FIRST PLACE FINISHERS (l to r) front: Carter Neuenschwander, Mason Neuenschwander, Nicole Knutson, Claire Turner
(l to r) back: Kyle Matthes, Optimist President Mike Johnson, Kim Carper
2ND PLACE FINISHERS (l to r) Joss Johnson, Austin Schreiner, Optimist President Mike Johnson, Samantha Sell, Jarron Walther, and Brianna Reimann
front: Zach Knutson, Mason Neuenschwander, Nicole Knutson, Jarron Walther, Amber Haakonson, Claire Turner, Abigail Moeller, Brandon Schleicher
mid: Joshua Hengel, Austin Schreiner, Carter Neuenschwander, Samantha Sell, Brianna Reimann, Joss Johnson, Hannah Moeller
back: Kim Carper, Jeremy Haakonson, Kyle Matthes, Grant Turner, Optimist President Mike Johnson
$3,615.00 paid in scholarships to area youth, thanks to the St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club!
The second annual "St. Cloud Morning Optimist Youth Bowling Scholarship Tournament" was held at Great River Bowl in Sartell on March 1-2, 2008. President Mike Johnson was on hand to welcome the bowlers and get the tournament started. Numerous Optimist members were on hand to assist.
This is the second year that this group has focused on area youth and donated $3000.00 to the prize fund for this tournament. This is by far the best youth scholarship tournament in central Minnesota, and possibly the state. This sanctioned handicapped tournament had 8 divisions based on age and gender. Each division guaranteed 1st place at $150, 2nd place of $100, and third place at $75. The youth bowlers and their parents are extremely thankful for the support and encouragement the Morning Optimist Club has provided.
1 in 3 bowlers won scholarship money based on their winning scores. The top 3 in each division also received a trophy. All bowlers received Blue Ribbons for participation. An additional 9 bowlers, who did not win based on their scores, won scholarships based on: highest handicap game out, highest handicap series out, and 4 random draw names.
Kyle Matthes, a junior at Sauk Rapids High School, earned a honor award from the United States Bowling Congress for shooting 11 strikes in a row in his 2nd game of the tournament. He bowled games of 232 - 296 - 240 for a series of 768 to win the "Boys age 15-18" division.
Youngest bowler was Jarron Walther, age 6, who also bowled this tournament last year at age 5.
Bowlers were allowed to enter side brackets for a chance to win additional scholarship money. 95 side entries paid $475 to bowlers in the form of scholarships.
Bowlers came mostly from the local area, but included bowlers from Brainerd, Cold Spring, Inver Grove Heights, St. Paul, and Avon.
Winners were (handicapped scores):
8 & Under
Nicole Knutson - 390, 1st place
9 - 11
Claire Turner - 747, 1st place
Samantha Sell - 729, 2nd place
Hope Kenyon - 721, 3rd place
Abigail Moeller - 718, 4th place
Atlanta Bidinger - 700, 5th place
Kelsey Rubink - 696, 6th place
Kaesha Madden, 670 high series out
12 - 14
Becca Doll - 723, 1st place
Brianna Reimann - 678, 2nd place
Megan Wilkinson - 619, 3rd place
15 - 18
Kim Carper - 758, 1st place
Amanda Doll - 680, 2nd place
Ashley Zormeier - 667, 3rd place
8 & under
Mason Neuenschwander - 672, 1st place
Jarron Walther - 644, 2nd place
9 - 11
Carter Neuenschwander - 702, 1st place
Austin Schreiner - 697, 2nd place
Andrew Olmscheid - 692, 3rd place
Zach Knutson, random winner
12 - 14
Ryan Bidinger - 777, 1st place
Joss Johnson -763, 2nd place
Ryan Hassler - 738, 3rd place
Shane Welle - 728, 4th place
Patrick Smieja, 693 high handicap game out
Joshua Hengel, 680 high handicap series out
Cooper Botkin, 680 high handicap series out
Marshall Wirzfeld, 677 high handicap series out
15 - 18
Kyle Matthes - 825, 1st place
Will Bassett - 745 , 2nd place
Grant Turner - 719, 3rd place
Patrick Schultz - 713, 4th place
Jeremy Haakonson - 698, 5th place
Brandon Schleicher - 685, 6th place
Mikey Schmitz - 678 7th place
Adam Braucks, random winner
Joey Popp, random winner
Justin Popp, random winner