Teen bowling champions return to Show-Me State Games, win gold

Sunday, July 20, 2014 | 6:52 p.m. CDT; updated 1:31 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 7, 2014

*CORRECTION: Shane Callaway took fifth in his division in the State Games of America in 2007. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated his result.

COLUMBIA — AMF Town & Country Lanes was filled with the sounds of bowling balls striking the ground and rolling down the lane, crashing into pins and sending them scattering. Cheers and applause came from family members as teenage bowlers achieved strike after strike in the four lanes dedicated to the Show-Me State Games tournament.

August Almstedt, 14, and Shane Callaway, 16, both of St. Louis, won gold in the teen doubles bowling competition for the Show-Me State Games on Sunday.

This wasn't the first time the boys played in the Games, nor the first time they won as a team. Shane has won multiple years, and won doubles with August in 2009, his mother, Connie Gallagher, said. Shane took fifth in his bowling division in the State Games of America in 2007.*

Shane and August met in 2006 when August joined the same bowling league as Shane. They became good friends from the league, Gallagher said.

Shane has been bowling for 10 years. August bowled from ages 7 to 10, then quit and rejoined at 14. He bowled just above his age bracket for this tournament.

Outside of bowling, the boys both like to play video games of all types.

"Any video games out there, they probably play it," Gallagher said.

August is also interested in golf. Although he isn't in any leagues, he enjoys playing over the summer for fun. 

Shane said his favorite bowling memory was his first time bowling a perfect score of 300, but he can't remember much about it because he was so hyped up at the time. He was 14 at the time, and his score came while he was with the league he bowls in on Saturday mornings. His series score for that game was 751, or a group of three games adding up to a score of 751.

August's favorite memory was bowling a 730 series earlier this year during a practice game.

Both of the boys' series scores were a great achievement: a 730 series requires an average of 243 points per game. This requires not only one high score, but three in a row. 

When asked about their success on Sunday, all the boys could say was that they were happy to have won again.

"We are hoping to take it to the next level," Shane said of future goals.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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