High Five recognizes the accomplishments of USBC Youth bowlers.
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Nolan Blessing, 10, of Cincinnati, rolled a perfect game on Nov. 16, 2013, during his Stars of Tomorrow Youth League at Northwest Lanes. At 10 years, 11 months and 15 days old, Nolan is the youngest bowler in the Greater Cincinnati area to achieve this accomplishment. This is his second year of league bowling.
A fifth-grader and straight-A student, Nolan had games of 158, 300 and 204 for a 662 series. Just three weeks earlier, his older brother, Eric, a high school junior, bowled his first 300 game during an adult/youth tournament at Northwest Lanes.
The Martin County High School girls bowling team were the top seed at the Florida High School Athletic Association's state tournament. On Nov. 6, 2013, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Martin County took on Paul J. Hagerty High School and the teams split the first four games in the best-of-5 Baker matches.
In the deciding fifth game, Martin County rolled the first Baker 300 game in FHSAA history to win the match. Martin County would go on to take second in state.
The Martin County High School girls team (above, from left, front row): Christina Perez, Kassidy Daniels, Devon Metcalf, Emily Callari, Shelly Goodwin; (back row) head coach Tom Baral, assistant coach Stephaine Favors.
Itzel M. Salayet, 10, of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, had posted several 200-plus games but on the opening day of league in the Saturday morning Pkids-Verde league at AMF Paradise Lanes in San Juan on Aug. 10, 2013, she hit new highs. Itzel, who was carrying a 140 average, kicked off her season by rolling a 241 game and 574 series. Both the game and series were career highs.
Nathan Luckey, 14, started his season in the youth league at Chacko's Family Bowling Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with a bang, shooting a 300 game on Sept. 7, 2013. Nathan, who had a 186 average at the time, posted a 655 series. It was his second perfect game, as he accomplished his first on his 14th birthday in March.
Danny Stefani, 15, of Scranton, Pa., who is autistic, always has loved to bowl and finally joined a team a few years ago. Danny likes to give high fives, celebrate his strikes and spares with a little jump, and is excited to bowl each week. During the Tuesday Scholastic Senior High League at South Side Bowl on Sept. 24, 2013, Danny rolled a 175 game and 409 series.
Kyle Neeley, 9, of Granville, Ohio, finished the 2012-2013 season with honors at the state level, posting a high average of 141 in the Saturday youth league at Redskin Lanes, and a high series of 508 at Valley Lanes. He is an avid bowler and bowled in the Pro-Am held in Columbus, Ohio this spring.
Duke Crouch, 12, of St. Petersburg, Fla., rolled a 707 series on Aug. 24, 2013, in the Senior Summer League at Liberty Lanes. Duke, who averages 189 in the Saturday morning senior league and 198 in his youth/adult league, had games of 247, 233 and 227. An honor roll student, he started bowling in 2006 when he was 5, and for the last few years has bowled in three leagues, including the Summer PBA Experience league. He also has been a member of the Liberty Bombers Tournament team for the last three years.
Austin Vogt, 15, of Largo, Fla., has been bowling for seven years, and bowls in the youth/adult and Saturday morning program at Liberty Lanes. During the summer months, he bowls in the PBA Experience and the Seminole Lanes Junior Gold Sport leagues. Austin also is a member of the Seminole High School bowling team. On August 4, just six days shy of his 15th birthday, Austin bowled an 845 series with games of 267, 299 and 279 in his Youth/Adult Summer League at Liberty Lanes. It is the highest series for a youth bowler at Liberty Lanes.