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11th Frame: Physical fitness helps bowlers too PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:26
According to many experts, one of the best ways to improve your bowling game, has nothing to do with the balls, pins or lanes.
Rather, an important aspect of bowling, like any sport, is physical fitness and working out.
Far too many bowlers, this columnist included, do not participate in a physical fitness regimen to prepare themselves for the league session. At the very minimum, a bowler should warm-up prior to beginning their league session. Not only will this help loosen the muscles and joints before heaving the12- to 16-pound sphere down the lanes dozens of time in an evening, but could also help minimize the risk of some injuries.
For more information on sport science and sport medicine as related to bowling, there are books and a Web site available from Dr. Jeff Briggs, founder of Briggs Consulting. Bill Wammes, the local association president and coach of both the Bowling Green high school and college teams, is familiar with some of the best ways to prepare. He noted that college bowlers must be in shape as they will often bowl almost constantly from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in some of their matches.
Despite the long-standing stereotype of out-of-shape and overweight bowlers, the vast majority of professional bowlers and top amateurs have some kind of a physical workout. How about you?
USBC awards: Nick Smith, bowling in the Speck Sales 750 House League last Wednesday at Varsity Lanes recorded an excellent 801 series to earn the United States Bowling Congress honor score award for an 800 series. He added a 247 game to a pair of 277 efforts to hit the 800.
After beginning with an open frame on Wednesday in the same league session, Garret Euler, reeled off 11 consecutive strikes for a 279 game and thus earned a USBC 11-in-a-row award.
Tourney returns: The annual Pepsi qualifiers will return to area bowling centers for youth bowlers to qualify for the state event. The first step occurs during youth leagues. Check with your host center for dates.
Surviving the game: The five bowlers eliminated in Al-Mar's "Surviving the Game" with pins under average were: Pancha Melendrez, Stadium View Ladies, 114; Mike Ackley, Elks, 107; John Szczucinski, Sentinel Classic, 96; Mark Wolford, Randy Miller Classic, 78; and Roy Ducat, Eagles, 65.
Youth of the Week:
Youth bowlers who bowled the most pins over their average last week, with pins over, were as follows.
Al-Mar: Bantam/Prep, Tyler Noon, 48, and Cailyn Overhulse, 47; Major/Junior, Timo Anderson, 61, and Bre'an Calderon, 35.
Varsity: not reported.
Reminder: Bowlers can participate with hands-on experience at the Brunswick ball clinic on Thursday night at Varsity Lanes as a preliminary event to the weekend's regional tournament at the center.
High Rollers:
Bowler (Lanes)    Game    Series
House shot
Nick Smith (V)277(2)    801
Brian Close (A)300    -
Ben Wuebbenhorst (A)-    757
Mondo Calderon (A)277    737
Garret Euler (V)279    -
Hank Jasso (V)279    -
Rich Dubler (V)279    -
JoJo Ramsey (V)278    -
Ryan Spangenberg (V)276    -
Brian Anderson (V)275    -
Chris Black (V)275    -
Patricia Matthews (A)252    -
Teresa Lambert (A)246    -
MaryAnn Dimick (A)233    -
Danelle Langley (A)229    -
National tourney shot
Steve Jakubowski (A)-    716
Youth tourney shot
Nick Jenne (A)253    -
Zach Steinman (A)214    -
Juan Ybanes (A)211    -
Brandi Roller (A)201    -

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