Congrats to Our Pepsi USBC Scholarship Winners
BCAW is proud to be the organizing association to administer the Pepsi USBC Tournament here in Wisconsin. A national level program from the USBC, it would not be possible without the great sponsorship from Pepsi. Perhaps unlike any other here in Wisconsin, the Pepsi USBC Tournament represents the synergy of working together.
The 2016 event had 99 bowling centers participating at the league level, qualifying their top bowlers in ten divisions based on gender and age (U8, U10, U12, U15 and U20) to move on to competitions held around the state in 14 regions. From the regional level, the U12, U15 and U20 moved on to the state finals. We had 55 youth bowlers in the younger age groups win $100 scholarships for their placement at the regional level.
The Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Finals were held at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, where we crowned 12 champions:
U12 G McKenzie Mattice of Castle Lanes
U12 B Ashton Oldenhoff of Watertown Bowl 18
U15 G Stephanie Handford of Fracaro’s Lanes
U15 B Dylan Henrickson of Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley
U20 G Savannah Gerou of Guttormsen Rec Center
U20 B Jared Schmit of Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley
In addition to scholarship money, USBC Junior Gold entries were awarded by USBC to the champions or the highest finisher if the division winner had already secured their spot into this July’s event in Indianapolis. Wisconsin will be well represented this year in Indy!
In total, over $19,000 in scholarships were awarded to 98 Wisconsin youth bowlers participating in this year’s Pepsi USBC Tournament. This was made possible in part through the sponsorship of Pepsi and BCAW’s use of $2,800 in lapsed funds from prior year’s events.
New this year, BCAW also provided “high score” scholarship awards. Girls bowling a 275+ game or 700+ series and boys bowling a 298+ game or 800+ series in the regional or state level competition received additional scholarships! This year we gave out an additional $800 in scholarships:
Stefani Fallabeck of GRC for a 718 at state
Ethan Fleigle of Sunset Lanes for a 300 game at regionals
Savannah Gerou of GRC for a 732 at regionals and 725 at state
Stephanie Handford of Fracaro’s for 278 game and 743 at state
Sarah Hoff of El-Ray Bowl for a 710 at regionals
Morgan Stary of Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley for a 752 at regionals
On behalf of USBC and BCAW, we appreciate all of the centers who participated at the in-center qualifying level and those 14 centers that hosted our regional events in March. A special thank you goes out to Dan Patterson, Area Manager/Milwaukee for AMF and his team of staff and volunteers.
A ball raffle fundraiser was made possible by Storm Products and AMF Bowlero! While the original raffle was for one Storm bowling ball, Patterson donated a second ball on behalf of AMF Bowlero.
Full standings will be posted this coming week on the BCAW website’s Pepsi USBC Tournament page.