It appears the youth bowlers set out to prove that “old age and treachery always overcomes youth and skill” is just a myth.

Four of the top six in the third PBA Qualifier at Hallmark Lanes were youth bowlers. Christian Trinidad, who will be an Ellison senior, took the top spot and earned a spot on the roster for the upcoming PBA Killeen Open. Trinidad put together a four-game block of 215-257-203-149 for an 824 series.

Second place also went to an Ellison senior, Jordan Garza, with games of 182-177- 205-199 for a 763.

Jacob Reed, a Copperas Cove senior, put together games of 166-227-176-182 for a 761 and third place.

Jason Bardales, a recent graduate of Copperas Cove, finished fourth with games of 136-201-209-193 for a 739 series.

The lone adults in the group were Bernie Gill with a 731 series and Brian Pogor with 717.

The next qualifier is scheduled for July 13.

In an old Anne Murray song, she sings “Sure could use a little good news today.” Well, I finally have some good news from Reno.

Our association’s top woman bowler and Hall of Famer, Sandi Charles, rolled a 662 series in the USBC Women’s Open and averaged 202 for nine games. Her teammate on the Lush’s Ladies team, Genie Franklin, of Dallas, had a 630 in the team event, 715 in doubles and 713 in singles, averaging 228 for all events.

I just returned from Reno, and although I bowled average for the tournament, my singles event was my worst set. To be honest, having not bowled in so long, I simply ran out of gas. It’s time to get my butt back in the gym and get my stamina back.

Next stop is this month in Waco for the Texas State Seniors Tournament.

Have you been watching the PBA Summer Swing? I’m not too impressed with the oil patterns they are using, but Jason Belmonte doesn’t seem to mind. He certainly gets my vote for Bowler of the Year.

Overall, the bowling itself has not been that good. There have been a lot of missed spares, which equates to low scores.

Watching Carmen Salvino, he looks bored to death every week and looks like he’d rather be someplace else.

The PBA comes to town Aug. 9-11 at Hallmark Lanes. Bowlers from the Southwest Region PBA will compete for the eagle trophy in the Killeen Open.

Pro-ams are scheduled for Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 and local bowlers will have the chance to compete against their favorite professional.

For more information, contact Hallmark Lanes at (254) 690-4949.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to bowl all over the world with many outstanding bowlers. I was always a fan of David Ozio. I thought he had the smoothest arm swing and release in bowling, and if you wanted to emulate someone, he was the one.

When I started to bowl in the Killeen-Fort Hood Bowling Association, the top bowler in the area was Scott Huddleston. He set the standard at the time and was sponsored on the PBA Tour by Win Cockrell, the former owner of Killeen Bowlerama.

I loved bowling against Huddleston. Although he is a lefty and I bowl from the right side, it was his smooth delivery on the lane that I admired and wanted to emulate. Whenever I bowled near Huddleston, I bowled well. His game made me slow down and be more accurate.

Huddleston, a Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Hall of Famer, still bowls, however, not as often as he used to. Nevertheless, he is still a force on the association and I consider him one of the association’s best ever.

I hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July.

See you on the lanes.

Contact Don Wright at

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