20 Years and Counting | Storm Staff Feature

At Storm Products Inc. we believe in our people. Those who become Staff Members on Team Storm share our vision and values. They share our love for the sport of bowling on and off the lanes, continue to inspire existing bowlers, and help to develop new bowlers. We're honored to recognize seven of our Team Storm members who have been loyal to our brand for 20 years or more.

BRIAN HIMMLER – One of the first Storm PBA staffers is PBA Champion, Brian Himmler.  Brian, nicknamed Chief, joined the Storm staff in 1996 and went on to win 4 PBA National titles as well as 7 PBA Regional titles in his 24-year career.  He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and owns and operates Brian Himmler’s Pro Shop inside Cherry Grove Lanes. Brian is a Silver Level USBC Certified Coach.

“It is truly a privilege to be a Storm staffer for 25 years, Brian said. The growth of Storm in the world's bowling marketplace is unbelievable. The best part about our company is the people. It is definitely 'The Bowler's Company.' Thanks to Bill and Barbara for keeping it that way.“

Brian’s Favorite Storm Ball - !Q Tour

JEFF RICHGELS – The Storm staff covers all levels of bowlers and one of the most accomplished PBA Regional players is Jeff Richgels from Oregon, Wisconsin. Jeff has been a member of the Storm staff since 1996 and has won titles in numerous bowling events all over the world.  He has 30 PBA Regional titles, 5 USBC Eagles, 2 Gold Medals for Team USA, and more than 100 titles in state and local tournaments. Jeff is a member of the USBC Hall of Fame (2011), the Wisconsin State Hall of Fame (2013) and the Madison Bowling Association Hall of Fame (2008).

When asked how he feels about Storm, Jeff replied, “When I think of my quarter century with Storm, the word that comes to mind is family. It has never felt like a business relationship to me. The Storm people are almost all bowlers, and I knew many of them from competing alongside them prior to my joining Storm, and in some cases prior to Storm even existing. I’ve always felt totally at ease communicating with the folks at Storm because of those relationships and because I know they knew what it was like to be a competitor. And I always felt like Storm was as interested in my success as I was, and knew I was interested in doing whatever I could to help the company grow and succeed. That extends to how Storm has understood that I am not just a bowler and have a non-bowling job that keeps me from having the freedom to do some things for Storm that I wish I could. I’m looking forward to being able to do more of those things in retirement in a few years!”

Jeff’s Favorite Storm Balls – Sentimental 1st win ball, Firestorm.  All-time Favorite - !Q Tour Pearl

CAROL NORMAN - Storm has always been a big supporter of ladies professional bowling and the longest female Storm member is Carol “Stormin” Norman. Carol, who is originally from Ardmore, Oklahoma but now resides in Houston, Texas has been a member of Team Storm for 24 years. Carol competed on the ladies’ professional tour for 20 years from 1982 to 2002 and captured 6 PWBA titles including the 1987 Women’s US Open. She is a member of the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame and the USBC Hall of Fame.

After Carol stopped competing professionally, she started working for Storm as a ball driller at the National Bowling Stadium during the USBC Open Championships and is now certified as an IBPSIA Certified Advanced ball driller.

“Did you say 20 years? Wow!”, Carol said when brought to her attention about her long tenure with Storm.  “I did the math, approximately 276 balls have been made by Storm since I joined in 1997. Not to mention, Roto Grip, 900 Global and all the international balls. At that time, Bill and Barbara were the ball reps for Storm. Not kidding. It’s been an awesome ride watching the company grow while being a part of it has been such a huge part of my life. They have supported women’s bowling from the start and helped bowlers like me to spend their lives working in the sport.”

Carol’s Favorite Storm Ball – My favorite Storm ball? That’s a tough one. There were so many. The X-Factor was probably my favorite but the IQ Gold was right there with it. I must give honorable mention on a ball I used my 1st year with the company called the Forest Fire. Loved that ball!”

CRAIG HARRINGTON - Very few people can say they were there when it all started, and Storm staffer Craig Harrington is one of them.  Craig is from Eagle Mountain, Utah and was one of the first bowlers to throw the very first Storm reactive bowling ball, the Teal Storm HSP.  Craig officially joined Team Storm in 2000 and has compiled numerous city and state titles including 2011 Peterson Classic, 1998 Mini Eliminator and is a member of the Utah State Hall of Fame.

When asked how he feels about Storm, he echoes a sentiment that we hear from many staffers.

“I cannot begin to express enough gratitude and love that I have for the staff, equipment, and experience that Storm has provided for me for the last 25 years,” Craig said.  “I have felt like one of the most blessed bowlers in the world! I truly believe that if it were not for Bill and Barbara Chrisman, as well as the Storm Staff, I would not have the titles and accolades that I have in bowling today. I consider it an extreme honor and privilege to represent Storm not only when I step foot into a bowling center, but in my everyday life as well. The experiences I have had with Team Storm have made a huge impact in my life; Storm is not just a company to me, it's family.”

Craig’s Favorite Storm Ball - The Teal Storm HSP. “This was the first line of reactive Storm balls Bill made. I had the privilege to be the first Utah bowler to throw this ball in the Utah State Bowling Tournament. Bill Chrisman was there to watch his masterpiece and future of new bowling balls. We had most of the house stopping to come watch this new ball hook beyond your wildest dreams. It was a joy to look back at the crowd around Bill who was smiling ear to ear.”

BRUCE HIMBERT - Another Hall of Famer with longevity on Team Storm is 26-year staffer, Bruce Himbert. Bruce lives in Metairie, Louisiana and was inducted into the Louisiana State Hall of Fame in 1992. He was a PBA member from 1985 to 2005 and was chosen to be on Team Storm by being ranked in the top 3 players in his region.  Bruce has numerous titles, 45 perfect games as well as 15 800 series with a high of 858.

One of the things that Bruce is most proud of is coaching the Brother Martin High School Bowling.  The team has made the final four 9 times with 4 championships (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).

“Storm is the best Bowling Ball company on the market”, Bruce stated. “Calling it the Bowlers company is so true but one thing I must say is that everyone from Bill and Barbara at Storm, I consider not only friends but family. I feel like I was with them when Storm actually began and am honored to still be a part of this great company.”

Bruce’s Favorite Storm Ball – “This is a tough question! I haven’t thrown a Storm ball from the original Teal HSP to the last ball I’ve drilled before the pandemic, the Phaze III. If I have to answer one ball, it would be the X-Factor original that I shot 279-300-279 for 858. With 2 9 pins, that cost me possibly being perfect.”

PHIL PRIETO - When you think of nice guys in the sport of bowling, Phil Prieto is on the top of the list.  Phil hails from El Paso, Texas and has been with Team Storm for 24 years.  He has 7 PBA Regional titles and was chosen to be on staff from being the best in his region. In 1985, Phil was recognized by the ABC for high series in the nation with an 876 series (299, 288, 289). Compiling numerous titles and many achievements, he was inducted into the Texas State hall of Fame in 1996. His longevity in the sport continued with Phil being a member of Senior Team USA where he was a member of the Gold medal Team in 2009.

“I feel very privileged and honored to be a Storm staffer”, Phil said.  “They have fabulous products, supportive staff and great ownership.  I appreciate the staff and reps always willing to help.”

Phil’s Favorite Storm Ball – Virtual Gravity

KEVIN TABER - If there’s on characteristic that Storm looks for in bowlers, it’s loyalty and dedication to the sport. A true example of this is Kevin Taber from Toledo, Ohio.  Kevin has been on Team Storm for 27 years. In his most competitive years, Kevin was a star on the PBA Regional Tour winning 10 times including the National Resident Pro Championships in Hawaii in 1998. His team won the 1991 USBC Team All- Events titles at the Open Championships.

Kevin has numerous Toledo City titles (team, doubles, singles) and more than 50 other singles titles around the country. He owns 80 300 games (2 in the USBC Championships), 20 800 series and 9 PBA 300 games.

Kevin is the youngest person to be inducted into the Greater Toledo Bowling Hall of Fame and is also a member of the Toledo YABA and the Ohio State Bowling Hall of Fame.

Currently, Kevin is the Head Coach of the Bowling Green University Bowling team. He started the program 8 years ago with no funding.  The Club has won more than 30 tournaments on both the men’s and women’s teams with trips to the ITC’s in 2015.  In 2018, they won the Club National Women’s Championships in Smyrna, TN. The women’s team has been ranked as high as 14th and he brought the men’s team their 1st top 20 ranking last season.

“To be able to share my experiences with these kids through bowling and to teach them the sport that I loved the most and also to see them succeed not only in bowling but life in general, “ Kevin said when asked about his coaching experience.

“What a decision I made back in 1994-95 to sign with Storm”, said Kevin. “Storm was up and coming back then and look where we are now! The best bowling company in the world! What an honor to represent Storm. I cannot say and give enough thanks to Bill and Barb Chrisman for that they have done to create the best ball company in the world! Also, to all the employees who make this all happen and what they have done for me over all these years to make my job in representing a great company such as Storm so easy to do! Thank you to everyone!”

Kevin’s Favorite Storm Ball – Thunder Road Pearl

 

 

 


Youth Spotlight: Katelyn Abigania

Name: Katelyn Abigania

Age: 12

Hometown: San Diego, California

Home Bowling Center: Sea & Air Lanes in Naval Air Station Coronado, San Diego

Favorite Storm Bowling Ball(s): Currently: Storm PhysiX All-Time Fav: Storm !Q Tour Nano

Sometimes you meet young athletes who just strike you as wise beyond their years. Miss Katelyn Abigania, age 12, is one of those young bowlers who we’ve watched compete in events across the United States and handles herself like a little pro on and off the lanes.

After taking home the U12 Girls Junior Gold title in 2018, Katelyn didn’t stop working hard. We witnessed Katelyn’s determination at the 2019 Storm Youth Championships in Las Vegas where she battled a wrist injury from an accident while competing in the event. She finished 194 pins ahead of the rest of the girls in the U12 field to capture the title and earn a spot on the Storm All-American Team. She has also won several JBT (The Junior Bowlers Tour) titles and was named 2018-19 Girls Scratch All-Conference Bowler of the Year. In addition, she earned the California State Pepsi Championship title in her division.

In June, Katelyn was invited to be a guest for “Little Champions Week” on Live with Kelly and Ryan. She was flown to New York City where she got to explore the city for the first time, give Kelly and Ryan some lessons live on air, and show off her skills on the lanes that they built for the TV show. Katelyn said this experience was truly a once in a lifetime experience for her and she was honored to be chosen to represent youth bowlers on the show.

“I hope to inspire all the bowling fans and their families for the future of bowling.” Katelyn said.

This summer, Katelyn and her family traveled to Detroit to defend her U12 Girls Junior Gold title. Katelyn said this title felt harder to capture and she felt her abilities were put to the extreme. She led qualifying after Day 1 of qualifying and never dropped below second through the cut to match play. In match play, Katelyn was sent to the elimination bracket after her second match and battled back to earn the #3 seed for the U12 Girls TV Finals which aired on CBS Sports.  Katelyn bowled a 196 game in the championship match to win back-to-back U12 Girls titles and earn the scholarship.

In addition, Katelyn also competed in the USA Bowling competition. Katelyn teamed up with her friends and fellow SYC Champions, Sebastian Huffman, Avery Domaguin and Elias O’Hollaren to create the “SDLV Strikers” team. These youth bowlers bowled lots of baker matches throughout the week and qualified for the U12 TV finals which aired on CBS Sports on August 20 where they faced DKJ Pro Shop. The Strikers battled and earned the team victory. Katelyn says this is one of her favorite parts of her summer!

In the future, Katelyn hopes to bowl as a collegiate bowler, represent Team USA and bowl on the PWBA Tour someday. She'll be bowling in the U15 Girls Division in the upcoming Storm Youth Championships taking place the last weekend of August in Wichita. The event will be livestreamed on the Storm Bowling Facebook channel.

 

We think that Katelyn is well on her way to chase her dreams.

 


Youth Spotlight: Caroline Thesier

Name: Caroline Thesier

Age: 17

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Home Bowling Center: Victory Lanes

Favorite Pro Bowler: Kelly Kulick

One of the brightest and hardest working young athletes we have seen in a long time, Miss Caroline Thesier is truly having a memorable 2019. In January, she was selected to Junior Team USA from her performance at the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas. In March, she won her second Storm Youth Championship (SYC) title in Rohnert Park, California. At home in North Carolina, she won three Tough Shot Tour titles and was named Bowler of the Year in May. She traveled to Smyrna, TN for Memorial Day weekend and finished second overall in the U20 Division at the Music City SYC. After that she traveled to Junior Team USA camp in Texas where she said she got to know her other teammates and built a special bond with them.

Caroline went straight from Junior Camp to Florida for Teen Masters where she had another impressive runner-up finish. As soon as she finished in Florida, Caroline, her brother Nate and her dad Jack drove home to North Carolina to pick up her mom and then continued their summer travels to Detroit for Junior Gold.

Caroline’s week in Detroit was solid from start to finish and she was never lower than 18th place and qualified 3rd for the U17 TV show which aired on CBS Sports. In the title match, Caroline bowled 265 to take home the title and a $4000 scholarship.

When asked what the highlight of her action packed summer was, Caroline said,

“The highlight of my summer had to be either Team USA Camp or winning Junior Gold. Both of them were so amazing, I can’t decide!”

After a celebratory family trip to Disney World, she came home and won the first Tough Shots Tour event of their season in Durham, NC. Caroline is entered in the last two SYCs this year in Wichita and Myrtle Beach so we can assume more titles might be added to her growing resume.

 

It appears that there’s no stopping Caroline this year!


2019 SYC Tour Heads To Las Vegas

In less than two weeks, more than 200 youth bowlers will be heading to Las Vegas for the first Storm Youth Championships event of 2019!

The Storm Youth Championships were created in in 2017 with two events in Reno and Myrtle Beach. These events were designed to be a weekend of learning, competition and fun for the whole family! After a successful first year, we added two additional events in 2018 visiting Nashville and Fort Worth. The SYC Tour will have a total of six events in 2019.

2019 SYC Schedule:

 Feb. 15-17, 2019 - Las Vegas, NV

 Mar. 22-24, 2019 - Rohnert Park, CA

 May 24-26, 2019 - Smyrna, TN

 June 28-30, 2019 - Lincoln, NE

 Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2019 - Wichita, KS

 Oct. 4-6, 2019 - Shallotte, NC

The SYC tournaments are small, three-day events where our Storm team works hard to interact with all of the youth bowlers and families. Each SYC tournament has multiple rounds on different lane patterns created by Kegel to challenge the youth bowlers. We crown the top three bowlers in each gender and age-based division for each round with bronze, silver and gold medals. At the conclusion of the tournament we award trophies and medals to the overall champions.

Each year, we hold our major event which this year will take place in Las Vegas where we award the top two overall youth bowlers in each division with a spot on the Storm All-American Team.  These 12 kids earn a custom All-American jersey and jacket provided by our official SYC jersey company, Logo Infusion.

2018 Storm All-American Team

The SYC is more than just tournament.

We kick off each event with registration, learning seminars with our Storm and Roto Grip Pro Staff, a practice session where bowlers can get tips from the pros and our Tour Reps, and a Friday night SYC social.  The SYC bowlers and their families have told us they love the casual atmosphere, getting to know the pros, and hanging out with the Storm Team.

Charity is a very special part of the SYC. Each event supports Ballard vs the Big “C” in numerous ways.  We take $10 from each entry and make a donation to BVBC. On-site at each SYC, Carolyn and Del Ballard bring silent auction items for the SYC families to bid on. Sometimes our families donate their own baskets to help raise more funds. Some of the bowlers have decided to host their own fundraisers at home for BVBC and bring their donations to present to the Ballards at the next SYC they attend.

Since 2017, we have raised more than $50,000 to help fight the war on cancer through the SYC.

We are very proud to award scholarships to our top finishers and in just six events, we have awarded more than $104,000 to the SYC bowlers and look forward to increasing that number in 2019.

The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and invite the whole family to participate. Our events wouldn’t be possible without the support of the staff of each host bowling center and the families in each community that we have visited.

Here’s what some of our SYC bowlers had to say about the event:

“What I like best about the SYC is that I get to bowl, meet new people and make new friends from all over the world. I love the seminars where I learn more about the sport. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t love the social gatherings at the SYC…the mini golf, the beach party and the BBQ. They are all a blast!” - Harley Shene, CA

 

“My favorite thing about the SYC is definitely the level of competition and challenging patterns at each event!  I also really love getting to meet new people from all over the country.” – Caroline Thesier, NC

“Storm Youth Championship events are awesome! They offer young bowlers of all skill levels an opportunity to compete   in great facilities on challenging conditions. Plus, the events involve a lot more than just a tournament - they are a complete bowling experience! There are workshops and fun family activities where you can make new friends and learn lots of good information about equipment and how to improve your physical and mental game performance. I personally like the on-lane sessions with the pros and hearing how they figure out which ball to throw and how to throw it! Also, the chance to interact with the Storm/Roto Grip technical staff is something I look forward to at each event because they are always willing to provide guidance and support to help me improve my game! Thank you Storm Bowling for creating the SYC and helping grow the sport of bowling through the youth of America.” – Mabel Cummins, IL

This tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our additional sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes.

To follow along with the SYC updates and excitement, please check out the Storm Jr Facebook page. If you are interested in becoming a supporting sponsor of the Storm Youth Championships or would like more information, please visit the SYC page or email Leanne Hulsenberg at Leanne.Hulsenberg@stormbowling.com.

 


Champions Named at 2018 SYC Coastal Classic

Hurricane Michael tried to derail our return trip to the Myrtle Beach area, but Mother Nature gave us a reprieve and the SYC went on as planned.  190 youth bowlers and their families attended the SYC Coastal Classic on October 12-14 and the event was held in 2 bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina.

The SYC weekend kicked off with “Friday Funday” filled with registration, ball pick-up (each SYC entry included a Storm Son!Q bowling ball), a Q&A with the Storm Pro Staff, practice sessions and concluded with the popular SYC Beach Party in Ocean Isle, NC.  The awesome staff at Planet Fun hosted a delicious BBQ for our SYC families while the bowlers met new friends, collected shells, played frisbee, corn hole and other games on a beautiful evening at the beach.

On Saturday morning, competition kicked off at our two host centers. The field was split into two squads and all competitors bowled 8 games at their starting center. When bowling was complete, the families had time to explore the community and since Myrtle Beach is the mini golf capital of the world, Storm decided to host the SYC Mini Golf Challenge on Saturday night.  This fun event gave kids time to get to know each other off the lanes and form new friendships.

All bowlers were back on the lanes Sunday morning for their second block of 8 games. Kegel, one of our SYC sponsors, builds the lane patterns for all of our Storm Youth Championships. The Little River Lanes oil pattern proved to be the higher scoring of the two patterns and Tyrell Ingalls kicked off the day with games of 266-269-276 for a nice 811 set. In addition, Silas Lira, Anthony Godwin and Bryce Oliver rolled exciting 300 games at Little River Lanes on Sunday.

At the completion of 16 games, we awarded medals for the top three competitors in the 6 age and gender-based divisions for each bowling center.  Additionally, we awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals for the top three overall medalists and trophies and champion banner for the overall champions in each division.

The Little River medalists were: U12 Girls - Kayla Starr (gold), Kaitlyn Stull (silver), Caylin Campbell (bronze). U12 Boys - Keegan Alexander (gold), Henry Hind (silver), Jared Burgio (bronze). U15 Girls - Jillian Martin (gold), Karina Capron (silver), Annalise O’Bryant (bronze).  U15 Boys Brandon Bohn (gold), Alexander Horton (silver), Rylan Breese (bronze). U20 Girls - Jenna Williams (gold), Caroline Thesier (silver), Gillian Moore (bronze). U20 Boys -  Spencer Robarge (gold), Tyrell Ingalls (silver), Bryce Oliver (bronze).

The Planet Fun medalists were: U12 Girls Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Kayla Starr (silver), Caylin Campbell (bronze). U12 Boys - Nathan Thesier (gold), Keegan Alexander (silver), Henry Hind (bronze). U15 Girls Jillian Martin (gold), Kelsey Cummings (silver), Victoria Varano (bronze).  U15 Boys Joshua Collins (gold), Rylan Breese (silver), Hayden Tarris (bronze).  U20 Girls - Kamerin Peters (gold), Amanda Naujokas (silver), Jenna Williams (bronze). U20 Boys - Bryce Oliver (gold), Justin Bohn (silver), Spencer Robarge (bronze).

The SYC Champions were those bowlers who scored the most total pins at both bowling centers. In the U12 Girls division, Kayla Starr from Maryland earned her first SYC victory with a 112 pin victory over silver medalist, Kaitlyn Stull from North Carolina. The bronze medal went to Caylin Campbell from Georgia.  The U12 Boys champion was Keegan Alexander from New York, who finished 233 pins ahead of silver medalist Henry Hind from Tennessee.    The bronze medal went to Nathan Thesier from North Carolina.

In the U15 Girls division, Jillian Martin from Ohio captured back-to-back SYC victories as she won the SYC Music City Championships in May as well as the Coastal Classic.  Silver medal in the U15G went to Annalise O’Bryant from Georgia and the bronze medal went to Kelsey Cummings from North Carolina. The U15 Boys division was a very competitive one! Brandon Bohn from New Jersey came away with the victory over silver medalist Rylan Breese from North Carolina.  Brandon averaged 222 for the 16 games. The bronze medal went to Joshua Collins from Georgia.

The U20 Girls was another tight race where Jenna Williams from Florida earned her second SYC title with a 26 pin victory over silver medalist Kamerin Peters from New Jersey. The U20G bronze medal went to last year’s U15G winner Amanda Naujokas from New York.  In the U20 Boys division, Bryce Oliver, from Ohio averaged 240 for 16 games and took home the SYC first place trophy. The silver medal went to 3-Time SYC Champion, Spencer Robarge, from Missouri and the bronze medal went to Tyrell Ingalls from Georgia.

The Storm Youth Championships awarded a total of $17,755.00 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.  The SYC charity of choice, Ballard vs the Big C, was also a winner at our event.  BVBC raises funds for 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. The SYC donated $10 from each entry ($1900.00) for BVBC and another $1536.00 was also collected by Carolyn Dorin Ballard’s raffle items at the BVBC table.  Our SYC bowlers continue to give back to their local communities and don’t stop raising funds for BVBC when the event is complete. Joey Ocello, of New Jersey, ran his own BVBC event in his hometown and brought a $1460 donation to the Coastal Classic to present to the Ballards.  Thanks again to Joey! Our official jersey sponsor, Logo Infusion also donates a portion of each SYC jersey sold and contributed an additional $1035 for a grand total of $5931.00 for Ballard vs the Big C.

Our final stop on the 2018 SYC Tour will be held at City View Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas on November 30 through December 2, 2018. 180 youth bowlers will compete for the SYC trophy, medals, scholarships, and new champions banner. For more information on the SYC, please check the Storm website SYC page - www.stormbowling.com/syc

This tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our additional sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes.

 

 


Team Storm Earn Medals at PABCON Senior Championships

Six Team Storm members, including Coach Bill Spigner, and their teammates took home 8 gold medals and 18 overall medals in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the 2018 Pan American Bowling Federation Senior Championships.

Storm Staff members on the men’s team included returning Sr. Team USA member, Lennie Boresch Jr, Steve Badovinac, and Warren Eales.

“I am honored tremendously to wear the Red, White, and Blue for the USA,"  Badovinac said. "Being asked by your teammate and Hall of Famer to get two strikes in 10th to shut out Canada for the Gold is awesome and then executing two great shots to win the Gold is Priceless."

Badovinac, of Parker, Colorado, picked up five medals including gold medals in doubles, trios and team, silver in all-events, and bronze in the Masters competition. Badovinac found success using a pin down, no hole Code Black at 1000 grit surface and a pin up, no hole Code Black at 2000 surface. He also used a pin down, no hole Intense Fire at 2000 grit surface.

"Bigger than any of that was the true emotional camaraderie between all the countries," Badovinac said. "My ability to speak Spanish as a second language and having grown up in Puerto Rico made the communication seamless. My good friend Lennie Boresch said, 'I have never hugged so many people in my life in one week of bowling.' Team USA did more off the lanes to be proud of and I am humbled and I thank God every day for all he has done for me and through me, I am grateful through the awesome sport of bowling I can serve others in Christ."

Eales, from Chandler, Arizona and recently won a PBA50 event in Florida this year, took home 4 medals, with golds coming in doubles, trios and team event as well as a silver in the Masters competition.

"Being a part of Team USA and the success the team had just added to what has already been an incredible year (really past four months) for me," Eales said." In late April I won the first PBA50 event of the year in New Port Richey (Phaze II, HyRoad Nano), a month later I bowled USBC Nationals in Syracuse and posted what would eventually win the Bowlers Journal Senior Singles and Doubles events (Sure Lock) and now 3 golds and a silver medal at PABCON as a member of Team USA.  I'm living the dream, don't wake me up!”

4-time PBA Champion Boresch, from Kenosha, Wisconsin  picked up 3 gold medals as well, winning team, trios and all-events, and added a silver in singles for a total of 4 medals in the event.

"Bowling Pabcon for Team USA was a completely different experience from bowling individual PBA events," Boresch said. "The sportsmanship aspect was much more visible and the camaraderie was stronger between the other teams. Because of the smaller playing field, we got to know the competitors much faster. New, friendships were quickly built. While everyone is competing for the gold medal everyone around us was rooting each other on."

The Team USA Women were dominant as well, winning 10 medals overall.  Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colorado, picked up 2 silvers, one in all-events and one in team with her teammates, Sharon Powers, Luci Sandelin, and Paula Vidad. The trio of Johnson, Powers, and Sandelin earned a gold medal for Team USA.

Vidad, a Storm staffer from Sun City, California, earned 2 medals during the week using a Storm Phaze II, Code X, and Intense Fire at 1,000 grit.  She earned a gold medal with Sandelin in doubles and silver in the team event.

"It was such an honor to represent the USA since we haven't had a senior team participate since 2009," Vidad said. "Wearing red, white and blue ALWAYS makes you stand a little taller and straighter! I guess 'proud' would be the best description."

In addition to competition, Vidad enjoyed exploring Canada with her teammates.

"As a team we ventured to downtown Calgary on the train, walked around, ate dinner and went to the top of the Calgary Tower. What a beautiful city!" Vidad said. "Also a few of us went to the Olympic Center, Lake Louise, Banff and went 5 pin bowling! It was a wonderful experience!"

We're so proud of these staffers representing Team USA and Storm Products on and off the lanes. Congratulations to all of those who earned medals throughout the week.


Team Storm and Roto Grip Ladies Ready for Richmond

As the 2018 PWBA season winds down with one last event, the Team Storm and Team Roto Grip ladies are raring to go for the Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia on September 16.

After 13 events, our staffers have acquired 5 wins (3 coming in the last month), 26 top 5 finishes, and 45 top 10s on the remarkably talented PWBA Tour.

Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, Bryanna Cote, Rocio Restrepo, Kelly Kulick, and Lindsay Boomershine will head to Richmond feeling rested and ready for one last chance at coveted title in the unique Tour Championship season finale.

DANIELLE MCEWAN-  As the #2 ranked bowler on the PWBA, her year has been solid from start to finish and she’s not slowing down.  After a third place finish in the Players Championship, she headed home for a full week (a rare thing for Danielle) to rest and recharge and is headed to Sweden for the Lucky Larsen Masters tournament.

HIGHLIGHT– “The highlight of my summer so far has been winning in Fountain Valley. At the beginning of the season, my grandma was sick and in and out of the hospital. This was obviously very difficult as myself, my mom, and my grandma are very close. My win in Fountain Valley was the day before Mother’s Day, so even though a win alone would be a highlight for the summer, the fact I was able to dedicate it for them and have my grandma home to watch on the computer really made it so much more special,” McEwan said.

FITNESS– “Once I knew the change in schedule that would take place this season, I knew I would have to increase my fitness routine to be ready. In the few weeks before the season started, I doubled everything that I normally do, which would put my body in the situation that I would be in every weekend, competing for 10+ hours a day. I would wake up in the morning and go to the gym and do cardio, then I would go practice all afternoon. I would then take a break and eat and then go back to the gym at night and lift. I did a ton of work in the gym focusing on my legs, back, and core. I saw such a different in my performance in those first few events because of this. In the past, after a long day on the lanes, I would feel a little sore or tired in my legs or back. After competing 30 games in a weekend, I felt fine and was ready to go. The one thing I would like to improve on next year would be how to maintain this during the season. Obviously once the season started, I was not able to keep up with this grueling of a training schedule. So, on the flip side, I felt it at the end of the season when my body started getting that sore and tired feeling back.”

DANIELLE’S EQUIPMENT– “Some of my favorite balls this summer have been the Sure Lock, Code Black, Show Off, and Hyroad Nano. My win in Fountain Valley was with the Sure Lock. Mike DeVaney had the idea to drill it going into day two of competition and it worked perfectly. The Show Off was the ball that helped me lead in Connecticut and make the show in Louisville. The Code Black and Hyroad Nano were two of my benchmarks for almost every event throughout the season.”

LIZ JOHNSON- After having captured 2 titles in the month of August, Liz Johnson will head to Sweden for the Lucky Larsen Masters to stay at a competitive level before the Tour Championship.  "I’ll have a few days at home when I return from Sweden before I drive to Richmond and I will clean up my equipment and choose my arsenal for the tournament."

HIGHLIGHT- “The highlight of my summer so far was winning the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with EJ Tackett.  I have bowled the event for 17 years, finished second twice and really look forward to it each year.  One of my very best friends, Donna Conners does an amazing job all year to make this event the most popular with all of the bowlersand it was very special to win it finally.”

LIZ’S EQUIPMENT- “The balls I threw the most this summer were my trusty IQ Tours, my Phaze II, Idol, and Intense Fire the last few weeks. I won the Luci Doubles throwing an Idol on one lane and the Hustle Ink on the other”, she added about her arsenal.

BRYANNA COTÉ– With 3 TV final appearances including 2 as the #1 seed, 2018 has been a career best for Bryanna.  “The highlight of my summer was winning the GoBowling.com 10K Challenge and making it back to the Tour Championship. Between now and the Tour Championship, I’ll be at home bowling some local tournaments on sport conditions and spending time in the gym to get ready,” she said.  Being strong and fit is a big key on the PWBA where the format includes 18 games a day at some tournaments.  “Weightlifting and cardio are keys to maintaining the stamina to bowling 16-18 games in one day. If my body wasn't physically strong enough to endure those long days, I would be done before even starting,” Coté said.

BRY’S EQUIPMENT– “My favorite ball of the summer was the Roto Grip Hyper Cell Fused. I drilled three of them, all with difference purposes. To me, this ball can be utilized for many conditions. I have a pin down one with surface for fresh conditions, then a pin up with surface to ball down to when the pin down reads too early. And finally, I have a shiny pin down one that I’m able to use when the lanes break down later in the blocks. My most recent favorite is the Roto Grip Winner. I used this at the PWBA Player's Championships on some tough conditions and it allowed me to be left and provided enough down lane motion to continue through the pins."

OFF THE LANES FUN– “My roommate, Sydney Brummett, and I had a lot of fun. We went to Sea World in Orlando, shopping at outlets and of course, fun just being ourselves in our hotel room. With the long days, you must make sure you have fun and not let bad thoughts cross your mind, especially if bowling didn't go as planned. Try to leave it on the lanes and move on to something else. Retail therapy is my favorite!”

ROCIO RESTREPO – The grueling schedule of the PWBA Tour can certainly take a toll on even the fittest athletes.  Rocio had a couple challenging weeks in the middle of the season that tested her fortitude. She started feeling run down and weak and spent some days off in the hospital.  After her trip home to Colombia and regaining her strength, she captured the BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open in week 11, backed that up with another TV show the next week in Columbus and ended with a solid 13thplace finish at the Players Championship.  She has strength and momentum heading into Richmond.

HIGHLIGHT– “Highlight of my season was coming back from a devastating 4 last weeks of the regular events and putting together a good performance although I was spending my days off at the hospital. I did not know I had that kind of strength and it put my whole bowling career into perspective. I found a player I did not know I had.”

ROCIO’S EQUIPMENT– “My favorite balls this summer were the Idol, Code Red, Hyper Cell Fused and the Halo.”

FITNESS– “One thing I learned is don’t overdo it on the days we have off. That was a bad idea for me. I tried practicing too much and working out. I did not get my rest. I do believe cardio is important but staying strong and just maintaining it while competing by just going through the motions and stretching and sleeping while you can.”

OFF THE LANES FUN– “The most fun I had was being able to go home and see my parents and compete for my country.  Also, being able to come back and win on a pattern I had never made a show on was the highlight of my career.”

KELLY KULICK – There’s something to be said for peaking at the right time and Kelly is doing just that. Last week’s performance at the Players Championship was her best showing of the year and if the pins had fallen a little differently, she might have just brought that trophy home to New Jersey but proudly settled for a respectable 2nd place finish. “It’s the best I bowled on TV in a long time and I left nothing on the table,” Kelly said.

KELLY’S EQUIPMENT– “2 balls I used a lot this season were the Code X and Intense Fire. The Code X was smooth and continuous for me while the Intense Fire was clean and provided a strong motion in the back portion of the lane. I also was impressed with the Idol. I would really like to drill more of them and will always carry one in my arsenal. I still have some old favorites. The Phaze 2 is still a ball I have faith and trust in. Finally, the Hustle Ink. Such a great ball for its price point. Nice to have a higher RG with solid cover that hits.”

FITNESS – “I don't mind longer formats, I just need more recovery time due to my age. Physically, I am the strongest I've ever been. I plan to find more nutrient options while bowling (example: energy gels for bicyclists, oatmeal, BCAA, carb loading).  Many times, I ate healthy during competition but lacked more carbs for energy. I worry about weight gain, but I need to sacrifice to have the strength and energy to compete. Also, more recovery tools...aka, stretching, Epsom salt in baths after qualifying, more vitamin intake, and again, food consumption.”

DISAPPOINTMENTS– “I still miss sharing my highs and lows with my mother. She was my one phone call every time I was done. Hearing her voice kept me calm and put life in perspective. I miss her. It wasn't a great season in terms of performance, but I truly believe we are always learning and can apply it to future experiences. I will work harder this year to be prepared for the 2019 season.”

LINDSAY BOOMERSHINE- With 3 Top 5 finishes in 2018 along with many ups and downs, the roller coaster continued for Lindsay when she had a huge week at the Players Championship, leading qualifying, making the show and finishing 5th but falling one spot short of the Tour Championship.  But 2 days later, she received a call from PWBA Tournament Director, Tennelle Milligan only to say that Shayna Ng, from Singapore declined her spot in the season ender which allowed Lindsay the final position and now she’s headed to Richmond.

HIGHLIGHT– “Making 3 shows and growing as a player and a person. Having my son Aiden has made me look at things in a different way. I hope he watches my shows and says I want to love what I do and be as successful as my mother. Plus, I made the Tour Championship after all!”

EQUIPMENT– “My most important balls this summer were the Code X, Dare Devil Danger, Intense Fire, Dare Devil Trick, Dare Devil, Phaze II. Storm and Roto Grip have the best line of equipment to allow me to perform my best!”

MOTIVATION– “Looking back and reflecting on this season has been amazing! My son, husband, and just extreme motivation thrive me for success. I believe in myself more than ever!”

For more information about the upcoming PWBA events visit PWBA.com and be sure to watch the ladies LIVE from Richmond on Bowl TV.


Storm Products Signs Three Collegiate Stand Outs

Storm is proud to announce that Stephanie Schwartz, Haley Richard, and Julia Bond have joined Team Storm and will compete on the PWBA Tour this summer.

"We're excited to have these three collegiate standouts join our Storm family," Gary Hulsenberg, VP of Business Development said. "We believe in these girls ability and would like to help them achieve their career goals on and off the lanes."


Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie Schwartz

Schwartz, from Racine, Wisconsin just topped off her collegiate bowling career at Stephen F. Austin with a victory at the 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships. Stephanie is a four-time National Tenpin Coaches Association All-American First Team member, 2016 NCAA National Champion and 2016 NTCA Player of the Year.  She is also a past member of Junior Team USA (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Team USA (2016-2017).

“I am so excited to be a part of Team Storm," Schwartz said. "I love the equipment and am looking forward to representing the best company in bowling."


Haley Richard

Haley Richard

Richard, from Tecumseh, Michigan, is wrapping up her collegiate bowling career at Arkansas State. She also finished her collegiate bowling career on a high note, as she claimed the runner-up spot to Schwartz at the 2018 ISC.  Haley is a NTCA All-American (2015-2018) as well as an Academic All-American (2015-2018). In the 2017-18 season, Haley earned three All-Tournament Team honors and ranked second on the team.  Haley was also a member of Junior Team USA in 2016.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Storm team knowing I will have great support behind me," Richard said. "I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to represent the best brand in bowling and join the most successful players in the world. I feel Storm is the best place for me, and I’m happy to represent this successful company.”


Julia Bond

Julia Bond

Bond, from Aurora, Illinois will be competing in the major events on the 2018 PWBA season as she finishes her schooling at the University of Nebraska.  Julia is four-time All-American, the 2017 U.S. Amateur Champion, a member of Team USA (2017) and Junior Team USA (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Julia Bond“Having the opportunity to sign with Storm has been a dream of mine for a long time," Bond said. "I've been fortunate to have made connections and find people who want to help me in my future endeavors. In a short period of time I already feel included and that I'm part of a real family. I'm extremely proud to say I'm a part of Storm Nation.”


Team Storm Prepares For The PWBA

The PWBA members of Team Storm are eagerly awaiting the start of the PWBA season. All of us at Storm are excited to follow our players each week.  The Storm Ladies are full of experience, talent, and dedication.

Our veteran staffers, Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick show no signs of slowing down and look to repeat as the #1 and #2 ranked PWBA players from the 2017 season.  Liz is a non-stop competitor who will be preparing for the PWBA by competing in the PBA events in the months prior. Can Liz make history again and win her 7thU.S. Open?  We think so! Kelly has decided to cut back her busy schedule of personal appearances in the first few months of 2018 and will be focusing more on preparation, health and fitness.  We look for her to be strong both mentally and physically for week #1.

Staff member Lindsay Boomershine and her tour roommate, Roto Grip staffer Elysia Current have partnered with non-profit arts service organization, Fractured Atlas to promote a project called ARTemis to spread the word about the needs of women in the arts. Our teammates will be hosting gatherings at stops where they'll share the ARTemis mission with fans and discuss their personal journeys as women. We can't wait to see what these ladies accomplish on and off the lanes this summer. Check out what they're up to here.

There is also plenty of young talent on the Storm staff and we think they will be battling it out for the 2018 Rookie of the Year honors.  Fresh out of Wichita State University with an impressive resume is Sydney Brummett who earned the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championship Women’s title and will be taking her talents to the next level.  Another WSU graduate is Laura Plazas from Colombia who recently earned her spot on Team Colombia and will now be competing full-time with her other Colombian teammates on the PWBA.

New additions to the Storm Ladies include PWBA Champion Bryanna Cote who is looking to add more titles to her resume and thinks the move to Storm will be the answer. We also added a new International staffer, Jenny Wegner from Sweden who had an impressive 17thplace at the 2017 U.S. Open and will be part of our team this season.  And speaking of International Storm staffers, we also expect to see a return of Team Singapore, Malaysia, Singapore staffers to the PWBA Tour as well.

Goals for 2018 - We asked our Storm staffers their goals for the 2018 PWBA season and here are some of their answers:

Liz Johnson (23rdyear on Tour)– “My plan for 2018 is the same as any other season and that is to bowl the best I can and hopefully make a couple TV shows and win a title (maybe more).”

Kelly Kulick (18thyear on Tour) – “My goal is to continue working at my game and to make TV shows. My ultimate goal is to win more often and feel the adrenaline rush.”

Diandra Asbaty (15thyear on Tour)– “My goal is to always be in contention…to represent the companies who believe in me with grace and integrity…to win.”

Jodi Woessner (6thyear on Tour)– “My goal is always to win every time I enter but as I realistically know that can’t happen every time, my goal is to continue learning and focusing on what I can control. Ultimately, I’m looking forward to a solid, consistent season and bouncing back from any failures quickly. I’m hoping the longer formats, although still 2 day, will play to my advantage.”

Lindsay Boomershine (4thyear on Tour)– “My goal for the season is continue to work hard and have my results show for themselves. I’m more motivated than ever since last season. It was a great learning experience and I’m going to use that to my advantage. I would love to win my 1stPWBA title for my son Aiden.”

Danielle McEwan (4thyear on tour)– “Obviously, my goals will be to do the best I can and improve upon the past seasons. My first goal is to make the invitational part of the new format with the ultimate goal being to make the Tour Championship.”

Bryanna Cote (4thyear on Tour)– “My goals for the season are to be more patient and mentally stronger. After the demanding conditions in 2017, it seems the more patient and level headed a player can be results in a more consistent performance throughout the season.”

Amanda Fry (2ndyear on Tour) – “My first goal is to make the top 12 each week. My overall goal for the season is to make the Tour Championship. Winning comes to mind too!”

Sydney Brummett (1st year on Tour)– “My goals for the 2018 season is to go out and make a definite statement.  I am going out this year not just to get experience under my belt, but also to put up some great numbers each week and make cuts as well as TV shows.”

Laura Plazas (1styear on tour) – “One of my goals for my first year on tour is to learn as much as I can and embrace the experience of competing against the best woman bowlers in the world. I want to be consistent each week and get some extended play. I want to have the feeling of being on a TV show and the chance to win a title. I would like to finish the season a better athlete than I was at the beginning and give it a run for Rookie of the Year.”

Jenny Wegner (1styear on Tour) – “My biggest goal is to get a PWBA title within this year! A smaller goal is to win as many medals as possible at the European Championships”

Storm is a family and our PWBA Staffers are part of it – here’s how our staffers feel about being a part of Team Storm:

Liz– “I have been with Storm for the majority of my career and nothing makes me more proud than wearing the lightning bolt logo and getting to throw the best bowling balls in the world. Being on Storm staff is like being a part of another family.”

Kelly– “Being a part of Team Storm means being a part of a family. Everyone genuinely cares for one another. Storm has opened up more doors for me and have given me more opportunities to grow as a person and a bowler. What I love most about Storm is how often they give back to the bowling industry. We are the front runner when it comes to youth bowling.  I love my brothers and sisters at Storm and I am thankful for Bill and Barb.”

Diandra– “Being a member of Team Storm means I am able to have a larger impact in our sport. To represent a brand that I believe in, that believes in the future of bowling, means everything to me. Being on Team Storm gives me pride as a bowler. I am focused on paying it forward, just as Storm does in our industry.”

Jodi– “It’s like being part of a family and the support is incredible!  I also cherish how much Bill and Barb give back both inside and outside the bowling world.  They are such an inspiration.”

Lindsay– “It is such an honor to be a part of Team Storm! It is a wonderful privilege to know you have an amazing company 100% behind you. I’m grateful to be a part of the Storm family.”

Danielle – “Being a member of Team Storm has many different layers. It’s more than just having the best equipment in my hands, or having the most knowledgeable reps behind me. It’s knowing you belong to a family that always has your back; you always have a team of people you can count on for anything.”

Bryanna – “To me, to be a part of Team Storm is a prestigious honor. The caliber of players that are on the Team Storm are unbelievable.  It’s a family with two common goals – win and grow the sport of bowling.”

Amanda– “Being a member of Team Storm means everything to me. Being able to represent the best bowling brand in the industry is a dream come true because I am not only able to better my game, but I am able to help promote the sport of bowling for future generations. I am proud and honored to wear Storm on my back.”

Sydney– “To be a member of Team Storm means the world to me. It has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to throw the best balls on the market and fortunately Storm has enough belief in me to allow me to represent them. I couldn’t ask for a better team on and off the lanes than those with Storm.”

Laura – “Being a member of Team Storm is an honor and privilege. I love representing a company that truly cares about bowlers. Words cannot describe the help they give to each of their bowlers to grow as athletes and as people, as well as improving the sport. To be a part of Team Storm is a dream come true and is motivation to work harder.  At the end of the day, more than anything it’s like being a part of a great family.”

Jenny“It means a lot to me to be a member of Team Storm. The fact that I can stand on the lane knowing that I have the best equipment in my hands gives a really big comfort. It gives me the confidence that I need to succeed.”

The PWBA season kicks off on April 26 in Las Vegas and will have 14 events including 4 Majors.  CBS Sports will televise all 4 Majors and 3 August elite-field events with a live telecast. The remaining PWBA events will be livestreamed.  For more information on the 2018 PWBA season, please visit PWBA.com.