Striking Against Breast Cancer Tournament

Striking Against Breast Cancer 2017

The PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Storm kicks off this weekend. In its 18th year the tournament will host the largest field in its history. More than 320 bowlers will be competing in the event.

The story of the tournament travels back several years. Donna Conners and Luci Bonneau met bowling together in Houston and became travel partners on the LPBT. In 1999,  Bonneau was battling breast cancer and Conners stayed by her side. They discussed creating a bowling tournament to raise money for breast cancer research when her treatment was complete. Bonneau passed away later that year and Conners knew she had to create the event.

“This event has been around for 18 years and it is still growing,” Conners said. "It’s about people coming together for a dreadful disease. 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.”

Conners starts preparing for the next event the day after the current year wraps up. The tournament fills up quickly. Entry blanks are posted live on the website on January 1 and she starts receiving entries on January 3. In 2016, the event raised $84,000 to help fund breast cancer research and Conners is excited to expand the field and continue growing the event this year. 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.

“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 Xtra Frame.”

Players travel from across the nation and around the world to compete in the event. Conners has a team of volunteers that give their time and help the event run smoothly. She says each year the volunteers keep growing.

This year the team has put together, Pennies for Pins, a new initiative to get fans at home more involved at the event. Fans can choose their favorite bowler and either pledge a flat donation or a “Penny-A-Pin” based on how many pins the bowlers knock down. Individuals can go to this website to pledge a donation: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctRolxMIKSDTbtgZU24ARCiSu_5OvF3I_AxE_JTHWohVhHdA/viewform?c=0&w=1

“I am very blessed.” Conners said. “I don’t even know how to put into words how much I appreciate everyone that has been such a part of it. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I am the child and I have an entire village helping me pull this off.”

Storm Bowling has sponsored the event since 2002 and each year the whole company tries to participate in the event in every way.

“Storm has been a proud supporter of the Luci for 18 years,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator at Storm Products said. “Not only do we sponsor the event, all of our pro staff and Storm employees participate in the tournament. 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.”

Knowing that Storm Bowling is 1000% behind her event means a lot to Conners.

“Having Storm Bowling Products behind me is like having wings that just lift me up and help me fly.” Conners said. “I feel safe. I know that they’ve got my back and they’re always there to help me. Without these sponsors that like Storm Bowling Products, High 5 Gear, and all the many, many sponsors who donate time and money to come bowl the pro-am, this event would not be possible.”

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 do everything that I possibly can to make the players feel like they are rock stars.” Conners said. “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.”

The Luci hosts a pro-am where amateur bowlers bowl with PBA and PWBA stars and help raise money for the cause throughout the event. They host a silent auction as well as several raffles and giveaways for all of the participants. This year, Conners has added a giant Plinko board that participants will be able to use to win prizes. It’s an important piece of the weekend. Conners does everything in her power to make sure that there is “positive karma” throughout the entire event and good thoughts for all the spectators and participants.

She also tries to make the tournament environment as fair as possible right down to the lane condition. Kegel comes in to provide the tournament with a fair but challenging lane condition. Every once in a while a player will get caught up in the frustration of the tournament. It doesn’t take long for them to regain perspective.

“I had one player tell me one time that this (lane) condition is awful,” Conners said. “I said, you’re right now turn around. Do you see this lady standing behind you? She has breast cancer right now. When you are on these lanes you are fighting to win. That’s what she’s doing too. She is fighting for her life.”

To follow the tournament on Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. For those who would like to support the event but can’t attend visit http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/ make a tax deductible donation online.

“Hopefully every player and participant leaves with positive and good thoughts.” Conners said. “I hope they know that I’ve done everything possible to help them. Each year I add something in to make it better. So we’ll see what happens.”


Riding For A Reason

The mosaic the production team at Storm weaves is a sumptuous one – a working rapport of many divisions that are as equal as they are diverse. On Easter Sunday, 2017, Storm lost a vital piece to that team. Scott Knavel, who worked in every facet of production at Storm, was a leading light for hundreds involved in the day-to-day operations at the factory.

The following week, Shane Blakeley, Storm’s Plant Manager, was having breakfast with a friend of the company, Jack Andersen, and the two agreed that Scott’s story wasn’t quite finished. With some careful planning, the “Ride for a Reason” tour was born.

Beginning in Ogden, Utah, Andersen with 4 of his riding companions began their 300 mile trek to Challis, Idaho to honor the memory of Scott.

Scott’s wife, NaCoal, was invited to the Storm plant as the team passed through Brigham City on their expedition north. What she wasn’t aware of was the $6,910 check about to be presented to her for aid with Scott’s final expenses. An initial goal of $2,500 was set, but in typical Storm fashion that target was exceeded with flying colors. Thanks to the help of company suppliers, sponsors, and fellow employees NaCoal can rest a little easier with some of this austere burden lifted off her shoulders.

The cycling team plans to hit all the best fast food stops along the way on their 3 day campaign. “Thank you so much for your generosity and the compassion that was shown. The outpouring has been overwhelming,” said Blakeley. It’s been an emotional journey for all involved.

Scott’s integrity and steadfastness will remain a beacon of virtue for years to come.

 


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.


Mike DeVaney Joins the Storm Tour Team

Storm Products, Inc. announced today that two-time, PBA Tour champion, Mike DeVaney, will join the Storm Tour Team as a Tour Representative.

“I am truly honored to be given this responsibility,” DeVaney said. “To say that I am excited would be an understatement! I am FIRED UP! I can't wait to visit Storm Headquarters in Brigham City, meet my co-workers, and get on the lanes and work with all the players. Most of all, I can't wait for the chance to absorb some of the vast knowledge the entire team at Storm possesses."

DeVaney has over 40 years of experience in the bowling industry. As a child, he spent most of his time with his mom at the bowling center that she managed where he could practice in the afternoons. He started working in his first bowling pro shop when he was 16 and has managed pro shops ever since. As his knowledge continued to grow on and off the lanes, his desire to become a professional bowler intensified. In the early 90’s, he competed successfully in Megabuck tournaments. He continued to learn as much as he could on the lanes and joined the PBA Tour in 1995. He has bowled professionally ever since. DeVaney has competed on television over 30 times. He has won two PBA National Titles, 15 PBA Regional Titles, Four San Diego USBC Masters Champion Titles, two North County USBC Masters Champion Titles, and several other titles. He’s a member of the North County USBC Hall of Fame. When he’s not competing, he still enjoys managing pro shops and sharing what he has learned with others.

“We are happy to welcome Mike to our Storm family,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Buisness Development said. “He has many unique talents and has a complete understanding of all the facets of the bowling industry. He will be a huge asset to Storm as we continue to grow.”

In his new position, he will be responsible for assisting the PBA, PWBA and all amateur staff players with bowling equipment during competition, coaching their physical games, as well as collaborating with the Storm Tour Team. He will also represent Storm at events and clinics throughout the bowling season. In addition, he will assist with communication and promotion of the Team Storm players.

"I would like to thank Storm Products Inc for the opportunity to join their team,” DeVaney said. “To Bill and Barbara Chrisman, Dave Symes, Gary Hulsenberg, Tour Reps Del Ballard Jr, Tim Mack, Jim Callahan, and all the great staff players I had the privilege to work with at the USBC Masters, a BIG Thank You!”

DeVaney currently lives in San Diego, CA with wife Carrie and his children Owen, Everley, and Lilia.


Check Out The Sure Lock

The Sure Lock is available now at a pro shop near you. This solid addition to the Lock family features a lot of continuation in a ball that is designed for heavier oil. The Sure Lock features the RAD-X Core and the GI-17 Solid Reactive Coverstock. It comes out of the box at 2000 grit factory finish.

“If you’re looking for a ball that will read the midlane but still give you the continuation through the backends, the Sure Lock is the ball for you,” said Steve Kloempken.

We’ve got a couple of ball reaction videos on our YouTube channel featuring Storm Staff Members, Darren Tang and Dan Higgins. Be sure to head to our Storm Bowling channel to check them all out.

Have you added the Sure Lock to your bag? Be sure to let us know what you think by reaching out to us on our social media channels or using the #StormNation. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Click here to view the Sure Lock ball page


Like Nothing You've Ever Thrown Before

 

The Timeless is the first release in our all-new Signature Line, an unprecedented and versatile series focusing on one-of-a-kind products.

This ball features the unparalleled Dual-Drive weight block and superior R2S coverstock. The combination of these unique attributes gives the ball a fast-revving benefit like the !Q Tour with the hitting power of the Hy-Road.

Have you had a chance to throw the Timeless yet? Tell us your experience by posting on social media with the #StormTimeless.

Learn more by clicking here. 

 


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


A Wave of Success with the NEW Torrent

16682014_10155137077919309_5811838850813201330_nChris Via
Team Storm Staff  Member
"Good way to end the day! Was able to win my spot for the Proprietors Cup with 981 for 4 games, all with the new Storm Torrent!"


16711480_1303092466420718_6391161887324666629_nAlex Hoskins
Technical Customer Service Representative at Storm Products

"Tough Guy Shootout February Champion! Stayed in the process and executed on the final shot to win by 1 pin with a strike. Alpha Crux and Hy-Road got me there, but the Torrent was the ball of choice in the finals."


16780016_10212170147234254_1998005600_nDarrel Ratliff
Team Storm Staff  Member

"Just shot 300 with my brand new Storm Torrent! Bad 2nd game making the wrong move left instead of right. Moved about 5 right and threw it harder. This ball is as predictable as it gets!"


Learn more about the Torrent and how it will fit in your bag. 


New and Improved Website

Holy cow!  Have you seen our new digs?  Our interweb digs that is.  Yup, we've finally updated our site with new and improved functionality and a very modern look and feel.  The site is now able to be viewed on mobile devices so it's easier to visit us while you're on the go.

So why the update?  Well, we thought of you.  Our goal is to give our bowlers all the information you need when selecting a ball.  When you look at the details of the a ball, you will find a ton of information about how the ball rolls, the coverstock and other key components needed when selecting your 300 ball.

You can still buy our great looking clothing and accessories to get you ready to bowl that perfect game.

Things to look forward to are ball comparisons, Matchmaker and other great features that will give you the edge on the lanes.

We're excited about where we are and where we're headed and we're grateful to have you aboard.

See you on the lanes!


Hello Bowlers!

Welcome to Storm's new blog.  On this page we will update you with all the news we can find about your favorite sport and your number one brand, Storm.  We love what we do and we love that you do to.  So come back often and find out what is happening in this ever changing sport.

Have a news story you'd like us to share?  Send us an email and we'd love to get it on our site.

See you on the lanes!