Rising Stars

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As a long-time supporter and advertiser with the Bowlers Journal International, Turbo is delighted to share and support the BJI Generation Next, a new magazine feature that recognizes outstanding youth bowlers and future ambassadors of the sport. The athletes recognized here were featured in a recent issue of the BJI.

Bowlers can apply for Generation Next by submitting the following information to tracklwright@aol.com: Name, e-mail address, Age, Average, High Game, High Series, Bowling Accomplishments and Extra Curricular Activities. Eligibility Requirements: All certified USBC High School and College bowlers will be considered. Upon selection by BJI, bowlers will be asked to submit photo, similar to those featured on this page.

Turbo is firmly committed to helping support and educate youth bowlers fostering growth and life-long participation in the sport. Be sure to visit our Coaching Section for more information on the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo, the premier recruiting and educational program for high school bowlers and college coaches.

 

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Natalie Koprowitz
Age: 18

This standout at North Mac High School in Gerard, Ill., already had committed to the St. Ambrose University bowling program when she learned she had won the 2017 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award from USBC, which comes with a $6,000 scholarship. Koprowitz carries a 4.33 grade-point average while serving as president of the National Honor Society, president of the Science Club, vice president of the Student Council, and taking college prep courses in algebra, biology, physics, trigonometry, calculus and genetics. The 2015-16 Dexter/USBC All-America Team member intends to pursue a major in nursing at St. Ambrose. On the lanes, Koprowitz won individual titles in high school regional and sectional competition this year while also finishing eighth in the Illinois High School Association state tournament.


Carson Opela
Age: 18

This 2017 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow honoree’s academic endeavors at The ASK Academy Charter School in Rio Rancho, N.M., span a broad range of interests from calculus and computer science to English literature and government. A member of the Rio Rancho High School bowling team, Opela won state team titles in 2014 and 2016, logged a runner-up finish in 2015, and finished third this year. Opela plans to follow his academic pursuits to Purdue University this fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering and focus primarily on mechatronics and robotics. Bowling, too, will remain a primary focus. “My choice of attending Purdue out of the many engineering colleges I applied to was that they have a bowling program,” he said.

Taylor Ausec
Age: 18

One of five youth bowlers to earn a 2017 Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship, this standout at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., has recorded a 4.54 grade-point average while taking advanced placement classes in chemistry, physics, history, English and Spanish. A member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, Ausec has been an active supporter of the St. Baldrick’s foundation, which raises funds to combat childhood cancers, and serves as a USBC Level I coach and as a volunteer for the King Pin Lanes Youth Bowling Program, a position in which he works with bowlers age 3-10. The team captain of his high school bowling team, Ausec also is an All-State Academic Honors recipient.