Junior bowlers win college money

January 6, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Not too early for junior bowlers to start stockpiling some money for college. Several from Strike Zone Bowling Center in Huntington gave it a shot at the Junior Tournament at Galaxy Lanes in Charleston. Two made the cut and one cashed.

In U15 Boys, Casey Lusk shot 215 to lead Set 1. Four bowlers advanced. Lusk shot 167 in the next round to finish third and collected $55 in SMART Scholarship money. Micah Clay won and got $175 and Jayden Barkley was second worth $100. There was $335 total in that pot.

In U20 Boys, Sam Clay placed third in Set 1 in the championship round with a 228. He got beat in the semifinal match and settled for fourth. Jacob Dempsey won the division and $200, A.J. Varner second for $100 and Logan Varner third for $50. In the four-game eliminator bowled on the 40-foot Golden Arch pattern, Clay shot two 279s games and placed second with 964.

The total SMART Scholarship prize fund was $1,140. The Grand Total reached $1,290.There were three Strike Challenges worth $50 each. Lusk, Logan Varner and Landon Barkley won one each.

BIG NUMBERS: Several area bowlers wasted no time in getting into tournaments in 2019. They competed in the Year’s Day Tournament at Victory Lanes in Springfield, Ohio.

Kyle Arthur, a Storm bowling equipment rep, shot 940 in the first four-game block, but didn’t get to the next round as only 24 of the 103 total entries moved on. Arthur shot a pair of 268s plus a 198 and 206 in the finale. Chris Priode of Portsmouth, Ohio, who competes in the Storm Eastern Heights Men’s League on Mondays at Strike Zone, came close. He rolled 222, 233, 300 and then 200 for 955 and 26th. It took 965 to advance.

Joel Ray dominated action from the second game on and won with 2,141. He started with a 201, then reeled off games of 289, 280, 278, 263, 279, 262 and 289 in his finale. Devin Hoffer was second with 1,976 on games of 258, 259, 246, 247, 200, 253, 215 and 298.

Once cut to 24 bowlers, there were two more games and 12 advanced to the final round for two more games. Priode’s 300 was one of three on the day.

WIFE WINS: Dawn Turner posted 224-276-208 for a 708 series Thursday night in the Texas Roadhouse/Elite Paint & Body League at Strike Zone. Her husband Terry had 217-252-200 for 669. Must have been interesting conversation on the way home. That news comes courtesy of Karen Fischer on her Facebook post. Fischer also put in long hours to line up entries from Huntington to compete in the Tennessee USBC State Tournament on Feb. 23-24 in Murfreesboro. She still has an opening to fill out a team. For those who have full teams, entries close Jan. 15. Contact Karen at her Facebook site or the Huntington USBC Facebook page.

TOURNAMENT IDEAS: David Allen hopes to run tournaments on Sundays at Dixie Lanes in Grayson, Kentucky. No-tap, scotch doubles, whatever format bowlers like. Contact Allen with ideas on his Facebook page.

PBA TOUR: The championship round in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic airs at 11 a.m. Sunday on FS1. The top 12 bowlers after 12 games rolled six more games Saturday to determine the five finalists for the stepladder finals at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. The Classic is the first event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

JUNIOR GOLD QUALIFIERS: Remaining dates are Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. Host center is Holiday Lanes in Weirton, West Virginia. Age divisions are U12, U15, U17 and U20. Format is 5-game scratch qualifiers based on total pinfall for placement. Entry fee $50. Bowling starts at 10 a.m. Qualifiers advance to national tournament in July in Detroit. Forms and more details available at www.bowlwv.com.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. Email him at bigdogdown@gmail.com.

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