Local youth bowlers excel this season
Young area bowlers who participate in a Saturday morning youth bowling league are ending their season on a high note.
The group bowls at 10:20 a.m. most Saturday mornings at Greenville's AMF East Carolina Lanes, 700 Red Banks Road.
The league is sanctioned by United States Bowling Congress, the country's governing body that keeps the game fair and competitive. Pee-Wee bowlers are non-sanctioned at the beginning and have the opportunity to move up into the sanctioned league. Every adult who works with the league has to have a volunteer badge and a background check done by USBC.
"We currently have approximately 50 (Youth and Pee Wee) bowlers and we would love to grow our league," said volunteer Gladys Adkins. "We are a family oriented league, meaning that everyone is treated like family."
Adkins said a number of young bowlers have excelled this season.
"This year alone, we have had a 12 year old, Thomas Remington, roll a perfect game. I believe this ties the record in North Carolina for the youngest perfect game.
"Also, three young men in our league -- Jaylen Parker, Griffin McRoy and Chad Styron -- qualified to go to the National Junior Gold Championships in Dallas, Texas in July. To get there, they bowled in tournaments where they could potentially bowl 12 or more games at one event in one day against several other youth from all other the state."
Seven league members recently competed in the State Pepsi Scholarship Tournament. Chad Styron finished in second-place in the Under 15 Age Division.
Scholarship money and plaques also were awarded to league members who were Pepsi Scholarship sectionals winners for Under 8 Boys, Under 10 Boys and Under 10 Girls.
"Our bowling season usually runs from August to May of each year. We also have other youth leagues during the summer. We try to raise scholarship money for the kids which goes into the Smart Program for them to use for college."
The first meeting of the new fall season will be Aug. 25, and league play will begin Sept. 8.
The current USBC Sanction fee is $17 (a once-a-year membership fee) per youth and the cost of bowling each week is $10 and $15 per person per week, determined by AMF.
Bowlers ages 2-20 interested in joining the league may contact Gladys Adkins by phone or text at 252-286-8060 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, is a former staff writer for The Daily Reflector, where she was editor of Her... magazine and Greenville: Life in the East and several other niche publications. Email her at email@example.com.