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For those of you who live in or will be in the Detroit area in the next couple of weeks and would be interested in going out to watch the kids compete in the world's largest and most prestigious youth bowling tournament, here are some kids you can follow that you might actually know (or at least know OF from having seen them on PRODIGY BOWLERS TOUR).

Let me tell you this:  If you are of the mind that bowling is on the decline or that it's not what it used to be, you owe it to yourself to come out to one or more of the squads that will be bowling this week and next and have your bubble of cynicism punctured.  There are activities this week, USA BOWLING on Thursday/Friday, the organized practice sessions over the weekend, and then Junior Gold gets underway in earnest starting Monday, June 15th.  They'll be bowling on a series of very difficult sport patterns, and while they'll get to practice on them this weekend, they won't know for sure what the patterns are until after the tournament is over.  And if they make it to the Advancers Round, Final Advancers Round, Match Play or the TV finals, each of those rounds will have sport patterns of their own that the kids will have never seen before and won't know what they're bowling on until the patterns are released after the tournament is over.

Junior Gold is spread out over eight bowling centers throughout the area, mostly in the suburbs.  If you live in the Detroit area, you'll know better than I where these places are.

 

This is from something I posted on Facebook in the PRODIGY BOWLERS TOUR group a short while ago:

 

Here's a list of the PRODIGY kids at Junior Gold. Their squad numbers appear in parenthesis after the name. (Sorry if I missed anyone):
 
U12 BOYS:
Hunter Moffitt (25)
 
U15 BOYS
Jacob Ballenger (5)
Matthew Bruce (8)
Zeb Cain (8)
Joshua Collins (6)
Bryant Griffith (5)
Antonio (A.J.) Hairston (29)
Brandon Jho (8)
Gilbert Kang (30)
Christian Knowles (29)
Ayden Reynolds (29)
Braden Sorrentino (30)
 
U15 GIRLS:
Jazmyn Everett (12)
Alyssa Jordan (28)
Erin Klemencic (12)
Allison McGeown (12)
Annalise O'Bryant (12)
Faith Roper (12)
 
U17 BOYS:
Jake Bohling (14)
Charles Bostic (13)
Tristin Davis (14)
Nick Dischinger (14)
Logan Fossum (13)
Marc Fulvio (15)
Hunter Harper (16)
Jake Holbein (14)
Justin Jho (16)
Rodney McMillan (16)
Anthony Smiga (14)
Dawson Stewart (15)
 
U17 GIRLS:
Allysen Coryel (10)
Savannah Croft (10)
Taylor Edgerton (10)
Glory Harmon (11)
Autumn Penvose (9)
Korina Shapiro (10)
Baileigh Snow (10)
 
U20 BOYS:
Joshua Doneghy (20)
Garrett Haley (3)
Tyrell Ingalls (2)
Tyler Jho (17)
Travis Knox (20)
Logan Mathis (20)
Rodante Moorehead (18)
Shaun Rivers (18)
Craig (C. J.) Sanders (20)
Peyton Smith (20)
 
U20 GIRLS:
Emily Rettig (21)
 
Now, if you're in the Detroit area and want to watch these awesome kids bowl, here's a link to the Junior Gold schedule. You'll have to do a little work here. Scroll down to the various squad times and you'll see when each Squad is bowling. A list of the participating bowling centers and their addresses is at the front of the schedule.
 
 

Also know that the USA BOWLING competition will take place on Thursday and Friday this week.  This is the one TEAM competition that will be taking place, and we have a whole slew of PRODIGY kids who qualified for the national championships on a variety of different teams.  Among the PRODIGY kids who made the national championship are:  Hunter Moffitt, Josh Collins, Matthew Bruce, Antonio (A.J.) Hairston, Ayden Reynolds, Jacob Ballenger, Bryant Griffith, Dylan Murray, Braden Sorrentino and probably a few others that I'm forgetting.  (Sorry.)

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I want to wish all the contestants the best of success with the bowling. May they all have a safe trip to the Motor City. Will you be heading to Detroit to watch the action? Will you be providing any sideline reports? I look forward to seeing how the Prodigy kids tackle the patterns. You're never too old to learn something from the youth.
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I am not going, but I will be providing periodic updates to our Facebook followers.  Not that they couldn't follow it on their own.  But it's a little easier for them to have a curator, and that's kind of the role I'll play.  I'd love to be there.  But travel is not my thing.
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I hear you Randy. I wish you kids the best of success in the event. I will be checking out the action on bowl.com.
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The one thing I learned last year, John, is that it's a waste of time to sit patiently by the computer waiting for results to get posted moments after you THINK a squad ought to be finishing up.  They're still living in the dark ages when it comes to posting results.  Often that's because a single age division is bowling across multiple bowling centers and when the results come in from one center, you get an incomplete look at the field until results are updated from all the centers.  In an age of computers and networks, you'd think they'd have this down to a much faster system, but they don't.  Not yet.

So this year, I'll be updating our followers on Facebook, but I'll probably just go to bed and check results in the morning and post what's been updated, rather than staying up late hoping to get it the moment it gets posted.  It's a shame they don't have a faster system, but they don't.  Seems to me that would be a good thing to spend some of our membership dues on.


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The one thing I learned last year, John, is that it's a waste of time to sit patiently by the computer waiting for results to get posted moments after you THINK a squad ought to be finishing up.  They're still living in the dark ages when it comes to posting results.  Often that's because a single age division is bowling across multiple bowling centers and when the results come in from one center, you get an incomplete look at the field until results are updated from all the centers.  In an age of computers and networks, you'd think they'd have this down to a much faster system, but they don't.  Not yet.

So this year, I'll be updating our followers on Facebook, but I'll probably just go to bed and check results in the morning and post what's been updated, rather than staying up late hoping to get it the moment it gets posted.  It's a shame they don't have a faster system, but they don't.  Seems to me that would be a good thing to spend some of our membership dues on.



Good suggestion Randy!
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That's a lot of Prodigy Bowlers! 

 My son bowled in the same squad as Charles Bostic last year and I met his parents.  They weren't competing on the same pair, but Charles was maybe following from the next pair over.  I sat next to his parents for a few games and we chatted it up. His dad mostly stood.....LOL  Good people.   I was impressed with how Charles represented himself.   He was always mr cool and collected....

My son is U17 squad 16 this year, so they have no chance to meet up until advancers round this year.  I hope they both make it! ........I'll need to keep a lookout for the other Atlanta U17 squad 16 kids! Basically just Hunter, Rodney, and Justin. 


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The Hunter in the U17 Boys is not the Hunter you see so often on PRODIGY.  The U17 Hunter was only on the show once...during the 2017-18 season.
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OK..will try to remember........ Hunter Harper (16)
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Good luck to your son, too.

I listed all the kids on PRODIGY here mainly because (a.) I knew there were a bunch of folks in Detroit in this group, and (b.) I figured a lot of them wouldn't know many (if any) of the kids in the field, but if they've watched PRODIGY before, at least they'd have some familiar faces to follow.

One of our kids, Annalise O'Bryant (U15 Girls, Squad 12), is the defending national champion, U15 Girls.  Obviously, we're pulling for her to make a successful defense of her title.


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Good luck to your son, too.

I listed all the kids on PRODIGY here mainly because (a.) I knew there were a bunch of folks in Detroit in this group, and (b.) I figured a lot of them wouldn't know many (if any) of the kids in the field, but if they've watched PRODIGY before, at least they'd have some familiar faces to follow.

One of our kids, Annalise O'Bryant (U15 Girls, Squad 12), is the defending national champion, U15 Girls.  Obviously, we're pulling for her to make a successful defense of her title.



The moderator of this forum Keith lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I also know Mark hallmaizenblue [sp?] is also from the area.
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