More than anything right now, Josh Claudio, 26, of Fall River, wants to get sponsored.

“I want to be sponsored and be on staff for a bowling ball company,” he said.

There’s a small company out of Rochester, New York, he claims, that has manufactured four bowling balls.

That is the company he would like to ride along with as they get accepted into the vast bowling ball world. He figures that a company has to start somewhere and he would like to be on the bottom rung and help them grow.

“I purchased one of Monster Bowling’s balls and I really like it,” Claudio said.

He has a lot of work to do, he says, before he gets on staff and be sponsored, though.

“I have to get other bowlers to try and to buy their bowling balls and also try to get local pro shops to carry their products," he said. "If I help them, they will help me.”

In the meantime, the right-handed bowler has been keeping busy on the lanes.

Last April in the Buster Memorial League at Trade Center Bowl in Falmouth, he bowled his first 300 game.

Then on October 26, in the Braiden’s Buddies League at Wonder Bowl, he bowled his second 300.

It was the first game of a then-career-high 773 series that also included 234 and 239 games.

Almost two months later, last month in the Monday Night Classic League in Falmouth, he bowled his third 300 game in a series that was three pins higher, a 776, that included 254 and 222 games.

Even though he is promoting Monster bowling balls, his 300 games were bowled with raffle balls that he has won.

His last two 300 games were bowled with a Storm Sure Lock.

“I don’t ordinarily bowl with a ball with a dull finish like the Sure Lock, but that cover stock works fairly well only on Wonder Bowl’s conditions," Claudio said. "The first week I had it, I bowled a 290 game with it.”

He bowls in three leagues, Braiden’s Buddies at Wonder Bowl, where he carries a 212 average, and the Falmouth league with a 216 average. He also started subbing in the Twilight League at Wonder Bowl and that has progressed to full-time. He has a 214 average in that league.

He started his bowing career when he was five or six years old when his mom would take him bowling for fun. When he was 13, he joined the Junior Program at Wonder Bowl where he stayed two years.

“I then moved to Florida and didn’t bowl there at all," Claudio said. "The opportunity to bowl never presented itself there.”

In 2007, he moved back to Massachusetts and bowled “here and there for fun.”

Three years later, though, while living on the Cape, he started bowling in a league at Trade Center Bowl in Falmouth and ending up bowling there until 2016 when he moved to Fall River.

“While I was living on the Cape, I had friends from the New Bedford area and they talked me into bowling the Classic Summer League at Wonder Bowl," he said.

He liked the league and has been bowling it ever since. He also liked the center and the area and bowled a winter league at Wonder Bowl.

Claudio has now settled in to his new home and also works as a lane mechanic at Holiday Lanes in Westport.

He’s been trying New England Bowling Association (NEBA) Tournaments and AXS (Amateur Experience Series) Tournaments and has missed the cut by three pins in one of them out of the seven tournaments he has bowled.

He now has a career-high 784 series and would like to see that grow to an 800 very soon, “possibly while winning a tournament.”

“I have been improving my average little by little each year,” Claudio said. “I like to see improvements. I don’t like plateaus.”

He owes plenty of gratitude to Tim Eaton at Trade Center Bowl in Falmouth for helping him with his game.

“He used to put tape on the approach and the lane and I’d have to shoot for my target,” he said.

Eaton also used to have Claudio shoot game after game only going for the 10 pin.

“I seldom miss a 10 pin now and in the rare case that I do miss one, everyone is shocked, me included," he said.

All that’s left for Claudio to do, is bowl an 800 game, get sponsored and go on staff for Monster Bowling.

“I’m going to give it a big try,” he said.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The USBC of Southeastern Mass. has a Trios Tournament on January 20-21 at Wonder Bowl. Squad times on Saturday are 2 and 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per bowler, $90 per team. Walk-ins will be accepted based on lane availability. Handicap is 90 percent of 230.

A Bay State Open Match Play Doubles s January 20 at AMF Somerset Lanes with registration at 9:30 a.m. and qualifying at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $100 per team. Handicap is 85 percent of 230.

The 6th annual Singles Handicap Bowling Tournament for Veterans is January 27 at 2 p.m. at Holiday Lanes in Westport. Entry fee is $40 per bowler. Handicap is 90 percent of 240. Format is four games across eight games. One is six make the finals. For more information, call Norm Blanchette at 774-301-7041.

HIGHLIGHTS

Alex Aguiar won his 20th NEBA title in the Cambridge Credit Counseling Invitational NEBA Tournament at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes in East Hartford, Conn. on January 7. He is the second bowler to win 20 titles in the 55-year history of NEBA. It was also his third Cambridge Credit Counseling Invitational win having also won it in 2009 and 2012. Jonathan Van Hees was second in the event last Sunday.

Craig Souza Jr., in the Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League at Wonder Bowl on January 7, bowled a 704 series that included 233, 223 and 248 games.

Joe Santos IV, in the Friday Night Pin Breakers League at AMF Somerset Lanes, bowled a 300 game on December 15.

Senior scores were:

AMF Somerset Lanes

John Grobe Mixed League: Sandy O’Hara, 201, 214; Chris Mercer, 201; Ron Rusin 201; Gerry Lanneville, 201; Bob Borges, 214, 204; Russ Chace, 232, 210/624; Kelly Van Hees, 245,213/629.

Wonder Bowl

NFL Seniors: Dave Flint, 268, 225, 214/707; Wayne Venancio, 245, 211, 204/660; Ernie Bourque, 226, 225, 204/655; Dennis Paquette, 215; Conrad Thibeault, 208; Steve Millette, 206; John Zeb, 205; Ed Pendleton, 204; Bob Bernier, 203; Ralph Johnson, 203; Russ Chace, 203, 201; Norman Mendes, 202; Steve Riccardi, 201.

Wednesday Senior Mixed: Richard Beaulieu, 223; John Harden, 204; Bob Thibeault, 203; Margie Monteiro, 199; Sandra Smusz, 194/493.

Other scores were:

HOLIDAY LANES, WESTPORT

Friday Night Fun League: Bruce Garnett, 258/651.

Westport Trios: Clem Amaral, 278/722; David Arruda, 278; Shane Batista, 234; William Bird, 236; Aaron Bonito, 228, 224; John Camara 268; Noah Carroll, 257; Jeffrey Chace, 235, 225; Kraig Collins, 257/666; Jason Correia, 259, 247/733; Ralph Dahlgren, 276, 255/754; Justin DeSouto, 258; Joseph DiSanti, 275/702; Ronald Faria, 237, 278/771; Tony Furtado, 244/650; Bruce Garnett, 224; Richard Gouveia, 200; Bruce Graves, 243, 238/700; Richard Jackson, 299/699; Clayton Jenkins, 245,246/672; John Kovach, 242; David LaFlamme, 223; Craig LeBlanc, 268, 245/705; Louis Lemmertz, 245, 258/732; Bruce Lipson, 266, 262/719; Michael Major, 261; Charlie McConnell, 258, 268/738; Joey Nereu, 268; Todd Nery, 214; Nate Olson, 242; Michael Parola, 242; Matthew Rayner, 255; Sean Richard, 259; Ryan Sanchez, 278/709; Michael Silva, 259, 244/727; TJ Souza, 248; Sean Sweeney, 243, 246/684; Diane Couture, 232; Amy Robinson, 231, 237/645.

WONDER BOWL

Center League: Clem Amaral, 234; Corey Amaro, 217; Justin Avylla, 256/674; Tony Avylla, 227; James Baker, 230; Keith Baptiste, 214; Kevin Baptiste, 224, 233/670; Eric Camara, 257; Joshua Carroll, 234, 233; Shawn Childs, 233; Ryan Conterno, 242; Michael DeCrosta, 211; Frank Figueira, 221; Tony Furtado, 247/685; Eric Hunt, 200; Ken Johnson, 244; Christopher Kelly, 216, 213; Jason LaFlamme, 223; Todd Letourneau, 244; Joey Lopes, 205; James Manchester, 213; Todd Manchester, 215, 227; John Miranda, 212; Nate Olson, 244; David Saucier, 280/739; David Saulnier, 231/668; Jayme Silva Jr., 241; Jayme Silva, 277; Jeffrey Simmons, 203; Bryant Souza, 236; Ed Souza, 244; Ryan Souza, 233; Nathan St. Don, 241, 256/731; Robert St. Gelais, 243; Steve Tinkham, 279/741; Andrew Travers, 232; Lonnie Ulrich, 266; Daniel Wales, 212; James White, 253.

Early Birds Junior League: Maisen Borges, 207; Rowan Campion, 108; Tyson Campion, 136, 131, 134/401; Noah DiGregorio, 120; Autumn DeMello, 134; Rachel Enos, 177; Jake Gidley, 139; Jillian Giroux, 124; Juliana Rivera, 203/519.

Hit or Miss: Karen Allerdt, 29/528; Kim Amaral, 201/556; Regina Bouchard, 547; Brent Brewer, 234, 233/651; Mitchell Craveiro, 213; Norm Daniels, 211, 203; Robert Eldridge, 236, 244/679; Julie Eldridge, 227, 204/612; David Florent, 244, 222/659; Dylan Hernandez, 204, 200; Red Jerome, 243; Melissa LeBlanc, 222/571; Rachel Maciel, 505; Ronald Maciel, 232, 246/660; Philip McAlpine, 216, 202; Richard Medeiros, 212; Sarah Moura, 506; Wendy Silvia, 492; William Sousa, 220, 226; Antone Souza, 200; Stephen Souza, 222, 217, 210/649; Marybeth Spindola, 203/551; Stephen Szymanski, 200; Derek Taylor, 235, 230.

Junior A.M. Program: bantams/preps, Amaiah Aguiar, 151; Casalice Dias, 165, 174, 160/499 Megan Eldridge, 149; Jason Vasquez, 137, 143, 137/417; juniors/seniors, Ross Backstrom, 151; Coltin Baptiste, 222; Matthew Borden, 202; Hailey Gauthier, 184; Madisyn Leavitt, 246/586; Christian Letourneau, 208, 210/606; Jason Lopes Jr., 226, 244/660; Michael Sargent, 227; Craig Souza Jr., 203,202; Kobe Souza, 201; Zachary Souza, 223.

Junior Classic: Matthew Borden, 210; Zachary Souza, 203.

Monday Mixed (Dec. 18): Marc Beaulieu, 201; Arthur Boudreau, 203; Paul Boudreau, 277/675; Steven Camara, 223; George Kirby V, 202; Phillip McAlpine, 215, 228; Brian Miller, 201; Marie Mortagua, 507; Joshua Pimental, 219.

Monday Mixed (Jan. 8): Arthur Boudreau, 206; Paul Boudreau, 232; Thomas Boudreau, 278/666; Debra Camara, 542; Kandra DaCosta, 202; Monique Gadbois, 501; Lauren Greene, 502; Eric Heroux, 215; George Kirby V, 200, 232; Carl Loria, 210; Phillip McAlpine, 277; Tyler Moraes, 200, 202; Joshua Pimental, 222.

New Bedford Educators: Len Bithel, 191.

New Bedford Women’s City League: Laurie Cannon, 520; Sandi Charis, 504; Kathy Fernandes, 209; Rachel Maciel, 545.

Pioneer League (Dec. 18): Nick Athaide, 261/660; Dan Avila, 246; Ken Camara Jr., 215; Kenneth Camara Sr., 238; Dave Crovello, 204; Cory DeTerra, 207; Miguel Gonzales, 235; Mike Murphy, 234; Robert Murphy, 214; Jason Oliveira, 225, 204; John Rapoza, 223, 223; Jameson Sabourin, 245, 205; Chuck Saloman, 201; Jon Soares, 204.

Pioneer League (Jan. 8): Jonny Acabou, 210; Nick Athaide, 255; Dennis Audette, 200; Paul Bennett, 203; Marc Bernat, 23; Steve Bernat, 254; Ken Camara Jr., 221; Kenneth Camara Sr., 244, 226/663; Dave Crovello, 251, 212; Cory DeTerra, 214; Alan Fisher, 221; Steve Francoeur, 227, 229; David Froh, 205; Alec Govoni, 201; Stuart Kinney, 200; Zack Medeiros, 215; Terry Medeiros, 225, 202; Robert Murphy, 210; Jason Oliveira, 264; John Rapoza, 266/672; Ken Roderick, 213; Jameson Sabourin, 251, 226/649; Chuck Saloman, 202; Rick Trahan, 214, 210; James Vieira, 265.

Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League: Ian Berens, 245; Matthew Borden, 201, 2o67, 211/679; Glenn Catt III, 216; Dakota Costa, 201, 208, 216/625; Hunter Fontaine, 213; Nicholas Kirby, 204; Cailyn Lopes, 200/540; Cameron McAlpine, 202, 204/617; Kobe Souza, 209; Evan Thro, 225.

Splice Girls Mixed: Jeff Cardoza, 268, 247, 245/760; Bryant Souza, 254, 247/696; Dave Flint, 246, 206; Devin Tremblay, 245; Paul Bourque, 239, 200; Bobby Rebello, 224; Matt Franco, 215; Troy Jacques, 20; Michael Crowe, 206; Brent Brewer, 205, 203; John Fernanes, 200.

Sunday Goodtime: Susan Barao, 227/559; Mark Collins, 256, 233, 256/745; Ray Colvin, 244; Steve Costa, 209, 222; Bruce Kimball Sr., 243, 215/645; John Maciel, 229; Mike Maciel, 246/686; Amy Marshall, 235/576; Arthur Peirce, 229; Artie Peirce, 207; Roger Pires, 220, 200, 2z18/638; Rodney Rapoza, 225/645; Brett Rowan, 237; Tim Sousa, 212, 202; Brandi Souza, 200/561; Barry Szczupak, 216, 287/694; Tony Vieira, 221; Aaron Williams, 264, 246, 211/721.

Sundowners: Scott Andrade Jr, 235; Cori Baptista, 200; Kim Brittain, 232/510; Dave Brittain, 222; John Fernandes, 213; Tony Furtado, 270, 237/700; Joey Gonsalves, 212; George Henriques, 201, 205; Karen Henriques, 214, 218/579; Nicole Ingham, 201/540; Barbara Jerome, 219/526; John Marsden, 278/659; Arthur Martin, 236; Cameron Rogers, 227; Brett Rowan, 234; Tommy Rowan, 203; Brittany Silva, 521; Bill Silveira, 204; Bill Walsh, 200.

Teddy Bears: Michael Gelinas, 190/545; Glenn Lagasse, 184, 188/543; Kareem Thompson, 213/551.

Tuesday Nite Mixed: Brian Alves, 202, 207; Keith Bretton, 225, 227/613; Ray Colvin, 269, 265/723; Pete Cormier, 210, 212/611; Matt DeMello, 245/630; Cyndi DeFreitas, 211/522; Dave DeFreitas, 214; Dennis Gallant, 247; Mike Gendrin, 204; Rick Holmes, 219, 244, 200/663; Jason Kowal, 200; Mike Lake, 218; Mike Lavoie, 209; John Marsden, 202; Curtis Moreira, 219, 237, 238/694; Ozzie Oswald, 214; Jessie Pacheco, 227, 221/626; Pete Pelletier, 205; Dwayne Pittsley, 215; Edward Rose, 204, 205, 201/610; Dave Saulnier, 239, 247, 221/707; Mark Schmidt, 203; Don Smallwood, 214; Tim Sousa II, 213; Laurie Sousa, 200/514; Tim Sousa, 214, 205; Ryan Souza, 225, 232, 265/722; John Thornton, 205.

Twilight League: Alex Aguiar, 268; Clem Amaral, 232/652; David Andrade, 224, 227; Dennis Bedard, 268, 269/781; Michael Berube Jr., 245, 287, 257/789; Darrin Borges, 248, 280, 233/761; Keith Bretton, 279/723; Eric Camara, 247; John Camara, 258; Kenneth Camara, 245; Reggie Carreiro, 256; Noah Carroll, 232; Shawn Childs, 236, 244/695; Josh Corum, 266/707; Adam Desmarais, 268, 268/749; Eric Dobson III, 233/662; Robert Eldridge, 233; Jay Evangelista, 209; Scott Fisher, 245; Vinnie Furtado, 241/658; Stan Gibbs, 257; Jared Houde, 237, 233/681; Cade Maciel, 238; Ryan Massoud, 258; Ryan Moraux, 242; Joey Nereu, 257; Dakota Norcross, 202; Shawn Pacheco, 245; Steven Pinto, 235, 225; Joshua Pires, 256; Jason Ptaszenski, 232; Matthew Racine, 268; Matt Rayner, 267; Wayne Rebello, 235; Sean Richard, 254; Lou Rosa, 236, 236; Tony Santos, 234; David Saulnier, 235; Jayme Silva, 258; Peder Sivertsen, 257; Dean Snow, 226; Nathan St. Don, 245; Steve Tinkham, 255; Wayne Venancio, 279/720.

Wednesday Morning Wonders: Debbie Camara, 214/564.

Vicki Prevost covers bowling for The Standard-Times. She can be reached at jefgor24@comcast.net