2024 Storm Youth Championships Season Revs Up in Texas

2024 Storm Youth Championships Season Revs Up in Texas

By Blair Blumenscheid

4 min read

The Storm Youth Championships (SYC) invited athletes and their families to travel to Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas to launch the 2024 SYC Season. The SYC – Texas, presented by Platinum Ford, brought 177 youth bowlers from 30 different states eager to showcase their skills in three five-game rounds on unique Kegel Patterns designed exclusively for the event. The athletes were divided into six categories based on gender and age—U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U18 Boys, and U18 Girls—the stage was set for intense battles and unforgettable moments chasing a national title and portion of the $22,850.00 scholarship fund.

Winning the coveted title of overall champion at the Storm Youth Championships requires consistency, determination, and patience across the challenging patterns. Winning multiple titles in different bowling environments and patterns at the youth level shows incredible mental strength and strong fundamentals.

In the U12 Boys Division, Aaron Cabiness,10, of Ohio, a spirited young athlete put on a show in this competitive division. Don’t let his small stature full you, he’s a driven competitor and exemplified the meaning of the PBA Never Give Up Scholarship to find great success on the Long Pattern averaging 204.4 to claim his first SYC Title. Alyssa Randisi,11, of New York, recently picked up her first SYC win at the 2023 SYC Coastal Classic. She came to Texas with the desire to defend her title. She demonstrated powerful shot-making and unwavering focus throughout the tournament to claim a back-to-back win in the U12 Girls Division. These two young competitors are fun to watch.

No stranger to success at the Storm Youth Championships, DoHoon Kwon,14, of Washington, showcased his consistency and fortitude across difficult patterns in the competitive U15 Boys Division. In the final two games of the tournament, he rolled games of 226 and 218 to earn his fifth SYC title. In the U18 Girls Division, Anna Antony, 14, of Connecticut, entered the event on a two-in-a-row win streak. She battled her fellow competitors in a tight race to win her third SYC title in a row for her seventh SYC Title overall. We expect both young athletes to make a run for the SYC record books.

In the U18 Boys Division, the short pattern proved to be a tricky opponent for the eventual champion. Though he started the event averaging 187.6 on the Short Pattern, Ernesto Reynoso, 16 of California, came back to earn gold on both the Medium and Long Patterns. Averaging 228 in the final round of the event, Reynoso showcased his true will to win earning his first SYC title. In the U18 Girls Division, the race for the title came down to the last game of the event. Olivia Phillips, 17, of Oklahoma led the field on the gold pattern averaging 206.2. On this challenging condition, she averaged 211 in her final three games of the event to win her first SYC Title. We expect great things from these rising young stars.

In addition to the overall champions, the top three athletes in each division were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each round. The full results of the event including the medalists of each round can be found through the official scoring system of the SYC, Bowlmetrix by clicking here: https://www.bowlmetrix.com/tournament_results/707#/

At the heart of the tournament lies the desire to create a community filled with excitement, camaraderie, and the intent to give back to others along the way. Each athlete in the field brings their unique blend of skill, hunger for knowledge, determination, and sportsmanship which creates a strong bond between competitors and forges life-long friendships on and off the lanes.

Since 2017, the SYC has always aligned with a way for youth bowlers to learn the importance of giving back to others. In 2024, the SYC will again align with two great charitable giving initiatives. A portion of every entry and on-site donations at each event will be shared between Ballard vs the Big “C” (BVBC) and Make-A-Wish Utah.

In addition, Coolwick Apparel has joined the SYC as the official merchandiser. The Coolwick Team was in Texas to provide apparel and accessory items for the families to purchase. A portion of all the SYC merchandise sold is donated by Coolwick to the scholarship fund. In addition, Coolwick Apparel has created a Storm Youth Championships Apparel website that will showcase the SYC collection, featuring exclusive designs that capture the spirit of the Storm Youth Championships. From stylish jerseys to comfortable sportswear, participants and fans can expect a range of high-quality apparel options that blend performance with style. You can visit https://www.stormyouthchampionships.com/ to see the full lineup of gear.

We’re proud to partner with great companies to enhance the SYC experience at events. The supporters for the SYC – Texas included, Platinum Ford, Storm, Coolwick, Kegel, 3G Shoes, PBA Junior, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Ballard’s Bowling Academy, Quality Respite and Home Care Inc., Sea Bowl, Cloverleaf Family Bowl, 12 Bagger Bowling Apparel, Raze Eyewear, Carol Norman’s Pro Shop, and T&D Transportation. The event was livestreamed over the two days on the Storm Bowling Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Entries were collected through the official Customer Relationship Management System of the SYC, Pinwheel.US, and scores were uploaded live through the official scoring system of the SYC, BowlMetrix.

If you are interested in becoming a supporting sponsor of the Storm Youth Championships or would like more information, please contact our SYC Team at syc@stormbowling.com.

The SYC returns to Orlando, Florida March 16-17. This event is sold-out with a waiting list. In April, the SYC will travel to Michigan for the first time. Entries open February 26 at Noon Mountain time. For more information on the full SYC Schedule: visit the www.stormbowling.com/SYC