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Six Youth Athletes Earn Titles at Storm Youth Championships in Wichita

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) invited athletes and their families to travel to Wichita, Kansas to compete at Northrock Lanes and experience the tradition of excellence in this community. 147 youth bowlers competed in three five-game rounds on three different Kegel patterns in five divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Mixed Division) for a national title and a portion of the $13,325.00 scholarship fund. The overall champions are decided based on total pinfall.

In Wichita, four of the bowlers who were recently named to the Storm Youth All-American Team earned titles at the SYC event in Wichita and three bowlers claimed back-to-back SYC titles in their age divisions.

“Watching the families who choose to attend the SYC and adapt to precautions to ensure a safe playing field is inspirational as bowlers plan their return to bowling,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “Through their overwhelming support of the events we have been able to continue to create an environment where athletes can learn, raise funds for a worthy charity, and award national champions all while staying safe.”

In the U12 division, Matteo Quintero, a member of the 2020 Storm Youth All-American Team, always brings energy and enthusiasm to every SYC event he competes in and followed up his victory at the SYC- Indy with the title in Wichita. He averaged 195 for the event and earned two gold medals and a bronze on the individual patterns.

The U15 division featured two athletes who truly showcase kindness to their fellow competitors and work ethic. In the U15 girl’s division, Morgan Kline captured her first SYC title averaging 205 for the event. Kline competed in the first SYC event in Reno, Nevada in 2017 and has continued to demonstrate her determination to improve at each event she competes in. In Wichita, she earned gold medals on every pattern to claim the overall title. In the U15 boy’s division, Bud Sicard continued his dominance at the SYC in 2020. He has won the U15 boys title the three events that he has entered in 2020 and continues to improve in each time he steps on the lanes. He averaged 218 for the event and picked up one gold medal and a silver medal. Sicard was also named to the 2020 Storm Youth All-American Team.

Winning a single Storm Youth Championship title requires consistency, determination, and patience across the challenging patterns. Winning multiple titles in different bowling environments and patterns at the youth level shows incredible mental strength and strong fundamentals. The two athletes who claimed the titles in the U18 division have executed at the highest level consistently.  In the girl’s division, Jillian Martin averaged 219 finishing 316 pins ahead of second place to claim her sixth title. In the boy’s division, Spencer Robarge averaged 238.5 in Wichita finishing 202 pins ahead of the competition to claim his tenth title. Robarge continues to set records in the sport of bowling, and he has earned the most SYC titles of all of our SYC athletes over the years.  Both Martin and Robarge are members of the 2020 Storm Youth All-American Team.

In addition to the overall champions, the top three athletes in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round.

Overall Medalists: U12 Mixed – Matteo Quintero (gold), Alex Crowley (silver), Ewan Oester (bronze). U15 Boys– Bud Sicard (gold), Anthony Hornick (silver), Henry Hind (bronze). U15 Girls– Morgan Kline (gold), Karina Capron (silver), Abigail Starkey and Kayla Star (bronze – tie). U18 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), Brandon Bohn (silver), Brandon Bonta (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Brianna Rogers (silver), Alyssa Ballard (bronze).

The Medalists on the NORTHROCK Short Pattern: U12 Mixed – Alex Crowley (gold), Ewan Oester (silver), Matteo Quintero (bronze). U15 Boys– Henry Hind (gold), Bud Sicard (silver), Blaine Canfield and Phoenix Montoya (bronze -tie) U15 Girls– Morgan Kline (gold), Kayla Starr (silver), Abigail Starkey (bronze). U18 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), James Bennett (silver), Eric Jones (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Brianna Rogers (silver), Kassidy Miller (bronze).

The Medalists on the NORTHROCK Medium Pattern: U12 Mixed – Matteo Quintero (gold), Alex Crowley (silver), Ewan Oester (bronze). U15 Boys– Brek Strobel (gold), Bud Sicard (silver), Blaine Canfield (bronze). U15 Girls– Morgan Kline (gold), Karina Capron (silver), Kayla Starr (bronze). U18 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), Brandon Bohn (silver), Brandon Bonta (bronze). U20 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Alyssa Ballard (silver), Kensley Morris (bronze).

The Medalists on the NORTHROCK Long Pattern: U12 Mixed – Matteo Quintero (gold), Bella Castillo (silver), Alex Crowely (bronze). U15 Boys– Bud Sicard (gold), Dmitri Richardson (silver), Anthony Hornick (bronze). U15 Girls– Morgan Kline (gold), Karina Capron(silver), Savannah Hsu (bronze). U18 Boys– Brandon Bonta (gold), Brandon Caruso (silver), Cole Macaluso (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Dakota Lennen (silver), Danielle Henderson(silver) Alyssa Ballard (Bronze)

Every athlete who entered the tournament received a Storm Axiom bowling ball.

The DeSocio Family, General Manager, Brent Bowers, and the entire North Rock staff helped to create a safe and welcoming environment for all the participants and their families. Their support of the SYC ensures our event run efficiently from start to finish.

Giving back is an important part of the SYC and athletes 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. $10 of every entry will go directly to BVBC to continue to fight the war against cancer. SYC athletes have contributed $8,100 to BVBC in 2020.

The owners of Logo Infusion, Ken and Kathy Keegan joined us in Wichita 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. They have also created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth athletes to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Morgan Kline and Harley Shene.

Through seminars, the SYC is focused on providing education in addition to fun competition to the families who choose to spend the weekend at the SYC. Through this education, we like to encourage these young athletes to learn about opportunities for them to continue in the sport after their youth career is complete. The Storm Team hosted an educational seminar about building an arsenal and the SYC Families were also invited to join Newman University for a seminar and Q&A about college bowling in the afternoon. After practice, Wichita State University hosted a special signing for four of the SYC Athletes, Molly Marshall, Brooklyn Gagnon, Brandon Bonta and Spencer Robarge. In addition, WSU hosted small optional tours for registered SYC athletes to attend. After the Friday activities at WSU, several current WSU students joined the SYC staff to volunteer as scoring assistants for the weekend.

We’re proud to partner with great companies to enhance the SYC experience at events including Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Bowlers Journal International. The event was live-streamed over the two days on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page and scores were uploaded live through the official scoring system of the Storm Youth Championships, BowlMetrix.

Two events remain on the 2020 SYC Tour. The SYC will return to North Carolina and South Carolina for the Coastal Classic October 3-4. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. The final event of the 2020 SYC Tour will take place in Orlando on November 7-8. Entries open September 28 for this event.

For final results of all rounds of competition and for more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.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 and Roto Grip Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.

About Ballard vs. The Big “C” (BVBC)

BVBC was created out of love for PBA Hall-of-Famer, Del Ballard, Jr., who has survived his battle with tonsil cancer. Since forming, BVBC has raised over $200,000 to help raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer. For more information visit http://www.ballardvsthebigc.org.


Josie Barnes Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that Josie Barnes has joined the Team Storm pro staff. Barnes, a 3-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) champion, has earned medals around the world as a 13-time member of Team USA.

“I'm so grateful for Storm's faith in me,” Barnes said. “I have had the opportunity to be a part of an awesome company for nearly 15 years, but prior to that many of my youth accomplishments came with Storm equipment. It means that I have a support system that believes in me as much as I believe in them.”

Barnes was one of the top youth athletes in the United States before a successful collegiate career at Vanderbilt University and was chosen as the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow in 2006.

“Anyone familiar with the sport of bowling in the last decade has heard the name Josie (Earnest) Barnes,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “Her dedication to the sport of bowling in every capacity is simply incredible. The way Josie interacts is completely in line with our company values. We’re excited for her to join Team Storm and continue to achieve her goals at the highest levels.”

Barnes started bowling when she was three years old. The bowling center quickly became her home away from home as her parents owned a 12-lane center in Vandalia, IL that they maintained for 25 years. As she grew, her parents encouraged her to dedicate herself to the sport with aspirations of competing at the collegiate level. Pretty quickly, Barnes’ competitive nature took over and she fell in love with the sport. Her family traveled 4-5 hours to compete in youth events regularly. Her dedication paid off as she collected youth titles locally, regionally and at the national level. She was chosen to represent the United States on Jr. Team USA in 2005 and spent five years in the program earning medals at youth events around the world.

“I'll never forget I threw the Core Power LRG for my first 300 game and the Crystal Pin win at the Greater Iowa Miller Time youth event,” Barnes said. “It's just one of the many fond memories I have from my youth successes with Storm equipment. It feels like everything is coming full circle.“

After her successful youth career, Barnes chose to compete collegiately at Vanderbilt University. In 2007, her team captured the NCAA National Championship and Barnes was selected as the Most Valuable Player. In her collegiate career, she was selected as a two-time NTCA Player of the Year and First Team All-American.

After her successful collegiate career, Barnes knew she always wanted to be part of the sport but was unsure in what capacity. At the time, women had few events to participate in throughout the year, but Barnes was determined to qualify for Team USA as an adult member. Barnes accepted an opportunity to begin coaching at Vanderbilt. Helping players dedicate themselves to the sport and help them improve gave her a new perspective. Her players provided her with the drive to continue to improve her own game and practice what she taught. In 2012, she earned a spot on Team USA for the first time as an adult member.

In 2015, the PWBA tour returned and she became a full-time touring member. She earned her first PWBA title at the PWBA Rochester Open (2016) and has added two additional titles at the PWBA East Harford Open (2018) and Nationwide PWBA Greater Cleveland Open (2019).

Beyond competing at the highest level, Barnes has continued coaching at the collegiate level and now serves as the Associate Head Coach of the program. In 2019, she gave birth to Lisa Ruth adding a new title to her accomplished resume – Mom.

Balancing her roles keeps her life exciting and she takes pride in being able to juggle her responsibilities effectively. Supporting young athletes and teaching them to work hard to achieve whatever they dream is something that brings her great joy. Win or lose, Barnes has always demonstrated great professionalism and shows optimism even in the darkest of moments.

Barnes has continued to work hard through the pandemic and exhibited great flexibility as things continue to evolve. She looks forward to the opportunity to compete on the PWBA Tour post-pandemic.

“I want to win!” Barnes said. “Whatever is out there I want to be competitive. I don't think that fire will ever go away.”

 

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm and Roto Grip Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.


Thomas Larsen Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that Thomas Larsen of Denmark has joined the Team Storm Pro Staff.

“I am super excited to join Team Storm. Weber, Duke, Belmo, Tim Mack and many others have made Hall of Fame careers with Storm, so I am extremely happy to be welcomed to the team,” Larsen said. “This feels like the start of the second part of my career and I think it is going to be great!”

Larsen began bowling competitively at age 9 and has collected numerous titles in world competition. Through hard work and determination, he found success in competitions and was chosen to be part of the Danish National Team in 2005. He earned the Youth Championship title in Belgium (2005) and Finland (2008).  He has picked up numerous titles at the European Championships and World Championships throughout the years and has been a member of the Danish National Team for 15 years. He has collected 2 WBT/PBA Titles and 5 EBT titles.

In addition to his success on the lanes, Larsen also earned a marketing degree from Tietgen Business College and shares his experience in knowledge to help promote and grow the sport.

“We are thrilled to welcome Thomas Larsen to the Storm Family,” Tim Mack, European Sales Manager for Storm Products said. “I believe he will be a great asset to us in his new role with FM pro shops.  Thomas’ resume is exceptional, and he is a great representative for the sport. He optimizes class in every way. I look forward to a long-standing partnership both on and off the lanes”

Larsen looks forward to returning to PBA competition when it returns.

“My goal is still to win a PBA National Title in the US on TV, just like the guys I watched when I was growing up,” Larsen said.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm and Roto Grip Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.

 

 


Six Youth Athletes Earn Titles at The Storm Youth Championships in Indy

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – While the Indy 500 started their qualifying rounds, athletes who traveled from 33 states arrived to showcase their talents at the Storm Youth Championships in Indianapolis. A total of 297 athletes were split between two 80-lane facilities for a two-day competition.

The youth athletes competed in four five-game rounds on four different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls Divisions) for a national title and a portion of the $24,160 scholarship fund.

The Royal Pin Entertainment Family and their wonderful staff at Expo Bowl and Western Bowl helped to create a welcoming environment for all the participants. At the end of the event, six smiling youth athletes collected SYC titles and 12 athletes were named to the 2020 Storm All-American Team.

“In a year when the world has embraced digital networks, we believe that bowling, the original social network, will continue to find ways to adapt, build new friendships and connect communities. We have been able to observe this at the Storm Youth Championships,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “Families choose to attend the SYC to allow their youth athletes to compete, learn, and come together to support a great charity in a safe environment.”

The U12 athletes bring energy to the lanes as they learn and grow. Sofia DeLuccia of Michigan earned the U12 girls title while Matteo Quintero of Tennessee captured the U12 boys title. Though these two players have competed in other SYC events, they stayed consistent earning a medal in each block to collect their first SYC titles in Indianapolis.

The U15 division at the SYC always features young talented players who strive to improve their skills and absorb as much information as they can while having some fun with their friends. Bud Sicard of Oregon dominated the U15 boy’s division leading the field by 329 pins to collect his second SYC title. Kayla Starr, of Maryland, rolled a 279 in her final block to capture her second SYC title in the U15 girl’s division.

With the start of the new youth bowling season, the new U18 division was showcased at the SYC – Indy. The players in this division continue to impress the staff with their commitment to their physical games while developing their mental games to combat challenging tournament conditions. In the U18 girl’s division, Annalise O’Bryant, of Georgia, commanded the field and led by 156 pins to earn her first SYC title. The U18 boy’s division, Spencer Robarge of Missouri had an impressive block on the Western Medium Kegel Pattern averaging 250 to propel himself to the top of the leaderboard. Robarge collected his ninth SYC title in 13 attempts.

The talent of the youth athletes at the Storm Youth Championships is always remarkable. The top two competitors in each division were named to the 2020 Storm All-American Team. Sofia DeLuccia, Aleiya Kerrigan, Matteo Quintero, Ewan Oester, Kayla Starr, Avery Domaguin, Bud, Sicard, Trevor Anifer, Annalise O'Bryant, Jillian Martin, Spencer Robarge, Brandon Bonta have been named to the 2020 Storm All-American Team.

L to R: Aleiya Kerrigan, Sofia DeLuccia, Ewan Oester, Matteo Quintero, Avery Domaguin, Kayla Starr, Trevor Anifer, Bud, Sicard, Jillian Martin, Annalise O'Bryant, Brandon Bonta, Spencer Robarge

Though a past SYC champion, Domaguin moved up a division into the U15 girl’s division, she was able to remain consistent throughout the event to earn a spot on the All-American Team in back-to-back years. Robarge was the other SYC athlete to return to the All-American Team and has represented the team for 4 years in succession. 5-time SYC Champion, Martin, who joins the All-American Team for her first time earned the silver overall medal without medaling on any other pattern showcasing her consistency across the challenging conditions.

In addition to the overall champions, the top three athletes in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round.

Overall Medalists: U12 Boys – Matteo Quintero (gold), Ewan Oester, (Silver), Caston Dhuse (Bronze), U12 Girls – Sofia DeLuccia (Gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (Silver), Alyvia Matiasek (Bronze); U15 Boys – Bud Sicard (Gold), Trevor Anifer (Silver), Micah Voorhis (Bronze); U15 Girls - Kayla Starr (Gold), Avery Domaguin (Silver), Abby Starkey (Bronze); U18 Boys – Spencer Robarge (Gold), Brandon Bonta (Silver), Matthew Richards (Bronze); U18 Girls – Annalise O’Bryant (Gold), Jillian Martin (Silver), Alyssa Ballard (Bronze)

Kegel Expo Short Pattern: U12 Boys - Sebastian Vetter (gold), Caston Dhuse (silver), Matteo Quintero (Bronze); U12 Girls - Sofia DeLuccia (Gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (Silver), Alyvia Matiasek (Bronze); U15 Boys – Bud Sicard (Gold), Duke Knudsen (Silver), Luke Switalski (Bronze); U15 Girls - Kayla Starr (Gold), Abby Starkey (Silver), Avery Domaguin (Bronze); U18 Boys – Matthew Richards (Gold), Bobby Habetler (Silver), Edward Pietrasz (Bronze); U18 Girls - Brianna Rogers (Gold), Ranelle Ulanday (Silver), Annalise O’Bryant (Bronze)

Kegel Western Medium Pattern: U12 Boys - Matteo Quintero (Gold), Jos Luc Weems (Silver), Paxton Bauer (Bronze); U12 Girls - Sofia DeLuccia (Gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (Silver), Sadrianna Erb (Bronze); U15 Boys –Trevor Anifer (Gold), Bud Sicard (Silver), Anthony Hornick (Bronze); U15 Girls – Keira Magsam (Gold), Paige Matiasek (Silver), Kayla Starr (Bronze); U18 Boys – Spencer Robarge (Gold), Brandon Bonta (Silver), Alexander Horton (Bronze); U18 Girls – Annalise O’Bryant (Gold), Devon Thomas (Silver), Jenna Stretch (Bronze)

Expo Kegel Choice Pattern: U12 Boys - Ewan Oester (Gold), Matteo Quintero (Silver), Trey Durflinger (Bronze); U12 Girls - Sofia DeLuccia (Gold), Alyvia Matiasek (Silver), Sadrianna Erb (Bronze); U15 Boys –Braden McDonough (Gold), Bud Sicard (Silver), Henry Hind (Bronze); U15 Girls – Abbie Leiendecker (Gold), Deja Curry-Brown (Silver), Avery Domaguin (Bronze); U18 Boys – Silas Lira (Gold), Spencer Robarge (Silver), Ethan Gomez (Bronze); U18 Girls - Alyssa Ballard (Gold), Maribeth Baker (Silver), Jenna Stretch (Bronze)

Kegel Western Long Pattern: U12 Boys - Caston Dhuse (Gold), Matteo Quintero (Silver), Brady Jaecks (Bronze);  U12 Girls - Sofia DeLuccia (Gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (Silver), Sadrianna Erb (Bronze); U15 Boys –Bud Sicard (Gold), Sebastian Huffman (Silver), Landin Jordan (Bronze); U15 Girls - Abby Starkey (Gold), Kayla Starr (Silver), Avery Domaguin (Bronze); U18 Boys – Brandon Caruso (Gold), Ethan Gomez (Silver), Wesley Boyd (Bronze); Annalise O’Bryant (Gold), Juliana Kerrigan (Silver), Amani Moore (Bronze)

SYC Athlete, Brianna Rogers rolled a 300 game on the KEGEL Medium Pattern.

Every athlete who entered the tournament received a Storm Gravity Evolve bowling ball.

Giving back is an important part of the SYC and athletes 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. $10 of every entry will go directly to BVBC to continue to fight the war against cancer.

The owners of Logo Infusion, Ken and Kathy Keegan joined us in Indy 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. They have also created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth athletes to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded four scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Chole Day, Brianna Rogers, Henry Hind and Braden McDonough.

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 and scores were uploaded live through the official scoring system of the Storm Youth Championships, BowlMetrix.

Three events remain on the 2020 SYC Tour. The SYC will return to Northrock Lanes for the SYC – Wichita event on September 12-13. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. Fans can watch from their home on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page. Entries open for the SYC – Costal Classic event, which will occur October 3-4 on August 31. The final event of the 2020 SYC Tour will take place in Orlando on November 7-8.

For final results of all rounds of competition and for more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.

 


Five Champions Named At The Storm Youth Championships In The Music City

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah - The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) returned to Smyrna, Tennessee, July 24-26, for the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) Music City event. The youth bowlers competed in three five-game rounds on three different Kegel patterns in five different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Mixed Division) for a national title and a portion of the $14,850 scholarship fund. The format of the SYC rewards consistency and the overall champions are decided based on total pinfall.

L to R: U20G - Mabel Cummins, U15B Nate Trentler, U12 - Braden McDonough, , U15G - Maribeth Baker, U20B- Spencer Robarge

The champion in our U12 Division was Braden McDonough of Texas who led this mixed division by 158 pins to earn his second SYC title. Nate Trentler, of Maryland, dominated the U15 Boys division leading the field by 153 pins earning his first title. His best block was the long pattern averaging nearly 234. Maribeth Baker, of Pennsylvania, earned the gold medal on both the short pattern and long pattern to take home her first title in the U15 Girls division. In the U20 Division, two past SYC Champions, Mabel Cummins of Illinois and Spencer Robarge of Missouri outlasted the competition to continue to collect SYC titles to add to their resumes. Cummins, a collegiate player at Vanderbilt University, competing in her last youth event stayed consistent across three patterns to earn her fifth SYC title. Robarge dominated the U20 Boys field leading by 210 pins and averaging 229.5 across the three challenging KEGEL patterns to claim his eighth SYC title. Robarge has earned the most SYC titles of all of our SYC athletes over the years.

In addition to the overall champions, the top three bowlers in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round.

Overall Medalists: U12 Mixed – Braden McDonough (gold), Henry Hind (silver), Gavin Murray (bronze). U15 Boys– Nate Trentler (gold), Josh Maslanich (silver), Jacob Ballenger (bronze). U15 Girls– Maribeth Baker (gold), Victoria Varano (silver), Katelyn Abigania (bronze). U20 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), James Bennett (silver), Brett Lloyd (bronze). U20 Girls–   Mabel Cummins (gold), Brooke Roberts (silver), Kiara Abanto (bronze).

The Medalists on the KEGEL Short Pattern: U12 Mixed – Braden McDonough (gold), Cameron Morton (silver), Matteo Quintero (bronze). U15 Boys– Dylan Murray (gold), Aidan Furukawa (silver), Caleb Zamora (bronze). U15 Girls– Maribeth Baker (gold), Katelyn Abigania (silver), Rachel Moore (bronze). U20 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), Kirk Mowl (silver), Brett Lloyd (bronze). U20 Girls– Mabel Cummins (gold), Brooke Roberts (silver), Kiara Abanto (bronze).

The Medalists on the KEGEL Medium Pattern: U12 Mixed – Braden McDonough (gold), Nathaniel Lloyd (silver), Henry Hind (bronze). U15 Boys– Josh Maslanich (gold), Nate Trentler (silver), Carson Barnes (bronze). U15 Girls– Victoria Varano (gold), Katelyn Abigania (silver), Karina Capron (bronze). U20 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), James Bennett (silver), Jason Tundidor (bronze). U20 Girls– Mabel Cummins (gold), Brooke Roberts (silver), Michaela Morgan (bronze).

The Medalists on the KEGEL Long Pattern: U12 Mixed – Gavin Murray (gold), Braden McDonough (silver), Mason Heiligenmann (bronze). U15 Boys– Nate Trentler (gold), Spencer Sullivan (silver), Jacob Ballenger (bronze). U15 Girls– Maribeth Baker (gold), Victoria Varano (silver), Karina Capron (bronze). U20 Boys– James Bennett (gold), Ian Dohan (silver), Brett Lloyd (bronze). U20 Girls– Katharina Mente (gold), Jordan Mundt (silver), Molly Marshall (bronze).

SYC Athlete, Victoria Varano rolled a 300 game on the KEGEL Medium Pattern.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm !Q Tour Emerald bowling ball and had the option to have it drilled by the staff at Bowlers Advantage Pro Shop.

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. $10 of every entry will go directly to BVBC to continue to fight the war against cancer.

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. They have also created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth bowlers to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Erin Klemencic and Andru Blaney.

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.

Four events remain on the 2020 SYC Tour. The SYC will travel to Indianapolis for the SYC-Indy event, August 14-16. Fans can watch from their home on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page. IN September the SYC will take place at Northrock Lanes for the SYC – Wichita event on September 12-13. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. Entries open for the SYC – Costal Classic event, which will occur October 3-4 on August 31. The final event of the 2020 SYC Tour will take place in Orlando on November 7-8.

For final results of all rounds of competition and for more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.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 and Roto Grip Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.

About Ballard vs. The Big “C” (BVBC)

BVBC was created out of love for PBA Hall-of-Famer, Del Ballard, Jr., who has survived his battle with tonsil cancer. Since forming, BVBC has raised over $200,000 to help raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer. For more information visit http://www.ballardvsthebigc.org.

 

 


Abby Ragsdale Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, UtahStorm Products is proud to announce that collegiate standout, Abby Ragsdale has joined Team Storm.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity,” Ragsdale said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was little. My family raised me on Storm. Now being able to say I represent the best brand in bowling, I’m just ecstatic.”

The love of bowling was shared with Ragsdale by her family, especially her grandpa, at a young age. Her family would bowl together every week as she was beginning to compete. They challenged her to keep learning and she continued to improve as she grew. With their support, Ragsdale went on to compete collegiately at the University of St. Francis where she collected numerous honors including the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Rookie of the Year (2017) and a two-time first-team collegiate All-American (2019, 2020), and Most Valuable Player (2019). She was also named the NAIA MVP as she led the team win the National Invitational in 2017 and Player of the Year in 2019.

“Team Storm is excited to add this top young talent to our national team and we look forward to many successful years,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP Business Development said. “Our national team is an extension of our Storm Family and we look to add athletes who share similar dedication, values and beliefs. Abby is an ideal fit.”


Though her final collegiate season didn’t end as anticipated due to COVID-19 precautions, Ragsdale is proud of her collegiate career and is looking forward to the future.

“There’s a lot of top moments that come to mind as I reflect,” Ragsdale said. “Probably my favorite collegiate moment came as a team. Being a freshman and winning NAIA nationals with all the seniors is something I’ll always cherish. That’s what you go into bowling collegiately wanting to accomplish.”

Ragsdale has continued to stay diligent post-graduation. She has stayed focused on her physical fitness and been working on her mental game. She also has stayed connected with her coach to talk about her mental & physical game. When bowling centers were closed, she put her had in her ball every day and did one-step drills in her backyard.  She will be ready when the PWBA Tour returns.

“I want to make sure I’m representing Storm to the best of my ability.” Ragsdale said. “Rookie of the Year is something I have my eye on.”

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm and Roto Grip Brands. For additional information, visit stormbowling.com


STORM IT FORWARD 

Co-Owner of Storm Products, Barbara Chrisman, Lindsay Boomershine, one of our Team Storm members, and Elysia Current, one of our Roto Grip Team members, recently introduced a campaign, titled #StormItForward! Watch their live interview from Storm HQ by clicking here.

This campaign encourages all of Storm Nation to support local communities during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 by asking your favorite restaurants, local Storm VIP Pro Shops, salons, or other small businesses if you can purchase a gift card or pay for a service in advance.

“We hope that you will join our campaign and Storm It Forward in your local community,” Chrisman said. “The most important thing for all of our friends in Storm Nation is to stay safe and stay healthy. If you’re able to help, we hope you’ll consider joining us.”

Once you purchase a gift card either pass it on as a gift to a person you think might need a smile (while maintaining social distancing) or save it to use after the risk from the virus is over. As you’re doing these acts of kindness (if you feel comfortable) post a photo to social media using #StormItForward.

“Storm it Forward!” Boomershine said. “We want to see social media filled with posts of giving gifts and making another person’s day.”

 

 


Seeing The Lanes Like A Tour Rep

Our fans have been submitting hundreds of questions for our LIVE Q&A sessions from Storm HQ.

While we don’t have time to answer all the questions during our Facebook Live shows, we decided to answer some of the questions in different ways. If you have a question that you’d like to submit, send it to us here. 

Each week, some of the members of our Team Storm Tour Reps will be sharing some insight about a question that was submitted. They each have a little different perspective and will help you learn about what the representatives look for in our PBA & PWBA Players bags.

When the ball reps are at the tournaments and watching the staffers how do they figure out which ball is going to fit best for each players?

-Shane Conners

JIM CALLAHAN

Storm PBA Tour Manager

I have a bit of a system I use to determine the right ball for each player.

  1. I look at the shape of the pattern on the lane.
  2. I determine whether I need an asymmetrical or symmetrical ball
  3. I determine how much flare I will need.
  4. I determine how much core I need.
  5. Then I determine the correct cover I need.
  6. After that, I determine the layout we need.

After answering all those questions and determine the new ball, we then have to match the surface to the particular pattern.

I would say in order of importance.

1) Cover stock

2) Core

3) Layout

That is my formula of how I figure out the ball for each player.


DEL BALLARD

Storm PWBA & PBA50 Tour Manager

I watch practice first and start from there. I work front to back. I look to see how much friction there is in the front to determine the strongest ball I can use. That way I don’t have to use so much surface at the beginning.

In addition, I try to watch what type of release works best. I mean that as in keeping your hand up the back of the ball or having a little more axis rotation. Generally, I like for those bowlers who stay up the back of the ball to choose quicker balls and bowlers who have a little more axis rotation to use balls that are slower off the spot.

Scoring pace comes into play when I’m helping players select their arsenal. I might go with a ball that is on the bigger, slower side to keep it in play if the scoring pace is low. If it is higher, I generally will go with balls that might be a little quicker to increase entry angle. Depending on axis rotation, rev rate, and ball speed, I try to see step downs in the arsenal selection.

With the lane always changing, it is hard to make a black and white solution. You make the best decision you can depending on what you see and the tools each player has to work with.


MATT MCNIEL

Storm Tour Representative

That’s a bit of a loaded question. The playing environment in constantly changing lane to lane, pair to pair, different areas of the bowling center have different tendencies so once we put all of that together and understand what the lanes are asking for, we can apply that knowledge to the individual player and their individual style. At Storm, we do the best at creating a catalog that offers a multitude of ball reactions for our bowlers. We are the bowlers company, so we understand the need to have a diverse catalog that helps anyone who uses our products have the best arsenal in the building. Think of golf clubs in a golf bag, every club is used for different situations and creates different reactions. Our team knows what our players have in their arsenals and then uses the information of what we are seeing on the lanes and translates that into what ball the player will need and when.

Watching ball reaction is very much operating in the gray, understanding what makes good ball motion is very difficult and takes a lot of experience / practice. When watching players bowl, I generally ask these questions in my head:

Is the ball reading the lane too soon?

Is the ball responding too quickly or too slowly?

Is the ball getting behind the headpin and not reading the lane soon enough?

Is the player using too much speed, launch angle through the fronts, rotation, roll?

Answering these questions generally points us in a direction that allows for us to zero in on a ball that will allow the players to “see” it. That is, they will be able to see what the lanes are asking for and they can really start making some great shots.


SHAWN RYAN

Storm Tour Representative

While at a tournament what I like to do is step back and watch during the practice session. This gives me an idea of where the players are migrating to on the lane. Once I see this, I watch the front part of the lane a lot next, meaning where the ball gets set down at from the players. The front part of the lane is hard for the players to see since generally they are looking further downlane. If the fronts are hooking this will determine that cleaner bowling balls are required, if the bowling ball gets through the fronts easier than stronger earlier bowling balls will be required. Once all of this information is gathered, determining what players should use becomes more of an educated pick instead of what I like to call “I think this might work” guess. Not every player will use the same ball, but they will use  a similar motion based on ball speed, RPM, axis rotation, etc. Generally if the type of ball they need isn’t in their bag we will go down to the truck and drill the player something that falls in that category.


Tournament Group Spotlight: Elite Youth Tour

Storm is known in the bowling industry as the innovation leader and manufacturer of performance bowling products but our entire team strives to grow the sport of bowling and create life-long bowling enthusiasts.

Our owners, Bill and Barbara Chrisman generously give back to organizations within and outside of the bowling community throughout the year. Their kindness and willingness to support others is something that all employees embrace within the company.One way that Storm chooses to give back is through sponsorship of tournaments and events that occur all around the world. Storm sponsors hundreds of events throughout the year that give bowlers of all ages and skill levels the opportunities to compete and meet friends from different places.

Throughout the year we will feature different events and tournaments that Storm Products sponsors so that you can learn more about these groups and even add them to your calendar.

Our first featured event is the Elite Youth Tour (EYT). Storm Products has been the sponsor of this tournament group since the very first event in 2012. The EYT was founded by Team Storm Players, Diandra Asbaty and Jason Belmonte. Asbaty and her team have dedicated countless hours and spent many weekends traveling to give these youth athletes the opportunity to earn substantial scholarship money while building experience to compete at large-scale tournaments.

“For me, I built this tour with the goal in mind to create leaders through bowling,” Asbaty said. “I had all the tournaments that I grew up bowling that prepared me to be a professional bowler in my mind as I created this tour. At the same time, it’s not just a place to become a great bowler. I want to teach these young bowlers to have impact in the world.”

Asbaty who has had a very successful career on the lanes competed collegiately at the University of Nebraska where they earned the National Championship in 1999 and 2001. She was awarded the 2001 Collegiate Player of the Year. She was a 15-time member of Team USA and 2-time member of Junior Team USA earning numerous gold medals all around the world. She has also earned 1 PWBA Major title and a 2-time PBA Women’s Series Champion. Asbaty uses her experiences and what she has learned to try to teach the next generation of bowlers what it takes to be a successful collegiate athlete and encourage their dreams to be a professional athlete.

 

“Showing them that they can do it is important to me,” Asbaty said. “I knew how to bowl but didn’t know how to do it for a living. I want to teach kids that there is no idea too big. It starts somewhere and they can figure it out along the way.”

Members of the EYT are committed to developing the skills they need to excel in life and in bowling. These young bowlers travel from all over the Midwest to shoe up to compete in tournaments throughout the bowling season.

“I think about the first time I bowled a MJMA” Asbaty said. “It was never on a house shot. The tournament director would go out with an oil spray gun to spray the lanes and that was the pattern. It was frustrating and it was hard. You had to tuck in your shirt, and you had to wear a belt. I want them to bowl in a tournament with rules and to prepare them to bowl like a professional.”

Many EYT players who succeed on the conditions that Asbaty puts out each month go on to a very successful career on the lanes.

Some all-star athletes include:

  • Brandon Biondo - Team USA
  • Karina Capron- U12 Junior Gold Champion
  • Paige Kraushaar - SFA National Champion, All American
  • Ryan Zagar - JR.Team USA
  • Jordan Newham - Vanderbilt National Champion
  • Ryan Winters - Jr. Team USA
  • Nick Kruml - Jr. Team USA, PBA member
  • Taylor Bailey - National Champion - McKendree, All American
  • Giselle Poss - PWBA, All American
  • AJ Chapman: Collegiate Standout, PBA Pro
  • Mabel Cummins: Youth World Champion, Junior Team USA, Vanderbilt, Alberto E Crowe Star of Tomorrow
  • Jillian Martin: Youngest to cash in PWBA event. Junior Team USA
  • AJ Johnson: PBA Regional Pro,
  • Zach Rhoades- Wichita State
  • Abigail Starkey- Junior Gold U12 TV Show 2019
  • Gianna Brandolino- Junior Gold U12 Runner Up 2019
  • Brandon Caruso- Junior Gold U15 TV Show 2019
  • Cameron Crowe – EYT Bowler of the Year 2018 and made Junior Team USA, Adult Team USA and won the National Amateur Championship in 2020

“When I watch the kids succeed at events like the SYC or Junior Gold, I know the EYT made a difference,” Asbaty said. “It is the reason I make them struggle on the tough patterns because it helps them get to the end.”

Most recently, Asbaty says she felt so much pride watching current EYT athlete, Cameron Crowe, win the National Amateur Championships and qualify for Team USA n January. He is the first current EYT athlete to qualify for the adult team.

"Watching Cameron have the confidence to bowl and win against the pros and then go on to make Team USA just fills me up with pride," Asbaty said. "He has no idea what kind of inspiration he is to the younger generation - and he's not even 20 years old yet!"

Asbaty is certain that there are more current EYT bowlers who are on their way to a successful career in the sport of bowling. That’s one reason that she puts an emphasis on preserving the history of the tour especially

through photographs. She believes capturing the photos of future champions as young bowlers competing in their first event is essential. It’s also a fun photo to use as a comparison of then and now.

“You don’t always see everyone competing when they are little,” Asbaty said. “It’s a long process to get there. Seeing these kids grow in front of my eyes every month on and off the lanes makes it all worth it.”

In addition to trophies the champions and those that place are awarded scholarships. In 61 events, Asbaty has awarded $209,759 in scholarship funds.

“Kids get to use this amount of money for their future,” Asbaty said. “Beyond the scholarship that helps them get to college, showing them at a young age that they can make a difference in the world. That’s pretty powerful. I couldn’t do it without the support of the sponsors”

In addition, the EYT is a 501c3 nonprofit that focuses on creating positive youth development and leadership skills utilizing the sport of bowling. The donations contributed throughout the year support the events and activities that allow these young people to prepare for their future. If you are interested in donating, please click here.

“I’ve always been in it to try to help people and to support them along the way. It’s just been my calling. To be able to use this sport as a way of helping other people makes me so proud. I just know that this is what I’m supposed to be doing in bowling. I’m making a difference and that is what matters to me."

Asbaty is always searching for new service activities to introduce to her EYT athletes. In 2020, she has introduced a Mentor Program. She will pair up U20 bowlers with U12 bowlers so that these older players can mentor the younger ones. Her goal is to give the younger athletes tips, things to watch out for at the upcoming event, tricks to do when you feel defeated, and advice for bowling on sport patterns. They will also follow up after the event.

“The goal is to prepare them for their future on and off the lanes,” Asbaty said. “Most recently, I don’t think I’m an overly emotional person but when I gave Mabel her the last trophy she won, her 25th title, I cried. I was filled with the memories of her bowling the tournament as a young girl and not being a champion yet and getting so frustrated. I was so proud of the person she has become. Not just a great bowler but truly an ambassador for the sport. Creating young people that work hard and do the right things like Mabel has always been the intent of the EYT.”

To find out more information about the EYT please visit, http://eliteyouthtour.com/.


STORM AND X OUT BREAST CANCER RAISE MORE THAN $140K FOR THE HUNTSMAN CANCER INSTITUTE

This year, 1,735,350 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States.

Throughout the bowling season, the Storm Nation community comes together to raise funds and build awareness for cancer research.  With the help of the bowling community and a generous donation from the Chrisman Foundation, Storm Products presented a donation of $112,599 to Huntsman Cancer Foundation while continuing to spread awareness for a cause that affects millions.

An additional donation of $30,000 was donated from the Striking Against Breast Cancer Foundation was presented by Donna Conners and Carol Norman. Conners who hosts the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament each summer, and Norman, traveled to Utah for the presentation.

“Storm has always been known for innovation and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) shows the same spirit in their dedication to the creation and improvement of cancer treatments,” Barbara Chrisman, co-owner of Storm Products said. “With our fans support, through the purchase of our PTLP products, Striking Against Breast Cancer and The Chrisman Foundation's funds we are able to sponsor several treatment rooms in The Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at HCI. The donor plaques on the wall specifically identify that bowling and bowlers care about them.  I truly hope people who are going through the treatment and doing the suffering through this terrible disease know that someone cares and feel something positive through the support from the bowling community from around the world.”

This total donation of $142,599 will continue to improve quality of life for individuals and their families who may experience a cancer diagnosis.  HCI hosts more than 142,000 patient visits annually at its Salt Lake City and community clinic locations. It also serves the largest geographic region of all cancer centers, covering Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming.

The 2019 Paint the Lanes Pink™ campaign featured 300 Limited-Edition !Q Tour 20™  bowling balls, a joint venture between Storm and X Out Breast Cancer to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the famous Striking Against Breast Cancer Bowling Tournament held annually in Houston, TX. In addition, we raise funds through our dedicated PTLP products in the Storm Shop which raise funds and build awareness for breast cancer research year-round.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm and Roto Grip Brands.

About Huntsman Cancer Foundation

Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support the mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI):  To understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care.  Huntsman Cancer Foundation is dedicated to ensuring excellence in these endeavors through the development and prudent stewardship of private resources. All HCI fundraising initiatives happen through Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which is a public, functionally integrated, Type 3 501 (c)(3).