These bowlers, ranging in age from 10 to 19, competed and excelled in various local tournaments as well as the three major NCBC tournaments.
Blake Paris, 13, Richard Torres, 19, and Charlie Goulet, 17, boasted a perfect game each.
Torres took it a step further, rolling not only a perfect game, but an 800 series, meaning he bowled three games with his total score equaling over 800 - a difficult task for even the most advanced bowlers. Robyn Renslow, 13, also got hot, bowling a 700 series at one time this year. Jazzmin Goodman, 14, became just the second African American girl her age in the country to bowl a 300, along with a 700 series.
"I'm very proud of them; it's an honor," said Natalie Paris, Youth Director at Harvest Park Bowl. "We have a program of about 300 junior bowlers within our own bowl, and they astound me."
Their scores were some of the highest in their field without a handicap. Sometimes bowlers, like golfers, utilize a handicap in order to level the playing field.
All of the 100 All-Stars throughout Northern California will attend an August banquet at Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz, where they will receive a plaque, a medal and a special All-Star-emblazoned bowling shirt. The All-Stars will also be honored and specially recognized in future tournaments in which they compete. One of the major prizes awarded the All-Stars is scholarship money, which they can access when they turn 18 and use for their college studies. Paris estimates that Torres, one of the area's most prominent young bowlers, has already accrued over $10,000 in scholarship money from his accomplishments on the lanes.
"The cool thing is that they're getting scholarships instead of trophies," Paris said. "So a lot of these kids are getting money toward their education."
The 12 All-Stars are Maria Dong, Kathryn Baron, Dominique Ciansichi, Mikey Pendleton, Scott Harris, Robyn Renslow, Jazzmin Goodman, Ashley Jones, Blake Paris, Ben Keisic, Richard Torres and Charlie Goulet.