REGARDING THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS EXCLUSION RULE AND BALL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The ball models mentioned in the official USBC Press Release remain USBC approved.

For those participating in the national events listed we will offer you an exchange. For those who are unaffected by the national tournament exclusion rule, you can continue to use these products in league and approved tournament play.

The models affected by the national tournament exclusion rule include:

- Storm Phaze 4

- Storm Electrify Solid

- Storm Trend 2

- 900 Global Altered Reality

- 900 Global Wolverine

- Roto Grip UFO Alert

Information about the exchange program will be published later this week on stormbowling.com.

Read the full release here: https://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622337509

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment, accessories, and shoes featuring the Storm, Roto Grip, 900 Global, Master, and 3G 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.


Update on the Storm Spectre

UPDATE: 03.21.22

We would like to thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the situation regarding the Spectre and USBC's decision to revoke the approval of this bowling ball.

Below you will find the exchange process and link to properly exchange your Spectre for a product that you can use in USBC Certified Competition. Please note this website is for customers who purchased the Spectre in the US only. If you are a bowler outside of the US, please contact your place of purchase to process an exchange ball.

When accessing the website, please have the following items.

  • Contact Information & Shipping Address For Bowling Ball (if shipping address is the same, you'll be able to select same as customer address)
  • Purchase Location
  • Approx. Date Purchased
  • Pro Shop Name
  • Weight
  • Serial Number of the drilled Spectre
  • A picture of the serial number to be uploaded (this can uploaded straight from a mobile device's photo gallery or a photo can be taken and uploaded straight to the portal)
  • A picture of the drilled ball – grip center showing fingers and thumb (if applicable)

Please note all fields must be completed in order to process the exchange. We will be exchanging balls as quickly as possible. This process may take 3-5 weeks to complete.

Included with your exchange ball will be the $50 drilling certificate to help cover the cost of drilling. This should be treated like cash and needs to be given to your pro shop operator at the time of drilling.

If you have an undrilled Spectre, please email tech@stormbowling.com with your 

  • Name
  • Shipping Address
  • Picture of the serial number
  • Choice of the 7 Balls (Storm Hy-Road, Storm Hy-Road Pearl, Storm Pitch Black, 900 Global Wolverine, Roto Grip Rubicon UC2, Roto Grip Rubicon UC3, Roto Grip IDOL Helios)
  • Replacement Weight

If you run into any issues with the website, please contact 800-369-4402.

UPDATE: 03.18.22

With the USBC’s decision to revoke the prior approval of the Spectre bowling ball we are continuing to explore our options with their findings but understand that taking care of our customers is of the upmost importance.
We will be opening an exchange portal on Monday, March 21, 2022. This portal will allow you to exchange their Spectre bowling ball for another bowling ball from a drop-down list of seven different balls. You will be able to upload a picture of the serial number of your ball and a picture of the drilled holes in the ball.
We will ship the exchange ball directly from Storm HQ to the address of your choice within the US. This process will take 3-5 weeks. Along with the exchange ball, you will receive a drilling certificate in the box.
More information will be available to all of our customers on Monday. Thank you for your patience throughout this unprecedented situation.

UPDATE: 03.16.22

We are disappointed in USBC’s decision on Monday revoking its prior approval of the Storm Spectre bowling ball. Our tests show and confirm that the Spectre ball meets all USBC requirements. Therefore, we disagree with this recent ruling. We pride ourselves in manufacturing the finest high-end balls which are shipped worldwide. When we create a new product, we do extensive testing prior to sending it to the USBC for approval. The USBC then conducts their own studies to determine if the ball is certified for USBC competition. We then get an approval notification and proceed with the manufacturing process.  All that occurred with the Spectre.

Our customers are our priority and deserve the utmost service and respect. While we continue to work through this ongoing situation with USBC, we want to do all we can to take care of our customers. We are currently working on a resolution and process to ensure that if you purchased a Spectre, you will have a product that you can use in a USBC Certified competition.

We will have more information for our customers shortly.

UPDATE: 03.14.22

We were notified this morning that the USBC has revoked approval of the Storm Spectre bowling ball and removed it from the list of balls approved for USBC competition effective March 14, 2022.

Rest assured that we will stand behind our products and will take care of our customers as we have done in our more than 30 years of business. We are working through the situation and will share the process for those who have purchased a Spectre soon.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our loyal Storm enthusiasts.


TURBO TECH COLLEGIATE EXPO TO TAKE PLACE ALONGSIDE STORM YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS SUPER SLAM

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to announce that one of the partners of the 2022 Storm Youth Championships (SYC) Tour, Turbo Bowling Accessories, will host the 2022 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo in conjunction to SYC Super Slam which will take place in Columbus, Ohio in June.

“The Storm Youth Championships is happy to partner with Turbo Grips to connect the Collegiate Expo to the SYC Super Slam,” said Leanne Hulsenberg, who serves as Tournaments and Events Manager for Storm Products. “In addition to the physical and mental game seminars by the industry’s best coaches, the Collegiate Expo is a fantastic resource for youth bowlers and parents who are seeking information about opportunities in collegiate bowling. Whether a bowler chooses to attend the Collegiate Expo, the SYC, or both, it will be an exciting week in Columbus.”

The team at Turbo will conduct the 2022 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo June 15-16 at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace for those high-school athletes who are eligible to attend this event. This event will be held across two days instead of its traditional three, and attendees will receive on-lane and classroom instruction from industry coaches and staff players and participate in a mini three-game sweeper tournament.

The Collegiate Expo attracts collegiate bowling coaches from across the country giving families a real opportunity to meet coaches and discuss scholarship opportunities. The coaches who attend receive a recruiting portfolio of all athletes, with college eligibility, academics and other bowling stats and achievements.

“The primary focus of the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo remains to bridge the gap between high school and collegiate bowling,” said Turbo Marketing Director Lori Mraz. “I believe we as an industry have come a long way in developing youth bowling programs, but there still remains a need to help bring athletes, parents and coaches together to assess opportunities in collegiate bowling.”

Immediately following the 2022 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo, the SYC Super Slam will take place June 16-19 at the Bowling Palace. The SYC Super Slam is the “major” on the SYC Tour Schedule and is a unique experience. This three-day event will include an optional baker team event on Friday and the singles event on Saturday and Sunday. At this event, youth athletes will compete in four five-game rounds where the top three bowlers in each gender and age-based division will earn round medals. At the completion of 20 games, the overall champions in each division will earn the coveted SYC Ohio Trophy, medal, and earn a SYC banner that will be hung at each SYC event until they age-out of competition. In addition, the top two overall youth bowlers in each division will be named to the 2022 Storm SYC All-American Team.

Our SYC Team continues to strive to create events that include a welcoming environment where youth bowlers and their families are all invited to participate in every part of the weekend as we raise funds for a great charity, build friendships, and learn by competing on challenging conditions developed by KEGEL

By connecting the SYC to Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo this full week of activities will connect those eligible youth athletes and their parents who wish to enter both events, with abundant opportunity to learn and discover the steps it takes to move to the next level in their bowling journey.

Each youth athlete will need to register for each event separately. Registration is open for the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo and can be accessed by visiting www.turbogrips.com.

A registration into Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo does not guarantee a registration into the SYC Super Slam. The demand for the SYC events is high and each event sells out quickly, but we do maintain a waiting list for each event. We’ve found that the only fair way to accept entries is to allow those to register on a first-come, first-serve basis on the Storm Bowling website.

More information regarding registration for the SYC Super Slam and the full tournament guide will be posted at a later date.

About the Storm Youth Championships (SYC)

The Storm Youth Championships were created in 2017 to celebrate all the great things about youth bowling. The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and bring players and families from around the country together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. Since the inception, we have awarded more than $450,000 in scholarship funds to youth athletes. For more information visit stormbowling.com/syc.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment, accessories, and shoes featuring the Storm, Roto Grip, 900 Global, Master, and 3G 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.

About Turbo Bowling Accessories

Since its beginnings in 1989, Turbo Bowling Accessories has grown to become one of the best and most innovative companies in the industry. Turbo is respected worldwide as a company that is totally committed to giving back to the global community, and improving the sport on all levels with top quality grip and accessory products; and exceptional service to distributors, pro shops, and bowlers everywhere.

 


USBC HALL OF FAME MEMBER KELLY KULICK NAMED PBA50 TOUR MANAGER

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to announce Kelly Kulick has been named the PBA50 Tour Manager. She will communicate with players regarding their training and goals throughout the year.

“I am exhilarated to write another chapter in my bowling career and work with legends on the PBA50 Tour,” Kulick said. “Much of my success was founded on the fundamentals and teachings of my predecessors. I continue to learn and grow within the sport to better myself and assist in others success. Storm has always promoted unity and team effort. We work together to grow the sport at every level.”

Throughout her career, Kulick has been dedicated to the sport of bowling in every aspect. She has earned 6 PWBA National titles and was the first woman to win a PBA Tour title at the PBA Tournament of Champions in 2010. In addition, she is a 17-time member of Team USA and was a Junior Team USA member in 1998 and 2000 where she has earned numerous titles.’

“Kelly will be breaking new barriers and inspiring the next generation and proving that there are indeed opportunities in the sport of bowling if you are willing to work hard, are professional, and dedicated to your craft,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Marketing for Storm Products said. “The PBA50 SPI team is gaining a legend to help lead them to success on and off the lanes. Combine that with the support of our team at headquarters and our Tour Team to assist and there is no doubt that Storm is committed to a great year on the PBA50 Tour.”

Kulick has earned a USBC Silver Coaching Certificate and has also participated with the Dick Ritger Bowling Camps in New Jersey. She bowled in these camps as a youth athlete and came back as an adult to earn the Level 3 Master Dick Ritger coaching certification.

As PBA50 Tour Manager, Kulick will be responsible for assisting players with equipment during competition, analyzing their physical games, and providing programs year-round to support the growth of the PBA50 touring players.

The PBA50 Tour kicks off with the PBA50 Lightning Strikes Lanes Open on April 18.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment, accessories, and shoes featuring the Storm, Roto Grip, 900 Global, Master, and 3G 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.

 


#KindnessIsNotATrend

Winning once on the PBA Tour is difficult. Winning 14 majors is more than a trend, it’s a culture of excellence that Jason Belmonte has created in his life.

A Trend, though sometimes thought to be “short-lived,” is also defined as the general direction in which something is developing or changing. For Jason, this legacy of excellence and winning on the lanes is his Trend and it’s hard not to support him on this journey. In addition to his consistent drive to win, he’s always been supportive of the bowling community and looking for ways to give back.

We're marking 02.22.2022 with the launch of a charity auction in honor of Jason’s 20th Anniversary on Team Storm.

Fans have the opportunity to bid on this one-of-a-kind beautiful canvas donated by Blake Jamieson which Jason & Blake worked together to create to celebrate the culture of winning that Jason has created throughout his career.

To place a bid or donate click this form.

All proceeds will be donated to Blake and Jason's charity of choice, Make-A-Wish.

This auction will be open for 2 weeks. You may submit as many bids as you wish.

Each day at 2 pm we will share the current top bid.


2022 Storm Youth Championship Nevada Champions Named

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – In one of the most iconic tournament locations of the modern-era of bowling, South Point Bowling Plaza, six smiling youth athletes celebrated a win in their division at the Storm Youth Championships (SYC) – Nevada event.

The first event of the 2022 SYC Tour was held in Las Vegas February 18-20, 2022. A total of 181 youth bowlers competed in three five-game rounds on three different Kegel patterns in six different divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Boys, U12 Girls) for a national title and a portion of the $19,810 scholarship fund. Bowlers traveled from 32 different states, including Alaska, Puerto Rico and one youth athlete traveled from the United Kingdom to compete.

The format of the SYC rewards consistency and the overall champions are decided based on the 15-game total pinfall.

The champions of the 2022 SYC Nevada event were Anna Antony (U12 Girls), Do Hoon Kwon (U12 Boys), Gianna Brandolino (U15 Girls), Keegan Alexander (U15 Boys), Morgan Kline (U18 Girls), and Mac Kaurin (U18 Boys).

“It’s difficult to describe all of the memories, emotions, and excitement that occurs during an SYC weekend,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Marketing at Storm Products said. “Watching a youth athlete walk into a new bowling center, a little timid at the start of the weekend and walking out at the end with a new group of friends is fun to watch. The event is a collection of moments spent with family and friends building memories, raising funds for a worthy charity, and quite simply; letting kids be kids on and off the lanes.”

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

The Medalists on the KEGEL Short Pattern: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Sebastian Vetter, Benjamin Linares; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Kaliana Larson, Danica Archabal; U15 Boys – Blaine Canfield, Braden McDonough, Keegan Alexander; U15 Girls – Abigail Starkey, Gianna Brandolino, Katelyn Abigania U18 Boys – Rylan Breese, Mac Kaurin, Zachary Smullen; U18 Girls – Morgan Kline, Jillian Martin, Victoria Varano

The Medalists on the KEGEL Medium Pattern: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Benjamin Linares, Sebastian Vetter; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Danica Archabal, Kaliana Larson; U15 Boys – Keegan Alexander, Matteo Quintero, Braden McDonough; U15 Girls – Eliana Occhino, Gianna Brandolino, Charisse Graham; U18 Boys –Mac Kaurin, Aidan Piet, Ty Carra; U18 Girls – Morgan Kline, Saphyre Nofuente, Karina Capron

The Medalists on the KEGEL Long Pattern: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Sebastian Vetter, Benjamin Linares; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Danica Archabal, Kaliana Larson; U15 Boys – Sebastian Huffman, Mac Reese, Jos Weems; U15 Girls – Avery Domaguin, Brianna Archabal, Elianna Occhino; U18 Boys – Kyle Groves, Pedro Irizarry, Daniel Hong; U18 Girls – Maggie Thoma, Jillian Martin, Ashtyn Woods

The Overall Medalists: U12 Boys – Do Hoon Kwon, Sebastian Vetter, Benjamin Linares; U12 Girls – Anna Antony, Danica Archabal, Kaliana Larson; U15 Boys – Keegan Alexander, Braden McDonough, Mac Reese; U15 Girls –Brianna Archabal, Elianna Occhino, Avery Domaguin; U18 Boys – Mac Kaurin, Micah Voorhis, Daniel Hong; U18 Girls – Morgan Kline, Jillian Martin, Karina Capron

The owners of IAM Bowling, Ken and Kathy Keegan provide the apparel for the SYC. IAM Bowling is the official jersey partner and merchandiser of the SYC and creates customized jerseys to help commemorate each of the SYC events. They have also created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth athletes to earn scholarships to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded four scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Kyrah Durham, Kathleen Edwards, Xavier Newell, Mac Reese were chosen as the recipients and will each receive a $250 scholarship.

New to the 2022 SYC Season, PBA Jr. has sponsored the “Never Give Up Scholarship.” At each event in 2022, the bowler in each age division with the highest five game total during the final round of the tournament will receive a $100 SMART Scholarship. The first award winners of the 2022 Season are, Do Hoon Kwon, Anna Antony, Sebastian Huffman, Avery Domaguin, Kyle Groves and Maggie Thoma.

Each of these young athletes had their own original stories of staying committed even when things didn’t seem to be going their way in the tournament, but Kyle Groves stands out. Groves was -170 going into the last day of competition. On the long pattern he put together games of 254, 258, 215, 246 and 300 to win the round and the added scholarship funds. The support of PBA Jr. is a great addition to the SYC events and we are excited to see more stories like this throughout the SYC Season.

Three SYC Athletes, Morgan Kline, Daniel Hong, Kyle Groves rolled USBC sanctioned 300 games at the event.

Throughout the weekend participants and their families were able to attend a seminar with Jason Belmonte, meet Danielle McEwan, Anthony Simoneson, and Hall of Fame members, Wendy McPherson, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Del Ballard Jr., and Leanne Hulsenberg. Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Trend 2 bowling ball to add to their tournament arsenal and were given the opportunity to have it drilled at the South Point Pro Shop.

Champions being crowned is a highlight of each event, but perhaps the biggest champions are the cancer patients that benefit from the money raised by linking the SYC with Ballard vs the Big “C” (BVBC), a non-profit founded by bowling Hall-of-Famers, Del and Carolyn Ballard. Each event supports BVBC in numerous ways.  Every entry includes a $10 donation to BVBC. On-site at each SYC, Carolyn and Del Ballard items for a raffle to raise additional funds. Since 2017, the SYC has raised $84,125 for BVBC which supports continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey.

We’re proud to partner with great companies to enhance the SYC experience at events including Storm, IAM Bowling, PBA Junior, RAZE Eyewear, Kegel, Turbo 2-n-1 Grips, 3G Shoes, Quality Respite and Home Care Inc., Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Master Industries. Scores are also uploaded live through the official scoring system of the SYC, BowlMetrix.

In 2022, our schedule will expand to nine events featuring four new host bowling communities. We intentionally take the SYC events to new cities each year in a quest to bring national events closer to home for more families.

2022 SYC Schedule:

February 18-20, 2022 – SYC Las Vegas – South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, NV

March 11-13, 2022 – SYC Delaware – Bowlerama, New Castle, DE

April 8-10, 2022 – SYC North Carolina – Victory Lanes, Mooresville, NC

May 27-29, 2022 – SYC Iowa – Big River Bowling, Davenport, IA

June 16-19, 2022 – SYC Ohio – Super Slam – Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Columbus, OH

August 12-14, 2022 – SYC Idaho – Westy’s Garden Lanes, Boise, ID

September 9-11 – SYC Kansas – Northrock Lanes, Wichita, KS

October 7-9 – SYC Coastal Classic – Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC & Little River Lanes, Little River, SC

November 11-13 – SYC Florida – Boardwalk Bowl, Orlando, FL

For more information about our upcoming events visit our website, http://www.stormbowling.com/syc.

About the Storm Youth Championships (SYC)

The Storm Youth Championships were created in 2017 to celebrate all the great things about youth bowling. The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and bring players and families from around the country together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. Since the inception, we have awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship funds to youth athletes. For more information visit stormbowling.com/syc.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Global 900 Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.


Always Take The Hy-Road

As the iconic and storied Hy-Road continues to roll on for more than a decade, it helps remind us of the word loyalty. In a time of constant change and uncertainty, the Hy-Road is simply like that kind person in your life that is always there and is always someone you can count on. Even though we celebrate the Hy-Road's Birthday each year, there's more to celebrate with this ball.

In life, we're faced with circumstances that make us choose which way to go. This can be as simple as someone cutting you off in the parking lot and taking your spot and not reacting, choosing to smile at someone who is having a bad day, or any other moment that requires you to make a choice. On the lanes, we're often faced with which ball to choose. The lanes might not be doing what you expect and you look in your bag to find a faithful friend.

This week, we ask you, our community member and friend, to share a story when you took the Hy-Road in life during a stressful time. Putting others needs above your own needs to make the world a better place.

Share your story for a chance to win the Hy-Road of your choice or one of 25 Take the Hy-Road limited release premium t-shirts. 

We are all better together. Thanks for being a part of our community. 


Evolution Team Announces New Team Members

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce the expansion of the Evolution Team. This team is an extension of the Evolution Program which is comprised of youth athletes from around the country who have an unbridled enthusiasm for the sport of bowling.

The Evolution Program is a free program open to all youth athletes, regardless of skill level or brand affiliation, who have a strong desire to learn and sharpen their skills on and off the lanes. This program does not replace a qualified personal coach but is designed to help sharpen your game and teach you life lessons. Each month, athletes who have joined the Evolution Program receive an email filled with lessons that focus on skills for the lanes, community service initiatives, and tips for becoming leaders. The Evolution Team is reserved for a small number of exceptional youth players who have heavily participated in the monthly lessons in the Evolution Program. Not only are members of the Evolution Team some of the best players in their respective age groups in the country they also; receive exceptional grades, are involved in community service initiatives, treat others with respect, conduct themselves with the utmost integrity, and find ways to encourage other youth athletes to join the sport of bowling in their local communities.

The first athletes who were chosen for this team were Spencer Robarge, Jillian Martin and Victoria Varano. The athletes joining the Evolution Team in 2022 are Katelyn Abigania, Keegan Alexander, Brady McDonough, Abigail Starkey, Kayla Starr, Matteo Quintero, Micah Voorhis, and Jos Weems.

“These youth athletes have proven that they are committed to bowling through dedication to their work in the Evolution Program, their game on the lanes, passion for the sport off the lanes, and their desire to help encourage other youth athletes,” Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Community Relations said. “We believe these athletes have the ability to connect with other young athletes and share the positive impact bowling has had on their lives.”

Robarge, who finished in third at the 2021 USBC Masters and is now a student athlete at Wichita State University, has moved to our Storm National Staff Team. Robarge will continue to participate in PBA events as his collegiate schedule allows. Jillian Martin, who was the youngest female to make Junior Team USA at age 14, broke yet another record when she became the youngest bowler to win a Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) title at just 17 years old. She defeated Verity Crawley to win the 2021 PWBA BowlTV Classic. Martin, who has committed to bowl for the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has also moved to our Storm National Staff Team.

The Evolution Staff Program requires each athlete’s parent or legal guardian to be part of the process. Each athlete and their support system are completely connected to the program as these athletes continue to step towards their future on the lanes.

“The athletes chosen for this team have aspirations to compete at the highest level of the sport,” Hulsenberg said. “Our goal is 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.”

MEET THE ATHLETES:

KATELYN ABIGANIA

Instagram and Facebook: @katelynabigania

San Diego, California

Age: 15

Don’t let Katelyn Abigania’s smile fool you, she’s a fierce competitor on the lanes. Abigania, a member of the Junior Team USA Developmental Team, won back-to-back U12 titles at the USBC Junior Gold tournament in 2018 and 2019. She has also earned three USBC Youth Open titles and was the California State Champion in 2018 and 2019. She has two PBA Regional titles and has qualified for the PBA Junior National tournament. She has also earned three Storm Youth Championship Titles. Off the lanes, she maintains a 4.51 GPA which puts her on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll at school and volunteers as a tutor to help younger students after school. She has also represented the sport as a youth bowling ambassador on, “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“It has been a dream since I was little girl to be a part of Team Storm. Ever since I started bowling, I have been a follower and enthusiast for Storm Products, and it was all I used and shared with others. The Storm family has been so supportive and so kind, and it means so much to me because this is my next big step into becoming the bowler I strive to be one day. This opportunity is unreal to me, and it feels so surreal. I am very appreciative, and I will use this opportunity to the fullest.”

 

KEEGAN ALEXANDER

Instagram: @Keegan_Alexander300

Facebook: @KeeganAlexander-Bowler

Killeen, TX

Age: 15

Keegan Alexander is a focused and driven competitor when he’s competing, but when competition ends, he can be found making new friends while working to grow the bowling community. Alexander, who earned a spot on the Junior Team USA Developmental team over the summer has had three top eight finishes at the USBC Junior Gold tournament. He has earned three Storm Youth Championship titles as well as a PBA Jr. Regional Title. He has also bowled three 300 games. When he’s not on the lanes, he loves supporting Ballard VS The Big “C” and giving back to bowling in his local community by connecting other youth athletes in his community to their own personal equipment for the lanes.

“It is honor that I was chosen to represent Storm Bowling and to work with the best bowlers in the world! This was a goal of mine in the future that I never could have imagined at this point in my career. I am beyond excited to get started on this new chapter!!”

 

BRADY MCDONOUGH

Instagram: @bowlingbrady300

Coppell, Texas

Age: 14

If you’re looking for Brady McDonough, we suggest you look on the lanes. This young athlete is passionate about the sport of bowling and he’s already sharing his knowledge with the bowling community! McDonough, who practices five to six times a week, made his first national TV appearance in 2019 as a finalist at the USBC Junior Gold tournament and has earned two Storm Youth Championship titles, two Texas Pepsi Championships, and is a 12-time Southwest Gold Tour Champion. In addition to his success on the lanes, he is focused on his academics and specifically likes studying math at school. He connects his love for math and science with bowling in weekly videos where he puts experiments within the sport of bowling to the test. He and his father, Brian, create these videos which are shared every Friday on Storm’s Morning Facebook Show, The Morning Bolt. In his free time, he likes to volunteer with Operation Kindness by fostering kittens that need a home. He’s even adopted one!

“I've been using Storm bowling equipment only for pretty much my whole bowling career. It truly is an honor for me to be given this opportunity. If you told me 5 years ago that I would be signing with Team Storm, I would've thought you were crazy! I'm sure that this will open up so many more doors for me that I can't predict.”

 

ABIGAIL STARKEY

Instagram: @abby.starkey12

Facebook: Abigail Starkey

Schaumburg, Illinois

Age: 15

 You can’t ever count Abigail Starkey out of a tournament. In her family, she is known to as the “comeback kid,” because no matter how far behind she finds herself, she finds a way to make it back to the cut or that final match. At a young age, she’s got that, “never give up,” attitude that every great athlete needs to have. Starkey has collected one Storm Youth Championship title, 11 Elite Youth Tour titles, two Illinois Pepsi Championship titles, two Youth Open titles, and she placed second at the 2019 USBC Junior Gold tournament. She has also been named the Bowl 4 Life Bowler of the Month. When she’s not bowling, you might find her practicing, baking, or cooking at home. She likes to spend time with her family and she and her brother have even opened a lemonade stand each year to raise money for charity. They have made donations to Gigi’s Playhouse, the ALS Foundation, and hurricane victims in Texas.

“Being able to join Team Storm is a huge accomplishment to me and it shows that hard work pays off definitely. It also means so much to me to be able to represent and join the brand I grew up throwing, always wishing to one day be a part of. I can finally say I am.”

 

KAYLA STARR

Crofton, Maryland

Facebook: Kayla Starr - Bowler

Instagram: kayla.starr4

Age: 15

Kayla “Super” Starr is hard-working, dedicated, and focused on making her dreams become a reality. Whether she’s practicing, competing, or working on her academics, she keeps her goals set high. Starr, a member of the Junior Team USA Developmental Team has earned two Storm Youth Championship titles, two Virginia State Pepsi Championships, 2021 Elite Youth Tour Battle Royale Major Champion, and was the 2020 Teen Master Girls JV Champion. She placed second at the 2021 Junior Gold Championships in the U15 Division and at the 2021 Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament which served as a 2022 PBA Jr. Qualifier. She maintains a 4.25 GPA and is in the National Junior Honor Society. She has also learned to drill her own bowling balls and enjoys testing out new layouts on her equipment.

“Joining Team Storm means the absolute world to me and is truly a dream come true! It is not only an honor to be a part of something so special but also being able to represent the best products on the market!”

 

MATTEO A. QUINTERO

Smyrna, TN

Facebook: Matteo A. Quintero @littlebelmo

AGE: 13

Matteo Quintero may be young, but he has already accomplished plenty on the lanes and has big dreams for the future. He’s determined to reach his goals and is on a constant quest for knowledge. Quintero earned the U12 Junior Gold title in 2021, two PBA Junior Regional titles, five Storm Youth Championship titles, an USBC Youth Open Title in doubles, an Elite Youth Tour doubles title, and was named the 2021 Georgia Youth Bowling Tour Bowler of the Year. He recently traveled to Puerto Rico with some top youth bowlers in the United States to compete in an exhibition match with youth bowlers from PR. When he’s not bowling, Quintero is a great baseball player, and he keeps his grades high and is on the honor roll at school. He was a member of the 2020 Champion Stewards Creek Robotic team and loves to give back to Ballard VS The Big C and Second Harvest Food.

“To be part of the Evolution Team is an extraordinarily privilege and a dream come true. I'm thankful for the opportunity and making the most out of it every day. I'm looking forward to a great year being part of the Storm Evolution Team!”

 

VICTORIA VARANO

Stony Point, New York

Instagram: @victoria.varano

AGE: 17

Victoria Varano joined the Evolution Staff Team in 2021 and attends North Rockland High School where she 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. 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 three Storm Youth Championships 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 recently committed to continue her education as a student athlete at Vanderbilt University.

“It means so much to me to be part of Team Storm. I feel like it is a great honor to be recognized by the best company in the industry and know that they trust me to represent them”

 

MICAH VOORHIS

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Facebook: @MicahVoorhisBowler

Instagram: @micah_strikah

YouTube: When the Lanes Come On

Age: 15

Micah Voorhis is not only dedicated to his own game, but he is also dedicated to promoting bowling and creating a better environment for every youth bowler to enjoy in the sport. Voorhis, has earned nine USBC Youth Open titles, two Storm Youth Championship titles, a PBA Jr. Regional title, two-time Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament champion, has collected three New Jersey State singles titles, and two New Jersey Pepsi Single Championships. In addition, he was the youngest ever to earn a Major Title on the Junior Bowlers Tour and has added three more to his collection. Voorhis carries a 3.9 GPA and has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has also played violin for 10 years and participates in several community service projects. Voorhis always helps the other youth bowlers on Saturday morning and anyone who might ask for his advice. He recently started a YouTube Channel, called When The Lanes Come On, with his friends where they share tips, ball reviews, and vlog from their tournaments around the country.

“When I heard this was happening, I was overjoyed and happy to see the hard work and dedication prove itself. I appreciate Storm for this amazing opportunity and providing me with some of the best equipment and products to help further me and my game for the future. I am excited to be able to learn from the other staffers and reps as well.”

 

JOS WEEMS

Chicago, Illinois

Website: www.blkunicorn.com

Facebook: Black Unicorn

Instagram: black unicorn bowling

YouTube: Jos Weems

Twitter: @UnicornBlk

 

Age: 12

When you think of the qualities that you’d want in young ambassador for the sport, Jos Weems has them all. Weems wants to win but don’t be surprised if you see him cheering for his competitors during a qualifying block. He’ll be the first to give someone a high five for a great game, shake an opponent’s hand after a tough match, and we’ve even seen Weems comfort a fellow competitor after a rough game in the middle of a block. If he’s going to the top, he’s bringing his friends along with him and that’s what we need in the bowling community. Weems has won 14 Junior Lakes Junior Gold Championships titles, five Elite Youth Tour titles, three PBA Junior Regional titles, and one Storm Youth Championships title. He's also picked up two USBC Youth Open titles, two Pepsi Championships titles, two national team championship titles, one international team championship (USA vs Puerto Rico). He's bowled an unsanctioned 299 game and an unsanctioned 800 series. Weems, who already has a digital portfolio created on his website, blkunicorn.com is always promoting the sport of bowling. He’s challenged of members of professional sports teams, like the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers to call-out matches. He doesn’t just excel on the lanes, he’s a champion off the lanes too. He loves to travel the world with his parents, he has a brown belt in Kyo Kushin Karate and he’s completed two years of mini-medical school. He gives back through the Elite Youth Tour in their monthly charities.

“Joining Team Storm is a blessing to my family and me. It’s special to me because Storm is THE leader in the bowling industry and has always been my favorite. Lastly, it means that my talent, work ethic, humility, and sportsmanship matters and is recognized by others in the sport that I love so much.”

 

About the Evolution Program

The Evolution Program was created in 2021 and 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 regardless of their starting point. Applications are reviewed monthly. Once accepted, 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. Each lesson includes a monthly challenge that they are encouraged to submit. To learn more about the Evolution Program click here: 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.


PBA Jr. To Provide, "Never Give Up" Scholarship at 2022 Storm Youth Championships

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is excited to announce that the PBA Jr., the Professional Bowlers Association’s youth club for bowlers under age 18, will sponsor a new scholarship at all nine Storm Youth Championship (SYC) events for the 2022 season.

PBA Jr. will award the “Never Give Up Scholarship,” to the bowler in each age division with the highest five game total during the final round of the tournament. This award is designed to teach young athletes to stay strong and never quit. Each bowler will receive a $100 SMART scholarship that will equate to a total of $5,400 in SMART scholarship funds.

“Storm is proud to work closely with the PBA and PBA Jr., initiatives,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Community Relations said. “Both organizations are focused on the future and growing the sport of bowling so it’s a natural fit. The PBA Jr. Never Give Up Scholarship is just one more example of how Storm and the PBA are supporting youth bowling and providing additional opportunities to all youth athletes.”

“The PBA is dedicated to growing the sport at all levels and the PBA Jr. Never Give Up Scholarship was created in an effort to encourage kids to never give up,” said Mike Sledz, PBA Director of Membership. “Even if they performed poorly on Saturday, they have an opportunity to come back and win on a Sunday.”

This scholarship will be available at all the 2022 SYC events starting in Las Vegas.

 2022 SYC Schedule

February 18-20, 2022 – SYC Las Vegas – South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, NV - SOLD OUT

March 11-13, 2022 – SYC Delaware – Bowlerama, New Castle, DE – SOLD OUT

(Bowlers can email syc@stormbowling.com to be added to the waiting list)

April 8-10, 2022 – SYC North Carolina – Victory Lanes, Mooresville, NC

(Entries Open, February 28 at Noon Mountain Time)

May 27-29, 2022 – SYC Iowa – Big River Bowling, Davenport, IA

June 16-20, 2022 – SYC Ohio – Super Slam – Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Columbus, OH

August 12-14, 2022 – SYC Idaho – Westy’s Garden Lanes, Boise, ID

September 9-11 – SYC Kansas – Northrock Lanes, Wichita, KS

October 7-9 – SYC Coastal Classic – Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC & Little River Lanes, Little River, SC

November 11-13 – SYC Florida – Boardwalk Bowl, Orlando, FL

The demand for the SYC events is high and each event sells out quickly, but we do maintain a waiting list for each event. We’ve found that the only fair way to accept entries is to allow those to register on a first-come, first-serve basis on the Storm Bowling website. Entries for each event will open individually. A tournament guide about each event will be provided on the Storm Bowling website as the tournament date approaches.

Entries for the SYC – North Carolina event will open on Monday, February 28 at Noon Mountain Time. For more information on the Storm Youth Championships, please visit stormbowling.com/syc.

About the Storm Youth Championships (SYC)

The Storm Youth Championships were created in 2017 to celebrate all the great things about youth bowling. The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and bring players and families from around the country together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie. Since the inception, we have awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship funds to youth athletes. For more information visit stormbowling.com/syc.

About Storm Products, Inc.

Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Global 900 Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

 


Team Storm Staff Members Celebrating 20 Years

At Storm Products Inc., we believe in our people. Those who become part of Team Storm share our vision and values. They share our beliefs and help us cultivate fans around the country.

“Nothing in this world compares to a person’s loyalty and dedication towards his or her profession,” Dave Symes said. “These individuals have shown everyone the true meaning of dedication and loyalty by confirming their association with our organization for 20 years. We truly appreciate their dedicated service to our organization, and I am personally thankful for their examples as role models in their local communities and on the world stage.”

We’re honored to recognize six of our Team Storm members who have been loyal to our brand for 20 years or more.

Jason Belmonte – Orange, NSW, Australia

“To be a part of the Storm family for 20 years has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of my journey. I have always felt Storm is my bowling family. Bill and Barb, my mum and dad, and Dave my older brother. Their support of me off the lanes is equally important. Storm has always wanted to make sure I was happy. Always helped balance the work and home scales perfectly. I am grateful to have had this family for 20 years.”

Favorite Storm Memory:

“The first memory was when Timmy Mack first organized a meeting with Bossco aka Mr. Chrisman. He hugged me right away and we talked about my goals and how Storm could help that happen. He told me then ‘you’re going to change the game and I want you bowling with Storm when you do it.’ From that day I have always felt Storm knew what I was capable of and lending me a helping hand every step of the way.

The second was when I broke the PBA Major Championship record. When I struck to win, Bill jumped out of his chair and bear hugged me soon after. He showed me that this win wasn’t just about a win for Storm. It was about me as a human.”

Favorite Ball(s)

Tour Power

T-Road Solid

Belmo/Storm Clear Ball

 

Dan Higgins – Columbus, Ohio

“To be a Storm staffer for 20 years is a privilege in which I'm honored to be part of not just a company but a family! Storm unselfishness to help give back to Breast Cancer (PTLP) the Military and SYC tournaments makes me feel appreciative to be part of such a great team, company and furthermost family.”

Favorite Storm Memory:

“Receiving a thank you card from both a youth bowler and his mother for helping with entry into an SYC tournament. That in itself was humbling and felt so rewarding.”

Favorite Ball(s)
Ha, just one? Tough! I would go with Special Agent.

(Followed by IQ Tour, Phaze II and Marvel Pearl)

 

Brian Cavey – Edgemere, MD

“I am very blessed.  It is an honor to represent such a great company. I just wanted to say thank you to storm being on staff has led me to a lot of opportunities. I have made a lot of friends along the way. Special thanks to Wes Pye and Steve Kloempken, they gave me the chance that I will never forget.”

Favorite Storm Memory:

“Working with Tim Mack and Mike Sinek on the Wounded Warrior Project is one of my favorite memories.  Of course, the day I signed with Storm ranks up there as well. I still remember that phone call.”

Favorite Ball(s)

Marvel-S re-released in 2013

Michael Miller – Albuquerque, NM

“I believe Storm extended my career longer. I could see the reaction and results of other players similar to myself when I wasn’t throwing Storm equipment.  I knew it would just fit.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to sign with Storm… I needed no convincing. I was where I was supposed to be.  And yes, even though my touring career ended, Storm has been pivotal in my transition to owning a center and recommending the product to many in the area.  It’s been a very good product, for a long time now. Knowing where it started and to think of where it is today, it’s amazing.”

Favorite Storm Memory:

“Pete, Norm, Randy, and the crew who made that staff at the time something I was very proud to be a member of.”

Favorite Ball(s)

As for favorite balls, I liked so many, but here are my favorite 3…

  1.  La Niña..that ball was the Nutz!   Those little rubber traction pieces would come to the surface and bite thru the oil.  I LOVED that ball.
  2. Fire Storm, Tour Edition, I still have it.  1997 baby, and it still works.  I took care of it after every block.  Always.
     

Andres Gomez

“It means the world, hard to believe it’s already 20 years.  Being part of the Storm family has helped me achieve so much in the sport that I love.  I definitely wouldn’t being able to do it without Storm’s support.”

Favorite Storm Memory:

“My favorite memory, of so many, it’s the first time I went to Storm’s Head Quarters in Brigham City, in 2011, where I got to know so many great people, and the actual place where the magic happens. Walking through the front doors and admiring all the great bowling balls that Storm has manufactured thru the years. It was incredible.”

Favorite Ball(s)

“Too many that I personally love, but if I have to choose one, I’ll go with the Hy-Road.”

 

JAMES “JOCKO” MANGIN

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be on staff for 20 years and included in such an elite group of fellow bowlers.”

Favorite Storm memory:

“Bob hart’s 100K pin milestone at the USBC Open Championships in 2014.  Bob is a true bowling ambassador and I admire him.”

Favorite Ball(s)

Roto Grip Silver Streak pearl