Young bowlers receive help for college

mchbowl@aol.comApril 23, 2013 

— Kyle Simi has been awarded the Modesto USBC Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2013. It provides Simi $2,000 to pursue his studies at Weber International University in Florida. The Big Valley Christian senior has been active in baseball, choir and drama. He plans to study sports management and hopes to work in baseball or bowling.

Simi plans to bowl on Weber International's team and train in the Kegel Training Center, touted as a state-of-the-art training center for bowling. Simi has bowled for 14 years with a 300 and an 806 series. His highest average is 225 — so far.

Simi also won the Director's Scholarship for $125, along with Melissa and Allen Karle. Melissa is attending Waterford High and graduates in 2014. She hopes to become a music teacher. Allen will be graduating from Waterford High School in 2016 and he hopes to become a pro bowler.

If you want to see some of the best bowlers in Modesto, the 2013 USBC Scratch Championships rolls Saturday. The field is made up of the nine top-average men and three top-average women from each house. The Scratch Championships start at McHenry at 10 a.m. with three games, then moves to Yosemite for three more. Total score determines the winner.

Congratulations to Garrett Johns of the Monday Madness league; he bowled his first perfect game.

Teammates Nancy Speltz, Roxanne Grubb and Jan Vigneau won the Yosemite Ladies Luncheon No-Tap Tournament with a 2,234 total. In second were Evelyn White, Pat Baskin and Debbie Britt at 2,213 with Lina Carlson, Angie Bosio and Anja DeBoer in third (2,209).

Ann Zuidema, Anja DeBoer and Marion Roberts teamed to win the McHenry Mixed Kegler Trio Tournament with a 2,582 score. The Swickard team — Beth, Gary and Ray Sr. — were second at 2,492. In third were Fritz Klatt, David Brown and Jay Faughn (2,423).

Larry Valenti Sr. and Norman Williams both rolled no-tap 300s in the last game to boost them into first place (1,716) in the "Any Doubles Will Do" no-tap at McHenry. Ken Thomas and Gary Pattee were second (1,708) with Claudelle Bonaccinie and Jay Faughn third (1,698). Pattee and Faughn also had no-tap 300s.

The Senior 55 and Older No-Tap Tourney at Yosemite rolls Friday at 1 p.m.

The April Scratch 6-Gamer rolls at Yosemite on Sunday at noon using the PBA Viper Pattern.

Winter bowling is winding down, and the summer league sign-ups have begun. Schedules are out for the short leagues starting May 12 and running through August. Merchandise and trip package leagues are offered, plus the regular lineup of handicap and scratch programs. For Yosemite Lanes contact Wayne at (209) 524-9161; for McHenry Bowl contact Pam (209) 571-2695.

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