Local bowling: John and Kayla Riffle looking forward to P-T Sport Shot Classic
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent January 1, 2013 10:00PM
Kayla Riffle of Highland poses with the Championship plaque after defeating Alexis Voiers 189-155 to win the Post-Tribune Women's Awards Tournament at Stardust III Bowling Center Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Dyer, Ind. | Scott M. Bort~Post-Tribune
Sport shot Classic
When: 9:45 a.m. Sunday
Where: Stardust III in Dyer
Oil pattern: 48-foot Pillar to Post shot in which the majority of the first 40 feet is heavy oil, then about three feet of lighter oil, followed by heavier oil for the last five feet of the pattern. Visit post-trib.com/sports to see a breakdown of the shot.
Updated: February 3, 2013 6:24AM
When Kayla Riffle competes in Sunday’s Post-Tribune Winter Sports Shot Classic at Stardust III in Dyer, she’ll be returning to a bowling center that was the site of her first tourney title as an adult bowler.
Riffle, the daughter of local sharpshooter John and daughter of Highland bowling coach Lisa Dickerson, became the youngest Post-Tribune women’s champion at 18 years old in May 2011.
Kayla’s excited about Sunday because her dad will also be bowling in the event and she’s back in a good bowling groove after experiencing a lull recently.
“I’m finally back on my game,” said Kayla, who’s a member of the Calumet College women’s bowling team. “I was in a bit of funk; it was mostly mental. I sometimes bowl too fast, but my dad helped balance me out.”
John said he’s developed a practical system for the times when he sees Kayla needing a little coaching.
“Kayla has a great physical game,” he said. “I was able help her mental game. She throws too hard sometimes. Since I can’t help her physically, I throw her mental images in her head to slow her down. There are key words I use with her.”
John knows a lot about the mental game since he’s excelled as an amateur bowler in the region since he became an adult bowler — competing and succeeding against fellow competitors such as Bob Kammer Jr., Kenny Parks, Mike Kubacki and Eugene McCune.
Kayla has also had her share of success recently — winning the second fall King of the Hill at Stardust III on Nov. 2 as just the second woman to win the event.
“It’s always nice to beat the guys,” Kayla said.
And what would be especially fun for the Riffles is if they wound up drawing the same pair of lanes in the blind draw — all three divisions are mixed together during the event. But the fact they will be able to bowl the same event brings some excitement in itself.
“We’re definitely looking forward to the event,” Kayla said.
Stardust III manager Shaun Ciesielski said the idea of divisions bowling together is popular among many of the participants.
“Youth especially like bowling with adults,” he said. “It gives them that challenge of wanting to beat the older bowlers. I’ve never heard any complaints.”