Rolling Out a New Era

by PBA Editor October 28, 2006 19:00
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With excitement and interest building around the recently announced Denny’s All-American High School Championships, event sponsors have decided to broaden the nomination process and extend the deadline for participants.

Denny’s, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) are opening up the nomination process for the inaugural event to crown the nation’s top high school male and female varsity bowlers. The change will allow anyone – coaches, parents, media, friends and even the athletes themselves – to nominate state recognized varsity high school bowlers to participate in the high school championships. In addition, nomination and application forms now must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2007.

The premier event not only will showcase the nation’s top varsity high school bowlers but also will help promote the future growth of the sport at the high school level.

Under the rules for the Denny’s All-American High School Championships, only senior bowlers in those states with recognized varsity level bowling programs will be eligible to participate. Currently, 16 states have both male and female varsity bowling programs, two states recognize varsity bowling for girls only and one has an adaptive program for those with physical and mental challenges. Another 26 states have club level programs.

To be considered for the Denny’s All-American High School Championships, eligible senior male and female bowlers are required to submit a formal application and meet certain academic and other criteria. A completed application form must accompany any nomination form. Students also may nominate themselves by simply completing and submitting an application form with appropriate supporting information. A national selection committee will make the final determination on all student participants.

Details regarding eligibility, along with application and nomination forms, are available at pba.com and bowl.com.

The two-day tournament will be held March 24-25, 2007 to coincide with the Denny's PBA World Championship in Grand Rapids, Mich., will feature the top girl and top boy varsity bowlers competing head-to-head March 24, narrowing the tournament field down to two male and female competitors, who will face off March 25. The newly crowned girl and boy high school champions then will team with professionals Kelly Kulick, the first female PBA exempt bowler, and a member of the Denny’s PBA Sponsor Competition Team for a one-game doubles match.

Immediately following the conclusion of the Denny’s World Championship, the high school finalists will take to the lanes for the chance to compete for $10,000 in scholarships on a PBA oil pattern and in an arena setting before more than 2,000 spectators. The high school finals will be broadcast on ESPN on April 22, 2007.
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