The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association hosted its eighth annual Youth Championship Tournament this past weekend at Killeen Bowlerama. The opening ceremony was conducted by Jacob Reed, who served as Master of Ceremonies.

The Copperas Cove JROTC served as the color guard and was very professional. Amanda Morgan sang the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance was conducted by the youth leaders. John Dixon, association Hall of Famer, conducted the invocation.

On hand for opening remarks was Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lower, who welcomed everyone and read a proclamation establishing the month of February as Youth Bowling Month.

Several special awards were presented by the youth leaders. Receiving the award for Coach of the Year was Connie White, who has devoted 19 years to coaching youth bowlers.

Volunteer of the Year went to Cynthia Byars, who has been a volunteer for seven years with the Killeen Cove Hood Special Olympics program

The male youth Bowler of the Year is Chance Blackman. He raised his league average 30 pins, finished second in the Harvest Tournament and qualified for the Pepsi Tournament.

The female youth bowler is Dakota Stutz. She has been bowling for seven years and competes in three leagues. Stutz won the state title for her age group at the Pepsi Tournament.

The Special Olympic Bowler of the Year went to Mike Mikell. A bowler for 22 years, he began in 1990 at Kings Bowling Center in Copperas Cove.

Several certificates of appreciation were presented to various individuals for their support to the youth of the area.

The bowlers have finished their first weekend of the tournament and there were some fine scores rolled. Jeffrey Stamp had a 289 game, which was 129 pins over average. Jason Reed had a 256 game;William Foster had a 686 and 651 series. Quentin Hewitt Jr had a 674 series.

The unofficial standings after the first weekend:

Division 1 leader is YEAH with 2,840. The team represents Phantom Warrior Lanes.

Division 2 has the Hallmark Strikers on top with 3,084.

Division 3 has the Phantom Warrior All Stars with 3,089.

Robert Bigford and Michael Williams top Division 1 doubles with 1,656. Division 2 has     Nathaniel Cerniglia and Christopher Ochoa leading with 1,641. Division 3 has Caytlinn and Candace Vineyard on top with 1,460.

In the singles event, James Foulkes leads Division 1 with 825. Division 2, has Cerniglia leading with 911, and Division 3 has Candace Vineyard on top with 725.

A complete listing of the standings can be found at

Jacob Reed became the second youth bowler in the association to roll a perfect game. The 16-year-old Copperas Cove high school junior had games of 233 and 300 during school competition.

Reed has been bowling for 13 years and carries a 214 book average. Upon completion of high school, Reed hopes to attend Wichita State and become a member of the Shockers team coached by Gold Level Certified coach Gordon Vadakin.

We think we travel a lot just to bowl, but we can’t hold a candle to “Major Mika.” Most people have not visited 19 countries much less won high-level bowling championships in that number of nations. However, most people are not Mika Koivuniemi, whose title portfolio swelled once again following his end-of-year triumph in the 12th annual Qatar Open at Doha’s Qatar Bowling Center.

In alphabetical order, the 19 countries in which “Major Mika” has prevailed are: Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, his native Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Qatar, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and, of course, the United States. Koivuniemeni is the clear embodiment of bowling’s status as a worldwide sport.

The PBA Tour’s Detroit Winter Swing and PBA League competition resume on ESPN on Sunday at noon with the finals of the Carmen Salvino Classic and the Salvino round of PBA League qualifying from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

Very sad news. Charles McIntosh’s wife, Cherry, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning. This is all of the information our association manager has. Suzie Wollek talked with Charles and stopped by to see him. He is doing as well as can be expected.  He is working with the funeral home regarding arrangements, which are pending.

Michelle Orr is hospitalized and was diagnosed with Lemierre’s Syndrome. She can’t see visitors, but anyone wanting to send a card or get-well wishes can do so by dropping them off at Bowlerama, and her husband will take them to her.

See you on the lanes.

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