Staff Bio's


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Jim Hilligas Jr. (Owner)

Jim Hilligas Jr.

Staffed By: Storm Bowling & Roto Grip
Home Town: Centerville, OH
Birth Year: 1977
Throws: Right Handed
300 Games: 72

42 career 800 series with a high of 867

Jim has over 20 years experience in the Pro Shop industry and is the co-owner & co-founder of Jim is in charge of customer service, he is our product specialist and head ball driller. Jim has also coached high school bowling and private lessons.

Bowling has been a huge part of my life since I was 4 year old and began youth bowling. During YABA, I won multiple tournaments and continued my bowling career in high school where I bowled on the varsity team for 4 years. I pursued my collegiate bowling career at Morehead State University, an A1 division school. I still bowl competitively and have won tournaments coast to coast, with my most notable accomplishment being The World Team Challenge Grand Nations in 2005. I have been in the proshop business since 2000.

In my off time from bowling, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my fiancé, Casey and my 17 year old daughter, Jazilyn. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle, playing volleyball, playing pool, and fine dining. Drag racing is another hobby of mine and when I'm not racing you may find me at Eldora Speedway watching dirt car racing. When the weather is nice you can find me at our local golf courses. I enjoy staying busy and hanging out with friends.


  • Finished 42nd in Singles at the 2010 USBC Nationals
  • Personal High Average of 248 (99 games)
  • Bowled for Morehead State University from 1996-2000
  • 1st - Bowlers Action Tour - 1995
  • 1st - 700 Club Tournament - 2002
  • 1st - Shootout at the fort sweeper - 2004
  • 1st - West Virginia Sweeper, Galaxy Lanes - 2003
  • 1st - West Milton Shootout - 2003
  • 1st - PBA Sweeper - 2004
  • 1st - World Team Challenge Grand Championship - 2004
  • 1st - City Team Scratch/Handicapped - 2006
  • 1st - City Singles Scratch - 2007
  • 1st - City Mixed Team - 2009
  • 1st - City Mixed Team- 2011
  • 2011 Season Greater Dayton, OH - Bowler of the Year
  • 2011 1st Team All City
  • 1st - City Mixed Team - 2012 (Scratch & Handicap)
  • 2012 1st Team All City

Michael Hilligas (Owner)

Michael Hilligas

Home Town: Centerville, OH
Birth Year: 1979
Throws: Right Handed

Mike has over 15 years experience in the Pro Shop industry and is the co-owner & co-founder of Mike is in charge of all technical aspects of the website and product acquisition.

Mike began bowling at the age of 5 in leagues and continued bowling in leagues and tournaments until 18. Mike bowled for his high school bowling team and participated in bi-weekly YABA tournaments. After a brief time away from bowling to focus on college he returned to bowl in recreational leagues.

Currently Mike enjoys spending time with his family especially his 2 daughters and son ages 16, 12 and 5. Mike has been an instructor in Shaolin Wing Chun Kung Fu and practiced regularly for years. He also enjoys traveling to foreign countries, cooking, going to food festivals, and staying active.


Nick Contreras

Nick Contreras

Staffed By: Brunswick & Vise Inserts
Home Town: Gulfport, MS
Birth Year: 1986
Throws: Right Handed
300 Games: 78

56 career 800 series with a high of 869

I was born in New Orleans, LA and started Bowling at a very young age since my entire family has been involved in the sport my entire life. We moved to Mississippi when I was fairly young, which is where I currently reside, and where most of my bowling takes place. I enjoy working with youth bowlers and growing interest in building the sport in my area. In addition to, I'm also a Regional staff member for Brunswick bowling; representing the best 7 brands in the industry, as well as Vise Inserts. I'm truly humbled and honored to be able to represent these 3 amazing companies! I have several tournament wins and accomplishments throughout our region, and it is greatly in part to my staff affiliates.

In my time away from the lanes I enjoy traveling and spending time with my amazing family. I'm extremely blessed to have 3 beautiful boys, including a set of identical twins, Keegan and Kaysen. Three days after our twins turned 1, we were blessed with Karston and we wouldn't change a thing! My wife Bailey is truly a Godsent, she does so much for me and the boys it is remarkable; we are extremely lucky to have her in our lives. We also enjoy taking our car out to shows and car meets all around the south and maybe the occasional race or two.


  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Bowling Association (mgcba) record holder for most honor scores in a single season
  • Mississippi state high average last 6 years 245.95 for 111 games
  • House record 869 series Cypress Lanes bowling center D'Iberville, MS
  • House record 868 series Keesler Air Force Base - Guade Lanes bowling center Biloxi, MS
  • House record 833 series Island Strikz bowling center Gulfport, MS
  • Multi-time MS state champion
  • Multi-time Gulf Coast USBC city champion
  • USBC bronze level certified coach
  • USBC registered youth volunteer

Eddie Joe Torrez

Eddie Joe Torrez

Staffed By: CheapBowlingBalls
Home Town: Deming, NM
Birth Year: 1984
Throws: Right Handed
300 Games: 15

3 career 800 series with a high of 821

Being only 30 years old bowling has been part of my life for 27 years. I remember my mom taking me to Sat. morning bowling to bowl YABA. Being from a very small town and a center with only 16 lanes participation was always an issue, ever since I can remember. The thrive for the sport has never left me and still to this day as I get older, it only gets stronger. When I am not at the lanes, you can probably catch me at the golf course working on my golf game. I also work in the IT field where I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science in May 2009.


  • High average in 2 Bowling Centers 5+ years
  • Nominated for Las Cruces, NM USBC Hall of Fame for outstanding performance
  • Live TV coverage of win on Dec. 28, 2014 - Watch Video
  • El Paso, Texas City Team Champions – 2013 and 2014
  • 2008 - 2009 Men’s City Tournament - All Events Champion Scratch
  • 2009 - 2010 Men’s City Tournament - All Events Champion Scratch
  • 2010 - 2011 Men’s City Tournament - All Events Champion Scratch
  • 2011 - 2012 Men’s City Tournament - All Events Champion Scratch
  • 2013 - 2014 Men’s City Tournament - All Events Champion Scratch
  • Local NABI wins
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