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.
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.
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Photos: Kimberly Power-Defer