STORM PRODUCTS INC. ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH NEBA

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah -  Storm Products Inc. (SPI), is proud to announce that the brands of Storm, Roto Grip, and 900 Global will sponsor the 2021 Season of the New England Bowler’s Association (NEBA).  The season will feature a safe environment for all competitors with COVID precautions, new formats, and enhanced prize funds in events throughout the season.

“Storm is known as The Bowler’s Company and our brands are dedicated to creating performance products that competitive athletes can depend on,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Tournament and Events Manager said. “In addition to our products, our team strives to create great experiences on the lanes, education about industry best-practices, and supporting professionally run events all around the world that allow bowlers to do what they love to do.”

NEBA is a tournament organization with great tradition and history. Prior to the pandemic, NEBA hosted at least one event per month since its inception in 1963, making it the longest running USBC sanctioned tournament organization in the world. NEBA just completed its 938th scratch event and will host 22 events in the 2021 season. In a normal season, each event brings 100-200 entries and more than 800 unique bowlers (per season) will compete in NEBA events throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.

"We are thrilled to expand NEBA's 900 Global sponsorship to include all SPI brands,” Christopher Viale, NEBA President said. “The industry-leading brands of Storm, Roto Grip, and 900 Global make a fantastic compliment to NEBA - the longest running tournament organization in the world featuring the best competition in New England."

Throughout the season, Storm Products will provide resources to help NEBA 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 to feature our champions & award winners.

“Connecting NEBA to the SPI brands is a great fit.” Hulsenberg said. “NEBA has always been run by and for its members and hosts proficiently run events featuring the best competition in New England. We’re excited to support their efforts as they give athletes a place to safely compete and earn recognition.”

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.

About NEBA.

NEBA is America’s longest running USBC sanctioned monthly scratch tournament. NEBA was formed in 1963 and is celebrating its 58th anniversary in 2021. NEBA tournaments are professional managed and provide the best scratch competition in New England. More information can be found at http://www.bowlneba.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bowlneba, and on Twitter and Instagram @BowlNEBA.


ANN MCGEE WINS ABT SOUTH POINT WITH PARALLAX

Ann McGee, of Las Vegas, Nevada, won the Amateur Bowlers Tour  (ABT)– Las Vegas South Point event held at the South Point Bowling Plaza on January 30, 2021. McGee recently returned to the lanes after taking some time off for health reasons. Since she has returned, she placed second at the ABT before winning the title today. This is her 4th ABT title and she was using her Storm Parallax.

“My goal is always to make the cut at the ABT,” McGee said. “I love having opportunities to bowl. It was great to be able to win.”

The ABT was founded in September 1977 and is the only tournament club that guarantee’s a minimum first place prize in the Classic Division as well as a minimum guaranteed prize fund in each and every Classic tournament.

“I’m glad that we have the ability to host an event at South Point! Very few places are able to host events so I’m truly thankful to South Point, Mike Monyak and their great staff.” Myron Mitchell, ABT National Director, said.

There are ABT branches throughout most regions of the United States but franchises are still available in major areas in the United States.

“I love the opportunity of rewarding people for having a great day on the lanes,” Mitchell said. “Everybody has the ability to have a good day on the lanes and I like being able to reward people for that good day. It’s great to be able to give a variety of people of all skill levels the ability to win and evenly distribute our prize fund amongst our membership. That’s something thing that the ABT is known for. Someone who averages 230 and someone who averages less than 170 has the opportunity to win!”

In just over twenty-three (23) years the ABT has paid out in excess of one hundred thirty-four million dollars ($134,000,000.00).  More than any other club in the history of bowling.

The ABT is excited to host the 2021 Super Bowling Event, February 4-6 at Sunset Station with a top prize of $5,000 (with 250 entries). For more information about this event click here.

To learn about the ABT visit abtbowling.com.

 

 

 


Simonsen wins PBA Players Championship with Storm Trend

Anthony Simonsen earned the top seed in the West Region and successfully claimed his spot in the PBA Players Championship Finals and a chance at $250,000. Simonsen defeated Kris Koeltzow 279-205.

“That was by far my best TV performance in the last few attempts,” Simonsen said. “The Storm Trend was absolutely money on the show. Great game plan + Great ball motion = Success!”

Simonsen who has been working hard throughout the pandemic on his game and in his new position managing the lanes inside The Nerd Bar in Las Vegas truly showcased how hard he's been working. He chose to use the Storm Trend which was designed to give a quicker response and a more defined breakpoint that helped Simonsen tackle the lanes in the match.

“I’m happy to be back bowling, especially for a major, and I put a lot of practice in,” said Simonsen in the PBA release. “Something clicked a couple days before the qualifying rounds and I’ve been really comfortable since.”

The PBA Players Championship Finals will air live on FOX on Feb. 21.

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.

 


TEAM STORM | PBA Player's Championship

$250,000 is up for grabs in the finals of the PBA Players Championship? The road to get there has been anything but easy. After 28 games of qualifying in one weekend, our Team Storm players who qualified for the finals of the PBA Players Championship shared their thoughts leading into their region finals.

ANTHONY SIMONSEN
#1 QUALIFER in WEST REGION

“It was a long 28 games over 2 days but got through it. There were numerous balls in play for me throughout the weekend but there were none better than my trusty Alpha Crux.”

DARREN TANG
#4 QUALIFER in WEST REGION

“Perseverance was the key word for the weekend.”

“I knew if I stayed mentally strong, I would have a great chance at making the show. Always looking forward to opportunities on TV. Improvement throughout my career has been heavily based on learning from experiences. Hopefully I can apply what I've learned from past shows to win this one.”

FRANCOIS LAVOIE
#1 QUALIFIER in SOUTHWEST REGION

“My mindset is very present oriented. Step one is done. Now I'm moving on to step two. This is a new, unique format, so I'm making sure I only focus on the things that matter right now.”

AJ CHAPMAN
#5 QUALIFIER IN SOUTHWEST REGION

“It was an absolute mental and physical grind with 28 games in just 2 days. Being able to pick myself back up mentally after making mistakes was the key to getting to the show.”

RONNIE RUSSELL
#3 QUALIFIER in CENTRAL REGION

“Thank you hand for having some touch! Shot 300 with the Fast Pitch and Zen!! Looking forward to competing ”

WES MALOTT
#4 QUALIFIER in CENTRAL REGION
10-time winner Wes Malott recently moved to Indiana and has been working hard on and off the lanes. He’s looking forward to moving on to the next round and bowling some more matches!

KYLE TROUP
#1 QUALIFIER in EAST REGION

“I'm looking forward to the next step in the process. The goal was to get to Florida where I've had some past success and possible advantage with knowing the center. Trust in the process and keep working hard leading up to this weekend.”

BRANDON NOVAK
#2 QUALIFIER in EAST REGION

“Feels good to be back on tv. After a couple year hiatus, I was able to find my way back into the title picture. Can’t wait to get there and try to run down my first title. Bowled well all weekend, so happy to be back! Thanks to EVERYONE all around for the continued messages of support throughout the weekend.”

CHRIS VIA
#4 in EAST REGION

“Really happy with my mental and physical performance this week. 28 games in 2 days was a grind and it was a battle through the last game. Going to try to stick to the same process and same routine. Different pattern in a different so I have to be open minded as to what I'm seeing.”

JESPER SVENSSON
#1 QUALIFIER in SOUTH REGION

“TV TIME! Made it though he qualifying in the South Region! Super happy with my performance so far. Have to keep it up though, pretty tough people to beat for a spot in the big one.”

WHEN CAN YOU WATCH?

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Sunday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. ET on FS1 – West Region Finals
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 – Southwest Region Finals
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1 – Central Region Finals
Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1 – East Region Finals
Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1 – South Region Finals
Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX – PBA Players Championship Finals


JASON BELMONTE WINS PBA POY TITLE; MILLER WINS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

What a year! Though 2020 has proved to be challenging, we’re happy to end it with a celebration of two Team Storm Athletes.

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced that Jason Belmonte was voted the 2020 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year for his exceptional performance on the lanes, while Brad Miller was voted by his fellow PBA Tour competitors as the 2020 PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner in recognition of his sportsmanship on and off the lanes.

Jason Belmonte won three titles in 2020, including two major PBA titles and his 25th career title. This is the second consecutive and sixth career Player of the Year Award for Belmonte which ties Earl Anthony for second-most career POY awards.

“Being the Player of the Year is the highest honour a PBA player can have and I’m proud to own that title again,” said Belmonte in the PBA Press Release. “It’s the ultimate reward for a year of dedication and travel and leaving loved ones. To equal the great Earl Anthony with six is amazing and something special to me.”

Brad Miller, who shares a lot about his perspective bowling full-time on the PBA Tour with his YouTube followers on his Brad & Kyle YouTube Channel is always willing to help his fellow competitors and gives back through coaching at home. In addition, he volunteers his time as chairman of the PBA Players Committee. It’s not a surprise that he was voted by his fellow PBA Tour competitors as the 2020 PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner.

“It’s nice to be accepted within an organization I’m passionate about,” said Miller in the PBA Press Release. “The PBA is the coolest place in the world in my eyes. I’m just trying to do the best I can and play my part. I really love trying to promote everyone involved and I think people have realized that.”

Congratulations to these two Team Storm Athletes for their dedication to the sport of bowling! We’re excited to see them back on the lanes in 2021.


Maria Bulanova Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that one of the most decorated bowlers in NCAA history, Maria Bulanova has joined Team Storm.

“I’m extremely grateful for Gary and Leanne Hulsenberg for giving me the opportunity to join Team Storm!” Bulanova said. “The shape of every ball is unique and fits my game perfectly, so I couldn’t be happier to join the team.”

Bulanova started bowling at a youth camp at the age of 7 and quickly discovered a natural aptitude for the sport. She rose to one of top players of the Federation of Bowling of Russia (FBR). She became first Russian in history and youngest to win a European Bowling Tour (EBT) title. She earned several medals as a member of the Russian Junior National Team before choosing to attend Vanderbilt University to compete as a collegiate athlete. At Vanderbilt, she was a three-time first-team All-American, two-time Southland Bowling League Player of the Year, 2019 NCAA Player of the Year and was named Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame female amateur athlete of year. She also helped Vanderbilt win a national championship in 2018.

“We are thrilled to add an up and coming professional to our team,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP Business Development said. “Maria was an outstanding youth and collegiate player that is determined and ready to embark on the PWBA Tour when it returns in 2021. We know she will be a positive representative for our team.”

In addition to her success as a collegiate athlete she continued to represent Russia in international competitions. If fact, she has already been inducted into the FBR Hall of Fame. Bulanova, is looking forward to representing Team Storm and competing as a full-time member on the PWBA Tour.

“I can’t wait to represent Storm on PWBA tour and am extremely honored to have some of the best in the business as my new teammates and my new family. Thank you to Storm Nation for believing in me, I’ll do my best to make you proud!” Bulanova 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, 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.


Storm Products Introduces Evolution Staff Program

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to introduce the Evolution Staff Program reserved for a small number of exceptional youth players who represent the future of the sport.

“This program is the next evolution in our brand's purpose to grow the sport of bowling,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Business Development said. “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. In addition, they have the ability to communicate the positive impact bowling has had on their lives and introduce the sport to those who might not be aware of the opportunities.”

Those chosen to participate in the program have exceptional grades, are involved in community service initiatives, and successfully compete in local, state and national youth events. The first two athletes who have been named to the Storm Evolution Staff Program are Spencer Robarge and Jillian Martin.

“Spencer and Jillian are two of the best youth athletes in the sport of bowling right now,” Hulsenberg said. “Beyond their dedication on the lanes they are committed to their academics and are respected by their peers.”

Jillian Martin of Stow, Ohio attends Stow-Munroe Falls High School and will be the first female athlete to join the Evolution Staff Program. 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.

“Honestly, joining Team Storm means everything. It’s everything I’ve ever worked for and I’m excited for the journey.” Martin said.

In addition to being a 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 has successfully competed in two PWBA events and has earned 7 Storm Youth Championship titles.

“I’m looking forward to being able to work together to grow the sport of bowling and to be on such a great team with so many great people,” Martin said. “The opportunity to be able to meet those people and develop those relationships means a lot.”

Jillian’s determination and passion for the sport is visible whenever you see her competing on the lanes, but her support system has been vital to her success on the lanes. The Evolution Staff Program will keep each athlete and their support system connected throughout the program as these athletes continue to step towards their future on the lanes. The Evolution Staff Program requires each athlete’s parent or legal guardian to be part of the process.

“Jillian has put in a lot of hard work trying to get to this point,” John Martin, Jillian’s father said. “She really loves the Storm family and it means a lot to her. It’s fun to see a 16-year-old be able to demonstrate the level of maturity that she needs to exhibit to be part of this program. She’s grown up very fast in the bowling community. It helps having the right support network behind her so she can continue to do what she’s doing.”

“When we look at the family that Storm is, we are so excited that that is the family that Jillian is becoming a part of,” Lori Martin, Jillian’s mother said. “The values and the morals and everything that you all do is a continuation of what we’ve tried to instill in her as she has grown up. We couldn’t be prouder for her to become part of your family.”

Spencer Robarge of Springfield, Missouri attends Kickapoo High School and will be the first male athlete to join the Evolution Staff Program. He is a member of Junior Team USA and has earned one gold medal and two silver medals while representing Team USA. Spencer has shattered records and currently holds the USBC Youth record for certified 300 games (36). In 2015, he earned the U12 Junior Gold Championship title, has earned two Youth Open titles, and two USA Bowling titles. He has also earned a record, ten Storm Youth Championship titles. He has been chosen as the MOUSBC Youth Bowler of the Year and has also been chosen as the MOUSBC Youth Male Volunteer of the Year. He serves on the Greater Springfield Youth and Missouri State Youth Board of Directors.

“This is years of hard work and dedication coming to fruition,” Robarge said. “I’m really excited to be part of an awesome team of bowlers and great people.” “I’m really looking forward to the interaction with the tour players and the tour reps. Learning about the game is what I want to do. That’s what I’m really going to benefit from.”

As Robarge has continued to excel on the lanes, his mother Susan and brother Blake have supported him through every step of his journey. Blake who competed at Wichita State University is also a member of Team Storm and has developed a successful pro shop business. Blake who has also helped Spencer develop his game throughout the years and continues to push him to succeed. The Robarge family recently celebrated Spencer’s commitment to also attend and bowl collegiately at Wichita State University in the 2021.

“This is honestly a dream come true,” Susan Robarge said. “I’m so happy for him and so proud of how hard he has worked. He just loves to bowl and continue to inspire others to join the sport. I think he will make you guys proud.”

“When we witnessed Robarge win his first title at the Junior Gold Championship, we knew this kid would be extraordinary.” Hulsenberg said. “You can teach youth athletes about the game and how to be a great professional, but integrity and leadership comes from within. We’ve witnessed both Spencer and Jillian encourage others and commit themselves completely to the sport of bowling. Both of these young athletes will be assets for the introduction of this program and will help us in peer-to-peer activities to continue to push bowling forward,”

Applications for the Evolution Staff Program are reviewed monthly. To truly service the youth athletes within the program we must limit the enrollment. Based on your application, you may receive an email with an opportunity to participate in our Developmental Evolution Program which is designed to help youth athletes gain the skills necessary to become an official member of the Evolution Staff Program.

To begin the application process click this link: http://bit.ly/EvolutionStaff

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.

 

 


Storm Youth Championships Returns To The Beach

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah - The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) invited athletes and their families to returned to the Coastal Carolinas the first weekend of October. The event was held in two bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina. These bowling centers have hosted this event four years consecutively and their support of the SYC ensures our event run efficiently from start to finish.

“The SYC Coastal Classic is a favorite event for our SYC families to attend,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator said. “We’re grateful that families choose to support the events and work together to give these talented youth athletes the opportunity to compete. Though the event looked a little different than it has in past years, the staff at the bowling centers helped us create a safe environment where new friends were made, scholarship was awarded, champions were named, and family memories were created.”

All SYC athletes competed in two rounds on two challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of five games and the tournament is composed of five different divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Mixed Division). The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal.

After both rounds were complete, each division was cut in half and those competitors who advanced returned to bowl five additional games on Sunday morning on a new pattern at Planet Fun.

After the third round of competition was complete, tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Trophy, a new champions banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $16,725.00 scholarship fund to the youth bowlers.

In the U12 division, Matteo Quintero, of Smyrna, TN, a member of the 2020 Storm Youth All-American Team, earned his third in a row title on the lanes at the Coastal Classic. Even through a mask, you can always see Matteo’s smile. Though Matteo suffered a muscle strain on Saturday, he battled through the injury to claim the title on Sunday. He added a gold and silver medal to his collection in addition to the coveted SYC trophy and banner.

In the U15 girl’s division, Kaitlyn Stull, of Raleigh, North Carolina, joined the elite club of SYC champions who in addition to claiming the title, earned a gold medal in every round. She averaged 206 to capture her second SYC title. In the U15 boy’s division, Rylan Breese, of Wilmington, North Carolina, made his return to the lanes near the end of the summer after taking a break from competition. Rylan has always been a fierce competitor on the lanes, but his mom shared with us that she encouraged him to set makeable goals for himself as he returned. Rylan demolished the goal for the weekend, averaging 209 for the event to capture his third title.

Jillian Martin, a member of the Storm Youth All-American Team, is a familiar name in the youth bowling arena and continues to achieve new milestones as she continues to learn on the lanes. Her love for the game is evident with every shot she throws. Jillian, of Stow, Ohio, averaged 219 finishing 316 pins ahead of second place to claim her sixth title. In the U18 boy’s division, a tight race came down to the final game of the tournament. Carter Street, of Dublin, Ohio, rolled a 246 in his final game of the third round to edge out Julian Salinas to capture his first SYC title.

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), Joseph De Guzman (silver), Ben Linares (bronze). U15 Boys– Rylan Breese (gold), Aidan Furukawa (silver), Bud Sicard (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Morgan Kline (silver), Haley Swindle (bronze). U18 Boys– Carter Street (gold), Julian Salinas (silver), James Bennett (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Brianna Rogers (silver), Juliana Sams (bronze).

The Medalists on the KEGEL Planet Fun: U12 Mixed – Matteo Quintero (gold), Joseph De Guzman (silver), Ben Linares (bronze). U15 Boys– Aidan Furukawa (gold), Anthony Hornick (silver), Bud Sicard (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Haley Swindle (silver), Gianna Brandolino (bronze). U18 Boys– Brandon Bohn (gold), Julian Salinas (silver), Joshua Maslanich (bronze-tie) Spencer Robarge (bronze-tie). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Lilu Smith (silver), Brianna Rogers (bronze).

The Medalists on the KEGEL Little River: U12 Mixed – Ben Linares (gold), Matteo Quintero (silver), Joseph De Guzman (bronze). U15 Boys– Lucas Ellis (gold), Rylan Breese (silver), Aidan Furukawa (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Kayla Starr (silver), Morgan Kline (bronze). U18 Boys– James Bennett (gold), Gilbert King (silver), Julian Salinas (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Natalie Kent (silver), Brooklyn Gagnon (bronze).

The Medalists on FINAL: U12 Mixed – Jos Weems (gold), Cameron Morton (silver), Joseph De Guzman (bronze). U15 Boys– Rylan Breese (gold), Bud Sicard (silver), Micah Voorhis (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Haley Swindle (silver), Sydney Bohn (bronze). U18 Boys– Carter Street (gold), Blake Martin (silver), James Bennett (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Brianna Rogers (silver), Maribeth Baker (bronze).

Every athlete who entered the tournament received a Storm Omega Crux 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. SYC athletes raised $1,570 at the SYC Coastal Classic and have contributed $9,670 to BVBC in 2020.

The owners of Logo Infusion, Ken and Kathy Keegan joined us at the beach 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. Lilu Smith and Spiros Schenk 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, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and 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.

The final event of the 2020 SYC Tour will take place in Orlando on November 7-8. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. The 2021 SYC Tour Schedule will be announced in mid-November.

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.

 


Storm Products Inc. Acquires Global Manufacturing

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products Inc. has acquired the assets of Global Manufacturing, LLC including all brands, trademarks and propriety technologies.

This acquisition includes the 900 Global and 3G brands.

“Prior to the worldwide pandemic, the team in Texas were dedicated, hardworking, and did an exceptional job managing the brands while building momentum at the start of the year,” Dave Symes, President of Storm Products said. “The brands remain viable and we plan to continue to build on that momentum while creating excellent products for fans of the brands in the world marketplace.”

Beginning in March, all bowling equipment manufacturing was moved from San Antonio, Texas to Brigham City, Utah. Effective immediately, the Global and 3G Brands will be added to the Storm Regional Sales Managers portfolio of brands.

“The team is looking forward to adding these two brands to our portfolio,” Hank Boomershine, Vice President of Sales and R&D said. “This continues to diversify our product lines from top to bottom. We look forward to showcasing these brands at our Matchmakers and upcoming events.”

Matt Cabanski will serve as the Brand Manager for 900 Global.

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.


Bowling Wins in Wichita

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.