12 Year Old Bowls Up A Storm

Nicholas Weidenbach, 12, has only been bowling for one year but has already accomplished a great deal on the lanes. He started bowling in October 2017 when he joined a youth bowling league in Michigan. At first, it was just something to do. After a couple of weeks he was watching another youth bowler compete and decided to try bowling with two-hands. An avid YouTube fan, he soon discovered videos of Jason Belmonte and found his new favorite athlete. He started working on the basics and soon was reaching 100 games regularly. He continued to practice all summer long.

When a new season began he was determined to show his friends how much he had improved. His parents decided to sign him up for a local scholarship event and he won the very first one he entered. Excited and determined to continue improving on the lanes, Nicholas didn't stop there. Of the 9 scholarship events he has entered in the last 6 months he has won 7 and placed second in the other two. His current average in league is 139 and he has bowled several games above 200.

Here's some more fun facts about this young fan of bowling:

What's in your bag?

  • Drive, Pitch Black, Match-Up Black Pearl, Storm Ice. He is also super excited for February 22nd when his birthday present (a pre-ordered Fever Pitch) comes in!!

Favorite Pro-Bowler

  • Jason Belmonte who he was able to meet when he and his family traveled to the PBA Finals in Taylor, MI. "It was the thrill of his life."

What do you do when you're not bowling?

  • I like to play video games.

What's your favorite TV Show or Movie?

  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

What do you love most about bowling?

  • Meeting new people

What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • Professional Bowler


2019 Storm Utah Open a Huge Success

The 15th Annual Storm Utah Open was held at Sparetime Lanes in Roy, UT, a 32-lane house just off of I-15. The tournament drew 373 entries from 8 different states. With $5150 in added money from our sponsors, the total prize fund was nearly $24,000. Known for its demanding lane condition and for providing one the opportunity to earn a spot for one year on the Storm Amateur Staff, the Storm Utah Open has been a staple of the Storm Northwest Tour for more than a decade. It is held every Martin Luther King holiday weekend in Northern Utah, and more information about the tournament is available on scratchbowlers.com.

Steve Kloempken presents Josh Blanchard with his first place prize money of $2500

 

Steve Kloempken welcomes Brian Robbins to the Storm Amateur staff.

 

Congratulations to PJ Haggerty on his runner-up finish... $1600 isn't too shabby!

 


Justin Wyman Named Technical Developer

Storm Products, Inc. has announced Justin Wyman will relocate to Storm Headquarters as Technical Developer. Wyman will join the technical team and assist in the development, innovation and execution of new products.

“Justin is an uncommon find. His skills and experience are unique to him and it would be a misdeed to not utilize his expertise,” Chad McLean, Technical Director said. “Justin’s rare combination of multimedia prowess and technical savviness is something we want to embrace and cultivate at Storm Headquarters.”

In his new role at Storm, Wyman will assist with the creation and testing process of new innovations being considered for release. He will also assist the marketing team with the development of drilling instructions and materials for new products. In addition, he will support the production of seminar materials to help inform and educate consumers, create news articles and videos for the website, and represent Storm at seminars, trade shows, and instructional clinics.

Wyman, a determined entrepreneur, has been working diligently throughout the bowling industry for several years. He didn’t truly immerse himself in the sport until he was a senior in high school due to the lack of opportunities for youth bowlers in Penfield, New York. However, once his uncle introduced him to the sport, he never looked back. Wyman practiced as much as he could and watched bowling diligently to gain as much knowledge as possible. His quest for information led him into Bowler’s World, the pro shop, where he learned about drilling from his mentor, Mike Rose Jr and the DiSanto family.  Throughout his tenure at Bowler’s World, he gained experience drilling equipment for customers domestically and internationally, servicing customers as far away as Northern Europe. With his acquired technical knowledge on and off the lanes, he started to compete on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

“I’m excited to expand my knowledge in the industry and be able to share what I learn with an even broader audience than I have in the past,” Wyman said. “There’s so much opportunity here. Everyone has been so welcoming, and I’m excited to join this team.”

Beyond bowling, Wyman has always had a passion for building, creating, and developing audio and video displays. His passion for music led him to studying audio design by building speakers and audio productions of his own. He brought this knowledge to the bowling industry, creating ball reaction videos and sharing them on his digital media channels. In 2012, he formed his own company, JWI, using his experience with visual productions combined with audio to create booth displays at trade shows within the bowling industry. In 2017, he was invited by the PBA to design the television set for the World Series of Bowling in Reno. He continued to construct sets for the PBA, PWBA and USBC including every televised major.

“We were needing to increase our technical/marketing output and Justin was looking to get more into the technical aspect of the industry. The timing was almost fortuitous, and we look forward to all the new ground that needs breaking by applying Justin’s talent here at Storm.”


Storm Announces Tour Team Enhancements

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to announce changes to the Storm Tour Team. In 2019, Del Ballard Jr. will serve as PBA50 Tour Manager and Performance Bowling Consultant, Jim Callahan will be the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) Tour Manager, and Mike DeVaney will be the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour Manger.  Through these new positions, our Tour Team will communicate with players regarding their training and goals throughout the year. 

“We are excited for the changes moving forward,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said.

“We invest a great deal on the tours to give the players who choose to throw our products the best chance for success. Elevating proven tour reps to the roles of Tour Managers will allow them the time to cultivate stronger relationships with players on their assigned tours all year long," Hulsenberg said.

Ballard has been bowling his entire life. Though he’s 55 years old, he says that he’s been in the industry for 56 years. His mother was an avid bowler when she was carrying him. Ballard has 17 PBA Regional titles and 13 PBA titles including four major titles. He has been inducted into the Dallas USBC, Texas State USBC, USBC National, and PBA Hall of Fame. He joined the Storm Family in 2005 as the Roto Grip Regional Sales Manager. In 2011, he transitioned to the role of Storm Tour Representative. He has helped countless players earn titles over the years and will continue to assist the greatest players in the world in his new role. As PBA50 Tour Manager and Performance Bowling Consultant, Ballard will be responsible for all the Team Storm touring players on the PBA50 Tour, ensuring they have the equipment they need in place, and will help analyze their games year-round to prepare them for competition. As Performance Bowling Consultant, he will also assist our team at headquarters planning and securing players on all tours.

“I love that Storm is always innovating and increasing the support for our players.,” Ballard said. “I’m happy to take on this new, fast-paced role.”

With more than two decades of experience, Callahan will be a great asset to our Team Storm players competing on the PBA Tour. Since joining Storm in 2007, he has served as a regional sales manager, served as a PBA, PBA50, and PWBA tour rep and also has provided technical support to the Singapore National team. In his new role, he will be responsible for assisting players with equipment during competition, analyzing their physical games, and providing programs year-round to support the growth of the touring players.

“I am really excited to get this exciting new opportunity,” Callahan said.

“I am looking forward to continuing the long-standing tradition of excellence on the PBA Tour, in addition to creating a new culture for our outstanding group of young players so they can achieve their goals as well," Callahan said.

DeVaney, a two-time PBA Champion, joined the Storm Family in 2016 as Tour Representative for the PBA, PBA50 and PWBA Tours. In his new position, DeVaney’s focus shifts primarily to the Team Storm players competing on the PWBA Tour and will be responsible for all aspects of the tour including ensuring equipment is in place for competition and ensuring the growth of the Team Storm players. 

“It is my goal to enhance the tour experience for our staff and to give them more than what they have ever seen from us before,” DeVaney said. “Obviously the goal is to win tournaments, but how we get there is my focus."

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with the best players in the world who are using the greatest brands in the world,” DeVaney said.

In addition to their main responsibilities, all three managers will collaborate together and support each tour throughout the season. 

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Master Brands. For everything thing Storm and Roto Grip visit stormbowling.com and rotogrip.com


Storm Products Names Alex Hoskins Research & Development Manager; Zach Trevino Regional Sales Manager

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products has announced that Alex Hoskins will transition to Research and Development Manager, while Zach Trevino will replace Hoskins as the Regional Sales Manager in the Northwest Territory.

In this new position, Hoskins will assist the R&D team in the process of creating and testing all new products.

“Alex will be great addition to the R&D Team,” Hank Boomershine, Vice President of Sales and R&D said. “He has been instrumental in testing and development over the last few years, while also managing the sales in the Northwest territory. His tenacity and quest for knowledge is perfect fit for this position.”

Hoskins joined Storm Products in 2016 as the Technical Customer Service Representative. His knowledge and bowling experience allowed him to effectively answer inquiries from bowlers around the world. He has also shared his technical knowledge with fans digitally through the Storm Blog and videos shared on Storm social channels. In 2017, he transitioned to Regional Sales Manager in the Northwest Territory. He continued to share his passion for the sport of bowling hosting numerous Storm MatchMakers and building relationships with bowlers throughout his territory. Hoskins has continued to work on his game and competes in Professional Bowling Association (PBA) events as well as regional tournaments throughout the year. He finished third in the 2017 USBC Masters and returned to the stepladder finals at the 2018 USBC Masters to finish second.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity,” Hoskins said. “I’ve always had a strong interest in the scientific side of bowling. I can’t wait to bring a new perspective into the department and share knowledge with bowlers around the world.”

Originally from Georgetown, Texas, Trevino worked for Del Ballard at Ballard’s Bowling Academy prior to joining the Storm Technical Team at Headquarters in 2017. In addition to answering numerous technical inquiries he has been involved in product development, creating technical documents, and constructing videos for the marketing team. His past experience in the pro shop industry and his technical background made him a great fit to fill the vacant position in the Northwest Territory.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to represent Storm Products in supporting all of the shops and centers in the Northwest,” Trevino said. “I’m looking forward to learning the lay of the land and meeting everyone!”

Hoskins has been training Trevino over the past few weeks and introducing him to several of our customers throughout the region.

“Zach is a very dynamic and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to this position,” Boomershine said. “We look forward to having him service the territory with the same tenacity as his predecessor.”

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Master Brands. For everything thing Storm and Roto Grip visit stormbowling.com and rotogrip.com


Champions Named at 2018 SYC Coastal Classic

Hurricane Michael tried to derail our return trip to the Myrtle Beach area, but Mother Nature gave us a reprieve and the SYC went on as planned.  190 youth bowlers and their families attended the SYC Coastal Classic on October 12-14 and the event was held in 2 bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina.

The SYC weekend kicked off with “Friday Funday” filled with registration, ball pick-up (each SYC entry included a Storm Son!Q bowling ball), a Q&A with the Storm Pro Staff, practice sessions and concluded with the popular SYC Beach Party in Ocean Isle, NC.  The awesome staff at Planet Fun hosted a delicious BBQ for our SYC families while the bowlers met new friends, collected shells, played frisbee, corn hole and other games on a beautiful evening at the beach.

On Saturday morning, competition kicked off at our two host centers. The field was split into two squads and all competitors bowled 8 games at their starting center. When bowling was complete, the families had time to explore the community and since Myrtle Beach is the mini golf capital of the world, Storm decided to host the SYC Mini Golf Challenge on Saturday night.  This fun event gave kids time to get to know each other off the lanes and form new friendships.

All bowlers were back on the lanes Sunday morning for their second block of 8 games. Kegel, one of our SYC sponsors, builds the lane patterns for all of our Storm Youth Championships. The Little River Lanes oil pattern proved to be the higher scoring of the two patterns and Tyrell Ingalls kicked off the day with games of 266-269-276 for a nice 811 set. In addition, Silas Lira, Anthony Godwin and Bryce Oliver rolled exciting 300 games at Little River Lanes on Sunday.

At the completion of 16 games, we awarded medals for the top three competitors in the 6 age and gender-based divisions for each bowling center.  Additionally, we awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for the top three overall medalists and trophies and champion banner for the overall champions in each division.

The Little River medalists were: U12 Girls - Kayla Starr (gold), Kaitlyn Stull (silver), Caylin Campbell (bronze). U12 Boys - Keegan Alexander (gold), Henry Hind (silver), Jared Burgio (bronze). U15 Girls - Jillian Martin (gold), Karina Capron (silver), Annalise O’Bryant (bronze).  U15 Boys Brandon Bohn (gold), Alexander Horton (silver), Rylan Breese (bronze). U20 Girls - Jenna Williams (gold), Caroline Thesier (silver), Gillian Moore (bronze). U20 Boys -  Spencer Robarge (gold), Tyrell Ingalls (silver), Bryce Oliver (bronze).

The Planet Fun medalists were: U12 Girls Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Kayla Starr (silver), Caylin Campbell (bronze). U12 Boys - Nathan Thesier (gold), Keegan Alexander (silver), Henry Hind (bronze). U15 Girls Jillian Martin (gold), Kelsey Cummings (silver), Victoria Varano (bronze).  U15 Boys Joshua Collins (gold), Rylan Breese (silver), Hayden Tarris (bronze).  U20 Girls - Kamerin Peters (gold), Amanda Naujokas (silver), Jenna Williams (bronze). U20 Boys - Bryce Oliver (gold), Justin Bohn (silver), Spencer Robarge (bronze).

The SYC Champions were those bowlers who scored the most total pins at both bowling centers. In the U12 Girls division, Kayla Starr from Maryland earned her first SYC victory with a 112 pin victory over silver medalist, Kaitlyn Stull from North Carolina. The bronze medal went to Caylin Campbell from Georgia.  The U12 Boys champion was Keegan Alexander from New York, who finished 233 pins ahead of silver medalist Henry Hind from Tennessee.    The bronze medal went to Nathan Thesier from North Carolina.

In the U15 Girls division, Jillian Martin from Ohio captured back-to-back SYC victories as she won the SYC Music City Championships in May as well as the Coastal Classic.  Silver medal in the U15G went to Annalise O’Bryant from Georgia and the bronze medal went to Kelsey Cummings from North Carolina. The U15 Boys division was a very competitive one! Brandon Bohn from New Jersey came away with the victory over silver medalist Rylan Breese from North Carolina.  Brandon averaged 222 for the 16 games. The bronze medal went to Joshua Collins from Georgia.

The U20 Girls was another tight race where Jenna Williams from Florida earned her second SYC title with a 26 pin victory over silver medalist Kamerin Peters from New Jersey. The U20G bronze medal went to last year’s U15G winner Amanda Naujokas from New York.  In the U20 Boys division, Bryce Oliver, from Ohio averaged 240 for 16 games and took home the SYC first place trophy. The silver medal went to 3-Time SYC Champion, Spencer Robarge, from Missouri and the bronze medal went to Tyrell Ingalls from Georgia.

The Storm Youth Championships awarded a total of $17,755.00 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.  The SYC charity of choice, Ballard vs the Big C, was also a winner at our event.  BVBC raises funds for 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. The SYC donated $10 from each entry ($1900.00) for BVBC and another $1536.00 was also collected by Carolyn Dorin Ballard’s raffle items at the BVBC table.  Our SYC bowlers continue to give back to their local communities and don’t stop raising funds for BVBC when the event is complete. Joey Ocello, of New Jersey, ran his own BVBC event in his hometown and brought a $1460 donation to the Coastal Classic to present to the Ballards.  Thanks again to Joey! Our official jersey sponsor, Logo Infusion also donates a portion of each SYC jersey sold and contributed an additional $1035 for a grand total of $5931.00 for Ballard vs the Big C.

Our final stop on the 2018 SYC Tour will be held at City View Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas on November 30 through December 2, 2018. 180 youth bowlers will compete for the SYC trophy, medals, scholarships, and new champions banner. For more information on the SYC, please check the Storm website SYC page - www.stormbowling.com/syc

This tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our additional sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes.

 

 


Danielle McEwan Wins World Bowling Tour Thailand Event

Team Storm Member, Danielle McEwan, defeated Stuart Williams in a two-game match to win the Professional Bowling Association – World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand event.

Though she remained in the top 5 throughout most of the tournament, McEwan jumped into the lead after the fourth round with a score of 1381 including 48 pins handicap to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals. As the top seed, her opponent was required to beat her twice to win the title. Williams won the first game 232-218 but McEwan went on to defeat Williams 225-179 in the second game. She will also add 400 WBT ranking points to add to her current lead in the race for the WBT Finals.

“I’m speechless,” McEwan said. “Although I had a great PWBA Season, I was not happy with how it ended with multiple losses in a row on TV. I was super disappointed at the thought of having to wait an entire year until the 2019 season to redeem myself. Being able to put together everything I’ve learned so quickly and have a good result is the greatest feeling in the world.”

Storm Tour Representative, Tim Mack, spent the week working with the Team Storm players in Thailand. Mack who has been traveling the world for many years was truly impressed by the talent of the international athletes in the field at this event. He shared his thoughts about the exciting stepladder match.

“An incredible performance by a superstar that has been great all year,” Mack said. “Danielle is a special talent with a drive and work ethic that demonstrates her greatness.”

McEwan recently started training at the New York Sports Science Lab to prepare for her busy summer on the lanes. Read more about her work in the lab here. Throughout the week Team Storm players shared several achievements with the world including 300 games by Timmy Tan of Malaysia, Marshall Kent, and Francois Lavoie. 30 of the 39 players who made the finals chose to throw Storm and Roto Grip.

“It’s a big win for Danielle!” Bill Chrisman said. “There were many great PBA and PWBA players as well as some of the world’s best international competing this week. It’s been a great week for the Team USA and Team Storm players. Things always work out for best.”

The PBA-WBT Thailand event is the 10thstop of the 2018 WBT Tour. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the WBT Finals in January 2019. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Next on the schedule for McEwan, she will travel with Team Storm for the 2018 Samho Korea Cup.


Danielle McEwan In The Lab

Tonight at the PWBA Tour Championships the #2 seed, Danielle McEwan, will take on Maria Jose Rodriquez in the Semifinal Match on CBS Sports at 8pm Eastern Time.

Prior to the start of the week, we talked to Danielle about some of the work that she’s been doing off the lanes to prepare for the 2018 PWBA Season. This summer, Danielle spent a lot of time traveling to bowl. During the weeks she was home, she spent some time training at the New York Sports Science Lab (SSL) to better understand ways she can train off the lanes.

You can WATCH some of what she was working on in this video from the SSL.

According to the SSL’s website, “The Sports Science Lab (SSL) is a world-class facility focused on optimizing performance of all athletes through measuring and quantifying the subtleties and complexities of athletic movement using state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Our mission is rooted in the philosophy that every athlete, regardless of age, body type or experience level, deserves to perform at their personal best.”

Find out what Danielle has been up to in our interview below.

What’s your favorite part of training at the SSL?

I love training at the Sports Science Lab for so many reasons. The trainers are awesome, they are so supportive and are always looking for new ways to learn about and help me in my sport.

The facility is so cool, they literally have every piece of technology an athlete would ever need. From training tools for your brain, to physical tools for your body, to recovery- they have it all.

In what ways do you feel it’s improved your bowling game?

The biggest way I’ve seen it improve my bowling game is mentally. In the beginning of the season, I was really struggling with keeping a quiet mind and staying focused.

At the lab, we did a lot of work that focused on the task at hand and eliminating distractions and I instantly saw a change on the lanes.

What types of exercises do the trainers work with you for bowling?

One of the first things we noticed through my physical evaluation was that my hips were really tight and imbalanced. They gave me a bunch of stretches and exercises to add into my normal fitness routine to help focus on this.

What exercises do you do to help with your mental game?

We do a lot of sensorimotor skill exercises that train my brain to focus on the task at hand, avoid distractions and make decisions quickly on the fly. We also do a lot of rhythm drills that are bowling specific. This helps with both timing and keeping a clear mind.

As soon as you start overthinking the situation and get off timing, it’s impossible, just like overthinking a shot in bowling!

What did they discover in their analysis?

One major thing that they noticed on my body is how imbalanced I am, especially in my hips from my left to right side. I’ve know, and have been working on this for years. The motion that our sport demands us to do over and over again makes it very difficult to avoid this issue.

I cannot stress enough to anyone who bowls a lot, at any level, how important it is to take care of you body and to train outside of the bowling center.

It is so important to keep your body as balanced as you possibly can.

What kind of exercises are you able to do while traveling or at home that you learned at the SSL?

I started working with the SSL during the PWBA season, therefore, most of our focus has been on recovery and mental game. They have taught me a bunch of different ways of stretching to add to what I already do that have helped out tremendously.

As the end of the PWBA Tour Season nears, what are your bowling plans for the end of 2018?

Even though the PWBA season is ending, the end of my personal bowling season is no where in sight. I will be going overseas immediately to compete on the World Bowling Tour, as well as a few additional international events, followed by competition for Team USA and then competing with the men on the PBA Tour.

To follow updates on Danielle and all the other #TeamStorm players visit pwba.com.


Team Storm Earn Medals at PABCON Senior Championships

Six Team Storm members, including Coach Bill Spigner, and their teammates took home 8 gold medals and 18 overall medals in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the 2018 Pan American Bowling Federation Senior Championships.

Storm Staff members on the men’s team included returning Sr. Team USA member, Lennie Boresch Jr, Steve Badovinac, and Warren Eales.

“I am honored tremendously to wear the Red, White, and Blue for the USA,"  Badovinac said. "Being asked by your teammate and Hall of Famer to get two strikes in 10th to shut out Canada for the Gold is awesome and then executing two great shots to win the Gold is Priceless."

Badovinac, of Parker, Colorado, picked up five medals including gold medals in doubles, trios and team, silver in all-events, and bronze in the Masters competition. Badovinac found success using a pin down, no hole Code Black at 1000 grit surface and a pin up, no hole Code Black at 2000 surface. He also used a pin down, no hole Intense Fire at 2000 grit surface.

"Bigger than any of that was the true emotional camaraderie between all the countries," Badovinac said. "My ability to speak Spanish as a second language and having grown up in Puerto Rico made the communication seamless. My good friend Lennie Boresch said, 'I have never hugged so many people in my life in one week of bowling.' Team USA did more off the lanes to be proud of and I am humbled and I thank God every day for all he has done for me and through me, I am grateful through the awesome sport of bowling I can serve others in Christ."

Eales, from Chandler, Arizona and recently won a PBA50 event in Florida this year, took home 4 medals, with golds coming in doubles, trios and team event as well as a silver in the Masters competition.

"Being a part of Team USA and the success the team had just added to what has already been an incredible year (really past four months) for me," Eales said." In late April I won the first PBA50 event of the year in New Port Richey (Phaze II, HyRoad Nano), a month later I bowled USBC Nationals in Syracuse and posted what would eventually win the Bowlers Journal Senior Singles and Doubles events (Sure Lock) and now 3 golds and a silver medal at PABCON as a member of Team USA.  I'm living the dream, don't wake me up!”

4-time PBA Champion Boresch, from Kenosha, Wisconsin  picked up 3 gold medals as well, winning team, trios and all-events, and added a silver in singles for a total of 4 medals in the event.

"Bowling Pabcon for Team USA was a completely different experience from bowling individual PBA events," Boresch said. "The sportsmanship aspect was much more visible and the camaraderie was stronger between the other teams. Because of the smaller playing field, we got to know the competitors much faster. New, friendships were quickly built. While everyone is competing for the gold medal everyone around us was rooting each other on."

The Team USA Women were dominant as well, winning 10 medals overall.  Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, picked up 2 silvers, one in all-events and one in team with her teammates, Sharon Powers, Luci Sandelin, and Paula Vidad. The trio of Johnson, Powers, and Sandelin earned a gold medal for Team USA.

Vidad, a Storm staffer from Sun City, California, earned 2 medals during the week using a Storm Phaze II, Code X, and Intense Fire at 1,000 grit.  She earned a gold medal with Sandelin in doubles and silver in the team event.

"It was such an honor to represent the USA since we haven't had a senior team participate since 2009," Vidad said. "Wearing red, white and blue ALWAYS makes you stand a little taller and straighter! I guess 'proud' would be the best description."

In addition to competition, Vidad enjoyed exploring Canada with her teammates.

"As a team we ventured to downtown Calgary on the train, walked around, ate dinner and went to the top of the Calgary Tower. What a beautiful city!" Vidad said. "Also a few of us went to the Olympic Center, Lake Louise, Banff and went 5 pin bowling! It was a wonderful experience!"

We're so proud of these staffers representing Team USA and Storm Products on and off the lanes. Congratulations to all of those who earned medals throughout the week.


Team Storm and Roto Grip Ladies Ready for Richmond

As the 2018 PWBA season winds down with one last event, the Team Storm and Team Roto Grip ladies are raring to go for the Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia on September 16.

After 13 events, our staffers have acquired 5 wins (3 coming in the last month), 26 top 5 finishes, and 45 top 10s on the remarkably talented PWBA Tour.

Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, Bryanna Cote, Rocio Restrepo, Kelly Kulick, and Lindsay Boomershine will head to Richmond feeling rested and ready for one last chance at coveted title in the unique Tour Championship season finale.

DANIELLE MCEWAN-  As the #2 ranked bowler on the PWBA, her year has been solid from start to finish and she’s not slowing down.  After a third place finish in the Players Championship, she headed home for a full week (a rare thing for Danielle) to rest and recharge and is headed to Sweden for the Lucky Larsen Masters tournament.

HIGHLIGHT– “The highlight of my summer so far has been winning in Fountain Valley. At the beginning of the season, my grandma was sick and in and out of the hospital. This was obviously very difficult as myself, my mom, and my grandma are very close. My win in Fountain Valley was the day before Mother’s Day, so even though a win alone would be a highlight for the summer, the fact I was able to dedicate it for them and have my grandma home to watch on the computer really made it so much more special,” McEwan said.

FITNESS– “Once I knew the change in schedule that would take place this season, I knew I would have to increase my fitness routine to be ready. In the few weeks before the season started, I doubled everything that I normally do, which would put my body in the situation that I would be in every weekend, competing for 10+ hours a day. I would wake up in the morning and go to the gym and do cardio, then I would go practice all afternoon. I would then take a break and eat and then go back to the gym at night and lift. I did a ton of work in the gym focusing on my legs, back, and core. I saw such a different in my performance in those first few events because of this. In the past, after a long day on the lanes, I would feel a little sore or tired in my legs or back. After competing 30 games in a weekend, I felt fine and was ready to go. The one thing I would like to improve on next year would be how to maintain this during the season. Obviously once the season started, I was not able to keep up with this grueling of a training schedule. So, on the flip side, I felt it at the end of the season when my body started getting that sore and tired feeling back.”

DANIELLE’S EQUIPMENT– “Some of my favorite balls this summer have been the Sure Lock, Code Black, Show Off, and Hyroad Nano. My win in Fountain Valley was with the Sure Lock. Mike DeVaney had the idea to drill it going into day two of competition and it worked perfectly. The Show Off was the ball that helped me lead in Connecticut and make the show in Louisville. The Code Black and Hyroad Nano were two of my benchmarks for almost every event throughout the season.”

LIZ JOHNSON- After having captured 2 titles in the month of August, Liz Johnson will head to Sweden for the Lucky Larsen Masters to stay at a competitive level before the Tour Championship.  "I’ll have a few days at home when I return from Sweden before I drive to Richmond and I will clean up my equipment and choose my arsenal for the tournament."

HIGHLIGHT- “The highlight of my summer so far was winning the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with EJ Tackett.  I have bowled the event for 17 years, finished second twice and really look forward to it each year.  One of my very best friends, Donna Conners does an amazing job all year to make this event the most popular with all of the bowlersand it was very special to win it finally.”

LIZ’S EQUIPMENT- “The balls I threw the most this summer were my trusty IQ Tours, my Phaze II, Idol, and Intense Fire the last few weeks. I won the Luci Doubles throwing an Idol on one lane and the Hustle Ink on the other”, she added about her arsenal.

BRYANNA COTÉ– With 3 TV final appearances including 2 as the #1 seed, 2018 has been a career best for Bryanna.  “The highlight of my summer was winning the GoBowling.com 10K Challenge and making it back to the Tour Championship. Between now and the Tour Championship, I’ll be at home bowling some local tournaments on sport conditions and spending time in the gym to get ready,” she said.  Being strong and fit is a big key on the PWBA where the format includes 18 games a day at some tournaments.  “Weightlifting and cardio are keys to maintaining the stamina to bowling 16-18 games in one day. If my body wasn't physically strong enough to endure those long days, I would be done before even starting,” Coté said.

BRY’S EQUIPMENT– “My favorite ball of the summer was the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused. I drilled three of them, all with difference purposes. To me, this ball can be utilized for many conditions. I have a pin down one with surface for fresh conditions, then a pin up with surface to ball down to when the pin down reads too early. And finally, I have a shiny pin down one that I’m able to use when the lanes break down later in the blocks. My most recent favorite is the Roto Grip Winner. I used this at the PWBA Player's Championships on some tough conditions and it allowed me to be left and provided enough down lane motion to continue through the pins."

OFF THE LANES FUN– “My roommate, Sydney Brummett, and I had a lot of fun. We went to Sea World in Orlando, shopping at outlets and of course, fun just being ourselves in our hotel room. With the long days, you must make sure you have fun and not let bad thoughts cross your mind, especially if bowling didn't go as planned. Try to leave it on the lanes and move on to something else. Retail therapy is my favorite!”

ROCIO RESTREPO – The grueling schedule of the PWBA Tour can certainly take a toll on even the fittest athletes.  Rocio had a couple challenging weeks in the middle of the season that tested her fortitude. She started feeling run down and weak and spent some days off in the hospital.  After her trip home to Colombia and regaining her strength, she captured the BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open in week 11, backed that up with another TV show the next week in Columbus and ended with a solid 13thplace finish at the Players Championship.  She has strength and momentum heading into Richmond.

HIGHLIGHT– “Highlight of my season was coming back from a devastating 4 last weeks of the regular events and putting together a good performance although I was spending my days off at the hospital. I did not know I had that kind of strength and it put my whole bowling career into perspective. I found a player I did not know I had.”

ROCIO’S EQUIPMENT– “My favorite balls this summer were the Idol, Code Red, Hyper Cell Fused and the Halo.”

FITNESS– “One thing I learned is don’t overdo it on the days we have off. That was a bad idea for me. I tried practicing too much and working out. I did not get my rest. I do believe cardio is important but staying strong and just maintaining it while competing by just going through the motions and stretching and sleeping while you can.”

OFF THE LANES FUN– “The most fun I had was being able to go home and see my parents and compete for my country.  Also, being able to come back and win on a pattern I had never made a show on was the highlight of my career.”

KELLY KULICK – There’s something to be said for peaking at the right time and Kelly is doing just that. Last week’s performance at the Players Championship was her best showing of the year and if the pins had fallen a little differently, she might have just brought that trophy home to New Jersey but proudly settled for a respectable 2nd place finish. “It’s the best I bowled on TV in a long time and I left nothing on the table,” Kelly said.

KELLY’S EQUIPMENT– “2 balls I used a lot this season were the Code X and Intense Fire. The Code X was smooth and continuous for me while the Intense Fire was clean and provided a strong motion in the back portion of the lane. I also was impressed with the Idol. I would really like to drill more of them and will always carry one in my arsenal. I still have some old favorites. The Phaze 2 is still a ball I have faith and trust in. Finally, the Hustle Ink. Such a great ball for its price point. Nice to have a higher RG with solid cover that hits.”

FITNESS – “I don't mind longer formats, I just need more recovery time due to my age. Physically, I am the strongest I've ever been. I plan to find more nutrient options while bowling (example: energy gels for bicyclists, oatmeal, BCAA, carb loading).  Many times, I ate healthy during competition but lacked more carbs for energy. I worry about weight gain, but I need to sacrifice to have the strength and energy to compete. Also, more recovery tools...aka, stretching, Epsom salt in baths after qualifying, more vitamin intake, and again, food consumption.”

DISAPPOINTMENTS– “I still miss sharing my highs and lows with my mother. She was my one phone call every time I was done. Hearing her voice kept me calm and put life in perspective. I miss her. It wasn't a great season in terms of performance, but I truly believe we are always learning and can apply it to future experiences. I will work harder this year to be prepared for the 2019 season.”

LINDSAY BOOMERSHINE- With 3 Top 5 finishes in 2018 along with many ups and downs, the roller coaster continued for Lindsay when she had a huge week at the Players Championship, leading qualifying, making the show and finishing 5th but falling one spot short of the Tour Championship.  But 2 days later, she received a call from PWBA Tournament Director, Tennelle Milligan only to say that Shayna Ng, from Singapore declined her spot in the season ender which allowed Lindsay the final position and now she’s headed to Richmond.

HIGHLIGHT– “Making 3 shows and growing as a player and a person. Having my son Aiden has made me look at things in a different way. I hope he watches my shows and says I want to love what I do and be as successful as my mother. Plus, I made the Tour Championship after all!”

EQUIPMENT– “My most important balls this summer were the Code X, Dare Devil Danger, Intense Fire, Dare Devil Trick, Dare Devil, Phaze II. Storm and Roto Grip have the best line of equipment to allow me to perform my best!”

MOTIVATION– “Looking back and reflecting on this season has been amazing! My son, husband, and just extreme motivation thrive me for success. I believe in myself more than ever!”

For more information about the upcoming PWBA events visit PWBA.com and be sure to watch the ladies LIVE from Richmond on Bowl TV.