USBC Sport Bowling National Average Winners announced
USBC Sport Bowling
Team USA's Galante earns third straight award
Galante, left, Palm Harbor, Fla., became the first person to win three Sport Bowling national average awards by averaging 206 for 90 games in the Scott Russell Junior Gold Sport League at Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Fla.
"It's a great accomplishment for me," said the right-handed Galante, 19, a freshman at Pikeville College in Kentucky who won the award in 2004-05 with a 194.05 average and 2005-06 with 200.71. "It does mean a lot to me to win it three years in a row."
The first-time Team USA member has gained valuable experience and elevated her game by competing on Sport Bowling lane conditions, including three Sport leagues in 2006-07. In 2006 Galante finished second in the prestigious Teen Masters, a national scholarship tournament for high school age bowlers contested on USBC Sport Bowling lane patterns. Many Sport Bowling leagues - PBA Experience leagues - are contested on the same lane oil patterns used by the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association Tour.
"I try to stay focused and try to make spares," said Galante, who in her first international competition as a Team USA member at the Tournament of the Americas in Florida this past August teamed with Larry Brande to capture the Junior Division Mixed Doubles silver medal. "Sport Bowling is definitely a challenge. You have to be on top of your game to score. You have to watch ball reaction and lane pattern transition and make adjustments faster. That makes you a better bowler."
Another Team USA member, Derek Eoff, right, Greenfield, Wis., captured the men's Sport Bowling high average honor by compiling a 222.38 average for 63 games in the Tuesday Alpine Sport Bowling League at Alpine Lanes in Muskego, Wis.
"There are a lot of excellent bowlers across the country who compete in Sport Bowling leagues, so it is a great honor to win this award," said Eoff, a right-hander. "I have been close to winning the past couple of years so it is nice to finally win this season.
"I only bowl in Sport Bowling leagues. Bowling on Sport conditions helps to keep my bowling game sharp. With more and more tournaments using Sport Bowling lane conditions, it helps me prepare for those events so I can better understand what adjustments to make and how my bowling balls will react. "
Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill., won the female USBC national high average award for Sport Bowling members by averaging 199.47 for 48 games in the Hawthorn Sport Bowling League at Hawthorn Lanes outside Chicago in Vernon Hills, Ill.
"I'm excited. It was a goal I've had for the last three years. I've come close the last couple of years and I finally got it," said Schwab, a right-handed bowler who was in the top five at 197 in 2004-05 and 2005-06.
John Kelley, Sterling Heights, Mich., earned the Sport Bowling youth boys' honor by averaging 201 for 108 games in the Ottman Junior All Stars Sport Bowling League at Sunnybrook Lanes near Detroit in Sterling Heights.
To be eligible for the Sport Bowling national high average award, USBC Sport members must have bowled a minimum of 48 games in the 2006-07 season. USBC members who compete in Sport Bowling leagues are eligible for the national high average award.
Eoff and Schwab will receive the distinctive Sport Bowling Crystal Pin award, symbolic of their accomplishments. Kelley and Galante will receive USBC Youth medals and certificates.
The awards come during what was a banner year for the USBC Sport Bowling program. Final statistics for the 2006-07 season show impressive participation increases for bowlers, leagues and centers hosting Sport Bowling competition.
The number of Sport Bowling members rose 120 percent over the previous season, with 27,921 competing in 2006-07 compared with 12,689 in 2005-06. Sport Bowling leagues were up 134 percent (678 from 289) while centers holding Sport events increased 154 percent (808 from 318).
Sport Bowling National High Average past winners
Following is a list of Sport Bowling national high average winners since the program's inception in 2001. Notes: Before the 2005-06 season, national Sport Bowling honors were awarded through the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress and the Young American Bowling Alliance. Youth winners were first honored in the 2002-03 season. YABA did not issue Sport Bowling national high average awards for the 2003-04 season.
USBC male adult: Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 222
USBC female adult: Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill., 199
USBC male youth: John Kelley, Sterling Heights, Mich., 201
USBC female youth: Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 206
USBC male adult: Mark London, Palatine, Ill., 225
USBC female adult: Kristal Scott, Lawrence, Kan., 201
USBC male youth: Ryan Van Hecke, Sterling Heights, Mich., 205
USBC female youth: Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 186
ABC: Robert Way, Sanford, N.C., 230
WIBC: Robin Crawford, Grand Rapids, Mich., 205
YABA male youth: Derek Roseberry, Louisville, Ky., 210
YABA female youth: Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 194
ABC: Scott Weber, Green Bay, Wis., 223
WIBC: Jackie Wyckoff, Redwood City, Calif., 201
ABC: Scott Weber, Green Bay, Wis., 222
WIBC: Robin Crawford, Greenfield, Wis., 203
YABA male youth: Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 203
YABA female youth: Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 193
ABC: Jeff Piroozshad, Colorado Springs, Colo., 238
WIBC: Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., 204