Blake Joins Team Storm

Storm is excited to announce the signing of Blake “The Bowling Doodle” Simpson. We’ve had our eye on Blake for some time. At just 8 months old, Blake has captured the attention of fans around the world with his passion for the lanes. Blake practices at his "paw"-rents, Terri & Wayne Simpson's bowling center KT’s Lanes in Emmett, Idaho, where he chooses to throw Storm bowling balls.

Blake uses a ramp to deliver his bowling ball down the lane. He gets some strikes and his coaches say he’s a pretty good spare shooter. His high game is 100.

"We just put the ball on top of the ramp and we held a treat, like, above the ball," Katelyn “KT” Simpson, his coach, told KBOI in Idaho. "We're like, come on, you know, kind of helped him, showed him a couple times, just pushed the ball with his arms and he caught on and just started doing it on his own."

You can watch a video of Blake bowling HERE.

“He sometimes pushes it and goes to the side of the ramp and watches it go down the lane to hit pins.  He has never tried to chase the ball down the lane.  And always wants a 'high-5' after he bowls,” Blake’s mom, Terri Simpson added.

His coach, KT, is also a member of Team Storm. She started bowling at age three and her career has already been filled with success including a spot on Junior Team USA in 2015, member of the Pikeville University Bowling Team where she was an All-American, and nine 300 games. She is currently a graduate assistant at Pikeville where she is finishing up her MBA.

“We’re excited for Blake to join our team and meet Storm Nation fans across the country,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “You can’t help but smile when you watch him bowl. It’s a good fit because Storm is a family owned business and Blake’s family owns their own business too!”

Blake truly can’t get enough of the lanes.

“Most of his bowling schedule depends on how much time I have or if KT is home from college,” Terri says. “But we try to get him on the lanes at least once a month or so. Sometimes when birthday parties come in and the ramp comes out, he thinks it for him,” Terri, says.

Blake is a great ambassador at his home center. Many of the bowlers come straight to the office to see him before they bowl. Blake’s family lets him and his brother, Adam, come out to say hi to their friends at the end of league night. His favorites are the ones who remember to bring him a treat but he truly loves to make people smile.

“Everyone loves him,” Terri says. “The bowlers that come in and bowl league expect to see him here and if he's not here, they are very disappointed.  The junior bowlers sometimes ask if he can bowl with them. We have set Blake up on lanes beside them before and let him bowl with them.”

His owners hope to enroll Blake in therapy dog training in the future so he could visit hospitals and nursing homes to make more people smile.

We think he’ll fit right in at The Bowlers Company. Welcome to the team, Blake!

All About Blake:

Favorite Snack: K9 Granola’s Coconut Crunchers

Favorite TV Show: My brother, Adam Levine, and I love The Voice.

Started Bowling: When I was tall enough to reach the ramp (12 Weeks Old)

Favorite Storm Bowling Ball: 10 Pound Storm Big Hit

High Game: 100 (Most of the time I practice without scores)

Why did you choose Team Storm: I wanted to follow in my coach, KT’s footsteps.

Why did you start bowling: My family taught me to bowl because when they brought me home they wanted to be able to let me go to work with my Mom (Terri). They already knew I’d be a bowling dog but then they let me try it. I loved it! I bark when my family puts my ramp away before I’m done.

Biggest Bowling Dream: To bowl a 300, of course!

Favorite Bowlers: My "paw"-rents, my coach KT Simpson, and my favorite pro bowler Leanne Hulsenberg!

What tips do you have for other aspiring bowling pups: Their parents or coach needs to ask permission at their local bowling center. I’m lucky because my mom owns our center. Bowling pups must be able to follow commands and not chase the ball. Don’t forget the treats and the 'high-5.'

 


Congratulations Alf Lopez. You earned it!

The 2018 Storm Utah Open was an incredible event! Having just concluded and setting numerous records in several categories including entries, prize money, and total bowler, the tournament continues to draw bowlers from all across the U.S. looking to earn a staff contract!

Alf Lopez of Pocatello, Idaho was this year's highest finisher of those entered in the optional $10 side pot.  Runner-up in the tournament, Alf beat out more than 170 other competitors to help fulfill a personal dream.

Congratulations Alf. You earned it!


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.


Foster wins Uzelac Tourney at Davis Lanes

Former Collegiate standout from William Penn, Cameron Foster won the Uzelac Classic Tournament at Davis Lanes in Layton, Utah this past weekend.

The tournament attracted 123 entries (109 men and 14 women) from across the state. It featured 49 optional scratch entries and paid out more than $4000.

 

Cameron Foster wins Uzelac with the Storm Intense

 

Cameron used the Storm Intense™, a Premier Line™ high-end asymmetrical ball, to earn more than $1000 for first place including the optional progressive pot.

Matt Voeltz was the runner-up and Mike Sagers finished third.

Tournament Director Leon Uzelac would like thank his sponsors Storm, Roto Grip, Master, the Storm Northwest Tour, and the Competitive Edge Pro Shop.

If you would like information on future Uzelac Classic events, please call Leon at 435-630-8762


Last Minute Gifts Every Bowler Will Love

Choosing the perfect gift for every person on your list takes planning. If you're like us, you're probably finishing off some last minute items this week! You're here because you've got a bowler on that list. We put together a list of some of the items that you can pick up for your favorite bowler at a pro shop near you. Need help finding a pro shop? We can help with that too. 

  1. Storm Intense: A new Bowling Ball always looks great under the tree! With the new Intense, our R&D Team is taking it a step further with the new RAD-E™ Core. Not convinced? Try out the Storm MatchMaker to see which ball might fit your game.
  2. GT Tape: This is a breakthrough in modern sport science. It provides stimulation to a variety of sensory nerves in the skin and surrounding tissues by amplifying touch sensitivity, increasing fine motor control, improving pain reduction, and heightening temperature and pressure sensitivity. For more information click here or watch this introduction video.
  3. Reacta Wipes: Christmas is the perfect time to stuff stockings with those supplies to keep those bowling balls maintained. Grab some Reacta Wipes from your local pro shop and keep them in your bag for a quick solution before and after bowling. Take Reacta Wipes everywhere you go since it is legal to use during competition.
  4. Abralon Grip Disc: You won’t spend too much time in a bowling center without seeing one of these come out of the bag. Abralon pads are the gold standard for refinishing bowling balls. Available in 180-4000 grit disks, they are what Storm utilizes in the factory.
  5. 3-Ball Rolling Thunder Signature: The all white version of our Signature Rolling Thunder series was a huge favorite for league bowlers last season. After feedback from bowlers in the field, this season we’ve added a version that includes more black in the design. If you’re looking for a bag that’s durable and allows you to find your bag in a crowd, look no further than this bag. All the details can be found here. Head to your local pro shop to order one today!
    BONUS: There’s a 4 ball version you can find here.
  6. Storm Nation Jersey:  A must-have for every member of #StormNation. This colorful performance bowling jersey designed by bowlers, for bowlers.
  7. Motion Polo: State Tournament is right around the corner? We've got a great selection of polos to outfit your whole team. An upscale design combined with moisture management technology makes this polo an excellent choice for performance and comfort on the lanes. 
  8. Storm Tees: Looking for something a little more casual for those nights on the lanes, we’ve got lots of new styles of Storm Tees in our Storm Shop. Pick up some for the whole family for your next mixed doubles event.Fan favorite: Storm Nation Tee.

    Stormmoji Grip Sacks: These fun accessories come in three different faces for the bowler who loves to show their emotions on the lanes!

  9. Storm Hoodies: Don't forget the fan who's always there to support their favorite bowler. It can get pretty cold in those bowling centers. We've got one in pink too! 

Did we miss something? Share your favorite items by using the hashtag #StormNation on your social media channels.


Tournament Prep List

Keep this list close as you prepare for your next tournament.

  1. Make sure your equipment is ready. Inserts are fresh, thumb holes feel good, interchangeable thumbs are operating properly, and that you a backup interchangeable thumb for any emergencies.
  2. An accessory bag filled with grip adjusting products. Some things to include are: thumb insert tape, thumb/finger protection tapes, tape knife/tape tool, scissors, fingernail clippers.
  3. Abralon pads/surface adjusting products are a must for fine tuning ball reaction. These jewels are a tournament bowlers friend.
  4. Shoes. If you do not have high performance shoes with removable heels and soles, get some. Every bowling center is different and proper footing is essential. Get yourself many combinations of heels and soles. Fine tuning here is paramount.
  5. Add a shoe brush for those slick approaches to your accessory bags.
  6. Rosin and/or hand conditioner can come in handy too.
  7. Shoe covers to protect your shoes for trips out of the settee.
  8. Some anti-inflammatory medication as you never know when those little beauties will be needed.
  9. Storm Shammy to wipe your ball off, do this every shot!
  10. If it is an event that requires proper attire, your bowling clothes! I have forgot my “name” shirt on more than one occasion in my career, it can be quite the embarrassment. Storm apparel works very well in this situation! The most important thing is to bring an open mind and a willingness to learn. Every time we step onto the lanes there are lessons to be learned, but only when our mind is right.

Seminar and Round Table Round-Up

Hello Storm Nation!

As 2017 winds down, it’s great to note so many cool new things at Storm that were implemented throughout the year. It was just last Fall when we toured the country listening to the concerns of bowlers, bowling center proprietors, and pro shop owners alike. As a result of those discussion, we were able to implement many new changes such as the re-release of very success previous model at slower times of the year. Hence the limited-edition Marvel™ Pearl which was so instrumental in the collection of titles by our PBA Champions. You spoke and we listened!

The same went with the request to have more technical knowledge shared on our website and throughout the Storm Nation.

You definitely were not lying when you said that the demand for knowledge in our sport is huge! The technical articles and videos continue to outperform promotional material by more than tenfold.

So, it was our quest to quench the thirst for more technical material along with a chance to openly discuss and share ideas at this most recent Round Table and Intense™ Seminar tour. For those of you who were able to make it, we appreciate it and thank you for your patronage. We talked for the first half and listened for the second half. And we are excited to take action on those terrific ideas which came from so many of you across the country.

For the Intense Seminar portion, we revealed the intricacies of Storm’s Vector Layout System and how it places an importance of the actual shape the pro shop operator is drilling into. Dispelling many myths, the seminar turned heads and raised eyebrows to some new ways of thinking. The info presented added real technical substance to today’s modern game including test results that haven’t been offered to the public before. It was well received across the country and the effects are noticeable and beneficial, particularly by empowering pro shop operators with enriched knowledge on Storm’s VLS system and balance hole techniques. Remember, there is a wealth of technical knowledge located at news.stormbowling.com that is available for everyone and is always growing.

With league season in full affect and the holiday’s right around the corner, our sport is a hot bed of activity. Stay up to date with all that Storm has to offer including technical articles, new releases, ball videos, coaching tips, and more at www.stormbowling.com. Also be sure to stay in touch through our various social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for exclusive content regarding everything going on in your Storm Nation!


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!

 

 


Like Father, Like Son

Fathers and sons can share many important milestones in their lifetime together. These milestones turn into memories that they'll cherish forever. Recently, Kevin and Travis Webster shared a milestone on the lanes. They have been bowling together on the same team for two seasons and they both started stringing the strikes together. They both shot 300 in the same game.

We talked to the Webster’s about this amazing achievement and what was going through their mind. Check out the interview below:

How long have you been bowling? 

Kevin: I started bowling 40 years ago and stopped bowling in 1997 when I was starting to raise a family and purchased my first home.  I started bowling again in 2016 when Travis started getting interested in the sport.

Travis: I started bowling less than two years ago.

Tell us about the night.  

Kevin:  It is a 3 person, 595 max scratch league.  I started out the night with a 194 game but felt I had a pretty good look.  Game 2 I started strike, spare in the 2nd, then struck out until a left a 7 count in the 12th for a 277 game.  Game 3 Travis and I got on a roll and just kept striking.  It wasn’t until about the 6th frame, the thought of us both bowling 300 games entered my mind.  I have previously bowled 300 and 818 in league play many years ago before I stopped bowling and rolled a 300 in a tournament a few months ago along with a couple of other 300’s while practicing.  I was excited for Travis because he only started bowling in 2016 and had the chance at a 300 game.  As the strikes kept coming, so did the crowd and other league members.  Travis struck out in the 10th and shot the 1st 300 of the league.  We celebrated for a minute, but I still had some work to do myself.  By the 10th frame, the whole house was standing behind our pair.  I threw a good ball in the 10th.  In the 11th, I left a lazy ten pin, but the head pin messenger came off the side board, rolled and knocked the 10 pin down just before the rack came down.  The crowd went crazy.  In the 12th, I threw a great ball flush in the pocket.  The crowd went nuts again and high five from everyone.  In the 4th game, I started with the front 4 strikes, and finished with a 236 game.  196-277-300-236 = 1007 4 game series.

Travis: During warm-ups after I got loose, I was already feeling pretty comfortable with my shot.  I finished the first two games happy with scores of 239 and 232.  Then in the 3rd game I was going strike-for-strike with my dad when the thought of both of us shooting 300 crossed my mind in about the 7th frame.  But I thought there was no way something like that would actually happen, with each of us needing 5 more strikes under pressure.  I'm before my dad in the lineup, so when I got up to the approach in the 10th frame I was nervous as ever.  It didn't help calm down my nerves seeing the whole league standing behind our pair with all eyes on me, even though they were cheering me on.  After a bad shot in the 10th that struck, I finished strong with 2 good shots to secure my first ever 300 game!  I finished the night with new personal bests in 3-game series, 4-game series, and obviously high game.  239 - 232 - 300 - 203 = 974

What ball were you throwing?

Kevin: Code Black

Travis: Code Red

Did your fellow league bowlers notice what was happening and cheer you on? 

Kevin: Yes, you could see people looking over and starting to talk around the 6th frame.  By the 10th frame, everyone around us had stopped and was standing behind our pair, cheering after every strike.  The support and excitement of seeing father and son, on the same pair, during the same game, trying to shoot 300’s was amazing.

Travis: Yes, I'm sure they all noticed even before I did.  It was about the 8th frame when I noticed our neighboring pairs backing off and letting me bowl uninterrupted.  After my 12th, the excitement really kicked in as all the high-fives and congratulations' poured in.

When you both had finished your games what was your reaction or the first thing you said to each other?  

Kevin: I was the first one to greet Travis after his 300.  I just hugged him and told him how proud of him I was.  This was only the 5th week of his second season, and to see the excitement on his face was priceless.

Travis: I think we were both so excited there weren't too many words as we just shared a hug right behind the approach.

I’m sure this is a night you will always remember. In your own words, what made this night so special to you?  

Kevin: The whole reason I started bowling again after a 20-year absence was to spend time with Travis and compete in a sport that I spent a great deal of time early on in my life.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that both of us would shoot 300 games during the same game.  To be able to share such a rare accomplishment with Travis is unbelievable and special.  I think about the moment every day.

No matter what happens from here on out, we will always share that amazing night.  I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share that moment with my son.

Travis: It was just so unbelievable to have bowled my first 300 game with my dad there watching and bowling with me.  And for him to bowl a 300 of his own and share the moment with me was something I'll never forget.


Storm Bowling Is Mourning The Loss Of Our Friend Don Carano

Don was instrumental during the creation of the National Bowling Stadium and has been a longtime supporter of bowling. In addition, he was dedicated to the funding of the tournaments that took place in Reno. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carano family and all of our friends in Reno at this time. At the family’s request a donation has been made to the Reno Humane Society.