The Rolling Thunder Youth Bowling league has just finished its 7th year at Rolling Thunder Lanes. The Youth Bowling league meets every Saturday morning at the bowling center and the kids bowl for three games, competing against a different youth team in the league each week. The league for the 2014-2015 year had 30 youth and was comprised of 10 teams of 3. The league ran for 22 weeks starting in October 2014 and finishing on April 25, 2015, making it one of the longest youth sports in the area. The bowlers are from Ignacio, Bayfield, Durango, and Farmington, and included nine tribal members and two tribal decedents. The ages of the youth ranged from 7-to-18-years old.
The youth teams competed for a first-half winner, second-half winner, and overall winner for the league. There were also individual achievements that were tallied, and awards given for the first, second, and third place. Some of these achievements included high average, high game and high series and most improved.
The Youth League competes at the annual La Plata United States Bowling Congress (USBC) city tournament as a group, and various other tournaments held at the Rolling Thunder Lanes throughout the year. On May 9 and 10, 20 youth bowlers traveled to Aurora, Colo., and competed in the Colorado Youth State Tournament against youth from all over the state.
This year the Youth League gave special recognition to the youth that were graduating, and will be transitioning from the youth to adult leagues in the next year. The graduates were: Tanner Lirot (Bayfield), Caleb Sapa (Bayfield), Keiston GoodTracks-Alires (Bayfield), and Jack Frost III (Ignacio). These bowlers have all been great role models for the younger kids in the league and will be missed.
This year there were also two nominations for the Youth Hall of Fame for the La Plata County USBC Association. Previous to this year there is only one former youth bowler in the Hall of Fame. The nominations were made for Excellence on the Lanes. The Youth nominated have shown phenomenal bowling ability, and have participated in local, state, and even out of state tournaments. Caleb Sapa from Bayfield and Jack Frost III from Ignacio will be the inducted officially into the Hall of Fame later this summer.
All of the youth involved in the bowling league have shown great commitment and improvement in this season and would like to congratulate all of them on a great year. Next year’s bowling league will start in October, any inquiries can be made to Rolling Thunder Lanes front desk.