Victoria Varano Joins Storm Products Evolution Staff Team

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that Victoria Varano is the third athlete to be named to the Evolution Staff Team through the Evolution Program. This position reserved for a small number of exceptional youth players who represent the future of the sport. The first two athletes who were chosen for this program were Spencer Robarge and Jillian Martin.

“This program is designed to connect the top athletes with our team as they work towards their goals to compete professionally in the sport one day in the future,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Business Development said.  “In addition, they have the ability to connect with other young athletes and share the positive impact bowling has had on their lives.”

Victoria Varano has been active in our Evolution Program and has excelled on the lanes in competitions across the United States for several years. In addition to her achievements on the lanes, Varano has exceptional grades and gives back to her community through service initiatives throughout the year. Varano is the title officer in Best Buddies International and she volunteer coaches the junior program at her home bowling center and volunteers in other activities in New York.

“It means so much to me to join Team SPI through the Evolution Program,” Varano said. “It’s a great honor to be acknowledged by the best company in the industry and know that they trust me to represent them.”

Varano of Stony Point, New York attends North Rockland High School. Locally she has been named the LoHud/Journal News Bowler of the Year, North Rockland High School MVP, Section One High Average, Member of the Section One Championship Team, Member of the New York High School Championship Team, and numerous other achievements through high school bowling. In addition, Varano has had national success winning two Storm Youth Championships (SYC) titles, finishing second at the PBA Junior National Championships, and finishing second and third at the Junior Gold Championships. She also earned a silver medal and two bronze medals at the 2018 Tournament of Americas.

“Victoria is a very dedicated individual,” Susan Varano said. “She strives to be the best she can be academically and athletically and does her best to share her knowledge with others. You can always find her helping younger kids learn the game she loves or encouraging friends and teammates to practice.”

Though Varano has many achievements in her resume her favorite memory on the lanes so far is making Junior Team USA. For her, this was the moment that all the hours of practice and the work paid off.

“I’m looking forward to representing Storm while inspiring other youth bowlers to be the best that they can be,” Varano said. “I would also like to help change the way non-bowlers see bowling and show them that it is really a sport.”

The Evolution Program is a free program open to all youth athletes who believe bowling is a sport and have a strong desire to learn and sharpen their skills on and off the lanes. This program has something to offer every athlete along their journey within the sport. Athletes in the Evolution Program receive an email on the first of every month filled with a variety of lessons to enhance their learning process in the sport of bowling. This program does not replace a personal coach but will give athletes items to discuss with their team during training sessions.

To learn more about the program and begin the application process click this link: https://www.stormbowling.com/evolution.

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.

 

 

 

 


A Win For The Dreamers

Iowa may be known as being home of “The Field of Dreams” but there is a guy who lives there who has been focused on the “The Lanes of Dreams.”

For Tom Hess, the dream has always been to bowl for a living. In 2021, he’s been living his dream.

“It really is a dream come true,” Hess said. “What I did this year. To make 5 finals, win two majors, be named PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. It feels unbelievable.”

What if…

Everyone in their life has some “what if” moments. What if I had taken that job? What if I had made that move? What if I had talked to that person? What if I had chased my dream?

Hess doesn’t focus on the “what if.”

“I’m bowling against all the guys I would have bowled against 10 years ago, and I won,” Hess said. “Makes me feel like I was good enough all along. It’s a great feeling but I can’t look at it like that. You don’t know how it would have been if I had been out there full-time then. I was a different person, and it was under different circumstances. All I know is right now, it’s the right place and right time. I want to keep taking advantage of these opportunities.”

For Hess, it was always about supporting the people who supported him. In every interview, he will always share that he couldn’t have done any of the things in his career without his wife, Sue, who stayed home to raise their children and keep everything going in their home.

“It takes support at home to do what I’ve done and to be gone as much as I’ve been gone,” Hess said. “Bowling has always been a provider for us, but it takes a lot of determination to keep doing it when things aren’t going well. It takes a lot of heart. It’s not always easy.”

Tom and Sue have been together for 32 years and married for 21 of those years. Sue didn’t know much about bowling before she met Tom, but she started traveling to watch him bowl tournaments on the weekends, and she enjoyed learning more about the sport. She quickly saw the passion he had for it.

“I’ve always known that it’s his dream,” Sue Hess said. “It’s what he’s wanted to do his whole life. In the early days, as much as I wanted to, I knew that it was just something that we couldn’t give him at the time. As much as I wanted him to go out and bowl, we just couldn’t make it happen when our kids were young.”

Though it wasn’t in the cards to bowl full-time on the PBA Tour, Tom and his family found ways to allow him to compete locally, regionally, and at as many of the PBA events as possible while he maintained a full-time job to support his family.

“We knew it was a gamble,” Sue said. “Every time you step out on the lanes, you’re taking a chance. So, we found ways to support his dream while sustaining our life. It was hard but we always made it work.”

Tom continued to compete as a “weekend warrior” and bowl in events all over the country. He won numerous events locally and regionally. He earned his first PBA title in 2004 at the Midwest Region RPI Qualifier and then in 2011, the world got to see what Sue had seen all along. Tom won his first major title, the 2011 USBC Masters.

The Dream

After a series of top finishes and the win at the Masters, Hess qualified for the PBA Exempt Tour and finally felt like he could live his dream and go bowl for a living. Unfortunately, the Exempt Program was cancelled prior to the 2011 season.

“This was it, I was going to quit my job and go bowl,” Hess said. “We knew we could make it work but then it all goes away. It was just heartbreaking.”

Even though the situation changed, Hess didn’t give up. He bowled as many PBA Tour events that he could fit into his schedule while still maintaining a job to support his family. He’d fill in the other weekends with regional and local events.

“I’ve never just been a bowler, I’ve always had a job,” Hess said. “If we bowled for three weeks in a row, I’d come back and go to work.”

Though he continued to compete every weekend and find success there is a difference that many professional players discuss about the PBA Tour. Hess has always felt it too.

“I’ve won lots of regionals, lots of local stuff but the only place to practice the Tour is on the Tour,” Hess said.”

In the back of his mind, he still felt like something was missing. He still felt like he had more to prove, and he made a commitment to himself and his family, to go and chase his dream. Once eligible, Hess was going to go bowl full-time on the PBA50 Tour.

“I believed I could do it,” Hess said. “I knew I was going to be competitive. You never really know until you go do it.”

Though he made the commitment, Hess was faced with another setback. His first year eligible for the PBA50 Tour was 2020. Though the year started normal and Hess was able to compete in some PBA Tour events, things changed dramatically at the end of the World Series of Bowling.

“Originally I was planning to fly straight from the WSOB to Smyrna to watch my daughter, Megan bowl in the Intercollegiate Team Championships and Intercollegiate Singles Championships,” Hess said. “Since bowling went so poorly for me at the WSOB, I wanted to leave early and go home. I met Sue and we were planning to drive the following day. We got a late start and when we were about 30 minutes into the drive, Megan called to tell us it had been cancelled.”

This was the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the following weeks and months, the world would be faced with closings and cancellations of most activities to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It was a great disappointment for me,” Hess said. “I gained some time at home with my family, but I missed out on an entire season of the PBA50 Tour and the other events I was planning to bowl due to the pandemic. Who knows what would have happened if 2020 would have been a normal year?”

It didn’t stop him though. He focused on staying mentally sharp and knew he’d be ready when the events returned.

“More than anything it gave me another year to be more anxious,” Hess said. “I just wanted to go chase my dreams.”

Finding A Community

The PBA50 Tour is filled with legends and Hall of Fame bowlers. In a given week the Top 5 can be filled with hundreds of titles and pages of achievements in the sport of bowling. To win on this tour, you must be on the top of your game. When the PBA50 Tour finally started it took Hess a little time to develop his process.

Even though I bowled pretty good in the first couple of events in 2021, I really pressed,” Hess said. “I was trying way too hard. Chris Schlemer came out to a couple of the events, and he had been the Ball Rep on Tour when I won the USBC Masters. We worked well together, and I started to settle in. I made a few finals and started to get comfortable.”

For Tom, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy to compete on the PBA50 Tour, but what he didn’t know was the community that he would find.

“It’s as competitive as the regular tour but it really is a community,” Hess said. “After bowling is over, people hang out. There are some bowlers who have motorhomes and barbeque. There will be groups that go out to go golfing during the down time but when the lanes turn on, everyone is out there to win.”

Major Couple of Weeks

At Storm, whenever we had a Tour Representative or an expert on to discuss the Rookie Class on the PBA 50 Tour on The Morning Bolt, Tom Hess was always in the conversation. Entering the final events of 2021 Hess had already had a successful season, but there were a few things that were within his reach that could make it better. After his performance in events throughout the tour, Hess was not only in contention for the PBA50 Rookie of the Year Honor but also PBA50 Player of the Year.

Things started falling into place when he earned the top seed in the stepladder finals at the Senior U.S. Open. He faced fellow Chris Barnes in the final match and took home the title defeating Barnes 256-209. This title gave him his second career national major title.

“Some people always called me a one-hit wonder,” Hess said. “Winning this title showed that I belong there.”

The year honors would be decided at the final event of the season, the USBC Senior Masters.

Knowing what was at stake, Hess started the event as the tournament leader and maintained that lead through qualifying to be the number one seed in the bracket. He went on to survive his matches in the bracket and earned the fourth seed in the stepladder final. To win the title, Hess would need to win every match and due to the double elimination format, he would need to beat the top seed, Chris Barnes twice.

That was exactly what he’d go on to do. In the end, Hess defeated Barnes 278-226 and 237-203 to win the USBC Senior Masters title and lock up the PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year Honors.

According to the USBC Records, earning this title made Hess the fourth player in history to win both the UBSC Masters and Senior Masters and third to win both the PBA50 Senior US Open and Senior Masters in the same season.

Representing The Red White and Blue

For Hess, 2021 was everything he dreamed it would be and more but there was one more item that Hess hoped to add to his season. That was the opportunity to represent the United States at the IBF Masters World Championships in Dubai. He had submitted his application and eagerly waited for the official announcement. A few weeks later, he was informed that he had been chosen for Team USA.

“To be chosen by a group of my peers to represent the United States, that’s the cherry on top,” Hess said. “Once I get to Dubai, I know it’s going to be the best feeling I’ve ever had throwing a bowling ball. I hope to be able to stand on the podium and listen to the National Anthem with my teammates with a gold medal around my neck. I think it’s going to be really good.”

Though Hess followed his dream and certainly had the dream season, he’s still setting some big goals for next season.

“I want to build on this year,” Hess said. “Last year was a dream season but that doesn’t mean next year can’t be better. There’s no quit in this guy. I always want to try to be better than I was the last time.”

At Storm, we’re proud that Tom Hess continues to choose to be a member of Team Storm. He’s a great representative for our brand on the lanes and at events. As for his support system at home, they couldn’t be prouder of everything he’s accomplished.

“What he has done is amazing,” Sue Hess said. “It’s been a roller coaster but it’s worth it. Even when he’d have a bad weekend and tell me he was going to quit, I always pushed him to bowl. I’d say, ‘Don’t quit. Keep trying. Keep going.’ Putting yourself out there is the only way that you can learn and get better. We’ve always tried to teach our daughter that. To have the season that he’s had, it’s so cool. This really makes it worth it.”


Jillian Martin Makes History On PWBA Tour

Jillian Martin is no stranger to breaking records, but she made history Tuesday night when she became the youngest bowler to win a Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour event at just 17 years old at the PWBA BowlTV Classic.  

As the top seed, Martin defeated fellow Storm Staff Member, Verity Crawley 221-188 to earn her place in the record books, a crystal trophy and claim the $10,000 prize. The record was held previously by PWBA & USBC Hall of Fame Member Wendy Macpherson who won the US Women’s Open as an 18-year-old. Wendy is a member of our Storm Hall of Fame Staff.

"I was very nervous going into that match, but I reminded myself how special it was to have an opportunity to win a tournament against the best ladies in the world," Martin said in the PWBA Release. "I wanted to make the most of it and have some fun. I kept telling myself that the whole match. I made a couple bad shots, but it was incredible to have that opportunity and be able to find success at the highest level."

Martin of Stow, Ohio joined our Evolution Staff Program in 2021 and is a member of our Storm Pro Team. This isn’t the first record she has broken. At age 14, Martin decided to move up and compete in the U20 age division at the most prominent youth bowling stage, the 2019 Junior Gold Championships. She led qualifying and is the youngest female to make Junior Team USA. She tied for ninth at the event.

 In addition to being a member of 3-Time Member of Junior Team USA, she has earned 2 Youth Open singles titles and one Youth Open All-Events titles. She was also named the Ohio High School State Athletic Association Girl’s Bowling Champion as a freshman. She placed second at the 2021 PWBA ITRC Classic and third at the 2021 PWBA Hall of Fame Classic won the inaugural PBA Junior National Championship in Florida and has claimed 10 Storm Youth Championship (SYC) titles, which is a record for the girls’ division. Her dedication to the sport of bowling on the lanes is matched off the lanes in the classroom where she maintains a GPA greater than 4.0.

Martin is certainly a rising talent in the sportt of bowling and it’s an honor that she has chosen to represent Storm Products. She will appear on "FOX & Friends" on Saturday to help celebrate National Bowling Day.

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, 900 Global, 3G and Master 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. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.

 

 

 

 


The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Returns To Houston

The PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, sponsored by Storm returns this weekend at Copperfield Bowl. This is the largest and most popular Mixed Doubles Tournament in the world.

A sold-out field of 160 doubles teams from all around the world will travel to Houston, Texas to compete in the 21st annual event. For the sixth time, PBA and PWBA titles will be on the line for PBA and PWBA members.

Although the players are competing for a title and a $20,000 top prize, they all know that this event means more than just that. The players are back together to help support the research efforts to find new innovations for the cure and treatment of breast cancer and other cancers. All of the funds raised are donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research facility based in Utah.

 

On A Mission To Find A Cure

“It’s about people coming together for a dreadful disease,” Donna Conners said. “When you think about it, breast cancer doesn’t ask any questions. It doesn’t care if you a mother, if you a father, or who you are. Breast cancer hits everybody.”

PWBA Hall of Famer, Donna Conners, leads this event and it truly represents the power of coming together in fellowship for a cause. Conners and Luci Bonneau met through bowling and became travel partners on the LPBT. In 1999, Bonneau was battling breast cancer and Conners never left her side. They dreamed of creating a bowling tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research when her treatment was complete. When Bonneau passed away, Conners knew she had to build the event they dreamed about.

Storm Bowling Products have been proud sponsors of the event since 2002 and supports the event in every way possible. It’s an event that our team looks forward to each year.

“Having Storm Bowling Products behind me is like having wings that just lift me up and help me fly.” Conners said. “I feel safe. I know that they’ve got my back and they’re always there to help me. Without these sponsors that like Storm Bowling Products, High 5 Gear, and all the many, many sponsors who donate time and money to come bowl the pro-am, this event would not be possible

For a complete roster of teams entered, click here. To learn more about FloBowling subscription prices and to watch live all weekend visit FloBowling.com.

If you’re interested in making a donation, click here.

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, 900 Global, 3G and Master 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. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.

About The X Out Breast Cancer™ Foundation

The X Out Breast Cancer™ Foundation, also known as Striking Against Breast Cancer (SABC), strives to help raise awareness and fund cancer research through events and fundraisers. Learn more about the heart behind SABC as you travel through our website.


Enter The Storm Lightning Rounds Today

We're excited to partner with our friends at Lanetalk to provide a fun summer tournament, called the Storm Lightning Rounds, where bowlers will compete for over $10,000 in prizes from your favorite center!

It's free to join the actual tournament (lineage payment to your local center required).
Steps to Enter:
1. Download the Lanetalk App
2. Visit a participating local bowling center and pay for your games!
3. Bowl!
Once you submit your scores, you'll be entered for a chance to win $10,000 worth of STORM bowling products, digital services, and unique collectibles.
Want your local center to be in on the competition, forward this link to the owner or manager of your local center so they can sign up.
For more info & full rules visit: stormrounds.com

Storm Products Names Matt Gasn Regional Sales Manager

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products officially announced today that Matt Gasn will join the Regional Sales Team starting June 1. He will support customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Though Gasn started ten pin bowling at the age of four, he had already been learning to knock down pins a few years before that. In Maryland, duck pin bowling is pretty common, and he was already bowling by age two. His dad, Billy, was the one who really encouraged him to enjoy the sport of bowling. Together, they watched PBA telecasts on the weekends. Together, as a family they enjoyed bowling together. As Gasn started to grow, he tried out his mom’s Storm Meteor Flash and enjoyed rolling it. He had so much success with it, that his family decided he was ready for his first reactive ball and got him one of his own. Gasn successfully competed in youth bowling events across the United States and was named to Junior Team USA in 2011. With the scholarship money he earned as a youth bowler he attended Robert Morris University where he helped his team win an Intercollegiate Team Championship title and three consecutive NAIA championships. He graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts in Computer Networking.

“I am humbled and excited to join the team at Storm,” Gasn said. “Our values and vision for the future and growth of bowling align perfectly. Within minutes of talking, I knew Storm Products was something I wanted to be a part of. I look forward to being a part of this team for a long time and hope to help continue to raise the bar that Storm has already set so high.”

Though Gasn has dedicated his efforts to his work off the lanes in the bowling industry, he still enjoys competing on the lanes when he can. He has bowled 75 300 games and has recorded a personal high series of 853. In 2018, he rolled an 802 to finish second in the Singles event of the Regular Division at the USBC Open Championships. Gasn has been dedicated to his service in the bowling industry where he has worked as a technical coordinator, ball tester, assistant product manager, and district sales manager. He will be responsible for building long-term business relationships and assisting with the communication between distributors, pro shops, and consumers in his territory.

“Matt brings a lot of experience to the team and we look forward to him representing the brands of SPI,” Hank Boomershine, Vice President of Sales and R&D. “His energy and dedication to the sport of bowling, both on and off the lanes, matches Storm’s vision perfectly.”

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, 900 Global, 3G and Master 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. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.


STORM PRODUCTS INC. SPONSORS 2021 US NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM CHALLENGE

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah - Storm Products Inc. (SPI), is proud to announce that Storm Bowling will sponsor the U.S. National Junior Team Challenge, August 6-8, 2021 at Bowlerama in New Castle, Delaware. This event is part of the Mid Atlantic Junior Bowlers Tour (MAJBT).

“We are excited to partner with the Mid Atlantic Junior Bowlers Tour and their amazing events for youth bowlers,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Tournament and Events Manager said. “At Storm, we work to inspire existing bowlers and to foster and develop new bowlers to grow the sport of bowling. Providing opportunities to youth athletes who love to bowl is infinitely rewarding. We look forward to a fun partnership with the MAJBT bowlers.”

The MAJBT hosts youth events throughout the Mid-Atlantic States that host bowlers from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. These events feature a variety of formats that include team, doubles, and singles events. Youth athletes travel to these events to develop their skills and learn on the lanes. MAJBT Tournament Director, Billy Gasn, has been conducting tournaments for 25 years. He started the U.S. National Team event in 2017 with 28 teams and the event has grown each year. In 2019, they hosted 45 teams and in 2021 they will host a sold-out field of 58 teams. The event is expected to award more than 70K in scholarship funds throughout the event.

“Storm does amazing things to influence, develop and grow youth bowling,” Billy Gasn said. “We are humbled and excited to be a part of their program. We look forward to doing great things together with them as our partner.”

Storm Bowling will provide resources to help the MAJBT with on-site activations and provide resources to generate funds to support the tournament athletes and events. In addition, Storm will share news from the events on our social media channels and provide livestream coverage at the event.

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, 900 Global, 3G and Master 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. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.

About Mid Atlantic Bowling Events

Mid Atlantic Bowling Events are dedicated to providing a variety of adult and youth bowling events in the Mid Atlantic. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MID-Atlantic-Bowling-Events-649806972044064/?ref=page_internal.

 


SYC Texas Champions Named At Cityview Lanes

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) invited athletes and their families to travel to Fort Worth, Texas to compete at Cityview Lanes to launch the start of the 2021 Storm Youth Championships (SYC) Season. 174 youth bowlers competed in three five-game rounds on three different Kegel patterns in six divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, and U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $14,045.00 scholarship fund. The overall champions are decided based on total pinfall.

“SYCs are a labor of love for our team,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Tournament and Events Manager said. “Storm is a family-owned company and it’s essential for us to provide safe, fun events for families who love bowling as much as we do.  Not only is it important to crown worthy champions, but we also strive to create memorable experiences for all who attend, and that includes the family members who attend too.”

It’s no secret that 2020 was a tough year for youth athletes to prepare and practice for events prior to the pandemic. Though it’s difficult for all youth bowlers, some athletes at the SYC live in areas where most bowling centers are still forced to remain closed, and families have had to be creative to find ways to keep the kids in the game.  As we introduce you to our 2021 SYC Texas Champions, you’ll see stories of dedication, determination and resilience in these young athletes.

Back Row: L to R: Bella Love Castillo, Elias O’Hollaren, Spencer Robarge| Middle Row: L to R: Matteo Quintero, Avery Domaguin| Front Row: Jillian Martin

The U12 division is always a fan favorite to watch. The young bowlers in this division truly balance showcasing their skills in competition while having fun with the other young bowlers on the lanes. These competitors usually become quick friends as they bowl the 5 game blocks. In Texas, two of the youngest athletes in SYC history took to the lanes. Alex Westring (7) and Ellie Kate Murray (6) bowled in their first SYC events picking up tips. Ellie Kate was even able to capture the overall bronze medal and celebrated her seventh birthday on Sunday.

In the U12 girls division, home state favorite, Bella Love Castillo of Texas averaged 178 to earn her first SYC trophy. Castillo, a young two-hander who has bowled in SYC competitions in the past and continues to learn and grow stronger with every event she bowls. Castillo dominated the U12 girls division earning the gold in every round and leading the field by more than 400 pins. She was the only SYC athlete in the field from Texas to earn a title. Castillo will be one to watch as she continues to develop her skills in future youth bowling competition.

In Texas, U12 boy’s division was a tight race between Matteo Quintero of Tennessee and Alex Crowley of Montana. Though Crowley earned gold on both the Short and Medium Patterns Quintero averaged 231 on the Long Pattern to take the overall lead. Quintero, a member of the 2020 Storm Youth All-American Team, never stops working on his game. Since his previous SYC victory in Orlando, he has traveled to compete in tournaments all over the south and Midwest regions. Quintero averaged 206 for the event to earn his fifth consecutive SYC title in Texas.

In the U15 girls division, Avery Domaguin of California overcame obstacles to earn her second SYC title at Cityview Lanes, the same bowling center she picked up her first SYC title in 2018. In every SYC she has competed in, Domaguin demonstrates dedication to the sport and patience throughout each round. This 2-time member of the Storm All-American Team has been extremely limited on which events that she could attend in 2020 due to her father’s travel ban for work. Unlike some her friends in California she was unable to travel on the weekends to Arizona or Nevada. Her family set up a “release drill lane” at home for her to continue to practice on her release and do 1-step drills. As a family, they decided which events Domaguin would travel to compete in, and when they returned, her father was required to quarantine for 2 weeks and a COVID test before going back to work. Prior to her win in Texas, Domaguin and her mother traveled to Maryland for 6 weeks to stay with family where she was able to consistently practice for the first time in a year and successfully competed in some youth tournaments there. In Texas, she earned gold medals on both the Short and Medium averaging 212 for the event and led her division by more than 200 pins to claim the overall title.

In the U15 boys division, Elias O’Hollaren of California averaged 225 to earn his second SYC title in Texas. When bowling centers in California started closing, O’Hollaren and his dad built a platform at home where he was able to continue to practice his balance and approach drills. When some out of state tournaments started returning, O’Hollaren and his family would travel to allow him to get back on the lanes. After each event, he would evaluate his performance and talk to his coach Mark Baker about how he could improve in future events. He would also do self-evaluations and try to find ways to practice the things that he needed to work on. With centers still closed around him including his home center which recently closed permanently, his family would travel nearly two hours to find ways to get O’Hollaren on lane practice time with his coach. The dedication to the sport and sacrifices that his family made truly paid off when he earned two gold medals on the Short and Long Pattern and picked up the title.

The two athletes who took home the U18 titles at the SYC have won events on every level of competition. From local events, to regional events, to national events, and now they both are starting to test their skills against the professionals in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) competition. They continue to break records and both set the bar higher for total number of SYC titles. In addition, these two athletes who are the first two members of the Storm Evolution Program named to Storm Staff based on their exceptional grades, community service initiatives, and success on the lanes. They have passion for the sport and have aspirations to compete at the highest levels. They also are always willing to mentor younger athletes and help them learn more about the game.

Jillian Martin of Ohio showcases her determination, advanced knowledge of lane play strategies, and enthusiasm for the sport every time she steps on the lanes. Prior to the SYC in Texas, Martin competed on the PWBA Tour in January making two final stepladders and earned the PBA Junior title in Florida. In Texas, she collected the gold medal on the short and medium patterns averaging 213 overall to earn her eighth overall title, a record number of SYC titles for the girls division. After competition is concluded, Martin is always gracious to her fellow competitors. Her dedication to the sport of bowling on the lanes is matched off the lanes in the classroom where she maintains a GPA greater than 4.0. In addition to future youth competitions, Martin plans to compete in more PBA and PWBA events in 2021.

Spencer Robarge, who also took home the PBA Junior title in Florida before traveling to the SYC continues to shatter records. Staying consistent through the first two blocks he had his best performance on the final day averaging 247 on the long pattern. He averaged 234 overall to take home his 11th SYC title. Setting records isn’t new for Robarge, he holds the record form most 300 games of a USBC Youth Player in addition to earning the most SYC titles. Robarge who serves as mentor to several youth players who were competing in the field at the SYC also gives back to the sport by serving on the Greater Springfield Youth and Missouri State Youth Board of Directors. Robarge will compete in the USBC Masters and the PBA U.S. Open in 2021. He has also committed to bowl collegiately at Wichita State University in the fall.

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 Girls– Bella Castillo (gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (silver), Ellie Kate Murray (bronze).  U12 Boys- Matteo Quintero (gold), Alex Crowley (silver), Jos Weems (bronze). U15 Girls– Avery Domaguin (gold), Karina Capron (silver), Kaitlyn Stull Star (bronze). U15 Boys– Elias OHollaren (gold), Trevor Anifer (silver), Rylan Breese (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Lara Kurt (silver), Victoria Varano (bronze). U18 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), Brandon Bohn (silver), Tyler Keller (bronze).

The Medalists on the Short Pattern: U12 Girls– Bella Castillo (gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (silver), Ellie Kate Murray (bronze).  U12 Boys - Alex Crowley (gold), Matteo Quintero (silver), Jos Weems (bronze). U15 Girls– Avery Domaguin (gold), Kaitlyn Stull (silver), Abigail Starkey (bronze).  U15 Boys - Elias O’Hollaren (gold), Trevor Anifer (silver), Gavin Murray (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Frances Davila (silver), Lara Kurt (bronze). U18 Boys– Garrett Andrus (gold), Spencer Robarge (silver), Samuel Calderon (bronze).

The Medalists on the Medium Pattern: U12 Girls– Bella Castillo (gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (silver), Janiyah Graham (bronze).  U12 Boys - Alex Crowley (gold), Matteo Quintero (silver), Anthony Swanson (bronze).  U15 Girls– Avery Domaguin (gold), Charisse Graham (silver), Kara Beissel (bronze). U15 Boys– Trevor Anifer (gold), Spiros Schenk (silver), Chase Swenson (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Lara Kurt (silver) Morgan Brookover (Bronze), U18 Boys– Julian Salinas (gold), Spencer Robarge (silver), James Bennett (bronze).

The Medalists on the Long Pattern: U12 Girls– Bella Castillo (gold), Aleiya Kerrigan (silver), Janiyah Graham (bronze).  U12 Boys – Matteo Quintero (gold), Alex Crowley (silver), and Jos Weems (bronze). U15 Girls– Karina Capron (gold), Keira Magsam and Morgan Kline (silver - tie), Avery Domaguin (bronze). U15 Boys– Elias O’Hollaren (gold), Trevor Anifer (silver), Braden McDonough and Dylan Murray (bronze - tie). U18 Girls– Victoria Varano (gold), Lara Kurt (silver) Katharina Mente (Bronze). U18 Boys– Spencer Robarge (gold), Pablo Prado (silver), Joshua Abigania (bronze).

The SYC is focused on providing education through seminars in addition to fun competition to the families who choose to spend the weekend at the SYC. Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Turbo 2-N-1 Grips sponsored two socially distanced seminars. In addition, every athlete who entered the tournament received a Storm Parallax bowling ball.  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.

Josh Modelo, Rusty Dickinson, and the staff at Cityview Lanes helped to ensure a safe environment for all the participants and their families. Their support of the SYC ensures the event ran 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 raised $4,360 at the SYC Texas event through entries and ball raffles.

“Team BVBC would like to thank all of the SYC families for their support this past weekend at the SYC in Ft. Worth,” Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, President BVBC said. “One thing we always say is; we may never meet the people we help, but we know by the organizations we partner with that families are not left alone and get help when needed. We truly help give those families a voice when they may not have one.”

The owners of IAM Bowling, Ken and Kathy Keegan provide the apparel for the SYC. IAM Bowling is the official jersey partner and merchandizer 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 scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Brianna Archabal and Trevor Anifer were chosen as the recipients and will each receive a $250 scholarship.

We’re proud to partner with great companies to enhance the SYC experience at events including Storm, I Am Bowling, Kegel, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, 3G Shoes, Master, and Ballard’s Bowling Academy. In addition, P&P Plumbing Co. Inc. and USBC North Central Texas provided local sponsorship of the event.

The 2021 SYC Tour has six events remaining on the schedule. The next event will take place in the Quad Cities May 28-30, 2021. Entries will open in April on the Storm Bowling Website. More information will be available soon 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 the Storm Youth Championships (SYC)

The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) was created to celebrate all of the great things about youth bowling. Our goal is to bring players and families from around the country together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. 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, 900 Global, 3G and Master 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. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.

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.

 

 


Kyle Troup Wins His First PBA Major Title

“Trust in the process and keep working hard.”

Those were some of the thoughts Kyle Troup shared with our team after he qualified for the PBA Players Championship Finals and was preparing for the major event. He spent the weeks dedicated to the routine that he has developed in the off-season. Training off the lanes in the gym, staying committed to his mental work, and staying dedicated to his practice on the lanes.

Troup rolled a three-game series of 741 to earn the top seed in the seeding round which streamed live on FloBowling on Saturday.

“I tried to just stick to the process,” Troup said. “I felt really confident coming over for those 10 shots and this match.”

Troup came in for the championship match and admitted that it didn’t start the way he wanted but he stayed focused and dug deep.

“I just told myself to keep my mind forward and my eyes forward. Keep working, keep pushing, believe in yourself.”

In the end, Troup bowled a 257 game to win the PBA Players Championship for his first career major title and the $250,000 first prize, defeating Dick Allen. Kyle Troup used a Roto Grip IDOL Synergy to win the title. This was the same ball he used in the East Region Final.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Troup in the official PBA release here. “Hard work pays off. I felt very confident in my ball reaction and the angle I was playing. I didn’t really feel nervous at all. I stayed focused and the pressure and the nerves kind of went away.”

This title qualifies Troup for the PBA Super Slam which will feature all five 2021 major winners in a broadcast on FOX on April 18.

The PBA Tournament of Champions begins this week at Bowlero Jupiter and will be streamed live on FloBowling, February 23-26. The stepladder finals will air live Sunday, February 28 at 1 pm Eastern Time on FOX.

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 continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.


STORM PRODUCTS CONTINUES SPONSORSHIP WITH THE UNDERGROUND BOWLING ASSOCIATION

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah - Storm Products Inc. (SPI), is proud to announce that the brands of Storm and Roto Grip will continue their sponsorship agreement for the 2021 Season of the Underground Bowling Association (UBA).

“We like to have fun when we bowl,” Philip Chance, President and CEO of the UBA said. "Storm and the UBA have once again agreed to partner the Bowler's Company with the Culture of Bowling.”

The UBA was developed in 2009 and born out of the idea that bowling is not just a spectator’s sport. The organization is dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and creating more interest in competitive bowling. Through this vision, a new generation of bowlers with unorthodox, unique, and/or original styles of bowling have been encouraged to join the sport. The UBA encourages bowlers to create nicknames for their athletes and rivalries are formed between teams. The UBA focuses on, “Bowling Entertainment” and the situations or instances that create matches and encourage the spectators to join in and pick their favorites. Throughout a normal season, the UBA has 21 Tour Stops in a 10-month period.

“The energy that the UBA bowlers bring to their events is like no other event that we sponsor, and we are thrilled to extend our sponsorship for the 2021 season,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Tournament and Events Manager said.

Prior to the pandemic, the UBA hosted 252 events and serviced more than 9,000 bowlers in the United States. The UBA plans to host at least 144 events this year and is excited to introduce the Season Brawl Series. This allows UBA Franchises to have the opportunity to cross district lines and bowl against teams they’ve never faced before.

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Throughout the season, Storm Products will provide resources to help the UBA with on-site activations and provide resources to the events throughout the season.

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 continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers. Visit stormbowling.com to learn more.