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Announcing the 2014 Teen Masters Winners

Kelly Skalacki and Michael Coffey. Photo Courtesy of PBA.

Kelly Skalacki and Michael Coffey.
Photo Courtesy of PBA

The July 4th holiday weekend marked an especially exciting time of celebration for two of America’s talented young bowlers – Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Florida, and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, New York, the respective boys’ and girls’ winners of the 2014 Teen Masters Championships.

The annual competition, which culminated in the finals on July 5th, brought 277 young male and female bowlers to Fort Lauderdale’s Sawgrass Lanes for an intensive competition of qualifying rounds.

Dexter, a longtime champion of youth and teen bowling and a proud sponsor of the Teen Masters event for the past 17 years, would like to congratulate Michael and Kelly, who each won a $7,500 scholarship for taking top honors for their gender. Special acknowledgement also goes to 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team Member Jessica Mellott of Lauderhill, Florida, the third-place winner in the girls’ competition.

The annual Teen Masters competition also includes an under age 14 component. Based on qualifying scores, Jorge Rodriguez of Yauco, Puerto Rico and Jenna Williams of Homosassa, Florida were the respective boys’ and girls’ winners in the U14 category.


Founded by Gary B. Beck in 1997, Teen Masters celebrates the challenge of competition, the rigors of discipline and the values of perseverance, sportsmanship and camaraderie among youth bowlers across the country.Each year college scholarships are awarded to the champions and runners up.

World-renowned pro bowlers, including Team Dexter’s Mike Fagan, (1997 Teen Masters Champion) have won this prestigious honor during their high school career before catapulting into college and professional success.

Dexter, a proud partner of this event since 1998, offers our warmest congratulations to all of the 2014 Teen Masters competitors and winners.

 

Announcing the 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team

For the ninth year, Dexter Bowling is pleased to announce its selection of the annual Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. This prestigious honor recognizes elite young student bowlers who excel in bowling and academics and are active members of their communities.

The following 10 outstanding student-athletes have been selected to the 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:

Haley Carroll, Junior, Williamsville South High School, Williamsville, New York
Kendall De Jong, Senior, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, Virginia
Michael Dertz, Senior, Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park, Illinois
Derick Holmes, Senior, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, Kansas
Sierra Kanemoto, Senior, Walter E. Stebbins High School, Dayton, Ohio
Jessica Mellott, Senior, Coral Springs Charter School, Lauderhill, Florida
Joey Miller, Senior, Harlem High School, Loves Park, Illinois
Krystina Nealon, Junior, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, Florida
Paul Brendan Schink, Junior, Wilson Christian Academy, Dravosburg, Pennsylvania
Alex Sommer, Senior, Guilford High School, Rockford, Illinois

In celebration of this accomplishment, each of these 10 honorees will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They will also be recognized for their achievements at the upcoming Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, New York this July.

Extra special congratulations goes out to Derick Holmes and Sierra Kanemoto, two of only seven bowlers in the history of the Dexter/USBC All-American Team to be elected to the team for two consecutive seasons. As evidenced in their top rankings in their respective graduating classes, these exceptional bowlers exhibit the utmost commitment to their studies as well.

Chad Murphy, USBC Interim Executive Director and the International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development, said, “Dexter Bowling has been a great supporter of high school bowling for many years, and selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the top honors a high school bowler can receive.”

To be eligible for consideration for selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American team, student athletes must be nominated by their coach or athletic director, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale) and provide a letter of recommendation as well as a 500-word essay. Five girls and five boys are elected to the team each year.

“Dexter is proud to recognize these 10 bowlers who not only have been successful on the lanes, but also in the classroom and in their communities,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling. “Each year it’s so inspiring to see this future generation of leaders who are dedicated ambassadors in the world of bowling.”

 

 

Dexter to Sponsor the BPAA Women’s All-Star Tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Andover, MA April 11, 2014 – Dexter is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 BPAA Women’s All-Star Tournament on July 19-25. This exciting event will bring talented female bowlers from around the country to The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Illinois for a week of activities and challenging competition.

“The camaraderie in the bowling community is exceptional, and it’s impressive to see the skill and dedication that these bowlers exhibit, both in practice and in competition. We’re pleased to partner with the BPAA to be part of such an important event in the world of women’s bowling,” says Bud Clapsaddle, Dexter’s Vice President.

The event will award an estimated total of $100,000 in prize funds, with a projected $20,000 going to the 1st Place winner.

To register for the BPAA Women’s All-Star tournament, visit http://www.bpaa.com/tournaments.asp to download an official entry form and mail it to the address indicated. Bowlers who complete their paid registration before June 1 will also receive one ticket to the Welcome Dinner Gala Celebrating the History of Women’s Professional Bowling on Sunday, July 20. Entries are scheduled to close on July 9 at 5:00 p.m. Central. The BPAA Women’s All-Star Tournament takes place in conjunction with another BPAA event, Bowling’s Senior Women’s U.S. Open, which Dexter also proudly sponsors.

For more information and complete rules, view the BPAA’s Tournaments page.

About the BPAA

Established in 1932, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America has been dedicated to helping proprietors make their business a success for over 80 years. Through tournaments, group purchasing programs, the International Bowl Expo, business and educational seminars, and legislative representation and public recognition of the association and the industry, the BPAA offers a variety of support tools to benefit its members. For more information, visit www.bpaa.com.

About Dexter

The number-one choice of footwear for bowlers in the world, Dexter is a long-time supporter of women’s amateur and professional bowling. The company awards scholarships to five female high-school students each year as part of the co-ed Dexter/USBC All-American Team Awards. It is also the professional sponsor of world-class female bowling champion and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. For more information, visit www.dexterbowling.com.

Dexter Visits Montreal’s Buffa Bowling Inc.

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Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling, recently presented Buffa Bowling, Inc., a family-owned distributor of Dexter products in Montreal, Canada with a special limited edition photograph of the Team Dexter pros. He is pictured here on the right, with Frank Buffa, center, and Frank’s son Mark, left.

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From left to right, Mark Buffa and Frank Buffa of Buffa Bowling Inc. with Dexter’s Bud Clapsaddle.

Over the past several months, Dexter’s management and sales teams have been presenting our distributors across North America with custom-framed group photos of Team Dexter, hand-signed by all nine pros, in appreciation for their ongoing partnership and support. For more photos of our distributors receiving their special photos from Dexter representatives, please click here to visit our Dexter Salutes Our Distributors album, which can also be found on our facebook page.

Team Dexter’s Belmonte Takes Tournament of Champion Honors; Defeats Fellow Dexter Pro Malott by One Pin

On January 26, in Allen Park, Michigan, the PBA Tournament of Champions presented by Barbasol took place, putting two Team Dexter members in a head-to-head battle in an exciting showdown in the Championship match. Jason Belmonte of New South Wales, Australia and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, faced off in the final round, only to have their match decided by just one pin in the 10th frame, 219-218.

Belmonte earned the top berth in the Championship and was able to secure the title after Malott left the 8 pin standing in the 10th frame.

“I got extremely lucky,” Belmonte said. “When it really counted, I didn’t throw a good shot and gave Wes a chance. I was pretty sure he was going to win. I couldn’t believe it when I looked up and saw the 8 pin standing,” he told the PBA.

This was Belmonte’s 8th career victory and his second PBA major title following being named the 2012-2013 PBA Player of the Year on January 18.

“To win a major championship and player of the year in the same week? That’s pretty tough to beat,” Belmonte told the PBA after his victory. He also stated that, “Other than the U.S. Open, this was one of my best start-to-finish performances ever.”

Back in July, when both Team Dexter members faced each other in the 2013 US Open, Malott came out on top 214-156. Belmonte had dominated the US Open for the entire game until some late-game mishaps cost him the title. The case was nearly the same at the climax of the PBA Tournament of Champions, where some luck and the steadiness of just one pin clinched his victory.

We are extremely proud of the success our team members and to kick off the New Year with two major highlights is an honor. As the 2014 season gets fully underway, we are looking forward to the continued success of the members of Team Dexter and wish them luck in their future events.

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Jason Belmonte in action with his two-hand
technique at the Tournament of Champions.

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Belmonte following his celebratory Barbasol ‘pie-in-the-fame’

from Team Dexter Pro Bill O’Neil.

Photos courtesy of PBA.

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Team Dexter Pro Carolyn Dorin-Ballard Appears in Bowlers Journal Cover Story

 

The February issue of Bowlers Journal International features Team Dexter Pro Carolyn Dorin-Ballard smiling with her husband Del on the cover.

One of the foremost and most highly-recognized couples in professional bowling, the USBC Hall of Famers were featured in the magazine’s lead story on the role that bowling has played in their lives, from bringing them together when they first met years ago to the ways it has shaped and enriched their experiences as a couple.

Congratulations to Carolyn and Del for being featured in this wonderful story.

 

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Photos posted with permission of Bowlers Journal International.
One of the foremost authorities in the sport of bowling, and the longest-running monthly sports publication in the country, Bowlers Journal International is published by Luby Publishing of Chicago.

Jason Belmonte Named 2012-13 Player of the Year

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Team Dexter Pro Jason Belmonte is the newest Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, following a stellar 2012-13 season.

He took home his first career PBA Tour major title in 2013 when he won the USBC Masters, and finished second in the US Open later that same year, in addition to earning runner-up spots in several other competitions during the season.

The Australian-born two-handed bowler’s career has skyrocketed since he first came on the US bowling scene, earning Rookie of the Year honors in the 2008-2009 season.

Jason continues to be a role model on and off the lanes, and Dexter is proud to congratulate him on this newest honor.

 

DEXTER EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP

ARLINGTON, Texas – Dexter Bowling will remain the title sponsor of the United States Bowling Congress High School All-American Team through 2016 after reaching a three-year partnership agreement with USBC.

Each school year since 2005-2006, five male and five female USBC High School members have been selected for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. Each All-American receives a $1,000 scholarship.

“We’re excited to continue our association with USBC in the promotion and recognition of youth bowlers,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Dexter Shoe Company Vice President. “Selection to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team means more than accomplishments on the lanes, but also making contributions in one’s community. It is important to continue to recognize the young leaders who will represent our sport for years to come.”

In addition, Dexter Bowling will continue to sponsor the coach and player luncheon at the Intercollegiate Team Championships.

“We appreciate Dexter Bowling’s continued support of high school and collegiate bowling,” USBC Executive Director Stu Upson said. “The Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team began nearly a decade ago and continues to the one of the most prestigious honors a high school bowler can achieve.”

Each year, high school coaches and team administrators nominate eligible contenders for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. Selection to the team is based on bowling accomplishments, academic achievement, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

Those selected to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team are presented their awards at the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships in July.

Go to BOWL.com/HighSchool for more information about the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team.

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The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body for the sport. USBC is a membership organization that provides standardized rules, regulations and benefits to make bowling fair and fun for everyone.

The interactive home of USBC is BOWL.com. Go to twitter.com/USBC for the fastest USBC headlines.

Story courtesy of USBC Communications.

DEXTER AN HONORED PARTICIPANT IN ‘HEROES BOWL WITH THE PROS’ EVENT

A participant in the May 31st Heroes Bowl with the Pros event receives a prize of coveted Orioles/Red Sox tickets from the base's commanding officer, an avid bowler himself.

A soldier attending the Heroes Bowl with the Pros event receives a prize from the base’s commanding officer, an avid bowler himself.

On Friday, May 31st, dozens of wounded warriors enjoyed a day of bowling complete with tips and training from industry professionals at the “Heroes Bowl with the Pros” event in Bethesda, Maryland. Dexter was a proud sponsor of the special event, held at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda, home to the renowned Walter Reed Military Medical Center, which specializes in treating critically wounded military personnel.

The all-day event, part of the NSA’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program brought recovering soldiers to the Bethesda Naval Bowling Center with their families for an educational and fun-filled day. The 20-lane facility was humming throughout the successful event, which brought in 250 attendees, four times the number of guests originally expected at the event.

Dexter sales representative Ron Adkins was on hand at the event to give his expertise on technique and delivery to the wounded and recovering soldiers who participated in the all-day event and workshop.

In addition to a day of personalized bowling instruction, the participating soldiers received bowling equipment including Dexter bowling shoes and accessories and were treated to refreshments and other prizes.

 

One of the wounded warriors at Naval Support Activity Bethesda gets ready to receive the gear donated by Dexter and other industry sponsors at the instructional workshop-style event.

One of the wounded warriors at Naval Support Activity Bethesda gets ready to receive the gear donated by Dexter and other industry sponsors at the instructional workshop-style event.

Dexter sales representative Ron Adkins, pictured at left, was one of the industry experts on hand offering training and tips to the soldiers at the all-day event.

Dexter sales representative Ron Adkins, pictured at left, was one of the industry experts offering training and tips to the soldiers at the all-day event.

 

 

Announcing the 2012-2013 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:

June 4, 2013, Andover, MA – For the eighth consecutive year, Dexter is proud to announce the names of the 10 student athletes who have been selected to the annual Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. Every spring, Dexter and the United States Bowling Congress select five boys and five girls who have demonstrated significant achievements in their academic work and community service efforts, as well as outstanding performance on their school’s bowling team over the past school year.

 

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Dexter/USBC
High School All-American Team: 

 

Shelly Goodwin (Martin County High School, Palm City, Florida) – A standout at Martin County High School, Shelly led her team to a state title in 2011 while setting the Florida state record for highest qualifying score. She holds the Florida high school record for high average (213.6). She won seven events and was named Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers’ All-Area Girls Bowler of the Year in 2011 and 2012. A member of the National Honor Society, Shelly has worked as a bible school counselor and volunteered at the Humane Society.

 

Derick Holmes (Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, Kansas) A three-year letterwinner on the Wichita Southeast High School bowling team, Derick captured the Kansas State High School Activities Association state tournament title as a junior with a 739 series. Individually, he won three other tournament titles and also lettered on the baseball team. Academically, he had a 4.0 grade-point average. Derick spent 11 years in the Boys Scouts of America and served as the vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) for a year. He worked many hours with the YMCA developing a nature trail around a lake.

 

Sierra Kanemoto (Walter E. Stebbins High School, Dayton, Ohio) – A three-time conference champion at Walter E. Stebbins High School, Sierra won the Ohio High School 10th grade championship in 2012. She has finished in the top 14 in all-events at the USBC Youth Open on three occasions and also added a sixth-place finish at the Ohio Junior Masters tournament in 2012 to her record. A Society of Academic Excellence member, Sierra has done community service projects at the YWCA Women’s Shelter and Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others.

 

Matthew Kinn (Frontier Central High School, Hamburg, New York) A varsity participant at Frontier Central High School since 2008, Matthew won the high game award (280) and sported the team’s second-highest average. As a member of the Brierwood Youth League in 2012-13, he had the high game, high average and high set.  Matthew is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Honor Society and was nominated for the Boy’s State program. He also volunteered his time at the Buffalo Veterans Hospital.

 

Joshua Krueger (Green Bay West High School, Green Bay, Wisconsin) – Joshua is a three-year competitor for Green Bay West High School, earning Green Bay Area High Schools Bowling Conference Bowler of the Year honors as a junior. Along with taking eighth in the Wisconsin High School state tournament, he was a Pepsi regional qualifier for the fourth consecutive year in 2013. Joshua is a National Honor Society member and served as student council vice president this year. He has helped raise scholarship money through his local association.

 

 

Lauren Krywy (Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Sterling Heights, Michigan) – Lauren was the team captain of her squad at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and also served as captain at Cousino High School for a year. A regional champion in 2012, she led two different schools to Macomb County titles in 2011 and 2012. She is a three-time selection to the all-county, all-academic and all-state teams. A member of the National Honor Society and the marching band, Lauren has volunteered her time with Serenity Animal Hospital and raised money for cancer awareness through the Health Occupations Students of America.

 

Jordan Nash (Adams Central High School, Hastings, Nebraska)A three-year letterwinner at Adams Central High School, Jordan helped lead his team to the Class C state championship in 2013. He earned all-state honors in 2012 and 2013, while placing second in the USBC state bowling tournament for all-events. An accomplished tennis player, he earned class salutatorian honors and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jordan’s volunteer work includes mission trips, Habitat for Humanity and work at local food banks.

 

Giselle Poss (Oswego East High School, Montgomery, Illinois) – A four-year member of the varsity bowling team at Oswego East High School, Giselle served as team captain the last two years and capped her high school career with an individual state championship in 2013. She also added a title at the 2012 Illinois Pepsi Scratch Championship and competed in two Junior Gold events. Giselle earned a 4.20 grade point average (4.0 scale). She was a Girl Scout for 13 years and did community service projects at Feed My Starving Children, Hesed House and Relay for Life.

 

Eric Swanson (Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, Illinois)Selected to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team for the first time as a sophomore in 2011, Eric was a four-year letterwinner at Vernon Hills High School. He was the Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference champion in 2012-13 and helped his team to back-to-back state runner-up finishes. Eric, who is also a golfer, has worked on numerous community service projects including multiple projects for the Zach Tran Foundation in his hometown.

 

Brooke Wood (Davison High School, Davison, Michigan) – The captain and four-year letterwinner at Davison High School, Brooke led her team to back-to-back Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state team titles in 2012 and 2013. As a high school senior, she won the MHSAA regionals singles title and finished third at the state championships in singles. She also took first place in a Junior Gold qualifier and earned USBC Youth Awards for high series (753) and high game (300). Brooke has volunteered at her local church and Outreach East, a food and clothing bank for families.

 

“These student-athletes are being recognized not only for their accomplishments as bowlers, but also for their roles as leaders in the classroom and community,” said Bud Clapsaddle, vice president of Dexter Bowling. “We had a very strong applicant field again this season and Dexter Bowling is proud to honor these 10 youth bowlers.”

 

“Selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the most prestigious honors a high school bowler can receive,” International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said. “We value the tremendous support of high school bowling Dexter Bowling has provided for so many years.”

 

The 10 student-athletes selected to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team were nominated by their coach or athletic director. They all had a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale), and had to provide a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay. Each student-athlete will receive a $1,000 scholarship for being named to the team.

 

To learn more about the Dexter/USBC All-American Team and to see previous winners, go to BOWL.com/highschool and click on the Programs and Scholarships tab.