It seems that every time we go to Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium has something new to offer. If you are attending this year, look for a new boutique bowling lounge opened at the National Bowling Stadium, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Nevada state legislators, downtown Reno casino owners, the city of Reno and Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.

The Kingpin Club by Brunswick officially opened its doors at the end of February. It’s a 10-lane venue located on the first floor of the NBS. Before the new lanes were built, the stadium had a minimum participant requirement of 150 guests for events.  Now, it can host smaller tournaments as well as corporate and social events for groups as small as 50.

To kick off the grand opening of the club, which features GS pinsetters, Pro Lane synthetic lanes, Vector scoring and customized masking units, the Stadium held a private party for 100 guests, including a number of Nevada legislators and Reno civic leaders.

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, which manages the NBS, said the nearly $2 million project is the first in a series of planned renovations. An additional $10 million in improvements are scheduled over the next four years, including replacing the 78 lanes within the main stadium with Brunswick Pro Lane synthetic lanes prior to the 2015 USBC Women’s Championships.

One of my teammates in the senior league at Hallmark Lanes is a huge NASCAR fan. Now he will have something to really cheer about.

Pocono Raceway and Strike Ten Entertainment announced a multi-faceted partnership deal that brings together NASCAR and, the official brand of bowling. The 2013 and 2014 August NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be renamed the “ 400” as part of this two-year sponsorship. In addition to the renaming, Pocono Raceway and Strike Ten will deploy an integrated sponsorship campaign that will extend across multiple platforms and include the “Stop Your Thirst & Start The Race” Sweepstakes, which will provide one grand prize winner with an opportunity to be the “honorary race starter” for the 400 on Aug. 4, waving the green flag to officially start the 400-mile race. The contest will kick off May 15 across approximately 2,100 bowling centers nationwide. The winner will receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and VIP tickets to the race.

Spare Time in Temple took advantage of its reputation as a “fun center” to attract thousands of people hoping to get hired at its recent job fair in anticipation of its April 8 opening. More than 2,000 people were expected to apply before the fair ended, and out of those, about 75 will get jobs.

“Basically, people who are looking to work, have fun and have a big smile on their face is what we’re looking for,” said Spare Time General Manager Daniel Mueller.

From party hosting to cooks to bartenders, all positions are expected to be filled within the next month.

“It’s like a fun place to work, it’s not like a hard job to come to, and the work is fun,” said Nichquisha Trejo, one of the applicants.

Last week I reported that Temple might form its own association; however, I was informed by our association manager that will not happen. In an email she sent to me, she stated the following: “The last part of your article indicates Temple may get a new association. USBC has placed them under our association for all services — the Temple Association is gone, will not be forming an association, and will not be reactivated by USBC.  I received this information direct from Jim Zebehazy, USBC Regional Manager on 1 March 2013. We certified their lanes this weekend and I am currently just waiting on the certification number from USBC once they process the paperwork.”

In an additional email, our youth were praised for their efforts during the Pepsi Tournament. Suzie Wollek received the following email:

“I want to share something with everyone. As you know, we were at Pepsi and Youth Leaders tournament this weekend. Cheryl Newman had mentioned she had a hard time getting workers from the local association for this tournament; hence she brought quite a few people with her. As our young people finished, I mentioned this to them and they offered help which she refused, as it was late.

“However on Sunday, when we were at Youth Leaders, Ed and his wife Amy, along with David Fields mentioned they could use help finishing up some leftover paperwork from Saturday and help with Sunday’s, as they had very little also. When the word went out most of our Youth Leaders and young people from association stepped up and helped.

“Robin Daugherty, who had bowled the early morning squad, stepped right up to the plate and verified scores for that squad. As the next squad started, Samantha Kriner, Hayley Brooks and their non-bowling friend, Tiana Grudier, came down to the office to help as they were staying to support everyone that bowled that squad.

“The girls organized most of the entries from the day before and helped Ed get total scores completely in his computer with averages verified. As the recaps came in, they, with Sendura Design  (our exchange student), started verifying scores. The boys, James Foulkes, Jordan Garza, Derek Brooks, Jason Bardales and Heath Fletcher, came in to help also as soon as they finished.

“These kids, in less than hour had helped Ed and Amy Calcote and David Fields finish up both squads from Sunday, verify all entry averages, verify score totals and file them in order of total score.

“I cannot tell you how pleased and thankful they were for the help. David Fields made the comment he doesn’t remember the last time he had that much help in a tournament office at one time. He also said it was so rare to see people he didn’t have to train on how to verify scores, even with the moving of lanes between their six games.

“They were impressed with our youth, and I, for one, was very proud of them. I know, Suzie, you tell us all the time of the good reputation we have as an association, but I felt everyone deserved to see and hear about this because it goes to the outstanding parents and people on our board for guiding and coaching these youth locally on how to do these tasks.

“Our kids not only knew how to do these tasks to help it go so much smoother in the office, they postponed the drive home from Houston to do so. It goes above and beyond and I felt everyone should know the outstanding job they did.”

The e-mail was from Melissa Fletcher, the Phantom Warrior Lanes Youth Advisor.

Congratulations to our youth bowlers and their friends for a job well done. You make us all very proud.

See you on the lanes.

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