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Alpena bowler holding bottle drive in support of combine

July 3, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

Alpena bowler Kyle Urban has aspirations of bowling at the collegiate level.

In order to have an opportunity to make that dream come true, he's asking for your help.

Urban is set to attend the Bowling Combine for College Prospects from Aug. 7-11 at the Bowling International Training & Research Center in Arlington, Texas where he will have the opportunity to bowl in front of some of the nation's top college bowling coaches in hopes of signing with a collegiate program.

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Alpena bowler Kyle Urban

"It's something that I've been wanting to do for quite a while now. It's some of the best kids in the nation so it's pretty exciting," Urban said. "It would be another dream come true (to sign with a program)."

Getting to the combine won't come cheap however and Urban and his family are holding a bottle drive on Saturday to help offset some of the costs that will come with the trip including airfare and hotel expenses.

The bottle drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Fact Box

What: Bottle drive for Kyle Urban

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 727 S. Second Ave

Why: Urban is collecting money to offset expenses for a bowling combine he will attend in August. Questions for the Urban family can be directed to 989-356-4613.

"We were going to do a 5K race, but we ran out of time," Urban said. "With plane tickets, renting a car and hotel, it gets expensive."

At the combine, Urban will be evaluated along with 75 other top high school bowlers, many of whom are hoping to catch the eye of college programs. Bowlers will be tested on overall skills such as shot consistency, speed control and spare proficiency and will also be given a score based on a Performance Evaluation Test, which combines a mix of bowling skills and overall athletic ability.

Last year nearly 20 college coaches attended the combine and several student bowlers walked away from the event having signed with college programs.

Urban held a 208 average during his high school career and bowled a perfect game as a junior. In his last season, he helped the Wildcats finish 15th out of 18 teams at the Division 1 state finals in Battle Creek.

Before he heads to Texas, Urban will take part in a one-day all-state tournament at Royal Scot Golf and Bowl in Lansing on July 22. Urban will be joined by fellow Alpena High bowler Nick Basanz and will compete against bowlers with the top 15 averages in his age group. The top four finshers will get medals as well as scholarship money.

Anyone wishing to drop off bottles early or with questions about the bottle drive can contact the Urban family at 989-356-4613.



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