Soldiers, spouses compete in multi-service bowling tourney

| April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Spc. Jesus Aranda
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Service men and women, military family members and military retirees from Schofield Barracks competed against teams representing U.S. Marines, Air Force and Navy during the All-Services Bowling Tournament held at several Oahu military bases, April 4-9.

The U.S. Army team welcomed talented military bowlers from the other services to Schofield Barracks, April 8, to test the Army’s talents for bragging rights and several prizes.

Army Team member Jiovanna Morley, a resident of Makakilo, Hawaii, hurls her bowling ball down the lane during the singles competition of the All-Services Bowling Tournament held at the Bowling Center, here, April 8. Morley, a military spouse and the daughter of a retired Soldier, will also compete this June during the Hawaii TV Bowling League, an inter-island bowling competition.Representing the active Army on Schofield Barracks were Soldiers from Headquarters Support Company, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, including Sgt. 1st Class Ken Andreas, the HSC operations noncommissioned officer, and Sgt. 1st Class Brian Ash, an equal opportunity representative for the STB.

“I’m proud to be able to represent our company and the Army,” Andreas said. “Through this competition we get the opportunity to see other sides of the military and meet some of their best service members and bowlers.”

As part of the five-day tournament, competitors toured several bowling centers on Oahu military bases, including Kaneohe Bay, Hickam Air Force Base, Pearl Harbor and Schofield Barracks. 

Through the rotation, each military installation provided teams the opportunity to perform at their “home field.”

“Many of the bowlers here feel the lanes at Schofield are some of the better lanes on the island,” Andreas said. “But every service has a chance to bowl at one of their (own) military posts.”

For members of the Army team, the goal of the tournament was to win, but the most rewarding aspect was the opportunity to compete with such a diverse pool of multi-service bowlers.

“We’re bowling to win, of course,” Andreas said. “But we all want to have fun and improve our skills by meeting and playing against bowlers from the other services.”

Bowlers were scored by their performance during the five-day tournament, according to competition category and gender. 

Among the categories of competition were singles, doubles, mixed doubles and total pin-fall count.

“I didn’t join the tournament expecting to be perfect,” said Jiovanna Morley, a military spouse and the point leader among females, going into the singles competition at Schofield.

“The other bowlers are really competitive, but we all see the tournament as an opportunity to improve,” she said. 

As the competition came to a close, the feeling of camaraderie amongst all teams present was palpable for some event spectators. 

Sgt. 1st Class Ken Andreas, operations noncommissioned officer for Headquarters Support Company, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, prepares to bowl in the All-Services Bowling Tournament against military bowlers from the U.S. Marines, Air Force and Navy installations on Oahu.Bowlers competing against one another laughed, cheered and playfully teased each other between pin strikes. 

This, according to Andreas, was the reward all bowlers took home at the end of the day.

“In the beginning of the tournament, some people were more serious in their attitudes, but since then, the tournament has become more about having fun,” Morley said. 

“We’re all here to have a good time,” Andreas added. “We’re enjoying the competition and helping each other out.”

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