The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association has some excellent bowlers posting great scores throughout the many leagues and tournaments. We can also be very proud of our youth bowlers, who continue to excel week after week. Some of our best youth bowlers are Timothy Rackley, Adarius Stanford, Jason Bardales, Dustin Gatliff and Tyler Combs.

It’s hard to ignore or think that the senior bowlers are losing their touch when you see what Jackie Harris does each week. Last week in the Oldtimers league at Phantom Warrior Lanes he posted a 300 game, with every shot in the pocket.

Other seniors posting great games and series are Win Cockrell, George Chapman, Verl Lantz, Bryce Ellison, Lee Ellison and, when he’s not injured, Larry O’Keeffe.

The Commercial league has some outstanding league bowlers, including Josh Maxson, Brad Dewald, John Manibusan, Rullie Haywood and Ed Hellon.

The ladies have some outstanding league bowlers in Sandi Charles, Kiyoko McDonald, Tawana Ramey, Amanda Greenlaw and Karin Ciesiolka.

Obviously, there are many others and I’ll get to them in another column.

The Spider Bemis Scholarship winners are Robin Daugherty, Rosalinda Williams and Alexis Hughes. Daugherty attends Copperas Cove High School and has a 3.76 GPA. She plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University for a degree in computer science.

Williams attends Harker Heights High School, has a 3.02 GPA and plans to attend Sam Houston State for a bachelor’s degree.

Hughes attends Harker Heights High School, has a 2.76 GPA and plans to attend West Texas A&M for a degree in nursing.

Quentin Hewitt attends Ellison High School, has a 2.86 GPA and plans to attend West Texas A&M for a degree in computer science.

Your association will host the city Senior Mixed Tournament on April 21 and the weekend of April 27-28. Let’s have a great turnout for this event.

There will be a general membership meeting April 20 at VFW 9192. The association is  looking for enthusiastic, energetic individuals to serve on the Greater Killeen Fort Hood USBC Board of Directors. Positions to be elected are: vice president (vacant); director (Cheryl Dewald, incumbent), director (Marquita Darland, incumbent) and director (Rod Kensinger, incumbent).

Scores are heating up at the USBC National Tournament in Reno. Breakpoint Pro Shop from Sartell, MN tops the regular team event with a score of 3,358.

Leading in singles is Greg Roberts, of Oshkosh, Wis., who rolled games of 279-258-234 for a 771 series.

Scott and Derik Hartnell of Kenosha, Wis., lead the doubles event with 1,341.

Richard Thomas of Middleton, WI tops the all events with 2,051.

In the Classified Division, the Inexplicables from Conetoe, N.C., lead the team event with 2,262.

The singles leader is James Kennedy from Plattsburg, Mo., with a score of 631.

The doubles leaders are Arden Schuft and Glenn Koch of Minn., with a score of 1,134.

All-events has Mitch Soeffker from Gaylord, Minn., leading with 1,746.

The PBA announced The Professional Bowlers Association and CBS Sports Network have entered into a multi-year television agreement that features a series of five telecasts originating from the new GEICO PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee in June.

The agreement, announced last Tuesday by PBA CEO Geoff Reiss and Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network, includes five two-hour telecasts featuring stepladder finalists from four PBA Summer Swing events, and concludes with a GEICO PBA Summer King of the Swing special event featuring the top five competition points leaders from the Summer Swing events.

Summer Swing telecasts debut Tuesday, June 11 (6 p.m.) on CBS Sports Network and continue for five consecutive Tuesdays.

The GEICO PBA Summer Swing is a new series of PBA Tour events which will be contested on three new “animal pattern” lane conditions that will debut in Milwaukee. The qualifying segments of the PBA Badger Open, PBA Wolf Open and PBA Bear Open will be hosted by three different Milwaukee area bowling centers (AMF Waukesha, AMF West and AMF Bowlero) between May 19-30.

The cumulative pinfall totals from the three animal pattern events will qualify players for the Milwaukee Open, the fourth event in the series, and the GEICO PBA Summer King of the Swing will feature the top five points leaders based on the four previous events.

The Badger Open finals will air on June 11, the Wolf Open on June 18, the Bear Open on June 25, the Milwaukee Open on July 2 and the GEICO PBA Summer King of the Swing on July 9. All will be two-hour, five-player stepladder finals.

Set your DVR.

The Spare Time Fun Center in Temple will be open for business on April 8. The center will have 24 lanes of bowling, laser tag, a large arcade and food and drinks. Temple bowlers should be looking forward to a new center in their city after years of not having one. Many of the Temple bowlers came to Killeen or Georgetown to compete and will now have a chance to save on gas and mileage to compete closer to home.

The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association wishes Spare Time the very best and will be available to assist in the formation of a new association if that becomes necessary.

Bowling relies heavily on volunteer workers to assist in many ways to make an association successful. Carol Gardner of Houston has been selected to receive the 2013 USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year Award by the USBC Youth Committee. The award recognizes an adult volunteer who has displayed outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote youth bowling at the local, state and/or national levels.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at

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