11-Year-Old Boy Youngest
to Roll Perfect Game
in USBC's NYS History
Rockville Centre Lanes Places
Stephen Winley Jr. on "Wall of Fame"
AUGUST 4, 2016 — Eleven-year-old Stephen Winley Jr. of Laurelton has had the perfect summer — literally — as he bowled a perfect game on July 26 at Rockville Centre Lanes.
A member of RVC Lanes' Adult/Junior League, which is USBC certified, Stephen set the crowd roaring when he rolled a 300 game — making him the youngest bowler to ever score a USBC-certified perfect game in New York State.
Stephen turned 11 on April 27, making him 11 years and 3 months old -- a month younger younger than Long Island's Alex Cavagnaro, who was 11 years, 4 months and 28 days old when he reached perfection on Nov. 17, 1995. Cavagnaro posted another 300 game 10 days later on Nov. 27, 1995.
Sam Arnone of Rochester was 11 1/2 years old when he rolled a 300 game on Dec. 19, 1993 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Ithaca.
"Perfect games are always exciting — even during elite competition when adults bowl them," said John LaSpina, President of Maple Family Centers, which operates RVC Lanes and four additional bowling centers in New York and Florida. "Having a junior bowler do it was even more exciting. The center erupted when Stephen rolled his final strike."
LaSpina was present for the momentous occasion and documented it on video, which appears on Rockville Centre Lanes' Facebook page.
"We posted the video on all our centers' Facebook pages and the reach has been really strong with an estimated combined viewing of about 10,000 people," he noted.
2016 NYS USBC Annual Meeting
ADVANCING THE COLORS: Amber Lupi of Schenectady carries the New York State flag as her fellow NYS Youth Leaders follow her to start the 5th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on Saturday, June 4 at The Radisson Albany. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.
NYS Youth Leaders' Officers
NYS YOUTH LEADER OFFICERS: New York State Youth Leader officers for the 2016-17 season are, from left, Kasey Kosier, Schenectady USBC Youth, first vice president; Katie Lynch, Troy USBC, second vice president; Courtney Gervais, Staten Island USBC, president; Chrsitian Osterhoudt, Catskill Mountain USBC Youth, secretary-treasurer, and Jessica Shufelt, Troy USBC, sergeant-at-arms.
Color Brochure Highlights
Youth Benefits Provided
by New York State USBC
NOVEMBER 13, 2015 -- The New York State USBC has created a high-quality, color tri-fold brochure outlining the benefits and services it provides to youth bowlers.
The brochure touches upon state championship tournaments for youth, Youth Education Services scholarships and grants, the NYS Youth Leaders program and NYS USBC-sponsored coaching clinics and seminars. It also has a page listing the benefits of USBC membership -- valuable information to local associations as they work to retain their members and recruit new members.
The brochures are available to local associations for distribution to youth league directors, parents and bowling centers. Please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a supply of these brochures. The NYS USBC will mail them to local associations free of charge.
By working together we can ensure a Future for the Sport!
CLICK HERE to view the outside panel of the brochure.
CLICK HERE to view the inside panel of the brochure.
12-year-old Zack Bogholtz
Records Perfect Game
UPDATED - JAN. 7, 2016
JAN. 5, 2016 -- Twelve-year-old Zachary Bogholtz of Nassau (Albany USBC) rolled a USBC-certified 300 game in the Youth Semi-Classic League at East Greenbush Bowling Center on Dec. 19.
The right-hander reached perfection in the first game of his four-game session during which he posted an impressive 913 total. A seventh grader at Goff Middle School, he holds a 184 average.
Zack bowls for the Columbia High School junior varsity team and recently qualified for the Huck Finn Tournament Adult-Junior Doubles semifinals. He is the son of Rick and Melissa Bogholtz, both 200-plus average bowlers.
According to Mark McClain, Rochester bowling historian, Zack is among the youngest New Yorkers to register a USBC-certified 300 game, but not the youngest.
Sam Arnone of Rochester was 11 1/2 years old when he reached perfection on Dec. 19, 1993 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Ithaca.
Justin Sokolowski of Buffalo shot a sanctioned perfect game at Brad Angelo Lanes, in Lockport, on May 12, 2010, at the age of 12 years, 2 months and 16 days.
Jeff Blind of Rochester, was 12 1/2 years old when he rolled a 300 game on Jan. 29, 2005 at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster. Amy Brongo of Honeoye Falls was 13 years old when she hit the 300 mark at Fairview Lanes in Fairport on June 29, 1990.
If anyone has more information regarding the youngest New Yorkers to bowl a perfect game, please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at email@example.com.
The In-School Bowling program is a vital step to developing a new generation of bowlers, creating awareness about the lifetime sport of bowling and showcasing bowling as an activity without participation barriers. Operating as an extension of the bowling center, it provides the scholastic community "A Lane of New Opportunities" as budgets are cut and educators seek valuable programs at the academic level.
If you are new to the In-School Bowling program, we are here to help your bowling center or association understand how it can help deliver new youth league bowlers, increase open play traffic, introduce membership and scholarship opportunities, and enhance the future of youth bowling.
A variety of resources are available to convey the Bowler's Ed message and connect with educators. Doing so has never been easier through our updated marketing materials, customizable resources, supporting partners and dedicated initiative - Bowler's Ed.
1. Customizable Bowler's Ed Marketing and Communication Materials (Click HERE)
The Youth Resource Center is available 24/7, 365 days a year. These resources are fully customizable to promote your Bowler's Ed program. Reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to help solidify your program!
2. Bowler's Ed Educator How-To Guide (Click HERE)
Updated with new content promoting Bowler's Ed through program values, social, emotional and physical health benefits, and how the program aligns with national standards. Apply the Educator How-To Guide to highlight the academic and athletic impact of Bowler's Ed.
3. Bowler's Ed Introduction Letters (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > General)
Deliver a consistent and comprehensive message surrounding the Bowler's Ed program in an educators language. The different letters (general and detailed) reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to solidify your program!
4. Bowler's Ed Customizable Flier (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > Bowler's Ed Flier)
A customizable advertisement designed to bring awareness to an upcoming community event. Utilizing the marketing material will help create awareness to any event through an artistically designed flier allowing for individual customization.
5. Bowler's Ed Program Recognition (Click HERE > Certificates & Recognition)
These items create a recognition opportunity for the bowling center and school. Utilize the achievement certificate to better award the students and a coupon for continued participation opportunities within the bowling center.
Contact BowlersEd@ibcyouth.com for additional program support and information!
USBC Junior Gold Competition
Doesn’t Violate NYSPHSAA Rules
FEBRUARY 17, 2012 – Reacting to questions about amateur status and participation in USBC youth tournaments, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued an interpretation that during the 2011-12 school year, participation in a USBC North Point Junior Gold Qualifier and/or qualifying for and participating in the USBC North Pointe Junior Gold Championship will not violate the NYSPHSAA Amateur Rule.
The NYSPHSAA rule states, in part, that a student athlete forfeits his or her amateur status in a sport by “competing for money or other compensation (allowable travel, meals, and lodging expenses may be accepted)”. With this interpretation, the NYSPHSAA is saying that USBC Junior Gold competition is permissible under its rules.
Representatives from NYSPHSAA and USBC will be working together to ensure participation in these types of events will not violate high school eligibility rules and regulations.
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