Adult and youth bowlers from North Carolina, Michigan, Florida and Kentucky stepped up to the challenge to earn United States Bowling Congress Sport Bowling national high average honors for the 2004-05 season.
Robert Way , Sanford, N.C., and Robin Crawford, Grand Rapids, Mich., earned the American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress (now United States Bowling Congress) Sport Bowling high average awards. Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., and Derek Roseberry, Louisville, Ky., earned the Young American Bowling Alliance (now USBC Youth) Sport Bowling high average honors.
To be eligible for the Sport Bowling national high average awards, members must have bowled a minimum of 48 games in the 2004-05 season.
In capturing the ABC honor with a 230.34 average in the Buffaloe Lanes North Sport Bowling League in Raleigh, N.C., Way, a left-hander, set the season average record for the Sport Bowling program.
"Sport Bowling definitely has helped my game and has made me a more versatile bowler," said Way, 35. "I think about hand position and ball speed and I'm learning to hook the ball more when I move inside on a Sport condition. Sport Bowling is helping me develop a 'B' game. I love it."
Crawford won her second straight WIBC Sport Bowling national high average honor by posting a 205.72 average in the Bowling Headquarters Sport League at Olympic Lanes in Milwaukee. Crawford's mark set a Sport Bowling season average record for women.
"Sport Bowling keeps me on top of my game," said the right-handed Crawford, 26. "Sport Bowling has made me a more focused and accurate player. It has helped me prepare for tournaments. Along with great coaching, Sport Bowling has helped my bowling career by showing me the areas that I need to work on within my game."
Crawford has made her mark on the bowling world by earning a spot on Team Canada since 2000, winning the 2001 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone singles championship, being named the 2000 WIBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow and bowling for Morehead State University's 1998 and 2000 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships team champions.
Galante earned the YABA girls' honor by averaging 194.05 in the Scott Russell Junior Gold Sport League at Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Fla. In the process, Galante set the female youth Sport Bowling season average record.
"I love the challenge," said the right-handed Galante, 16, a junior at Tarpon Springs High School who finished 30th in the 2005 USA Bowling National Amateur Championships (now USBC Team USA Championships). "Since a Sport Bowling condition is less forgiving than a house shot, it forces me to be more consistent. On a Sport Bowling shot, you have to think more."
Roseberry earned the YABA boys' honor by averaging 210.81 in the UABA Scholarship Sport League at KenBowl Lanes in Louisville.
"Sport Bowling has helped my spare game," said Roseberry, 16, a senior at Butler Traditional High School in Louisville. "My goal walking onto the lanes is to have a clean 30 [frames] in every set."
"USBC congratulates the Sport Bowling members across the nation who compiled the highest averages this past season," said USBC Chief Executive Officer Roger Dalkin, who competes in two Sport Bowling leagues. "We'd like to commend all Sport Bowling members for stepping up to the challenge. They are discovering first hand that challenging themselves on demanding lane conditions ultimately makes them better bowlers."
The following are the remaining top 10 ABC Sport Bowling average leaders and their final official averages as reported to USBC Sport Bowling: Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 228.67; Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 226.7; Eoff, 225.07; Mitch Sacks, Mundelein, Ill., 219.5; Eoff, 217.75; Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 215.29; Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 214.16; Rich Blake, Palatine, Ill., 214.15; Jeff Beasley, Garner, N.C., 213.25.
The following round out the remaining top 10 WIBC Sport Bowling average leaders and their final official averages as reported to USBC Sport Bowling: Anita Manns, Wichita, Kan., 200.33; Shannon Sellens, Independence, Mo., 199.4; Caroline Lagrange, Wichita, Kan., 197.46; Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill., 197.22; Jan Schmidt, Rochele, Ill., 196.88; Lisa Noor, Mound, Minn., 194.94; Kristal Scott, Wichita, Kan., 193.69; Kimberly Hunn, Hanover Park, Ill., 192.16; Leslie Rapach, Tallahassee, Fla., 190.3.
The following are the remaining top 10 YABA boys' Sport Bowling average leaders and their final official averages as reported to USBC Sport Bowling: Daniel Farish, Louisville, Ky., 205.3; Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 198.94; Terrance Reeves, Largo, Fla., 195.91; Ryan Brembs, St. Petersburg, Fla., 191.31; Reeves, Valrico, Fla., 191.14; Mark Scuderi, Rochester, N.Y., 188.18; Justin Foraker, Clearwater, Fla., 187.64; Jon Buckert, Rochester, N.Y., 184.95; Nick Secours, Brockport, N.Y., 184.78.
The following round out the remaining top 10 YABA girls' Sport Bowling average leaders and their final official averages as reported to USBC Sport Bowling: Josie Earnest, Fairview Heights, Ill., 192.28; Galante, 180.39; Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 177.41; Kelly Fecke, Palm Harbor, Fla., 174.46; Jessica Earnest, Fairview Heights, Ill., 174; Crystal Stutler, Clearwater, Fla., 173.59; Stutler, 172.26; Amanda Fogarty, Spencerport, N.Y., 172.17; Ashley Bazemore, Louisville, Ky., 171.88.
Bowlers who competed in multiple Sport Bowling leagues may be listed more than once in the top average lists.
Way and Crawford will receive the distinctive Sport Bowling Crystal Pin award, symbolic of their accomplishments. Galante and Roseberry will receive the new youth Sport Bowling Acrylic Star Award.
By Patrick Brettingen