What does a typical practice session look like at your program?
We usually start by spreading out and throwing balls to get warmed up. After we are warmed up, we split into 2 groups and shoot at 10 10 pins and 10 7 pins. As a team each group has to make 10 consecutive 10 pins or 7 pins without missing, if someone misses, that group has to start over. The first group to 10 forces the other group to do 25 reps of something, whether it's push-ups, sit-ups or lunges etc. After we finish both 10's and 7's, we tend to do baker tournaments, can be 2, 3, 4 or 5 players.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program? If no, how do you stay fit?
We do not have mandatory workouts, I keep in shape by working out at the campus gym. I'll run around the track, play pick up basketball or lift weights. Outside of practice, I bowl on Tuesday night league.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?
The practice facility is on campus, otherwise there are 2 other bowling alleys within 10 minutes of the school.

 

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?
The men's and women's teams practice together everyday. The 1 on 1 times are also scheduled between the men and women.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?
My favorite Storm bowling ball has to be the IQ Tour Solid. I love the benchmark motion that it has and I can use it on any pattern. I have owned 4 of these and I'll order another one this semester to replace my oldest one.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?
I pick my arsenal around my IQ Tour, since I use that ball every tournament. I have a urethane for my spare ball. The other 3 or 4, I'll usually have a strong ball that can roll early in the mid-lane. Next, I'll have a pearl for when the pattern gets burnt up and we need to start lofting. My last ball is a Roto Grip Show Off, it's a lower end ball, which is good for when my IQ Tour starts to lose its' surface and I need a little more backend. The other option is another IQ Tour but it has a different drilling. It all depends on what kind of tournament we go to, either a tier 1 or tier 2.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?
I can say that it is so much to have side competition between all my friends. It's amazing the people that I have met through college bowling and that is why I love going to tournaments.

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?
Yes, it is possible to have a job. Employers are very flexible with students and are willing to work with you if you work with them. We have jobs on campus with very flexible hours and days.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in college bowling?
The funniest thing was last year at club nationals, my teammate was doing his final shot of college bowling and he decided to loft it. The first time he guttered but the second time, the ball slipped out of his hand and bounced off the gutter cap of his lane and landed on the lane to the right of him. It straightened out once it landed and struck the other lane! Everybody on our pair laughed and all the pairs next to us laughed and gave him high-fives.

What's one thing that a high school bowler should know before going into college that may surprise them?
College bowling is much more intense than high school. There are hundreds more players and many more teams at every tournament than the high school meets. It can be very intimidating but your teammates and coach will help you feel just as comfortable as you did in high school, while learning about the atmosphere at the same time.


STORM BOWLING SPONSORS IBMA COLLEGIATE BOWLER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

At Storm Bowling Products we are proud to join the International Bowling Media Association in a two year sponsorship of the IBMA Collegiate Bowlers of the Year Award. These awards were established in 1987 to recognize and honor male and female bowlers for their outstanding accomplishments in collegiate competition and are presented each year during the Intercollegiate Team Championships at the awards banquet.

“Once again, Storm Bowling steps up to support collegiate bowling,” said Keith Hamilton, president of IBMA in a press release this week. “With sponsorship from Storm, the IBMA College Bowlers of the Year will get a nice upgrade, a tribute to our three decade tradition of honoring the best collegiate players.”

A committee of eight to ten members of the media selects the top eight players, male and female. The committee then votes by weighted ballot to determine the four Honorable Mention, three Runners Up and the Bowlers of the Year. Steve Kloempken, Vice President of Marketing, and Diandra Asbaty, Storm Collegiate Manager, will join the committee.

“We are very excited to be able to sponsor this prestigious award,” said Kloempken. “Since it can only be earned by outpacing thousands of incredibly-talented student athletes, the Collegiate Bowler of the Year award is always held in the highest regard. And one can earn it only through a deep commitment to mastering the elements of our sport and competing at the highest level.”

Kloempken won the award in 1995 when he bowled for Wichita State. Other standout winners include Chris Barnes, Lynda (Norry) Barnes (2), Josh Blanchard, AJ Johnson (2), Liz Johnson, Marshall Kent, Kelly Kulick (2), Stefanie (Nation) Johnson, Bill O’Neill (3), Missy (Bellinder) Parkin, Shannon Pluhowsky and Michael Tang. Several of the players are now members of Team Storm.

Storm Bowling also supports, with its corporate membership, the $5,000.00 IBMA Chuck Pezzano Media Scholarship, presented by the Billiards and Bowling Institute of America.

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About Storm Bowling
Storm is The Bowler’s Company — It is the essence of the brand and the foundation on which all communication is based. Truly a grassroots success story, Storm Products started from the garage of Bill and Barb Chrisman, based on the belief that they could do things differently, better.

About the International Bowling Media Association
Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the IBMA provides awards and recognition to professional and amateur bowlers, industry volunteers and bowling writers, as well as promotes bowling journalism as a career choice to youth bowlers throughout America. For more information log on to www.bowlingmedia.org.

 


Being a Student-Athlete: What You Should Know

 These College Bowling thoughts are brought to you by Kenzie Hollamon, 20, a Freshman at Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Kenzie is studying English with a focus in literature and creative writing. She previously attended a community college in Washington state on a women's soccer scholarship.

Entering the world of college athletics is a wonderfully terrifying experience, it entails many hours of hard work on and off the lanes, dedication, and perseverance. As a student-athlete myself I’ve come across some tactics and strategies to take full advantage of my time as both a student and an athlete.

  1. Time Management - Finding a schedule that works for all the aspects you are trying to take on during this experience is key. You have 24 hours in the day, make the most of those hours doing things that are beneficial to your growth as an individual.
  2. Organization - Having your schedule laid out in front of you every day will help you keep hold of your head. It’s extremely easy to become overwhelmed balancing classes, practices, and workouts having a schedule written down can help you stay calm and less stressed.
  3. Motivation - The drive to become a well-educated individual has to equal the drive to become the best athlete you can be.
  4. Take a Breath - Overloading your schedule is easy, take a step back and breath, don’t lose your sanity trying to do too much at once.
  5. Priorities - Remember you are a student before an athlete, education and classes must be your number on priority.
  6. Have Fun - Remember to have fun, in such serious situations such as college athletics you can lose your head and the “why” you’re doing this in the first place. Remember why you started this journey.
  7. Positive Mindset - You are your biggest competitor, trying to keep a positive mindset is easier said than done but the attempt alone can make your mind change from doubt to inspiration.
  8. Environment - Find other individuals that have the same drive and ambitions as you, surrounding yourself with other inspired people will create an environment ready for growth and improvements.

Overall remember to enjoy the experience, make the most out of everything that comes your way with the opportunity of being a student-athlete. Take a step back when things start to become overwhelming to you, don’t feel obligated to overload your schedule, allow yourself to breathe.


Collegiate Standout | Sydney Brummett | Wichita State University

Name: Sydney Brummet
School: Wichita State University
Location of school: Wichita, KS
Year in School: Senior


What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

My favorite part of college bowling is the competitive platform. It is not a typical setting for our sport, where five to eight people get to come together for one common purpose. It truly is one of the best platforms for bowling.

What is your preparation routine before a big event?

A few weeks before the event I stop working on trying to improve my game and just allow myself to feel good about how I am throwing it. I work on visualizing good pre-shot routines and watching my ball go through the pins for a strike every time. I take a few days to check my bowling balls to make sure everything is how it needs to be and the surfaces are set up in an appropriate way.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?

We work on our games every single day. We have official team practices Monday through Thursday, along with workouts (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) and study hall on Wednesdays. However, we commit a lot of time outside of team practice to getting to be the best player we can be.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?

This one is hard for me to put into words. When teamwork is going well the energy is electrifying and the connection between teammates is seamless. When it is going well words are not needed. It becomes easy to move off of each other and watch lane transition happen. It simply looks like having fun and playing lanes.


How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?

The physical game is important, but to me the mental game is much more important. Being able to mentally rebound from a bad day or stay committed during a good day is much harder than simply working hard on a physical game. It is easy to see physical game changes, but mental games changes take faith and belief to occur.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?

We are a Storm sponsored collegiate program! So our team is very thankful to have stars and bolts on our bowling balls. Storm and Roto Grip have the best brand in the business by providing a wide range of bowling balls that can fit every member of our team, no matter what pattern we are bowling on that week. For me personally, there is no company whose balls go through the pins better than Storm and Roto Grip!

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

Life as a collegiate athlete is beyond satisfying. I get to spend everyday at a university that provides me with an outstanding education in my desired field. I also get to focus on my passion and love in life - bowling. Getting to do this is a privilege and a blessing. Each day I wake up just being thankful for the opportunity to study my sport and my chosen field.


What does a typical practice session look like at your program?

This honestly depends on the day. We spend a lot of our team practices focused on getting to know our teammates games' better, and simply focusing on how we can play lanes better as a group. We focus some of our time on spares and some on trying to beat the boys :)

Are there mandatory workouts at your program? If no, how do you stay fit?

Yes there are mandatory workouts! However, we still commit more time to the gym than just the mandatory workouts. We do a program called F45 and it was originated in Australia, and we were one of the first two universities in the United States to provide the workout class to the students.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

The practice facilities are right on campus. We are extremely blessed.

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?

We have practices together everyday. However, usually the women are on the first four lanes and the men are on the second four. But, on some days we mix and get to bowl together. Those are some of my most favorite practices. No matter what, though, we are cheering for each other and hoping that each other succeeds.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

Storm IQ Tour, of course! This ball is one that when I have no idea what is going on, I can change to it and it will tell me exactly what the lane is doing and what the lane is looking for.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?

We are limited to five balls each tournament. I simply stick with building an arsenal around my IQ Tour. So I have a big ball (one that reads the lane early), then the next ball is typically one that is pretty early but will be a little stronger on the backends than the big ball, then my IQ tour, then a higher RG ball (it typically tends to be the hyroad), and last the trusty spare ball.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

At Wichita State we are always just worried about beating the lane condition. So, really, I'm never having to compete against friends. It's amazing to see them at tournaments and get to interact while playing the sport that we love!

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?

It is possible! (I am a tour guide on campus!) But, we have to be very good at budgeting our time.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in college bowling?'

At one of the collegiate tournaments in Las Vegas, one of our teammates (she's kind of short ;)) decided it would be really funny to belt Celine Dion at the top of her lungs in the middle of Caesar's Palace. The whole lobby looked at her confused and we just all laughed.

What's one thing that a high school bowler should know before going into college that may surprise them?

Being a student athlete is stressful. It is important to start learning time management early so when you get to college it is easy to just keep doing what you've been doing!

 

 


Storm Collegiate Signs Wichita State University Shockers

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Bowling Products is excited to announce an addition to an already strong Storm Collegiate lineup for the 2017-2018 collegiate season.

The most successful program in collegiate bowling, Wichita State University has officially signed on as a Storm-sponsored college.

“We are beyond excited to embark on this journey with Storm Products,” Wichita State head coach Gordon Vadakin said. “We know this partnership will certainly help move our program forward, and we are always looking to do that."

The Wichita State Shockers have proven their strength in the collegiate ranks.

With 20 total national championships, nine singles national championships, 18 Academic All-Americans, 140 All-Americans and 11 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Bowlers of the Year, the Shocker program show no signs of stopping.

Storm Collegiate is a Storm Products initiative focused on giving collegiate teams the extra boost they need to succeed on the lanes.

Initiated in 2007, the Storm Collegiate Program is a way to support young and up and coming bowlers in our sport.

With more than 40 Storm-sponsored collegiate teams, Storm realizes they are an instrumental part of the bowling industry and believe by giving them the support of Storm Bowling Products, they will succeed on a higher level.

For more information about the Storm Collegiate Program, visit StormBowling.com.

 

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Storm Goes To Camp

At Storm, our purpose is to continue to inspire existing bowlers and to foster and develop new bowlers. To accomplish this mission, our team travels around the world to work with bowlers of all levels. Storm also partakes in several collegiate bowling camps throughout the year.

College bowling is important to Storm. We sponsor several college bowling teams every season and work with the coaches as much as we can to ensure that their bowlers are prepared for tournament season. This preparation starts with student athletes before they are admitted to the school of their choice. Our team at Storm also works with coaches at these camps who use them as an opportunity for scouting prospective players for their program.

Mount Mercy University

The purpose of Storm’s involvement in collegiate bowling camps is to improve students’ understanding of bowling ball technology, how it shaped the present, and to train students to recognize when certain elements might be appropriate in one environment and not another.

Upon completion of the course, students will be primed for an elevated level of the sport through a deepened understanding of the physics and chemistry behind the engineering of a bowling ball. Through this, and other practical applications, the decisions made in the adjustment and arsenal selection process will come easier and will be made with the utmost confidence.

Here are a few of the topics covered in these seminars:

  • The evolution of bowling balls
  • The engineering, physics, and chemistry behind the manufacturing of the balls
  • Understanding ball motion through an enhanced understanding of Storm’s Pin Buffer layout system
  • Internal and external controlling elements of ball technology
  • Building an arsenal
Wichita State University

These camps seem to grow every year with more and more youth showing interest in competing at the collegiate level. The passion for the game at this level continues to inspire us to teach these student athletes as much as we can in these short sessions.

Each camper leaves with a better understanding of the bowling balls that they put into their bags and how to utilize them for tournaments throughout the year. We love seeing the bowlers continue to work hard on what they learn at camp when they go home. Our only stipend is seeing their medals and trophies hoisted on the lanes throughout the season.

 

 


Collegiate Standout | Kayla Crawford


What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

I love the competitiveness. The feeling I get when I need to strike in that moment to win a match or make it close is what I live for. I thrive on the high-pressure moments. Being able to come through in those moments, knowing that it was for my teammates and coaches, is an amazing feeling.

What is your preparation routine?

Before every tournament, I stretch and listen to music to get me in the zone. Before every shot I grab my ball, wipe it, visualize my targets and take a deep breath. Once I get onto the approach, I don’t think; I get comfortable and then make the shot.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?

As a team, we practice three days a week on the lanes for a couple hours each. Some of us practice more on our own time to work on certain areas of their games one on one.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?

To me, teamwork is being able to overcome obstacles together. Everyone works together to help each other out. At tournaments, we typically do not know what the pattern looks like, so as a team we have to work together to overcome that obstacle. Bad shots will be made, spares will be missed, but when your teammates tell you “It’s okay, shake it off! We’ll pick you up” and then as a team, we do, that is a prime example of teamwork!

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?

While they are both important, the mental part of your game will make you succeed further. You can have all the best techniques with your physical game. However, if you allow something to impair your mental game, it will negatively affect your overall game.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?

Personally, Storm products match up best with my game. I know that my teammates love Storm products as well. Storm bowling balls cover every type of ball you need from fresh to burn. The characteristics of these balls prepare us to compete to the best of our abilities. I’m thankful to bowl for a program sponsored by such a great company.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

Life as a collegiate athlete requires many hours in the classroom, outside the classroom studying, and on the lanes perfecting your game. It requires time management, teamwork, and the perseverance to push you further. Being a collegiate athlete teaches you that when you feel that you’ve pushed yourself to your limits, you can always push further to achieve more.

What does a typical practice session look like at your program?

We start with an open discussion led by Coach Littig regarding a variety of topics. We then break into the men’s and women’s teams where we warm up for twenty minutes before working on specific drills to improve our techniques. We periodically have team competitions to add a little fun.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program?

In the past, we have not had mandatory workouts, but we are planning to have team workouts this coming year.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

An advantage that our bowling program has is that we have the luxury of utilizing two different facilities, which are both within ten minutes of campus. This is an advantage because it gives us experience on two types of approaches, lane surfaces, and oil conditioners. This makes us more adaptable for both wood and synthetic approaches.

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?

Both teams interact throughout campus. Since our school is a private institution, we see each other often on campus. Generally, we like to hangout after practice and go to dinner.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

So far, my favorite Storm ball is the Lock. I have had three in the past two years because I love the ball so much. I have had great success with them. I used my first one most of the week at the 2016 Team Trials where I made Jr. Team USA. It has also been my go to ball during both years of college, especially this past year.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?

It is tricky because we don’t know the patterns and there are so many options, but I talk to Coach Crawford about what we both think I should bring. We try to take an arsenal that covers everything by avoiding any gaps between ball characteristics. I always have my spare ball, so it can be even more challenging when having to pick just four or five other balls.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

Competing against friends on opposing teams is tough when we go head to head. You have to keep in mind that you’re friends off the lanes and you wish them the best of luck, but you want to win for your teammates and yourself.

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?

At our program, it is definitely possible to have a job, but the main concern is making sure the individual isn’t too overwhelmed with their personal schedule. This can vary depending on the individual’s preferences, what their major demands of them, how flexible their bosses are with their busy schedule, etc. It can be difficult at times, but it is possible and will teach you various skills. For the most part, I prefer to be busy. I’m most productive when I’m busy.


Storm Youth Championships

The countdown is on. We’re less than two weeks away from the first Storm Youth Championships event.

On March 24, we’re heading to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV to meet youth players and their families from all around the United States. We’ve got tons of fun events and seminars planned in addition to the competition. The youth bowlers will be able to take in an exclusive tour of the National Bowling Stadium, meet some of the athletes who are part of team Storm, practice with the pros, and ask questions all weekend long.

The tournament begins on Saturday at 9 am. The bowlers will compete on four different patterns during the four rounds of competition. We will crown champions in U12, U15, and U20 boys’ and girls’ divisions. The top two in each division will be named to the 2017 Storm All-American Team.

Charitable giving has long been a focus at Storm so it only makes sense that we align the Storm Youth Championships with a worthy charity. This year’s charity of choice is Ballard vs. The Big “C,” known as BVBC.

The Storm Youth Championships would not be possible without all of the sponsors of the event. Special thanks to Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, Turbo 2-n-1 Grips, The Tri-Properties - Silver Legacy - Eldorado - Circus Circus.

Follow all the action on our Storm Jr. Facebook Page. We’ll see you in Reno! #SYC