BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – In one of the most iconic tournament locations of the modern-era of bowling, South Point Bowling Plaza, six smiling youth athletes celebrated a win in their division at the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) – Nevada event.
The first event of the 2022 SYC Tour was held in Las Vegas February 18-20, 2022. A total of 181 youth bowlers competed in three five-game rounds on three different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $19,810 scholarship fund. Bowlers traveled from 32 different states, including Alaska, Puerto Rico and one youth athlete traveled from the United Kingdom to compete.
The format of the SYC rewards consistency and the overall champions are decided based on the 15-game total pinfall.
The champions of the 2022 SYC Nevada event were Anna Antony (U12 Girls), Do Hoon Kwon (U12 Boys), Gianna Brandolino (U15 Girls), Keegan Alexander (U15 Boys), Morgan Kline (U18 Girls), and Mac Kaurin (U18 Boys).
“It’s difficult to describe all of the memories, emotions, and excitement that occurs during an SYC weekend,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Marketing at Storm Products said. “Watching a youth athlete walk into a new bowling center, a little timid at the start of the weekend and walking out at the end with a new group of friends is fun to watch. The event is a collection of moments spent with family and friends building memories, raising funds for a worthy charity, and quite simply; letting kids be kids on and off the lanes.”
In addition to the overall champions, the top three bowlers in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round.
The Medalists on the KEGEL Short Pattern: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Sebastian Vetter, Benjamin Linares; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Kaliana Larson, Danica Archabal; U15 Boys – Blaine Canfield, Braden McDonough, Keegan Alexander; U15 Girls – Abigail Starkey, Gianna Brandolino, Katelyn Abigania U18 Boys – Rylan Breese, Mac Kaurin, Zachary Smullen; U18 Girls – Morgan Kline, Jillian Martin, Victoria Varano
The Medalists on the KEGEL Medium Pattern: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Benjamin Linares, Sebastian Vetter; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Danica Archabal, Kaliana Larson; U15 Boys – Keegan Alexander, Matteo Quintero, Braden McDonough; U15 Girls – Eliana Occhino, Gianna Brandolino, Charisse Graham; U18 Boys –Mac Kaurin, Aidan Piet, Ty Carra; U18 Girls – Morgan Kline, Saphyre Nofuente, Karina Capron
The Medalists on the KEGEL Long Pattern: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Sebastian Vetter, Benjamin Linares; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Danica Archabal, Kaliana Larson; U15 Boys – Sebastian Huffman, Mac Reese, Jos Weems; U15 Girls – Avery Domaguin, Brianna Archabal, Elianna Occhino; U18 Boys – Kyle Groves, Pedro Irizarry, Daniel Hong; U18 Girls – Maggie Thoma, Jillian Martin, Ashtyn Woods
The Overall Medalists: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Sebastian Vetter, Benjamin Linares; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Danica Archabal, Kaliana Larson; U15 Boys – Keegan Alexander, Braden McDonough, Mac Reese; U15 Girls –Brianna Archabal, Elianna Occhino, Avery Domaguin; U18 Boys – Mac Kaurin, Micah Voorhis, Daniel Hong; U18 Girls – Morgan Kline, Jillian Martin, Karina Capron
The owners of IAM Bowling, Ken and Kathy Keegan provide the apparel for the SYC. IAM Bowling is the official jersey partner and merchandiser of the SYC and creates customized jerseys to help commemorate each of the SYC events. They have also created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth athletes to earn scholarships to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded four scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Kyrah Durham, Kathleen Edwards, Xavier Newell, Mac Reese were chosen as the recipients and will each receive a $250 scholarship.
New to the 2022 SYC Season, PBA Jr. has sponsored the “Never Give Up Scholarship.” At each event in 2022, the bowler in each age division with the highest five game total during the final round of the tournament will receive a $100 SMART Scholarship. The first award winners of the 2022 Season are, Do Hoon Kwon, Anna Antony, Sebastian Huffman, Avery Domaguin, Kyle Groves and Maggie Thoma.
Each of these young athletes had their own original stories of staying committed even when things didn’t seem to be going their way in the tournament, but Kyle Groves stands out. Groves was -170 going into the last day of competition. On the long pattern he put together games of 254, 258, 215, 246 and 300 to win the round and the added scholarship funds. The support of PBA Jr. is a great addition to the SYC events and we are excited to see more stories like this throughout the SYC Season.
Three SYC Athletes, Morgan Kline, Daniel Hong, Kyle Groves rolled USBC sanctioned 300 games at the event.
Throughout the weekend participants and their families were able to attend a seminar with Jason Belmonte, meet Danielle McEwan, Anthony Simoneson, and Hall of Fame members, Wendy McPherson, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Del Ballard Jr., and Leanne Hulsenberg. Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Trend 2 bowling ball to add to their tournament arsenal and were given the opportunity to have it drilled at the South Point Pro Shop.
Champions being crowned is a highlight of each event, but perhaps the biggest champions are the cancer patients that benefit from the money raised by linking the SYC with Ballard vs the Big “C” (BVBC), a non-profit founded by bowling Hall-of-Famers, Del and Carolyn Ballard. Each event supports BVBC in numerous ways. Every entry includes a $10 donation to BVBC. On-site at each SYC, Carolyn and Del Ballard items for a raffle to raise additional funds. Since 2017, the SYC has raised $84,125 for BVBC 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.
We’re proud to partner with great companies to enhance the SYC experience at events including Storm, IAM Bowling, PBA Junior, RAZE Eyewear, Kegel, Turbo 2-n-1 Grips, 3G Shoes, Quality Respite and Home Care Inc., Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Master Industries. Scores are also uploaded live through the official scoring system of the SYC, BowlMetrix.
In 2022, our schedule will expand to nine events featuring four new host bowling communities. We intentionally take the SYC events to new cities each year in a quest to bring national events closer to home for more families.
2022 SYC Schedule:
February 18-20, 2022 – SYC Las Vegas – South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, NV
March 11-13, 2022 – SYC Delaware – Bowlerama, New Castle, DE
April 8-10, 2022 – SYC North Carolina – Victory Lanes, Mooresville, NC
May 27-29, 2022 – SYC Iowa – Big River Bowling, Davenport, IA
June 16-19, 2022 – SYC Ohio – Super Slam – Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Columbus, OH
August 12-14, 2022 – SYC Idaho – Westy’s Garden Lanes, Boise, ID
September 9-11 – SYC Kansas – Northrock Lanes, Wichita, KS
October 7-9 – SYC Coastal Classic – Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC & Little River Lanes, Little River, SC
November 11-13 – SYC Florida – Boardwalk Bowl, Orlando, FL
For more information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc.
About the Storm Youth Championships (SYC)
The Storm Youth Championships were created in 2017 to celebrate all the great things about youth bowling. The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and bring players and families from around the country together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. Since the inception, we have awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship funds to youth athletes. For more information visit stormbowling.com/syc.
About Storm Products, Inc.
Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Global 900 Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.