Well, the championship tournaments for both the men and women have concluded in Reno, Nev., and there is finally some good news on the women’s side.

We Got Spirit, from Copperas Cove, is in second place in the Ruby Division team event with a score of 2,893. The team consists of Martha Joy, Patricia Parker, Amy Storkovich, Leanne Storgovich and Darlene Frohm. Frohm, from Pittsburg, Cal., was a last-minute substitute for the Texas team.

The 2,893 was just 28 pins behind the first place team of Siggys Team #1 from Watertown, N.Y.

Unfortunately, none of the local men’s teams made the leaderboard.

Hallmark Lanes conducted its third PBA Qualifier offering the winner a free entry into the Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open scheduled for Aug. 9-11. Capturing first place was Austinite Michael Thompson. Thompson put together games of 236-196-200-204 for an 836 series.

Second place went to another of our top women bowlers, Karin Ciesiolka. She finished with an 822 series, just 14 pins behind the winner.

Finishing third and fourth were two Austin bowlers, Jonathan Barry and Todd Barry, with series of 811 and 805, respectively.

Rounding out the top seven was Bobby Bennight, youth bowler Ethan Barry, and Eric Odette.

The final PBA Qualifier will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3. It will be your final chance to earn a paid entry to the Killeen Open.

The 33rd annual Texas USBC Senior Tournament will be held Friday through Sunday the final three weeks of July. The team event will be held at AMF Lake Air Lanes at 4610 Bosque Blvd, and the doubles and singles will be at AMF Westview at 4565 W. Waco Drive.

Texas seems to be a state ready for a bowling explosion. After studying various demographic indices, Bowling Center Management took a stab in its July issue at compiling the top 10 areas best positioned to welcome an increased bowling presence. They are identified as: Austin-Round Rock; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; Durham, N.C.; Provo-Orem, Utah; Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.; New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La.; Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land; Huntsville, Ala.; Columbia, S.C.; and College Station-Bryan.

Parker Bohn III is now 50 years old and eligible for the PBA 50 Tour. He would join Walter Ray Williams Jr, Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber, Jack Jurek, Wayne Webb, Mike Edwards, Randy Pedersen, Bob Learn Jr. and soon Norm Duke. It looks as if the national tour will soon take over the PBA50 Tour. Let’s hope a TV contract comes with it.

Geoffrey Young of Denton, Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan.; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller and Kayla Johnson of Washington, Ill., earned automatic spots on Team USA 2014 on Sunday as the United States Bowling Congress Summer Team USA Trials came to a close.

Young led the men’s field with a 15-game total of 3,418 (227.87 average), while Bohr was second with 3,415 at the International Training and Research Center. Dorin-Ballard dominated the women’s division with 3,407, while Johnson was second with 3,193.

USBC Hall of Famer Dorin-Ballard dominated the event from start to finish and earned a spot on Team USA for the fifth time and the first time since 2011.

“People thought I retired, but I really just took a couple years off,” said Dorin-Ballard, who helped Team USA to the women’s team gold medal at the World Championships in 2011. “This weekend was such a great event because of so many great, young bowlers who came to try out. It really inspires me and gives me hope for the future.”

Here are a few interesting facts from our sport:

  • Highest certified three-game series: 900 (accomplished 21 times)
  • Oldest to bowl a 300 game: Name withheld by request; Fullerton, Calif. (90 years, 9 months, 13 days)
  • Youngest to bowl a 300 game: Chaz Dennis of Columbus, Ohio (10 years, 2 months)
  • Oldest league bowler ever: Gene Scala of Jericho, N.Y. (107)
  • See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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