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Weeks bowls his way into national youth tournament

It's been quite a spring for Tyler Weeks of New Richmond.

He graduated from New Richmond High School in May. He made a huge advancement in the discus throw, helping the New Richmond boys track team win the Middle Border Conference track championship.

And on May 17, he won the USBC State Youth Bowling Championship. Via that championship, Weeks has qualified to compete in the national finals of the 2008 Pepsi USBC Youth Championships on July 14-16 in Detroit.

Weeks won his state championship in the boys 12 and over handicap division. In his first series at the state tournament he bowled a 617 series. In the championship round he bowled a 672 series, the best series of his life.

Weeks bowled in the New Richmond Youth League at Gibby's Lanes over the winter. He'd bowled for a few years when he was in elementary school, then drifted away from the sport. He got involved in bowling again when dollar bowling was offered last summer. That drew him back into the youth league last winter. He helped his team win the Gibby's Youth League team championship. He rolled his best game thus far in the league championships, a 266 game.

Weeks won the state championship from among 3,200 bowlers who competed in 17 regional tournaments around the state. He won the state championship at Dale's Weston Lanes in Schofield. In addition to earning a trip to the national tournament, the state championship earned Weeks a $750 scholarship.

In the national tournament he will be competing with other bowlers for a chance at $20,000 in scholarships. Weeks will be attending WITC-New Richmond, studying in the two-year associate program to become a computer network specialist.