Danielle McEwan Wins Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open

It all came down to the 10th frame at the 2017 Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open. In the end, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, defeated Shannon Pluhowsky 226-224 to win her third PWBA title. The win earned McEwan $10,000 and a spot in the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia. We caught up with Danielle between her travels to ask her some questions about her most recent win.

It means a lot that I was not only able to compete but able to walk away with a title from an event in my own state.

CBS Sports aired the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open where you earned your third PWBA title this week? What did it mean to you to take home that title for a tournament that was hosted in your home state?

It was awesome to have a PWBA stop in New York, my home state. Even though Rochester isn't very close to where I live, I grew up bowling high school and other state tournaments all over the state. Therefore, I found myself constantly bumping into people that started conversations with phrases such as "I haven't seen you since high school" at this tournament.

What were your favorite Storm Bowling Balls in your bag this summer?

All of them!! The patterns we bowled on this summer were so drastically different from weekend to weekend, having multiple options to choose from allowed me to be consistent each week. Some of my favorites that stand out are the Sure Lock, Phaze II and Code Red.

What have you been up to during the off-weeks of the PWBA Tour on the road to the PWBA Tour Championships?

They may have been off weeks for the PWBA tour, but they haven't been off weeks for me by any means. I just got home from traveling to Sweden for the World Bowling Tour event. I now will have 3 days to get back on this time zone, get some good quality practice days on the lanes and in the gym and then it's off to Richmond!

What do you plan to do on the off-season?

Over the last few years, I've competed on the PWBA tour, the PBA tour, the World Bowling Tour, as well as represent Team USA in multiple international competitions. Therefore, there is really no off season for me. As soon as the PWBA Tour Championship wraps up, I will be training with Team USA and will then go right into another World Bowling Tour event in Thailand. The rest of the year will then be spent competing against the guys!

Do you have advice for bowlers who might be thinking about going out to test their skills on the PBA Tour or PWBA tour?

The advice I always give people who ask how to get to this point is to plan out your stepping stone path. For me, my path started with high school bowling, which led to college bowling, which led to Jr. Team USA then Team USA, and then out to competing on tour. For others that might mean competing in local tournaments, to regional events, to national events.

If your goal is to compete on the highest level on either tour - set a game plan on how to get there and work hard every day for it.

What’s one thing about yourself that fans might not know about you?

I love flying and I love airports. It's just recently become a new obsession- 100% related to my travel schedule over the last few years. In addition to constantly booking flights, I find myself doing research and reading tons of articles and blogs on different planes, airports and everything that has to do with travel. If you ever have any questions about seats on different aircrafts, fare classes, upgrades, the best places to eat in any given airport or the best way to argue with airline representatives, I can definitely help you out!


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.

 


Cheers to 20 Years!

Cheers to 20 Years!

January 2017 marks Pete Weber's 20th Anniversary at Storm Bowling!

His career has been legendary. He has won 37 PBA National titles including 10 major titles and 6 PBA50 National Titles including 1 major title on the senior tour. He won back-to-back PBA50 Player of the Year titles in 2015 and 2016.

Pete Weber has already had some success on the 2017 PBA Tour. He finished 7th at the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, 5th at the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, and finished 9th at the USBC Masters Tournament.  He’s preparing to head back out on the PBA50 Tour this summer where he’s defending his Player of the Year title.

We can’t thank Pete Weber enough for being part of our team and the support of all of our fans. Here’s to many more!

Learn more about Pete Weber.


Erica Cutler Loves the Lanes

 

Erica Cutler Loves the Lanes

Valentine’s Day has always been a special day on the lanes for Team Storm Staff Member, Erica Cutler, and 2017 was no different! Although, her success came a few days early this year. Cutler rolled a 279 triplicate for 837 on February 10 with the Storm Timeless in her Thursday night women’s league.

“The fact that the Timeless comes out on Valentine’s Day was kind of cool,” Cutler said. “I shot 864 on Valentine’s Day in 2011. My husband had got me a new pair of shoes. Last year, he got me a bowling ball and I shot 889 and broke the record for the highest woman series. He just gives me things and I break records.”

She held the national record for eight months. Cutler has been bowling since she was nine years old. She competed successfully at the high school and college level.

“My husband came to get our daughter and I told him I had 279 the first game. I left a 10 pin in the first game and I had left another 10 pin at that point. He said, ‘strike out and do it again,” Erica said.

That’s exactly what she did. Two more times to be exact. After her set was complete, Doug, and the whole league were excited about her accomplishment and congratulated her.

“I’m excited to throw that ball again!” Cutler said. “I love it. It works well for my game. I’m more of a ‘down and in’ player. I don’t throw a big hook. I really like to play the 10 board…I tell my husband, that’s my comfort zone.”

It’s a busy time on the lanes for Erica as she’s bowling the women’s city tournament in her area which is held on wood lanes. This hasn’t affected her ability to use the new Timeless. She’s ready to continue striking with it.

“I’m so proud and happy to be part of the Storm Family,” Erica said.

We’re expecting more great things from Erica in 2017! To learn more about the Timeless visit stormtimeless.com.

 

 

 

 


Life as a Tour Rep by Del Ballard Jr.

Life as a Tour Rep by Del Ballard Jr.

Life on the road as a tour representative is an incredible opportunity. I spent the whole summer on tour with the ladies on the PWBA Tour. We just wrapped up a whirlwind of a week at the 2016 U.S. Open.

The week at the U.S. Open were some of the longest days I have ever been a part of. This event included several new rules regarding equipment. You were only allowed to register 8 balls during qualifying, you could not change surfaces out on the lanes once practice started, and you could not have more than 8 balls in the locker room. Our day as a tour rep started at 7 am every morning discussing surfaces changes with each player because they were on a rotating squad schedule. A squad bowled first, followed by C squad, and then B squad. A was “fresh”, B was “burn”, and C was “double burn”. These rotate each day so that all participants see a different condition. (What is funny to me is when I bowled these events there were never these terms!).

The US Open is a tournament like no other. The mental and physical grind on the players is brutal. The mental and physical grind on the tour reps is pretty brutal too. During qualifying it’s all about keeping your angles in front of you, never losing the pocket, and making your spares. For the players we try to help them stay in the right zone on the lane and keep them in the right frame of mind. We also try to watch certain pairs that we know might be different than the others and communicate it to the players.

Marshall Kent lead the tournament by a lot and Francois Lavoie was second. Marshall put on a show through the week, playing outside the first arrow on A squad and lofting the left gutter on C squd. It was an awesome display of versatility! There was a crowd watching him on a lane that was hooking a ton. They were never easy. It’s the US Open after all! When match play rolled around, Marshall had a slight lead over Francois but Marshall started to strike…a lot. He shot 360 over and swept all 8 of his matches taking a 320 pin lead over Francois.

Match play continued the next morning and Marshall continued to bowl great opening up with a 450 pin lead. He was just incredible!! I had not seen that dominating of a display since Walter Ray lead the 1993 US Open by 530 pins over me. The next round though Francois put on his own show, bowling the highest block in match play. He cut Marshall’s lead down to 270 pins. It was awesome to watch.

Team Storm and Roto Grip had an unbelievable week on the lanes! Heading into the stepladder finals, Anthony Simonsen was third, Shawn Maldonado was fourth, and John Szczerbinski rounded out the top 5. On a side note, we had Martin Larsen in 6th, Andres Gomez was 7th, and Arturo Quintero was 8th. 11 out of 12 guys were throwing Storm/Roto Grip. I have never seen such a dominant display by our equipment. Great bowlers, great bowling balls.


Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer

Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer

Kenneth Pearson may have already had a few 300 games but his league is going to remember the one he had in January for a long time. Fran Deken, who bowls league with Kenneth, posted this message on Facebook:

“Tonight I witnessed an amazing 300 game by Ken Pearson. What made it so amazing is that he's between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack. Not his first perfect game but certainly a memorable one. Now that's passion for the game. Ball of choice was an IQ Tour Fusion.”

When we saw Fran’s message and the video of his 300, we had to hear more about Kenneth’s story. He has been bowling for 20 years and currently bowls four leagues a week. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in June and had surgery in August. After his surgery was complete, he was in the hospital for 11 days and couldn’t wait to get back to the lanes.

“I did what the doctors told me.” Kenneth said. “They said once I got my staples off and I could get around more thenI could go back to bowling.”

His teammates were anxious and kept asking him when he’d be back on the lanes. He knew he had to wait until he got back to the doctor and was fully released to bowl.

“I went to my appointment and I said, ‘You know what I’m going to ask. My teammates want to know when they can have their anchorman back.’”

What made it so amazing is that he's between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack.

Kenneth, who is also blind in one eye is set to continue his radiation and chemo again in February, but he’s not ready to let it bring him down.

“My wife, 18-year-old, and 8-year-old keep me going,” Kenneth said.  “I’m not going to let it knock me down. I’ll stay motivated and keep on going.”

Kenneth chooses to throw Storm bowling balls because they roll best for his style. In fact, his bag is full of Storm. He says it’s hard to choose a favorite but his favorite right now is the Snap Lock. His 18-year-old got it for him for his birthday and he rolled a 300 with it. He dreams to bowl some professional events someday.

“Right now, I got to keep fighting the cancer,” Kenneth said. “If you fight it, then you can beat it.”


What I’ve Learned from #StormNation

What I’ve Learned from #StormNation

“Never stop learning.” I’ve heard this piece of advice a lot in my life and it’s something that I truly try to live by.

Most bowlers know that you can learn every time you step on the lanes. This can be rewarding but can also be frustrating. Believe me, I know that sometimes it can be difficult to allow yourself to learn when the pins aren’t falling as easily as you think they should. Those moments can teach you a lot.

“Never stop learning.”

Learning doesn’t stop when the tournaments are over. One of my favorite parts of social media is the ability to learn from other bowlers in your network. Choose who you follow carefully and you’ll be surprised how inspiring and educational your newsfeed can become.

The Storm Nation page on our website has become a community bulletin board for videos, tips, stories and accomplishments from bowlers all around the world.  I enjoy listening to the stories that you post and I’ve learned some pretty cool things from each of you. Here’s some of what I’ve learned:

  1. It’s fun to see what’s in your bag.
    Like snowflakes, no two bowlers are exactly alike which means your arsenal isn’t exactly the same either. It’s interesting to see what your favorite Storm bowling ball is and why. Your explanation might not be the same as another person who chooses the same ball but that’s why it’s important for your voice to be heard. Thanks for sharing your stories.
  2. Strikes don’t always look the same but make you feel great.
    Sometimes strikes are 10 back, sometimes there’s a wicked messenger, sometimes that last pin takes a couple extra seconds to fall, sometimes you know it’s going to strike off your hand…it’s always fun to strike. The #StormStrikeChallenge was exciting because it was an opportunity to see a variety of styles and see who can create the coolest strike. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to participate in this challenge this time, we’ll host other challenges in 2017.
  3. Bowlers practice.
    In a sport that depends on repetition and muscle memory as much as bowling does, practice is crucial. I’ve seen videos from bowlers who are in their practice sessions at all hours of the day. I’ve seen you practice by yourself, with friends, or in a team setting. I’ve seen videos of drills to help improve parts of your game. These posts are honest and are great to see (even when you don’t knock 10 pins down). Your passion and determination is contagious.
  4. There’s no feeling better than hitting a new honor score milestone.
    Whether it’s your first 100, 200 or 300 game or your first 600, 700, or 800 series…in that moment, you feel like you’re on top of the world. I can see it in your victory dances at the foul line, hugs with your teammates, or big smiles with the bowling ball after the game/set is complete. I love to see these posts and hear which Storm Bowling ball you were using to reach this new milestone.
  5. Champions Choose Storm.
    Thanks for sharing all of your winning moments on social media! It’s awesome to see the smiles on your faces when you’re standing atop a podium, receiving a medal, or winning for the very first time. It’s great to hear what ball(s) you were throwing along the way. You’ve worked hard to get to these moments. Thanks for choosing to throw Storm bowling balls to win.
  6. Giving back is universal.
    Our owners at Storm, Bill and Barbara Chrisman, are two incredibly generous individuals. They inspire all of the employees to give back and participate in initiatives throughout the year. You join in some of these fundraisers with us too like, Paint the Lanes Pink. We couldn’t do what we do without you. We have seen your #StormNation posts that you give back on the lanes in your community too. We’ve also seen lots of adult bowlers volunteering with youth leagues and helping future bowlers fall in love with the sport. Thank you for being generous and caring individuals. #StormNation wouldn’t be the same without you.
  7. Your team is always behind you.
    Bowling has a way of bringing people together and keeping them close. I’ve seen posts about high school teams, college teams, league teams, family, and friends on the lanes. Some days it may feel like this support system is the only thing keeping you sane on the lanes. Having a support system is priceless and I enjoy seeing posts about your teams.
  8. We all travel.
    Trunks full of bowling bags or getting ready to board a plane is a common photo among all of the #StormNation bowlers. I’ve seen your posts about traveling for fun and competition from leagues to tournaments. Thanks for posting about which Storm Bowling balls are going along for the ride. It’s exciting to see what’s in your arsenal. Bowling gives us all the opportunity to see new places and meet new friends.
  9. Storm Bowling Balls make great presents.
    I see those smiles when you unwrap your present! It’s always fun to open a new bowling ball under the Christmas tree, for a birthday, or a special occasion. It’s exciting to see what’s inside, head to the pro shop to get it drilled, and then take it out on the lanes for the first time. If you’re ever wondering what to get a bowler...here’s your hint, there’s no such thing as too many bowling balls.
  10. #StormNation is everywhere.
    Thanks for posting photos from all around the world. It’s really cool to see all the wonderful bowling centers and hear about your bowling. We can’t wait to hear about how successful you’ll be in 2017!

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to share your #StormNation story. We’re listening.

See you on the lanes!


A Wave of Success with the NEW Torrent

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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.