The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association held the Tournament of Champions Scratch Championship at Phantom Warrior Lanes.

Division 1 was captured by Matthew Starowicz. Second place went to Eric Odette. Finishing third and fourth, respectively, were Rullie Haywood and Phil Thurston.

Division 2 went to Derek Hale. Rounding out the top four were Rod Kensinger, Bud Herron and Shug Henderson.

Lorna Kensinger took first place in Division 3.

In the youth division, capturing first place in Division 1 was Jacob Reed. James Norris, Jordan Garza and Sierra Ciesiolka rounded out the top-four qualifiers.

Division 2 had Megan Wehmeier on top followed by Nathaniel Cerniglia, Amanda Morgan and Austin Esch.

Eva Avans captured first place in Division 3. Jamie Craig was second, followed by Ashlee Huffman and Khayman Koop.

The adult high series went to Starowicz with 688. Haywood took second place with 672. Others were Odette with 662 and Thurston with 661.

High games were posted by Odette with games of 248 and 245. Starowicz had games of 248 and 233. Edward Walsh shot 248 and Herron had 245.

In the youth division, the high series went to Garza with a 715. Second was Reed with 686. Others were Avans with 635 and Ciesiolka with 629.

High games saw Reed with 257, Garza with 245 and Avans and Ciesiolka each rolled 244.

During youth match play, Reed had a 290 game and a 772 series. Reed put together 11 strikes in a row for the 290 game and will receive an award from USBC for the accomplishment.


The Travel League (TCBA) season ended with the Lake Air Wranglers in first place for Division 1 with a record of 83.5 wins and 60.5 losses.

The Phantom Warrior Gunners came in first place for Division 2 with 79 wins and 65 losses.

The Regional Wild Card Tournament took place Sunday at Phantom Warrior Lanes and was between all teams with 72½ wins. The teams bowled four games across four pairs of lanes, moving after each game. C&W Misfits was the winner of this tournament and will advance to the TCBA National Playoffs in Garland, which will take place June 14-15.

Also, elections were held for next season’s positions with Russell Dennison voted for president, Scott Johnson for vice president and Robert Baumbach as secretary.


Congratulations to all the teams who participated this year in the All Star Travel League program.

The top eight teams bowled baker match play finals to determine the winner.

First Place: Conroe A Team, Conroe.

Runner-up: Diamond Lanes, Odessa.

Semifinalists: College Bowl, Texarkana; Phantom Warrior Lanes, Fort Hood; Highland Lanes, Austin; and Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, Georgetown.

Quarterfinalists: Conroe B Team, Conroe; AMF Euless, Euless.

The top six bowlers qualified for the “All State Team.” Their scores and most pins over average were: 1, C.J. Winkler, Diamond Lanes, Odessa (47.75 pins over). 2, Damen Orr, Diamond Lanes, Odessa (35.33 over). 3, Emilio Benavente, Diamond Lanes, Odessa (34.49 over). 4, Mark Anthony Styles, Phantom Warrior Lanes, Fort Hood (32.89 over). 5, Tyler Thames, Diamond Lanes, Odessa (26.78 over). 6, Lindsay Paredes, AMF Euless, Euless (26.67 over).

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at

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