High Five recognizes the accomplishments of USBC Youth bowlers.
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Taryn Priest, left, 18, of Johnstown, Ohio, has bowled for 14 years and currently is enjoying her best season. She competes in the Saturday Youth league at Redskin Lanes in Utica and has a 185 average. She had games of 175,167 and 257 for a 599 series on Jan. 12, and then set a personal high series of 635 on Feb. 16 with games of 213,190 and 232. Taryn bowls with two younger bowlers in her league and has been a mentor to them. She has bowled in several Pepsi tournaments, as well as local Newark USBC Youth tournaments.
Spencer Sevrence, right, 16, of Temperance, Mich., competes in the Junior All-Stars Travel League out of Jug's Bowling Center in Toledo, Ohio. On Feb. 2, Wesley fired an 868 series with games of 290, 278 and 300 to set the Toledo city record for youth high series. It also shattered the mark for highest series in the 53-year history of the Junior All-Stars Travel League; the previous record was 817. Since December, 2012, Spencer has rolled two perfect games, two 299 games, and the 868 series.
Allyssa Wharton, 16, of Shillington, Pa., had a 300 game during her high school match on Jan. 30 at Jay Lanes. Allyssa, who bowls for Governor Mifflin High School, had games of 196, 300 and 193 for a 689 series. She became the first bowler on a Mifflin girls' team to roll a 300 during high school competition and is just the fifth girl in the 40-plus years of the Berks County Interscholastic Bowling League with a perfect game in competition.
Jacob Rubach, left, 18, of West Bend, Wis., posted his first 300 game on March 10. Jacob, who had a 197 average at the time, also had a career-high series of 770 by rolling games of 300, 275 and 195 during the Junior Bowlers Scholarship Tour tournament held at Classic Lanes in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Allie Leiendecker, right, 12, of Wooster, Ohio, bowled a 732 series on March 2, rolling games of 256, 198 and 278. It was her first 700 series and came just 10 days after her 12th birthday. Allie bowls in the Saturday morning youth league at Wayne Lanes in Wooster, Ohio. She is a JTBA member and competes in tournaments around Ohio and neighboring states. In 2012, she won the 12-and-under division of the Keystone Youth Bowlers tour, and then defeated the boys and girls champions in both the 15-and-under and 18-and-under divisions to claim the tour championship. She wants to continue to compete in high-level youth tournaments, including the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships, and hopes to earn a spot on Junior Team USA.
Taylor LaVine, left, 17, of Sun Prairie, Wis., fired a 299 game, leaving a 9 pin on her final shot, to start her series in the Prairie Lanes Majors on Feb. 2. She added games of 195 and 236 for a 730 series. Taylor was averaging 196 before her 299 game and 730 series, both career highs.
Wesley Stalnaker, 16, of Zanesville, Ohio, is a junior on the
Maysville High School bowling team. At the high school district
tournament held at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe, Ohio, Wesley had games
of 190, 297 and 300 for a 787 series. It was his first perfect game and
first 700 series, and helped the Panthers to the boys' district title.