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Bowl4life Eileens Bowling Buddies Athlete of the Month - November
Congratulations to Malaya Chavez of Plainfield Illinois
Malaya is a graduate of Troy Middle School, and this year won the IESA state tournament title for individuals. In the process of winning she set a new state record for 4 game qualifying with a series of 897, and then continued to out pace the field to set a 10 game record of 2200. Malaya was also was named JAYUSBC (Joliet Area Youth USBC) Prep Princess, which is achieved through points gained but having High Association Average, High Game, and High Series for the age group. Malaya has an outstanding attitude on and off the lanes. She is always cheering for team mates and competitors alike. She took on leadership roles with her teams, provides support, compassion and encouragement to those she competes with.
Malaya volunteers her time to St Joe's park and with Feed My Starving Children, which provides prepackaged meals to children around the world. Malaya also volunteers her time to help at area tournaments where she can be in a center and watching and learning those around her.
Malaya joined her sister at Joliet West High School in the fall and will be a key for the program's continued success.
Congratulations Malaya! Continue the great work on and off the lanes.
Bowl4Life is proud to announce the Eileens Bowling Buddy and Bowl4Life August Athlete of the Month.
Congratulations to Joshua Collins
Joshua Collins has been bowling competitively for 6 seasons since he was 9 years old. At 10 years of age, Joshua won the Georgia State Superlative award for throwing the highest scratch game, highest scratch series and holding the highest league average in the state of Georgia, U12 Boys Division. The following season (2015) Joshua threw the highest 1 round series of all U12 Boys in the state of Georgia during the 1st round of the state Pepsi Tournament. The following season, (2016) Joshua followed suit again by throwing the highest 1st round series in Georgia during the Pepsi Tournament, U12 Boys Division on challenging sport conditions. At the same tournament Joshua bowled a 724 three game series in the final round at Pepsi to finish 2nd place in the state. That same season Joshua's U12 USA Bowling team won the Coastal South USA Bowling Regional Tournament with Joshua at the Anchor. The second day of the tournament, Joshua bowled in 9 straight baker games without 1 single open frame from Joshua! He had a clean day. With Joshua at the helm, his team swept the bracket without losing 1 single match to win the tournament. At the USA Bowling National Tournament that season, Joshua's team went 14 and 1 to enter the bracket as the number 1 seed in the nation. Joshua's team once again rolled through the bracket at the 16 team national tournament against the other 15 USA Bowling regional championship teams. Joshua's team entered the inaugural USA Bowling National Championship TV final as the #1 seed in America. At 12 years old, Joshua bowled on CBS Sports for the National Championship, U12 Division, finishing 2nd place in the nation.
In 2017, Joshua's first year in the U15 division, Joshua yet again threw the highest scratch series in the state of Georgia during the first round of the state Pepsi Tournament. Joshua again finished 2nd overall that season at the Pepsi Tournament. In 2018 at the State Pepsi, Joshua threw the highest scratch game in the state all ages in the first round of the state Pepsi tournament advancing to the 2nd and subsequently the 3rd round of the Pepsi. In 2018, Joshua finally closed the deal by finishing 1st at the State Pepsi Tournament, U15 Boys Division. The same season at the Regional, Georgia Youth Bowlers Tour, Tournament of Champions, Joshua won scholarships for the bowling the highest scratch game and series during 1 of the 3 rounds of the 2 day tournament. Joshua entered the step ladder in the number 4 position and proceeded to walk down the entire step ladder to finish as the TOC U15B Champion the same season that he won the Pepsi State Tournament. The same season at the USA Bowing National Tournament, Joshua's U15 baker team went 13-2 at the National Qualifier to once again enter the Bracket as the #1 seed in the nation. Joshua's team finished 5 overall nationally that season. Joshua finished 61st at the Junior Gold national tournament making it to the advancers round and finishing plus for the day in a very respectable fashion. In 2018, Joshua was invited to attend the Bowling Combine at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington TX. Along with the rest of the boys and young men who were invited to the combine, Joshua was evaluated for 3 days and given a PET (Performance Evaluation Test) score ranking him along with the other 35 boys in attendance from across the United States. Joshua finish the 2018 Combine as the #1 ranked boy, with the highest PET score of all boys in attendance in the nation. Joshua received the highest spare shooting score of all boys in attendance at only 14 years old, having just finished the 9th grade which is the youngest you can even be considered for Combine selection and attendance. Joshua had the highest 10 pin conversion percentage and the highest baby split conversion percentage of all male bowlers at the combine. Joshua had the 3rd highest athleticism score of all Combine participants the majority of which were 2 to 4 years older than Joshua. Truly remarkable for a boy that young to receive such high evaluation scores. Joshua finished the 2018 season with the highest league average in Georgia, U15 Boys Division with a 215.
In the 2018-2019 season, Joshua's U15 USA Bowling Team, for the third year consecutively, won the Southeast Regional Championship by sweeping the Bracket. At the 2018 Coastal Classic, Storm Youth Championship in Myrtle Beach, Joshua threw the highest scratch 8 game series at Planet fun of all U15 Boys from approximately 20 different states including several Junior Gold Champions. Joshua won a gold medal for his series. What was equally impressive is that series was second highest series thrown at Planet fun over the entire tournament in all age divisions including U20 Boys. Joshua won a bronze medal for 3rd highest overall total pin count, all rounds combined, at the Coastal Classic SYC, U15 Boys Division. His total pin count would have placed him 5th in the U20 Boys division. This season Joshua threw a sanctioned 300 game during league and an 807 pre-bowl series. Joshua currently holds the highest season league youth average in Georgia with a 228 after 66 games. Joshua has earned his Level 1 coaching certification with the USBC. Joshua Collins is unquestionably a dominant and an accomplished youth bowler as well as an outstanding high school student. Joshua is a great ambassador for the sport of bowling.
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