The ninth annual Youth Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, and Feb. 8-9. with the team event being contested at Phantom Warrior Lanes, and doubles and singles at Killeen Bowlerama.

Opening ceremonies will be conducted by the Youth Leaders at Killeen Bowlerama starting at noon.

This event will have some of the best youth bowlers in our area along with the Special Olympians.

If you have not attended the youth tournament, you are in for a treat. Come out and support our youth athletes.

The Texas State Senior Queens Championship had two local ladies doing quite well. Tawana Ramey, a Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Hall of Famer, was in third place after match play, posting a score of 1,772.

Esther Navarro posted a score of 1,751 for fifth place.

Games, scores and photographs of this event can be found at


If you missed Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions, you missed a great telecast as Australia’s Jason Belmonte, with a strike on his final ball, defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville win the by a single pin Sunday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Detroit.

Belmonte, a 30-year-old, two-handed player, defeated Malott 219-218 when Malott left an 8-pin on his first shot in the 10th frame.

Belmonte collected his eighth career victory and second PBA major title just a week after being named 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year. He earned $40,000.

Here are a few observations made through talking with players and watching bowling here at home: Do you think Jason Belmonte is rolling an illegal ball? Questions regarding his ball pitch, layout, and other thoughts have been raised. I don’t know enough about that sort of business and I failed physics in school.

• In match play, would you rather start the game first, or finish first?

• Remember when a bowling ball was $45, it was usually black, and one ball lasted a lifetime?

• Bowling is still trying hard to become an Olympic sport. Does anyone really care?

• Ask people why there is a decline in tournament entries and you’ll get all kinds of answers, except bowlers are not recruiting bowlers.

• Who is the best lefty in the association? Much discussion lately.

Mark your calendar for March 9. That’s your next Scratch Tournament. Time to begin recruiting for this one. Many of the comments over the last event centered on not enough advertisement, so it’s time for the bowlers to get the word out.

Killeen Bowlerama and Hallmark Lanes are posting league high scores on their website and on Facebook.

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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