The Texas State USBC Youth Tournament has concluded in San Antonio and our local youth did extremely well.

The Phantom Warrior team consisting of Robin Daugherty, Brytni Jones, Raj Cole, Chris Cockrill and Kelsy Anderson finished in second place in Division 2 with a score of 3,453. They held first place until the final weekend, when they were overcome by 55 pins.

The Bulldogs in Division 3 finished in third place with a score of 3,518. Hallmark's Best finished with a score of 3,592 for fourth place in Division 6.

Erik Thomas and Tyler Combs combined to win the Division 1 doubles title with a combined score of 1,418. Jacob Reed and James Norris also captured first place in Division 5 with a score of 1,507.

In girls singles, Jessica Reed won first place in Division 4 with a 791. Close behind in second place was Dakota Stutz with 753. Stutz had a combined score of 2,227 through all events to capture the Division 4 girls title.

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I wish I could write something good about the scoring at the USBC Open Championships in Baton Rouge, but they are really bad. So, I'll see what our local ladies are doing at the Women's Championships.

Sandi Charles, bowling on the Magic of the Southwest Team, rolled 264-194-223 in the team event. She had games of 225-218-149 in doubles and 207-226-216 in singles for a 1,926 all events total.

Her teammate Genie Franklin scorched the lanes in the singles event with games of 259-267-248.

Esther Navarro of Killeen had a series of 532-590-611 for an all-events total of 1,787.


This past weekend I got to watch the women bowl in the street in Reno and men and women compete in the "Shoot-out," a one-ball elimination match sponsored by the ball manufacturers. The Shoot-out was more fun to watch.

I have said many times that bowling isn't an outdoor sport. I watched the matches held at the Villages in Florida with the sun baking down, high humidity and high temperatures. The women bowling under the Reno arch were pretty sad. Winds blowing 20 miles per hour, blowing desert dust on the approaches and lanes, caused the women to roll plastic balls and games well below 200.

I have been reading the message boards on and and the vast majority are negative. It's time to put an end to outdoor bowling and leave it to lawn bowling.


The Southwest PBA Region has two stops before coming to Killeen. On July 13-15 the tour will be in Lubbock and then on to Houston for the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament, July 20-22.

Then it's on to Hallmark Lanes for the Killeen Chameleon Open Aug. 10-12. This is a favorite stop for many of the PBA stars and Hallmark Lanes always hosts a fantastic tournament. They will conduct pro-ams on Friday and Saturday and also several PBA Qualifier events in which you can earn a spot in the tournament.

There will be entertainment in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings and the professionals will be available for autographs.


Well, I have been slacking off far too much, but doctors appointments have kept me from doing the things I want — practice bowling and hitting the gym. We are gearing up for the 32nd Texas USBC Senior Tournament in Beaumont and, believe me, I need practice.

This is my first tournament in several years and I don't want to embarrass myself too much. So me and my bowling buddies will be out and about the next few days gearing up with high hopes and minimal talent.

See you on the lanes.

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