Born to bowl

Nick Stenberg has been bowling since he was seven years old.

His interest was piqued after years of watching his parents bowl in their weekly league.

One day, he decided it was his turn.

From then on, Stenberg was hooked. 

He took bowling lessons as a grade-schooler, joined a league and even tried his hand at a few competitions.

After a brief hiatus, Stenberg spent the past two years delving into the sport. 

And it shows. 

The small-town bowler made headlines in Las Vegas for his standout performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The contest is held over the course of six months and bowlers from every state are invited to take a lane, as long as they’re United States Bowling Congress card-holders and league members. The competition began in February and will conclude July 15.

Every day at South Point Bowling Plaza, five bowlers are stationed at each of the 60 lanes in four separate shifts per day.

That’s up to 1,200 bowlers every 24 hours.

It’s exactly the kind of big competition that Stenberg had his heart set on from the get-go.

What he didn’t expect was to do so well. 

“In the lanes next to me, I had professional bowlers  … I was kind of the amateur that just wanted to keep up with them,” he said. 

He bowled in the classified category, which meant he had a league average of 180 or below out of a possible 300. 

To read the full story, pick up the May 11 edition of the Pioneer or subscribe to our e-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.


Story and photos by Mackenzie Reiss / Pioneer Editor


Nick Stenberg poses in his bowling gear at his workplace, Ullman Lumber, the afternoon of Tuesday, May 9. Stenberg currently holds first place in two categories in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and has been bowling nearly all his life.



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