The Seventh Annual Kathy Demarko Bowling Camp and Junior Pro-Am was called a success by the camp’s namesake.
The event took place at Cherry Groves Lanes in July and was attended by more than 30 campers from Ohio and Kentucky and one camper came from Atlanta, Ga.
Demarko has enjoyed a very successful prep coaching career leading Glen Este High School’s Trojan male and female squads to numerous victories including the only known 300 Baker game ever recorded and that was achieved last school year by her boys squad.
Demarko is very proud of the instruction, education, and advice she and her talented coaching staff have distributed to many area young bowlers, but there is one area of which she is very particularly proud.
Demarko was pleased with the participation of professional bowler Brian Himmler who is from Anderson Township. She described the resident professional at Cherry Grove Lanes as "a good man."
The topics covered during the camp were lane etiquette, ball drilling and proper hand measurement, basics of the game, how to and where to stand for right and left hand bowlers, how to line up for spare shooting, and using the proper methods. In addition, the camper/participants were taught how to use different lane conditions, how to move as the lanes change, and how the machines work from the back of the lanes.
The participating student bowlers were Leslie Campbell, Tyler Meeks, Nic Huber, Blake Huber, Maggie Clyburn, Andie Scott, Kyle Collett, Paul Hudson, Peter Conrady, Peter Huffman, Shane Smith, Tyler Dieringer, Alex Vandergrift, A. J. Bollinger, Logan Delape, Justin Burkley, Mike Wilson, Jarod McCord, Jarod Martin, Josh Brafford, Noelle Beagle, Katie Georg, Amber Kellerman, Nic Pesnichak, Jack Pesnichak, Shane Simpson, Andrea Lach, Dustin Brinson, Natalie Demarko, Ryan Leinberger, and Shane Leinberger.
The participating coaches, all certified, were Kathy Demarko, Tom Huber, Tony Kellerman, Don Newkirk, Kirk Merman, Joe MacFarland, Josh Kellerman, Kyle Sunday, Meika Pesnichak, Mark Huber, Matt Clyburn, Phil Hogstead, Mary Beagle, Alan Downs, and Amanda Carpenter.
The participating professional bowlers were Brian Himmler, Tony Reyes, Jeff Fehr, Brian Kretzer, Eddie Graham, Jeff Zaffino, Ronnie Russell, Liz Johnson, Brian Shafer, Brian Waliczek, Jimmy Levandosky, and Riga Kalfas.
"It's getting bigger and better," said Demarko of the camp. "The amount of help I got from all of the coaches and professionals was very impressive. We had a real good turnout. I think everybody had a lot of fun, I know I did. The kids were great."