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Youth Athlete of the Month

JUNE

Join us in congratulating Breanna Clemmer as we announce her as the Youth Athlete this month.

Current age – 19
Current location – Lebanon, Illinois
Current school GPA – 3.4
Current coach – Shannon and Bryan O’Keefe

Athletes Biography –

I started bowling at the age of 2 with my grandpa and my uncle coaching me along the way, a couple of years later I entered my first competition at the age of 12 and realized that this was something that I wanted to continue. After that I began to train with Jack Ness, Joey Clinton, and Chuck Gardner II and went to compete at the Junior Gold Championships and won my first title at the age of 14. Two years after that I won the U20 girls division at the Junior Gold Championships and made Jr. Team USA.

Latest Achievements –
Making Jr. Team USA 2017-18, 2017 NCAA National Team title, 2017 ITC National Team title, 12 Bagger YBT Tournament Champion (U20 Girls)

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?
I have two; making Junior Team USA 2014-18, and striking in the 10th to help McKendree women’s team win its first NCAA title.

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?
Shannon O’Keefe is my favorite professional women’s bowler because she pushes all her players to be the best at what they love to do, and she loves the sport of bowling with all her heart. Shannon works unbelievable grueling day’s in and day out to make sure that her bearcat family is taken care of, and she has no idea how much that means to each player. When we are down she picks us up and tells us to reach for our dreams no matter how high they are. She also has an amazing work ethic, and when something does not go as planned, she picks herself up, works hard, and tries again.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?
Work hard, practice your spares (strikes help, but spares are what wins the game), listen to your parents/coaches and always follow your dreams. You may think you are always right, but 95% of the time you are not, the people who support you and bring you to tournaments are your biggest fans and you should cherish that with all your heart.

 

 

MAY

We are thrilled to announce Alex Glinski as the Youth Athlete this month.


Current Age: 18
Current Location: Linfield, Pennsylvania
Current School: Spring-Ford
Current Coach/Home Center: Krista Sandt Limerick Bowling Center

Biography:
Started bowling at the age of 3 years old and ever since I threw the first ball I knew bowling was my passion. At the age of 5 I started my first bowling league without bumpers. Fast forwarding to around the age of 13, I shot my very first 300 game. With years of practicing and getting better I have won many tournaments at my home house and in local PJBT Tournaments. When I was 15 years old I competed in my first ever Junior Gold tournament and placed 37th out of over 1400 other competitors. A year later I competed in my first Teen Masters Tournament and placed 28th out of over 200 competitors. With the years going by and by the age of 18 I can say that I have competed in a total of 3 Junior Gold events including this years competition.

Latest Achievements:
I have achieved many 300 (18) games as well as 800 (10) games. In the 2015-2016 season I have also been awarded the Marc Gaines Sportsmanship Bowler of the Year through a vote in the PJBT Tournaments.

The proudest moment in my bowling career would have to be making my first ever Junior Gold event.

My favorite PBA bowler is Wes Malott and he has been my all time favorite bowler because he shows dedication and heart when he bowls.

For all the young Athletes in the bowling world, the number one thing I would say to them is that there is no E.N.D. (Effort Never Dies).

 

 

APRIL

We are thrilled to announce Hunter Harper as the Youth Athlete this month.

Current Age: 13
Current Location: Dallas, GA
Current School/GPA:  East Paulding Middle School
Current Coach/Home Center: Jonathan Griggs/Brunswick Zone Austell 

Athletes Biography: 

My name is Hunter Harper. I have been bowling since the age of 4. Started on league at age 6 at Brunswick Zone Austell. Since I have been bowling, I have accomplished goals I set for myself. My highest series is 656, during my Saturday league at Brunswick Zone Austell. This year I started the Junior Gold league at Stars and Strikes in Dallas, GA. My first year bowling, I qualified for Ohio in July.  I was asked to be on Georgia Allstars Team USA this year. Our team was 4th over all in pin fall. We qualified in the top 7 for the regionals. 

Athletes Latest Achievements: 
Bowled 656 high series 
Qualified for Jr Gold in Ohio 
Joined Georgia Allstars Team USA 

1. What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?  
Bringing my average up in the past two months. 

2. Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?  
Jason Sterner. He is a great bowler who loves the game.  He has worked hard to get to where he is today. 

3. What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling? Practice your skills and never give up. 

Join us in congratulating Hunter this month.

 

MARCH

We are thrilled to announce Brianna Archabal as the Youth Athlete this month. Brianna has an amazing spirit and encouraging outlook for youth bowling.

Current Age: 9
Current Location: Boise, Idaho
Current School/GPA: 3rd grade, Maple Grove Elementary just had 5 A's and 1 B
Current Coach/Home Center: Scot Archabal, Meridian Bowling Lanes

She started bowling league at 3 years old, she currently bowls league once a week and tournaments. She loves everything about bowling, her favorite part is helping others and of course suggesting new equipment they need. She hopes to one-day bowl in college and compete at PBA events.

Athletes Latest Achievements:
1st place Idaho gold & silver tournament
High state average for 15-16 season for age
Just shot her highest score of 224 clean!

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career? Shooting my first 200 and not realizing it, I was focused and having fun at the same time. And when Ben Laughlin let me throw his last strike at the pro-am for a 300!

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person? Parker Bohn - He's really nice and respectful. He never gives up and always has a good attitude.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?
You can bowl however you want to bowl; your style is exactly that, your style. Always follow through on your release. Smile it makes bowling better. Practice, and shoot your spares they are really important!

Join us in congratulating Brianna this month. As our youngest youth athlete of the month thus far, we can't wait to see what you will continue to do with your bowling.

 

 

FEBRUARY

We are pleased to announce Makenna Mitchell as the Youth Athlete of the Month.

My name is Makenna Mitchell. I am 18 years old and currently a freshman at Adrian College. While being in high school, I was on the honor roll for 4 years and named a Michigan Scholar. I have also taken college courses on top of traveling for bowling. I have been bowling for 13 years and am a 4-year varsity bowler. During those 13 years, I have attended bowling camps with professional bowlers, bowled for junior gold, qualified for the Pepsi Scholarship tournaments and underwent shoulder surgery. Aside from bowling, I am a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church and a 9-year member of the Burr Oak 4-H Club. I am not only the photographer for the club but I also participate in multiple community service opportunities.

As a freshman I made it to state. I averaged 169 on the middle road pattern and had a high game of 221 for the season. With it being my first year on varsity, making it to state was a great learning experience. Instead of attending a bowling camp that year, I continued the Saturday league I was on. The more I bowled, the more things started to go downhill.

Sophomore year I averaged 159 on the middle road challenge pattern. That year I went on to attend a bowling camp to take my skills to the next level. I went to the camp and met several professional bowlers that video tapped, taught, and showed me where my strengths and weaknesses were. There I learned that it is important to do what I love to do and to always have a positive mind set; you can’t succeed and do better if you don’t have a positive mind.

Junior year was the year of many ups and downs for me; but there was one to especially remember. It was my 3rd year on varsity and I was named captain and MVP of the team. I received certificates for high average and most valuable player for the 3rd year in a row. I averaged 172 and had a high game of 211. I cherished every moment that I had with my team. During the past 3 bowling seasons, the pain in my right shoulder got worse. In June of 2015 I finally gone and got it checked out. I was told that I had to have 6 weeks of physical therapy before I could have an MRI performed. The 6 weeks had come and gone and the pain was still there; nothing was helping. In July I finally got the MRI that I had been waiting for. We got a call 3 days later telling us that the MRI showed a 50% torn rotator cuff and I needed to have surgery as soon as possible. We then got referred to Dr. Highhouse in Kalamazoo. When we told him everything I had done and explained that nothing was working, he set surgery for August 4th. After a few hours we got good news – I didn’t have a torn rotator cuff. I did however, have a lot of inflammation that was bursitis and that needed to be removed.

Finally, my senior year, I was doing better than ever! After having surgery, I was now averaging 205 on the Allen pattern. I was top bowler in the conference and had a chance of being named All-State. I had already broken my own school record for series 3 times and broke the high game record. My high game is 278 and high series is 466. After looking back on my 3 years and seeing my average decreasing from my shoulder, and then to come back with a 205 average is an incredible accomplishment. This year I am also captain of the team for the 2nd year in a row and have the high average.

As a freshman in college, I have seen a lot of ups and downs. I looked at all schools that had bowling teams and thought the one that I chose was where I wanted to be. After placing fourth at tryouts, I only bowled 4 frames within 3 months and only traveled once. After being verbally abused by the coach quite often, my grades started to suffer and I had to make the biggest decision of my life. I decided to withdrawal from the team. It is very rough but I am happier and don’t have to worry about whether I am going to leave practice crying or not.

Current Age: 18
Current Location: Sturgis, MI
Current School/GPA: Freshman at Adrian College 3.3
Current Coach/Home Center: Scott Spahr/ Sturgis Bowl

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career? Having the highest average ever for the Women in the Wolverine Conference.

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Chuck Gardner made a huge impact on my life when I went to their bowling camp a couple years ago in Indianapolis. But since he doesn't really bowl anymore, I would have to say Parker Bohn III. We have known Parker for a while because he is family to our friends and he has always answered the phone when we call him to ask him questions. He also helped me a lot at the bowling camps I went to.

Why do you look up to and/or admire this person? They both do everything they can to help you and make sure you are where you want to be.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?
Follow your dreams. If you want to bowl in college, then push towards that goal. But if it ends up being something you weren't expecting and you aren't happy, then make the decision that is right for you. There are so many other opportunities to bowl. Don't let someone else ruin the sport for you.

Latest Achievements:
Four year varsity athlete
Four year all conference
Highest average for women in the wolverine conference
3 year Team High Average
3 year MVP
2 year Team Captain
State Qualifier (team and individual)
Youth Championship Top 10.

 

 

JANUARY

We are pleased to announce Brandon Magennis as the Youth Athlete of the Month.


We asked Brandon a few questions about himself and his bowling career so far and here is what he had to say -

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?
Winning the 2016 Leatherneck Classic as a member of the Lindenwood University Belleville Varsity Bowling Team

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?
Parker Bohn III, because he is left handed like me and very versatile on lane conditions and lane play. He is a positive role model to the youth of our sport today.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?
Have dedication in your practices and always stay positive and confident in your abilities also, to continue to strive for excellence.

 

 

DECEMBER

We are extremely excited to announce Taylor Ausec as the Youth Athlete of the Month.

We asked Taylor a few questions about himself and his bowling career so far and here is what he had to say -

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?
My proudest moment is coaching young bowlers. I love watching their improvement from week to week and the joy they experience when they have success.

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?
Chris Barnes is my favorite PBA bowler because of his class and composure while winning but also in defeat.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?
Persevere. Bowling may seem easy on the surface but it takes time and lots of practice to master the skills. Set attainable goals and do what is necessary to reach them but never forget to have fun.

 

OCTOBER

We are proud to announce Calaeb Sapa as the Youth Athlete of the Month for October 2016.

Calaeb's coach, Mark Brown, gave us a little insight into who he is, on and off the lanes.

"Calaeb Sapa is a great kid. After adjusting a ball to fit his hand from a growth spurt, I started working with him and helping him back in January of this year. Calaeb is a good student and loves the sport. He is very enthusiastic about learning everything that revolves around bowling. Calaeb has started a little bowling throughout the state and is trying to bowl in every bowling center here in ND to bring awareness to the sport and help get new kids to bowl. He has a Facebook page set up for his adventures and takes pictures and videos at each bowling center to see. He also has a huge heart for others and is trying to figure out how to get kids involved in his area that can not afford to bowl, as well as putting together a fundraiser in the near future. - Mark Brown"

We asked Calaeb a few questions about his bowling career so far and here is what he had to say -

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?

His first city bowling tournament at Red Ray Lanes when he brought home (3) 1st place awards.

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?

Jason Belmonte because he has a great style of bowling, he is a humble person, he does great things with kids, he's charitable and he admires his sportsmanship.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?

It doesn't matter if you win or lose, you just go out and have some fun. Just bowl your game and go with your gut instincts. It is a great way to meet and make new friends.

 

 

AUGUST

We are proud to announce Jaylen Zaragoza as the Youth Athlete of the Month for August 2016.

Usually if he is not at a bowling alley, he is talking about bowling. Practice, practice, practice is all he wants to do.

We asked Jaylen a few questions about his bowling career so far and here is what he had to say -

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?

"My proudest moment so far in my bowling career is when I won the South Carolina youth Pepsi tournament to make it to my first Junior Gold tournament."

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?

"My favorite bowler of all time is Jason Belmonte. I look up to him because he always keeps a level head while bowling and has had a very successful career so far. He has helped grow the sport of bowling even if some people do not agree with his style."

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?

"My advice for young athletes just getting started in bowling is don't get mad whenever you do bad, don't get sad when you lose, and practice a lot. Also, listen to your coaches."

 

JULY

We are proud to announce Madison Janack as the first Youth Athlete of the Month. Madison is a wonderful example of integrity, honesty, professionalism and respect and we are excited to see how she will continue to grow and make a difference in the bowling industry.

We asked Madison a few questions just the other day about her bowling career - here is what she said:

What is your proudest moment so far in your bowling career?

The most memorable moment was when I won my first TSR Tournament when I was 13. After throwing my last ball I looked back at my father and seen him in tears because he was so proud.

The proudest moment I've had was last year which was my first year in Tough Shots Tour U-20 girls division. I won the year end Masters Tournament and was also name Bowler of the Year. It was the proof I needed that Hard Work Pays Off!

Who is your favorite PBA or WPBA bowler of all time? Why do you look up to and/or admire this person?

My favorite bowler is Jason Sterner. He is the hardest worker on tour and his dedication to the sport is really unparalleled in terms of the effort he puts in to be successful on the lanes. I have been able to meet him a few times and he's given me words of encouragement about my game and tells me to continue working hard to reach my goals. He's been a great mentor and role model for me.

What advice do you have for young athletes getting started in bowling?

Bowling is a great sport. Everyone can participate from recreational play, youth or fun leagues or even if you have a disability anyone can enjoy it. But most importantly is to have FUN. If you decide you want to take your game more serious set yourself yearly goals that your able to achieve (example increase average over previous years, bowl your first 200 game or 600 series). Don't get discouraged if your bowling bad as everyone is going to have bad days. It's how you react and bounce back that determines how great of a bowler you are. Also use motivational quotes to fuel you to become the best bowler you can be. Here are a couple of my favorites.

"Work so hard that one day your signature becomes an autograph."

"You earn your trophies at practice. You just pick them up at tournaments.”

 

Do you know a youth athlete that we should know about?? We’d love hear their story. Please send your youth athlete submissions to bowl4lifefoundation@gmail.com. 
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