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Florida's Driscoll selected as USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year

2009USBCYouthVotYDavidDriscoll_small.jpg David Driscoll (pictured) has played an integral role in the growth of high school and youth bowling in Florida and for his efforts he has been selected to receive the United States Bowling Congress Youth Volunteer of the Year Award by the USBC Youth Committee. The prestigious award is annually presented to an adult volunteer who has displayed outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote certified youth bowling programs at the local, state and/or national level for the last seven years or more.

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USBC Youth Ambassadors of the Year are named

2009USBCYAKyleMauerman_small.jpg 2009USBCYAAmandaHollenbaugh_small.jpg Amanda Hollenbaugh (left) of Tucson, Ariz., and Kyle Mauerman (right) of Tremont, Ill., have been selected as the USBC Youth Ambassadors of the Year. The award recognizes USBC Youth bowlers for exemplary contributions in the sport of bowling, academic accomplishments and community involvement. Awarded annually to one male and one female bowler, each winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship and be presented the award at the USBC Convention in Reno this spring.

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USBC Youth programs to make major changes

USBCYouthLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors has approved several major changes to USBC Youth programs that will take effect in the 2009-10 season. These changes are designed to attract more youth bowlers to certified league play and provide a more efficient and rewarding system for youth bowlers. "We have seen USBC Youth membership decline at a significant rate," said USBC Youth Development Director Brian Graham. "Our research shows that kids love the sport and a large number are currently bowling in non-certified leagues. These changes aim to provide more value in USBC leagues and make it easier to join."

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Thousands in scholarships available at Chris Barnes Thanksgiving Youth Classic

2008PBA18ChrisBarnes_small.jpg Youth bowlers will compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship awards in the Fourth Annual Chris Barnes Thanksgiving Youth Classic, to be held Nov. 26-30 at AMF Showplace Lanes in Euless, Texas. The scratch tournament, certified by the United States Bowling Congress and conducted on challenging USBC Sport Bowling lane conditions, will award scholarships to at least one in every 10 bowlers entered. Participants also may compete in an optional USBC Junior Gold qualifying event for an additional fee.

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USBC National Youth Committee Member honored by NCYS

Volunteer wins STRIVE Award as Local Youth Sports Administrator of the Year

2008NCYSFrankWilkinson_small.jpg The National Council of Youth Sports has named United States Bowling Congress National Youth Committee Member Frank Wilkinson (pictured), 21, of Staten Island, N.Y., as its Local Youth Sports Administrator of the Year. The NCYS honor is one of several annual Hershey's STRIVE Awards that recognize "heartfelt passion, enthusiastic commitment and a contagious spirit to help kids succeed in youth sports activities." Along with the honorary title, Wilkinson will receive a check for $2,500, payable to the youth sports organization of his choice.

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Five students earn $5,000 Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarships

Earl_Anthony_2278.jpg Five recent high school graduates have been selected by the United States Bowling Congress to receive its 2008 Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship awards. The prestigious $5,000 scholarships, which recognize youth bowlers' community service and academic achievements, were awarded to Amy Domiano of Buffalo, N.Y.; Richard Fornshell of Summertown, Tenn.; Margaret Rotz of Hubbard, Ohio; Desiree Swenson of Bertram, Texas; and Christina Taylor of Everett, Wash.

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Four champions crowned at Pepsi Youth Championships

2008PepsiYouthChampions_small.jpg Four players from across the country earned national titles Wednesday as the 2008 Pepsi United States Bowling Congress Youth Championships came to a close at Sunnybrook Lanes. The Pepsi Youth Championships features nearly 200 bowlers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and U.S. military zones competing for tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. The top 16 players in each of four divisions took part in single-game, double-elimination match play to determine the champions.

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Petravich, Young claim U.S. Junior Amateur titles

Sunnybrook Lanes, Sterling Lanes and Century Bowl in Detroit, Mich., USA (June 5-11, 2008)

2008JuniorGoldKristiePetravichGeoffreyYoung_small.jpg Kristie Petravich of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Geoffrey Young of Denton, Texas, beat a field of the best youth bowlers in the country Friday to win U.S. Junior Amateur titles at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships. The championships featured nearly 1,500 bowlers from across the country competing for $100,000 in scholarships, individual titles and spots on Junior Team USA. The top four finishers in each division earned automatic spots on Junior Team USA 2009 with the National Selection Committee picking two boys and two girls to join the team.

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Williams, Spink lead Junior Gold Championships after semi-finals

Sunnybrook Lanes, Sterling Lanes and Century Bowl in Detroit, Mich., USA (June 5-11, 2008)

2008JuniorGoldRickiWilliamsDanielSpink_small.jpg After failing to qualify to compete in the USBC Junior Gold Championships last year, Daniel Spink of Florissant, Mo., traveled to the event to watch his sister bowl, wondering what could have been. Spink moved on from dreaming of his missed opportunity last year to seizing it this year as he shot 300 Thursday in the semifinals to take the lead after 30 games at Sunnybrook Lanes in suburban Detroit.  Spink's total of 6,641, an average of 221, leads Andrew Koff of Miami by 72 pins. Junior Team USA member Ricki Williams of Wichita, Kan., leads the girls division with 6,268, an average of 208.

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Consistency leads Seibel to 300 at Junior Gold Championships

Sunnybrook Lanes, Sterling Lanes and Century Bowl in Detroit, Mich., USA (June 5-11, 2008)

2008JuniorGoldLizSeibel_small.jpg Heading into the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships, Liz Seibel of Hellertown, Pa., has paid special attention to becoming a more consistent bowler. The work she's put in culminated with a perfect game Tuesday night. Seibel became just the fourth female to shoot a perfect game in the 11-year history of the Junior Gold Championships, recording the 300 in the first game of the second Round of qualifying at Sterling Lanes. She finished her 18-game qualifying total Wednesday with 3,704, an average of 205 per game.

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Carcagente eyes second year on Junior Team USA at Junior Gold Championships

2008JuniorGoldMichelleCarcagente_small.jpg 2008JuniorGoldTommySmith_smalll.jpg Michelle Carcagente (l.) pocketed her big first-round total  of 1,371 in the USBC Junior Gold Championships at Sterling Lanes, which has proven to be the highest scoring of the three bowling centers being used for qualifying this week. The boys leader, Tommy Smith of DesPlains, Ill., also competed at Sterling Lanes on Monday and shot 1,424. Qualifying continues Tuesday and Wednesday with the top 105 males of 1020 and 57 females of 471 including all ties after 18 games will advance to the semifinals.

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New Yorker gets off to perfect start at Junior Gold Championships

Sunnybrook Lanes, Sterling Lanes and Century Bowl in Detroit, Mich., USA (June 5-11, 2008)

2008JuniorGoldAdamChase_small.jpg As the players around him stopped bowling, Adam Chase of Seaford, N.Y., felt the pressure begin to grow. With nothing but strikes to begin the first game of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships, Chase was the center of attention. Three clutch, flush strikes later, Chase celebrated his first 300 game on USBC Sport Bowling lane conditions and was off to a perfect start to his opening qualifying round at Sterling Lanes in suburban Detroit on Monday. He finished the six-game block with 1,316, an average of 219 per game. After 18 games of qualifying, the top 105 males and 57 females (including all ties) will advance to the semifinals.

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Brown, Martinez look to defend Junior Gold titles

Sunnybrook Lanes, Sterling Lanes and Century Bowl in Detroit, Mich., USA (June 5-11, 2008)

2008CoCAdamMartinez_small.jpg 2008CoCJennyBrown_small.jpg Since winning last year's United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships, Jenny Brown of DeLand, Fla., and Adam Martinez of San Antonio have been on a journey any fellow youth bowler would envy. The pair have received advice from the best coaches in the world, competed alongside the best bowlers in the country on national television in Bowling's Clash of Champions and are now preparing for a stretch of the most important tournaments they have ever competed in.

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Indianapolis to host youth events in 2009, 2010

USBCYouthLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has reached an agreement to conduct the USBC Junior Gold Championships and the USBC Youth Open Championships in the Indianapolis metropolitan area in 2009 and 2010. "Indianapolis last hosted the Junior Gold event in 2005 and we were extremely pleased with the success of that year's event," USBC Director of Youth Development Brian Graham said. "The facilities available to us in the Indianapolis area are second to none, which makes that city a perfect fit for these extremely important youth championships."

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Georgia girl wins USBC's Annual Zeb Scholarship

2008ZebScholarshipNatalieDemarko_small.jpg In recognition of her academic success and community service, Natalie Demarko of Brunswick, Ga., has been named the winner of the United States Bowling Congress Annual Zeb Scholarship. The honor includes a $2,500 scholarship and an expense-paid trip to Detroit for Demarko and a parent or guardian to attend a formal awards ceremony July 11 at the close of the USBC Junior Gold Championships, a national event for high-average youth bowlers.



Junior Team USA players selected for international events

Two Floridians among eight tabbed to compete at World Youth Championships in Orlando

USBCYouthLogo_small.jpg Four boys and four girls from the 16-player Junior Team USA have been selected to compete at the World Youth Championships, scheduled for July 19-25 at Boardwalk Entertainment Center in Orlando, Fla. Two Florida natives - reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jenny Brown of DeLand and Michelle Carcagente of Palm Coast - join Emily Maier of Sparks, Nev., and Ricki Williams of Wichita, Kan., as girls team selections for the World Youth Championships, a biennial U-22 tournament being held for the first time in the United States.

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Twelve teens receive USBC's gift for life scholarships

Two awards earmarked for son and daughter of police, fire and rescue personnel

USBCYouthLogo.jpg Twelve teens from across the country have been selected to receive $1,000 Gift for Life Scholarships by the United States Bowling Congress. "Through the Gift for Life Scholarships we aim to provide hope and encouragement to our USBC Youth members who face financial hardships, often due to serious medical conditions that affect family finances," said USBC Chief Operating Officer Kevin Dornberger. USBC's Gift for Life Scholarships were established in honor of all who risk danger to save the lives of others and have been awarded annually since the 2001-02 bowling season.

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Jack Thomas selected to receive 2008 Kerm Helmer Horizon Award

2008KHHAwardJackThomas_small.jpg Bowling center manager and youth bowling proponent Jack Thomas of Sacramento, Calif., has been selected by the United States Bowling Congress to receive its 2008 Kerm Helmer Horizon Award for his efforts to establish and increase USBC Junior Gold and collegiate competition opportunities for young bowlers. The award, which annually honors a leader in the bowling community who has the vision to bring dreams to life, will be presented to Thomas on May 9 at the USBC Convention in Kansas City, Mo.



USBC Youth Volunteer, Coach and Ambassadors of the Year selected

Winners to be presented with awards at USBC Convention in Kansas City

2008VotYJohnFukasawa_small.jpg 2008CotYMikeNyitray_small.jpg John Fukasawa, Michael Nyitray, Kayla Chick and Kyle Calcote have been selected as recipients of United States Bowling Congress Youth recognition awards. Fukasawa, right, was named USBC Youth Program Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding efforts in fostering, operating and promoting youth bowling programs. Nyitray, left, was selected as the David Dahms Coach of the Year for his outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship, and knowledge of USBC Youth bowling rules.

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Viator, Burgoyne named to USBC youth development positions

Team USA 2007 members added to newly formed department

USBCYouthLogo_small.jpg Two members of Team USA in 2007, Brenda Viator and Amanda Burgoyne, have been named to positions in the newly formed Youth Development department within the United States Bowling Congress. Brenda Viator, 33, will serve as Program Developer with an emphasis on youth ages 13 and under. Amanda  Burgoyne, 23, will serve as Youth Tournament Coordinator - focusing on the USBC Youth Open Championships, USBC Junior Gold Championships and Pepsi USBC Youth Championships.

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