These are the scores posted by Heath Fletcher in the singles event of the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC City Youth Tournament: 289-258-277—824.
The 17-year-old was simply in a zone and the pins fell and kept on falling. His previous high game was 296, and high series was 758. His highest average is 208.
Fletcher began bowling at the age of 3, competing with duckpins, and by age 5 had migrated to 10-pin bowling.
“I don’t have a main coach,” Fletcher said. “I listen to several people and apply what they teach me.”
Fletcher is home-schooled, with graduation scheduled for 2015. He competes in football, basketball and track and field and plans to attend college upon graduation. Just to pass the time, he likes football and listening to comedy.
The right-hander prefers Brunswick bowling balls as well as Columbia 300 and Hammer. His equipment is handled by Max Attack Pro Shop inside Killeen Bowlerama.
Fletcher has competed in the Pepsi Family Tournament and Junior Gold Nationals. He has also seen competition in the Youth State tournament and the Masters and Queens. He currently bowls in the Stars of Tomorrow league and Team USA.
His favorite PBA Bowler is Tommy Jones and he considers the best advice he has received was, “Don’t get upset about the last frame. It’s in the past, just forget about it.”
“I love bowling and I want to encourage more people to join the sport,” Fletchre said.
His physical game is outstanding and you can see his mental game when on the approach. Off the approach, he has a smile that lights up a room. He is currently a member of the Youth Leaders Program and serves as the treasurer and sergeant-at-arms.
When asked if he was surprised at his bowling, he replied, “Yes! The past couple of months I haven’t been bowling as much as I would like to. Bowling well, with the lack of practice I’ve had lately, makes me ecstatic!”
Fletcher is a great young man with a fine personality, and his game is worth watching.
The Scratch Tournament will be held Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.at Hallmark Lanes. Entries close 15 minutes prior to squad time. Entry forms are available in each center and online at bowlkilleenforthood.org. Entry forms will be available at the tournament site as well. The cost is $30 per person, with three divisions being offered. Brackets and high pots will be available for those interested.
The tournament is also open to youth bowlers at a cost of $25 per person, with three divisions being offered. Brackets will be available to those interested, with the winnings going to the Bowler’s Smart Scholarship Fund.
This is the last one to secure your spot in the Tournament of Champions to be held May 10.
The 2014 Spider Bemis Scholarship Winners are Stephani Brown, Jacob Reed and Jessica Reed.
Brown attends Copperas Cove High School and has a 3.5 GPA. She plans to attend Stephen F. Austin for a degree in fine arts.
Jacob Reed attends Copperas Cove High, has a 3.5 GPA and plans to attend the University of North Texas for a degree in business administration.
Jessica Reed attends Copperas Cove High, has a 3.2 GPA and plans to attend Texas-San Antonio for a degree in environmental science.
Team USA member Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie regularly bowls in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships during May, but with the birth of her first child just three months away, she took advantage of a work trip to the National Bowling Stadium and got this year’s nine games in on the tournament’s opening weekend.
The 30-year-old right-hander recorded sets of 696 in doubles, 662 in singles and 614 in team for a regular all-events-leading total of 1,972. She also leads regular singles, and her doubles effort was enough to help her and 2012 USBC Women’s Championships Diamond Team champion Brandy Silva of Fort Worth move into the regular doubles lead with 1,194.
The 2014 tournament once again features two different oil patterns — one for team and another for doubles and singles — and also has fresh oil for every squad. Johnson proved her versatility as the only competitor from the opening squads to finish above par for each event.
Once again, the PBA League bowling was boring, but it helped me to read my issue of Bowlers Journal.
Chris Barnes and his Silver Lake Atom Splitters dominated Norm Duke and the Dallas Strikers, who couldn’t strike and played like the Dallas Cowboys.
The final quarterfinal round elimination match will pit actor/comedian Kevin Hart’s Philadelphia Hitmen, led by team captain Bill O’Neill, against Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro linebacker LaMarr Woodley’s Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, captained by Finland’s Osku Palermaa, on ESPN on Sunday, March 23, at noon. The winner of the Hitmen-Jack Rabbits match will bowl the Silver Lake Atom Splitters on ESPN on Sunday, April 6, for the right to advance to the Elias Cup finals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org