MEDFORD, Ore – Four local teenagers will represent Oregon in their respective divisions at the United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis.
The boys placed in the top two of their age group during a state tournament in Silverton earlier this month.
“We’re all excited and nervous,” 15-year-old Oliver Janes, who will compete in the U-15 age group, told NBC5. “But we are ready to go.”
14-year-old Jacob Bruff is also in the same age group and says his plan is to have fun and make his late grandfather proud.
“Prove it [my grandfather] that I am a good bowler and that he taught me well. Said Bruff.
Her friends, 16-year-old Connor Boehm and Charlie Wilson, will be in the U-18 bracket. Böhm qualified for last year’s tournament, but the events were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I had to train at home somehow,” said Boehm. “Had to do physical fitness and other training to keep me in the game.”
Wilson plans professional bowling and says the trip to the Citizens will help him get to the PBA.
“Getting the chance to get that experience and pressure at a national tournament will definitely be good for me.” said Wilson.
The championships are expected to start from July 9th to 17th. The boy’s parents will set up a GoFundMe to cover travel expenses.
Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony began his career as a print journalist covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website about the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony enjoys working out in the gym, playing basketball, and making roots for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Do you want to connect with Anthony? Send him an email: [email protected]