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August 5, 2011

Ricker all “Hart” in Youth Tournament of Champions

Most 7 year old bowlers need all the help they can get.  They use bumpers and are content if they knock down any pins.  Ricker Hart, however, is not a typical 7 year old bowler.  The left-hander won the coveted Youth Summer Shootout Tournament of Champions on August 4th at Smyrna Bowling Center.  In doing so, Ricker bowled personal high games of 135 and 138 which more than doubled his average of 65. Moreover, Hart had to bowl 9 games which consisted of 5 qualifying games and 4 stepladder games.  He qualified in 4th place and won each of his 4 stepladder games on his way to victory, which came a mere 2 1/2 hours after his 8pm bedtime.  He also had to fight through a blister on his thumb for his last 6 tournament games and if all of that wasn’t enough – he had to bowl his sister in the first match game!

Michael Murrell, who led the qualifying with a scorching 1330 series, finished second.  Rounding out the top five were:  Zach Barrett, Drew Wiggins and Blake Hart. For his efforts, Ricker won a $200 scholarship which he can look forward to using…in 2022.


  1. Congratulations Ricker & Blake. You guys have done do well with your bowling. I am smiling big, so proud of you.
    You are the best.

    Love Grandpa Rick

    Comment by Rickey Hart — August 13, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

  2. Good Job!! – I am SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!! Keep up the great hard work you are doing. I LOVE YOU so much!

    Love ya!
    Grandma Jeanene

    Comment by Jeanene — August 16, 2011 @ 8:46 am

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