Gazmine Mason Visits I PROMISE School

Team Storm Member and PWBA Tour Rookie, Gazmine “GG” Mason was recently invited to share her story through sports and interact with the students at the I PROMISE school in Akron, Ohio.

The LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools partnered to design a brand new school for the public school students in Akron. According to their website, “a culmination of years of on-the-ground work and research-based interventions through LeBron’s I PROMISE program, the I PROMISE School will be more than a 1st - 8th grade academic institution. It will infuse APS’s rigorous curriculum with a STEM, hands-on, problem-based learning focus with LJFF’s ’We Are Family’ philosophy to create a complete wraparound for its students and their families.”

The I PROMISE students were able to ask Mason questions about her journey through youth and college bowling and she was able to share how she has persevered. The school also set up an inflatable bowling set and also some plastic bowling pins so that all the students could bowl with Mason and learn a little about the sport of bowling. Her favorite part of the day was being able to say the student promise with the kids.

“All I know is that they inspired me more then they know,” Mason said. “These kids are brilliant and so special!”

Mason said in her blog. “I PROMISE kids, family, faculty, staff, LeBron James, friends & family, and Akron, I appreciate and love you all! An unforgettable, eye-opening experience that I will forever be grateful for!”

A graduate of Nebraska, Mason is currently competing on her first year on the PWBA Tour. A few of her goals for the season are to make cuts consistently, win at least one event, and make it to the PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond.

If you get the opportunity to meet Mason on the lanes this summer, you’ll find out quickly that her passion for the sport of bowling is contagious. She hopes to inspire the next generation of youth athletes to set their goals high and work hard.

“DREAM BIG and work towards that dream every single day no matter what ANYONE says.” Mason said.

 

Photo Credit: I Promise School


Demore Rolls 878 with !Q Tour Emerald

Can you imagine walking into the bowling center for league night and rolling 35 strikes? This week, Blake Demore did just that!

Demore, 29, bowled games of 300, 278, 300 for an 878 series on Monday, June 3, at Enterprise Park Lanes. This was the first 300 game and/or 800 series bowled with the new !Q Tour Emerald. His last shot of the set were filmed and can be viewed here.

“It felt like any other league night but if felt different after the first 300 game,” Demore said. “I almost felt like I couldn’t miss my target at the arrows. I felt confident more than normal throughout the night.”

A member of our Storm Staff Team, Demore, has been bowling since he was five years old, He graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Business Administration and opened his own pro shop, Blake’s Next Level Pro Shop in 2006.

At his Pro Shop, Demore works hard to deliver exceptional service. He shares his knowledge with his customers recommending bowling balls that will fit best in their bag and introducing young people to the sport of bowling. He coaches youth and high school players in the area so that they can improve and grow to love bowling. In addition, he is always working to improve his game so he can compete on the highest levels. He joined the Professional Bowlers Association in 2015 and has one PBA Regional Title. He has more than 30 300 games (including one PBA 300 game) and 11 800 series.

When he stepped on the lanes for league at Enterprise Park Lanes, Demore was hoping to discover how the new !Q Tour Emerald rolled so that he could share his thoughts with his customers prior to the June release. The !Q has become a staple in bowlers of all levels all over the globe and serves as a benchmark ball in many players bags.

“I was very surprised at how well the ball rolled," Demore said. "How clean it was through the heads, how well it read the midlane and how it went through the pins.”

As the striking continued for Demore, his friends at league and being able to watch the playoff hockey game on TV with his teammates helped him keep his mind clear while his success continued.

“I really didn’t feel nervous until the last shot of game three because I had a chance to tie the house record,” Demore said. "It really didn't hit me until I woke up the next morning when I saw all the posts, messages, and notifications on Facebook."

After his scores were recorded and the applause, high fives, and hugs from his fellow league members concluded there were a few people he couldn’t wait to tell about his achievement.

"I wanted to tell my Mom and Dad," Demore said. "I was also really wanting to tell my brother, Spencer, and my friend, John, who have helped me get back into being myself mentally again. I feel very proud achieving this moment in my bowling career.”

Demore will hit the lanes for two PBA Regionals in Minnesota and will continue to compete as much as he can throughout the summer.

You can visit your local Storm VIP Pro Shop to pre-order the !Q Tour Emerald which is available worldwide June 21. Learn more about this new gem here.


Prather Wins PBA Playoffs for 100K ; Ng and Bond Win on PWBA Tour

Kris Prather Wins 100K in PBA Playoffs Championships

Kris Prather may have never experienced the bowling fans in Maine prior to the 2019 PBA Tour Season but we don’t think he’ll ever forget it. Prather defeated Bill O’Neill to win the inaugural PBA Playoffs Championships and earned the $100,000 first prize Sunday at Bayside Bowl.

“These fans are incredible,” Prather said in the PBA News Release. “I never thought I’d be accepted into a place I’m not from, like I have been in Portland. You hear about how enthusiastic these fans are, but you don’t really know until you experience this place.”

Prather who earned his first PBA Tour title in the PBA Scorpion Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling X qualified into the 24-player match play elimination competition as the ninth seed.

The PBA Tour aired live on Fox Sports Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Prather defeated Anthony Simonsen in the “Race to 2 Points.” Prather won the first game 217-179 while Simonsen won the second game 247-216 forcing a two-frame roll-off. Prather won the roll-off 49-40.

Prather, a Roto Grip staffer, used a combination of the IDOL and IDOL Pearl in the TV Finals.

 

“When I came out on tour, I didn’t treat it as a job and it showed,” Prather said. “I hope people can see how much I’ve matured over the past five years, and it’s really having an impact on the success I’m having.”

Shayna NG Wins Second PWBA Tour Title

On Saturday, Shayna Ng defeated Missy Parkin in the finals to take home her second PWBA Title at the PWBA Sonoma County Open.

Ng averaged 217 through the 30 games of qualifying and chose to throw her Hy-Road X through most of the tournament. She earned the second seed and in her first match on tv defeated Stefanie Johnson 267 – 204.She moved on to face the tournament leader, defeating Parkin 259- 237. She chose to throw the Code X in her final round.

“I had my ups and downs, but when it comes down to just one final game, it’s really anybody’s game and I was fortunate to have matched up to the lanes better and earlier.” Ng said in the PWBA News Release.

Though Team Singapore will return to Singapore to compete in the Singapore Open the rest of Team Storm will travel to Arizona for the PWBA Tucson Open.

 

Julia Bond Wins Second PWBA Regional Title

PWBA Rookie, Julia Bond is having a summer to remember. He recent University of Nebraska graduate picked up her PWBA card and has already added two PWBA Regional titles to her list of achievements.

Four Team Storm players qualified for the stepladder finals at the PWBA Sonoma County Regional at Double Decker Lanes. Bond earned the top seed averaging 207.6. Fellow PWBA Rookie, Gazmine Mason earned the second seed, Kayla Bandy earned the third seed, while Stephanie Schwartz rounded out the top four. Schwartz climbed the ladder to face Bond in the title match. In the finals, Bond defeated Schwartz 203-178 using a Roto Grip HALO Pearl.

“I know it can be tough, and I know that not every week you can make the cut or take home that title, but it’s nice when it does work out,” Bond said in the PWBA Release.

“It’s not the first time I’ve bowled against these ladies, but it’s a different environment. I was a little nervous, but having this early success makes me feel like I made a good choice after graduation.”

Bond has been a consistent force since joining the PWBA Tour in Nebraska. She finished seventh in the PWBA Lincoln Open and sixth in the PWBA Sonoma County Open.

A bonus for winning, Bond and fellow Team Storm member Elise Bolton have earned their spots in the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown which will air August 24 on CBS Sports Network.

To learn more about all of the members of Team Storm visit our Storm Athletes section here.

To learn more about our Squad RG players check out the Staff Section here. 

 

 


The SYC Travels to the Music City

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


The PWBA Hall of Fame Returns in Wichita

Three members of Team Storm were inducted into the Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in Wichita, Kansas. Wendy Macpherson and Leanne Hulsenberg were inducted into the 2019 PWBA Hall of Fame in the Performance category and Donna Conners was selected for the Meritorious Service/Builder category. They were the first class to join the PWBA Hall of Fame since 2003. In addition, Anne Marie Duggan, who was elected to the PWBA Hall of Fame in 2003 when the PWBA Tour ceased operations, received special recognition at the ceremony.

We asked the new Team Storm PWBA Hall of Fame to share some of their favorite events to bowl in and some wisdom that they have learned throughout their bowling careers.

Donna K. Conners

  • Founder and executive director of the annual Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament
  • A USBC Silver Coach
  • 2012 USBC Joyce Deitch Unity Award Winner
  • Member of the Houston and Texas Bowling Halls of Fame
  • Won seven PWBA Regional titles
  • Co-owner of Carol Norman's Pro Shop

Favorite Tournament:

Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles!

Because it is very close to my heart! It’s great to see that many talented players under one roof.

Favorite Player:

Liz Johnson

Because she is one of the greatest players on the planet.

Favorite Quote:

"Grab your balls and Save the Ta Ta’s!"

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

Don’t quit the day before you succeed!

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

Find happiness in the journey and never give up on your dream!

Wendy Macpherson

  • 20 Career titles including 6 majors (3 USBC Queens, 2 Sam’s Town Invitationals, 1 US Open)
  • Youngest (18 years old) to capture the U.S. Women's Open title in 1986
  • Youngest (22 years old) to capture the triple crown
  • 1 PBA Women’s Series title (2009 Earl Anthony Medford Open)
  • 10 Japanese Professional Bowling Association titles
  • 4-time PWBA Player of the Year (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000)
  • 5-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist (1994, 2007 All-Events, 2000, 2002, 2004 Team)

Favorite Tournament:

WIBC now USBC Queens...It is a tournament where your goal is to remain in the winner bracket and the matches are so exciting.

Favorite Player:

Carolyn Dorin Ballard

Her work ethics are top notch.

Favorite Quote:

"There's always tomorrow."

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

Patience. Patience in competing and patience in life. It all works together.

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

Respect. Starting with respecting parents, family and authority. Respect of people and things.

Leanne Hulsenberg

  • 27 PWBA Titles including 2 major titles (1-USBC Queens, 1-US Women's Open)
  • 3-time USBC Women’s Championships titlist (2005 Classic Singles, 2006 Classic Doubles, 2007 Classic Team)
  • 12-time Bowlers Journal All-American and 1-Time member of Team USA in 2012
  • Inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in 2008
  • 1990, 1991 and 2002 PWBA Player of the Year (First bowler to capture back-to-back PWBA Player of the Year honors)
  • 100+ TV appearances

Favorite Tournament:

My favorite all time tournament is the US Open. Tradition. Big fields. Long format and very prestigious. I led the US Open in 1991 by 400 pins but lost in the finals and I have also had many top fives so when I finally won it in Dallas Cowboy Stadium in 2011, it really meant a lot to me.

Favorite Player:

Parker Bohn III

He is a true professional who I admire not only for his bowling achievements but for the way he acts on and off the lanes.

Favorite Quote:

"Do unto others as they would do unto you."

I have always prided myself on being a very respectful competitor. There is always someone who was better than others each week but that didn't mean they were better than others. We all were out there each week, working hard, traveling and doing the same things.

One Lesson That You Learned From The Sport of Bowling:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal. it is the courage to continue that counts."

I don't remember all the tournaments I have bowled but I sure do remember all the fun times we had each week.

Something That You Hope the Next Generation Learns:

My wish for this generation of the PWBA is that the tour grows and that the young talented bowlers will always have something to aspire to be. I hope the PWBA is around for a long time to come.

Learn more about all of our Storm Athletes and learn more about the players who are part of our Hall of Fame Staff by visiting this page.


Thank You StormNation

Thank you for all your support. Our IQ Tour 20 sold out in less than 24 hours.

Storm joined forces with recent PWBA Hall of Fame inductee, Donna Conners, to initiate our 2019 Paint the Lanes Pink™ campaign by offering 300 Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20™  bowling balls. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to continue the fight on Breast Cancer.

In recent years, Storm Co-Founders, Bill and Barbara Chrisman, have led Storm to produce a limited number of High-Performance Pink bowling balls to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. In a recent visit to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, researchers said that these annual contributions are truly creating an impact in the fight against cancer and the research lab is expanding. These donations wouldn’t be possible without the support of the bowling community and your continued support of Storm.

The 2019 version of the #PTLP Ball, a beautiful Pink and Black !Q Tour 20 bowling ball is a joint venture between Storm and X Out Breast Cancer to help celebrate the 20thAnniversary of the famous Striking Against Breast Cancer Bowling Tournament held in Houston, TX in late July. The “Luci”, as the touring players refer to it, is the world’s largest and most popular Mixed Doubles Tournament in the world. The brain child of newly inducted PWBA Hall of Famer, Donna Conners, the Luci represents the power of coming together in fellowship for a cause. The biggest stars on the PBA and PWBA tours joined forces with top amateurs around the world to via for the coveted championship in a sold-out field each season. Though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October, our 2019 campaign launched early to ensure the !Q Tour 20 balls will be available for the event in July.

An exclusive club of 300 supporters will lay claim to one of these Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20 bowling balls. Each bowling ball will be hand crafted in Brigham City, Utah and shipped free of charge to those bowlers in the continental U.S. (international shipping rates will apply). The Chrismans have elected to donate all the manufacturing costs to ensure the full $90,000 raised will go towards helping someone in the future.

Thanks again for your generous support. Together we are making a difference!


Meet the 2019 Storm All-American Team

The talent at the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) is always impressive. In February, our Storm All-American Team was named. The top two bowlers in each division at the Storm Youth Championships - Las Vegas event were named to the Storm All-American Team.

Today, we want to introduce you to these impressive youth bowlers and share some fun facts about them.

2019 Storm All-American Team

U12 Team Members:

Elias O'Hollaren

Road to the All-American Team:

Elias earned his first SYC title at his first SYC event in Las Vegas.

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite Bowling Center: Kearny Mesa Bowl

High Game/ High Series: 286 / 785

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Animal: Whales

Favorite Athlete: Nolan Aranado

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: 5 times a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 15

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the Open Pattern

What do you want to be when you grow up?  IDK

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball?  Phaze II

 

Sebastian Huffman

Road to the All-American Team:

Sebastian has earned one SYC title and this is his second year on the Storm All-American Team.

Nickname: Sebass

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Bowling Center: Gameworks

High Game/ High Series: 300/786

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: James Harden

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 5-7 days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I met a lot of new friends. All of the people at SYC are so kind and such great bowlers. Everyone in the Storm family makes feel like I can be a great bowler.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC: 

My favorite part of SYC is all the rounds of qualifying. The people that I get paired up with are so kind and are such great friends.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Athlete/ Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Phaze II

 

Katelyn Abigania

Road to the All-American Team:

Katelyn earned her first SYC title at the Las Vegas event.

Nickname: Kat

Hometown: Sand Diego, CA

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Arena

High Game/ High Series: 290/743

Favorite Food: Chicken Adobo

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite Athlete: Daria Pajak

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Rasberry Sorbet

How often do you practice: Once a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I made at least a dozen new friends

What is your favorite part of the SYC?

My favorite part of the SYC is bringing out the best of everyone and winning.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Lawyer or Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? IQ Tour Nano

 

Avery Domaguin

Road to the All-American Team:

Avery has earned one SYC title.

Nickname: A

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Bowling Stadium

High Game/ High Series: 266/747

Favorite Food: 619 Burrito

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: Daria Pajak

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: 1-3 Per Week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 5

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is meeting new people/kids and making new friends. And the competition is fun and exciting.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Veterinarian or a Teacher/PWBA member

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? PhysiX

 

U15 Team Members

Alexander Horton

Road to the All-American Team:

Alexander has earned one SYC title.

Nickname: Alex

Hometown: Douglassville

Favorite Bowling Center: Limerick Bowl

High Game/ High Series: 300/792

Favorite Food: Cheesesteak

Favorite Animal: Black Panther

Favorite Athlete: Kevin Durant

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Butter Pecan

How often do you practice: 3 Days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: Around 10 new people. I made friends with some of the people on my pair during competition as well as practice. I also got to see some old friends that I do not see very often.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

After the practice sessions are over and the final night before competition begins. This is fun because you get to play around with friends as well as members of the Storm staff.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Storm Prodigy

 

Ashton Yamasaki

Road to the All-American Team:

Ashton has earned two SYC titles.

Nickname: No

Hometown: Portland, OR

Favorite Bowling Center: National Bowling Stadium

High Game/ High Series: 300/778

Favorite Food: Yakisoba Noodles

Favorite Animal: Turtle

Favorite Athlete: Chris Warren

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: Everyday

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: I have met around 50 new friends at the SYC

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part is the social aspect of the tournament because everyone is friendly and extremely nice.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Alpha Crux

 

Saphyre Nofuente

Road to the All-American Team:

Saphyre has earned two SYC titles.

Nickname: No

Hometown: Rocklin

Favorite Bowling Center: All of them

High Game/ High Series: 296/727

Favorite Food: Depends on the weather

Favorite Animal: Wolf

Favorite Athlete: Rocio Restrepo

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Coffee

How often do you practice: 4 to 5 times a week depending on scheduled tournament

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 10

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the activities outside of the bowling.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know yet I’m only 13

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Hy-Road

 

Samantha Conti

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: Sammy

Hometown: Henderson

Favorite Bowling Center: Strike Zone

High Game/ High Series: 300/793

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Animal: Sea Horse

Favorite Athlete: Josie Barnes

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Vanilla

How often do you practice: Every day

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: So many, I lost count!

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is the friendships you make along the way!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Psychologist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Sure Lock

 

U20 Team Members:

Spencer Robarge

Road to the All-American Team:

Spencer has earned four SYC titles.

Nickname: Spence

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

Favorite Bowling Center: The National Bowling Stadium and Stardust Lanes

High Game/ High Series: 300 (21)/ 847 (8 800’s)

Favorite Food: Chicken Fettucine

Favorite Animal: Blake the Bowling Dog

Favorite Athlete: Rhino Page

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Chocolate

How often do you practice: Everyday

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: 5

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Meeting new friends, the fun activities that go along with the SYC's, the competition on the challenging patterns, the format of the tournament and seeing my Storm family.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional bowler and bowling center proprietor

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? I have 3. IQ Tour, Roto Grip Asylum, and the Fire Road

Cerell Cardines

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: Snorlax

Hometown: Niskayuna, New York

Favorite Bowling Center: South Point Bowling Plaza

High Game/ High Series: 300/863

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

Favorite Animal: Panda

Favorite Athlete: Jason Belmonte

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 3-4 days a week

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: Immeasurable, no matter who you talked to (bowlers, parents, staff, director, etc.), everyone just respected one another and it just created a friendly environment for the tournament.

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Meeting a lot of new faces and being able to enjoy every single moment of SYC.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Professional Bowler/Physical Therapist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Belmo Spare Ball (Even though I don’t have one)

 

Mabel Cummins

Road to the All-American Team:

Mabel has earned four SYC titles.

Nickname: Mabes

Hometown: Elburn, IL

Favorite Bowling Center: Southpoint Plaza

High Game/ High Series: 300/823

Favorite Food: Apples

Favorite Animal: Dog

Favorite Athlete: Norm Duke

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream:  Mint Chocolate Chip

How often do you practice: 4 days a week, (tournaments on weekends) split between lane drills/bowling at a center/working out

How many new friends did you meet at the SYC: So many! Spending 2 full days together is a great way to get to know the people on your pair :)

What’s your Favorite Part of the SYC:

Besides meeting new people, competing! The SYC is a great way to get experience on tough conditions against the best bowlers.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Forensic Pathologist

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? Hustle Ink

 

Jennifer Loredo

Road to the All-American Team:

Nickname: J-Lo or Jen

Hometown: Fresno

Favorite Bowling Center:  Bulldog Bowl (Fresno State Bowling Alley)

High Game/ High Series: 300/765

Favorite Food: Steak n Shake (Frisco Melt)

Favorite Animal: Hedgehogs!

Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams

Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream: Cookies n’ Cream

How often do you practice: 4 times a week

How many friends did you make at the SYC: Plenty! Probably 10-15

What is your favorite part of the SYC:

My favorite part of the SYC is making new friends and seeing old ones.

What’do you want to be when you grow up?: Lawyer

What is Your Favorite Storm Bowling Ball? !Q Tour Edition

 


Gonzalez Wins Bowlero Elite Series

The first event of the Bowlero Elite Series aired Tuesday, April 9, where eight pros faced eight Bowlero League Bowlers for more than $500,000 in prizes. In the final match Team Storm PBA player, Kyle Troup, faced amateur, Luis Gonzalez, who recently joined our Storm Staff. In a close title match, Gonzalez defeated Troup 237 - 226 to take home the title and $270,000.

“This win brought out a different side of me as a bowler," Gonzalez continued, "This is definitely my favorite win of all time. I have taken a lot in from this tournament win. I have been working on my mental game and this tournament really brought out a spark in me that I did not know was there.”

Gonzalez started bowling at age three in his father’s bowling center. He worked hard throughout his youth career and bowled for his varsity team during high school in Chicago. In his junior year, he led the state of Illinois in average with 226 and finished third individually at the state tournament. After high school, he continued to bowl competitively in tournaments throughout the Midwest and bowls as much as he can. In addition to his commitment to the lanes he also balances a full-time job as a radioactive pharmacy technician at Cardinal Health and has been attending college full time to finish his degree in Business Management.

Gonzalez was encouraged to compete in the tournament by the General Manager at Bowlero River Grove. He qualified for the Bowlero Elite Series by submitting a video about why he should be chosen to compete in the event. He was chosen to be one of the eight amateurs from across America to participate in the event.

Entering the event Gonzalez said his goals were to stay calm and make it through the first match. He says winning the tournament was his main goal, but he knew that he had to get through his smaller goals to reach his main goal.

As the tournament began, he felt confidence with his preparation and his ball reaction on the lanes. He thought that he’d have a good chance to win some matches.

“The first match of the tournament was a nail biter going into the 10th frame.” Gonzalez said. “My max score going into the 10th was a 278 and my opponents was a 269. I knew I needed a double for the win. After a few deep breaths, I got the double for the win. I believe this win lit a fire in me that I needed to get me through this tournament.”

Throughout the competition Gonzalez chose to throw a Roto Grip IDOL and his trusty Storm Mix stayed by his side. He kept winning matches until he ultimately was named the champion. His family and friends were there to cheer him on and keep him in the moment.

“I couldn't have done this without my family and close friends," Gonzalez said. "They made sure to keep me calm and focused in between matches, which really helped. Seeing my mom in the stands rooting for me and the moment I was able to hug my wife and son after I won was an indescribable feeling that I will never forget.”

 

Though his father who got him into the sport has passed away, he has truly honored his father's legacy by introducing the sport to his son and continuing to compete. Gonzalez will be celebrating this win for a while, but he has a busy spring schedule on the lanes. He has some local tournaments over the next few weekends including the Illinois Masters. In addition, he’ll be traveling to Las Vegas to bowl the Open Championship this summer.

“This experience has been a whirlwind for me, I am still soaking it all in. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Storm. I am going to take what I learned from this tournament and continue to build myself as a bowler both physically and mentally.”

For more information about the Bowlero Elite Series and to see the final bracket visit their website here.


The SYC Travels to the Golden State

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – If you look up youth in the dictionary one definition states, “the early period of existence, growth, or development.” The youth athletes that compete at the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) capitalize on their age to learn as much as they can, as quickly as they can. Every bowler is growing both mentally and physically every time they pick up a bowling ball. They ask educated questions and continue to fill their mind with the tools to be successful during competition. After the awards ceremony the champions often turn to ask their parents if they can get back on the lanes to practice the next day.

These youth athletes are truly an inspiration for every person who has attended an SYC event.


The second Storm Youth Championships (SYC) of 2019 was held in Rohnert Park, California, March 22-24. Our host center, Double Decker Lanes helped us welcome 144 youth bowlers and their families from 17 states to compete.  The tournament awarded a total of $15,450 in scholarships.

The youth athletes bowled in three 5-game rounds on three Kegel oil patterns over two days of competition. There were six divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls).The top three bowlers in each round took home a gold, silver, or bronze medal and the tournament champions in each division were crowned based on their total pinfall for all three rounds.

In the U20 division, Caroline Thesier of North Carolina rolled a 224 in the final game to win the girls title by 5 pins while Bryce Oliver of Ohio finished 358 pins ahead of the field to capture the boys title. They both earned their second SYC title at this event. In the U15 division, Jillian Martin of Ohio led the field by 267 to take home her fourth SYC title while Ashton Yamasaki of Oregon remained consistent to pick up his second SYC title. In the U12 division, Jude Balajadia and Kiyah Lane of California both earned their first SYC titles.

L to R: Jude Balajadja, Kiyah Lane, Ashton Yamasaki, Jillian Martin, Bryce Oliver, Caroline Thesier

Some of the best moments at the SYC happen before and after competition. Parents often share that the friendships that are formed through a weekend at the SYC last far beyond when the scores are calculated on Sunday afternoon.

Friday is packed with optional activities for the whole family, a practice session with the Storm Pro Staff, and bowlers get to pick up their brand-new Storm Bowling Ball. At this event, Team Storm members, Jason Belmonte and Jesper Svensson traveled directly from the World Series of Bowling in Detroit to host a Q&A session on Friday. Belmonte had just earned a record 11th major title at the World Championships using the Hy-Road Pearl, the same ball that all the SYC bowlers received by participating in the event. In addition, a few lucky youth bowlers were randomly chosen to bowl for Team Belmonte or Team Svensson in an exciting Baker Challenge.

Our SYC bowlers raise funds for a great cause while they compete. A donation of $10 from each entry goes directly to BVBC also known as Ballard vs. the Big “C.” Additional funds were raised through a silent auction and raffles throughout the weekend. BVBC supports continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey.

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 Bowlers Journal International. The event was livestreamed throughout the two days of competition on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page.

The 2019 SYC Tour will host a total of six events in 2019. The SYC will travel to Smyrna, Tennessee, May 24-26. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. Entries for the next event in Lincoln, Nebraska will open April 29. In August, we will travel to Wichita, Kansas and in October the SYC will return to Shallotte, North Carolina. For more information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc or check the StormJr Facebook Page.

About Storm Products, Inc.

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Photos: Kimberly Power-Defer

 


On The Road with Team Storm

Team Storm PBA Tour Manager, Jim Callahan shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life on the road with Team Storm & Roto Grip.

The 2019 PBA Season has been filled with excitement and a lot of success for Team Storm and Roto Grip. The athletes have been working hard each week to represent our brands.

Jason Belmonte has added three PBA Titles to the record books this season, including two major titles. We witnessed a moment in history when Jason Belmonte won major title #11 to surpass the great Earl Anthony and Pete Weber at the PBA World Championships. I have had the honor to work with Jason for all 11 of his PBA major titles.

Jason is truly a fantastic representative for our sport, and we are so lucky to have him as part of our Storm family.

Norm Duke won back to back titles on grueling duel pattern events including title #40. He is simply amazing.

Jesper Svensson had a great start to the season making back-to-back shows at the first two events throwing the new Fever Pitch. The next week, Anthony Simonsen became the youngest PBA player ever to win two PBA majors.


We’ve also been able to celebrate a first PBA title with one of our team members this season! There’s a quote that goes, “Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” Kris Prather has been, “knocking on the door” overcoming adversity and advancing to several PBA shows for the past two years. He kept his head down, kept working and learning. Prather earned his first title at the PBA Scorpion Championships during the World Series of Bowling. Keep an eye out for this guy, he is a star in the making.

I am excited that several of our young players have had breakout weeks including Kris Prather, Brad Miller, Nick Pate, Marshall Kent, AJ Chapman, Darren Tang, BJ Moore and Kyle Troup who fought through injuries to make a show. These young staffers work extremely hard and I am proud of the progress that they make every week.

The players on tour have been throwing a variety of Storm and Roto Grip equipment each week. Some balls that have become key week to week have been the new Fever Pitch, Crux Prime, and Super Son!Q. The Roto Grip Halo Pearl is a great asymmetrical addition to our players bags.  The reliable Phaze II and Hy-Road are steady staples in the bag each week as well.

The athletes of Team Storm and Roto Grip have traveled to Las Vegas this week for the 2019 USBC Masters. Competition kicks off on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 am ET. Qualifying will air live on Flobowling.

Everyone Bowl Up a Storm!

-Jim Callahan