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, 2018-05-05 22:56:15

Just when Kyle Arthur thought his 2017-18 bowling season couldn’t get any better, it did.

Arthur met up last weekend with Steve Todd, regional manager for the Storm Bowling ball and equipment manufacturer, while keeping score in the 13th West Virginia USBC/BA Open at Strike Zone Bowling Center. Arthur and Todd, who knows the Tri-State well, struck up a conversation about Arthur possibly working for Storm. An OK came from Strike Zone proprietor Mike Prater, the paperwork was drawn up, details ironed out and he signed Wednesday night with Storm.

“By far my best year. It’s icing on the cake,” Arthur said Thursday before bowling in the Texas Roadhouse Thursday Mixed League. “I’m truly blessed.”

In his first action on the lanes as a Storm rep, Arthur shot 289-245-279 for 813. It’s his sixth 800 of the season. In Game 1, the lefty started with 10 strikes, then left a solid 8 pin on the next shot to be denied a chance at 300. However, that series most likely got him back above a 240 average for the season. He averages 241 in the Storm Eastern Heights Men’s League on Mondays.

Arthur, who celebrated birthday No. 27 on Friday, receives quite a few perks. He’ll be getting a new Storm bowling bag. The Marshall University employee will be wearing Storm apparel when representing the company. He can do some writing (ball reviews are one topic) and videos as well.

“Quite the birthday present,” Arthur said. “It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Arthur first gives credit to Jesus Christ as you can find Bible passages posted on his Facebook page daily. He also gave a shout-out to four friends who made the moment possible. They are Sam Hobbs, who takes care of Arthur’s equipment; Ray Clarke, who does extensive video work; Prater; and Todd.

Even though league season is over, Arthur will stay active. There’s the Proprietors Cup and a trip to the USBC Open Championships in mid-June in Syracuse, New York. He also plans to compete in some PBA regional tournaments. He said not to rule out his taking a shot at national PBA Tour stops.

“All I want is a chance,” he said.

PERFECTO: Sam Hobbs rolled a perfect game Monday night in the Storm Eastern Heights Men’s League at Strike Zone. In the 10th frame Hobbs got a messenger to take out the 10 pin on his first shot, got mix on the second shot to take down the 9 pin and then flushed the pocket for his 11th 300 game.

TURNERS WIN: Alexis Turner and mom Dawn Brown Turner won the team title in the U12 Division of the West Virginia and Beyond Youth/Adult tournament Sunday at Galaxy Lanes in Charleston. Alexis shot 123-110-112 and Dawn fired 167-167-212 for a division-leading total of 1,452. They were nearly 300 pins up on the No. 2 team.

The scores by Alexis made her top qualifier in juniors. In the title match, the Turners had 453 with handicap to win by 18 pins. The Turners earned $190 in SMART scholarship money. Alexis got $50 each for being top qualifier in her division and winning the Strike Challenge as well. The daughter-mom win was worth $100. Alexis raised her total SMART fund earnings to $390. Proud dad/husband Terry was there to lend his support.

The tournament also had U20 and U15 divisions. Total payout for all three was $1,375.

HELPING: Donations from bowlers in the Colonial Loyals, C-K Friday Night, C-K Independent and Monday Bombers leagues at Colonial Lanes generated more than $800 to help Bella Deller with expenses for her trip to Dallas for the Junior Gold nationals in July. Tammy Wells reports more fundraisers are scheduled.

KIDS’ SAKE FUNDRAISER: The 32nd Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Tuesday, May 8, at Strike Zone. This is a major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State. Squads at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Teams of four or five members. Each participant must have minimum of $125 in pledges. Businesses can sponsor teams for $500. Call 304-522-2191.

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