FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Blair Blumenscheid
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) invited athletes and their families to returned to the Coastal Carolinas the first weekend of October. The event was held in two bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina. These bowling centers have hosted this event four years consecutively and their support of the SYC ensures our event run efficiently from start to finish.
“The SYC Coastal Classic is a favorite event for our SYC families to attend,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator said. “We’re grateful that families choose to support the events and work together to give these talented youth athletes the opportunity to compete. Though the event looked a little different than it has in past years, the staff at the bowling centers helped us create a safe environment where new friends were made, scholarship was awarded, champions were named, and family memories were created.”
All SYC athletes competed in two rounds on two challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of five games and the tournament is composed of five different divisions determined by gender and age (U18 Boys, U18 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U12 Mixed Division). The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal.
After both rounds were complete, each division was cut in half and those competitors who advanced returned to bowl five additional games on Sunday morning on a new pattern at Planet Fun.
After the third round of competition was complete, tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Trophy, a new champions banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $16,725.00 scholarship fund to the youth bowlers.
In the U12 division, Matteo Quintero, of Smyrna, TN, a member of the 2020 Storm Youth All-American Team, earned his third in a row title on the lanes at the Coastal Classic. Even through a mask, you can always see Matteo’s smile. Though Matteo suffered a muscle strain on Saturday, he battled through the injury to claim the title on Sunday. He added a gold and silver medal to his collection in addition to the coveted SYC trophy and banner.
In the U15 girl’s division, Kaitlyn Stull, of Raleigh, North Carolina, joined the elite club of SYC champions who in addition to claiming the title, earned a gold medal in every round. She averaged 206 to capture her second SYC title. In the U15 boy’s division, Rylan Breese, of Wilmington, North Carolina, made his return to the lanes near the end of the summer after taking a break from competition. Rylan has always been a fierce competitor on the lanes, but his mom shared with us that she encouraged him to set makeable goals for himself as he returned. Rylan demolished the goal for the weekend, averaging 209 for the event to capture his third title.
Jillian Martin, a member of the Storm Youth All-American Team, is a familiar name in the youth bowling arena and continues to achieve new milestones as she continues to learn on the lanes. Her love for the game is evident with every shot she throws. Jillian, of Stow, Ohio, averaged 219 finishing 316 pins ahead of second place to claim her sixth title. In the U18 boy’s division, a tight race came down to the final game of the tournament. Carter Street, of Dublin, Ohio, rolled a 246 in his final game of the third round to edge out Julian Salinas to capture his first SYC title.
In addition to the overall champions, the top three athletes in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round.
Overall Medalists: U12 Mixed – Matteo Quintero (gold), Joseph De Guzman (silver), Ben Linares (bronze). U15 Boys– Rylan Breese (gold), Aidan Furukawa (silver), Bud Sicard (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Morgan Kline (silver), Haley Swindle (bronze). U18 Boys– Carter Street (gold), Julian Salinas (silver), James Bennett (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Brianna Rogers (silver), Juliana Sams (bronze).
The Medalists on the KEGEL Planet Fun: U12 Mixed – Matteo Quintero (gold), Joseph De Guzman (silver), Ben Linares (bronze). U15 Boys– Aidan Furukawa (gold), Anthony Hornick (silver), Bud Sicard (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Haley Swindle (silver), Gianna Brandolino (bronze). U18 Boys– Brandon Bohn (gold), Julian Salinas (silver), Joshua Maslanich (bronze-tie) Spencer Robarge (bronze-tie). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Lilu Smith (silver), Brianna Rogers (bronze).
The Medalists on the KEGEL Little River: U12 Mixed – Ben Linares (gold), Matteo Quintero (silver), Joseph De Guzman (bronze). U15 Boys– Lucas Ellis (gold), Rylan Breese (silver), Aidan Furukawa (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Kayla Starr (silver), Morgan Kline (bronze). U18 Boys– James Bennett (gold), Gilbert King (silver), Julian Salinas (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Natalie Kent (silver), Brooklyn Gagnon (bronze).
The Medalists on FINAL: U12 Mixed – Jos Weems (gold), Cameron Morton (silver), Joseph De Guzman (bronze). U15 Boys– Rylan Breese (gold), Bud Sicard (silver), Micah Voorhis (bronze). U15 Girls– Kaitlyn Stull (gold), Haley Swindle (silver), Sydney Bohn (bronze). U18 Boys– Carter Street (gold), Blake Martin (silver), James Bennett (bronze). U18 Girls– Jillian Martin (gold), Brianna Rogers (silver), Maribeth Baker (bronze).
Every athlete who entered the tournament received a Storm Omega Crux bowling ball.
Giving back is an important part of the SYC and athletes come together to raise funds all weekend long for Ballard vs. the Big “C” which supports continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey. $10 of every entry will go directly to BVBC to continue to fight the war against cancer. SYC athletes raised $1,570 at the SYC Coastal Classic and have contributed $9,670 to BVBC in 2020.
The owners of Logo Infusion, Ken and Kathy Keegan joined us at the beach to provide apparel for the SYC. Logo Infusion is the official jersey partner of the SYC and creates customized jerseys to help commemorate each of our events. They have also created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth athletes to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. They awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Lilu Smith and Spiros Schenk were chosen as the recipients and will each receive a $250 scholarship.
We’re proud to partner with great companies to enhance the SYC experience at events including Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Bowlers Journal International. The event was livestreamed over the two days on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page and scores were uploaded live through the official scoring system of the Storm Youth Championships, BowlMetrix.
The final event of the 2020 SYC Tour will take place in Orlando on November 7-8. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. The 2021 SYC Tour Schedule will be announced in mid-November.
For final results of all rounds of competition and for more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at http://www.stormbowling.com/SYC.
About Storm Products, Inc.
Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm and Roto Grip Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.
# # #