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Barington named South Dakota's USBC president for next three years

Marty Barington, of Mitchell, began his tenure as president of the South Dakota State United States Bowling Congress on Wednesday.

At an annual board meeting Saturday in Pierre, Barington was voted as president of the SDSUSBC for the next three years. Barington had been serving as the first Vice President for the board.

"It's sort of been something that down the road I expected to come to me," Barington said. "It happened a little sooner than I thought, but I think it was the right time to step in."

Barington decided to run for president of the board after finding out that former President Shawn Nielsen was stepping down. Barington had two years remaining as first vice president and ran against current board member George Martin, of Sioux Falls.

Results of the election were not available, but Barington was announced the winner and took over the position on Wednesday.

"I had plenty of support from my current peers and board members," Barington said.

"I've been active in bowling for several years and if you're avid in a sport and you want to be a part of it, the best way is to be a part of the board."

Barington said he has been a part of the bowling association since 2001. He spent 21 years working at the bowling center in Mitchell and has bowled at the national level each year.

Barington has had 24 perfect scores of 300 in his career.

As President, Barington said he will deal with local associations throughout the state and hear ideas to help grow the sport.

He also said the board works at the national level and manages the state tournaments.

Barington's three-year term ends on July 31, 2015 but he can be re-elected to the position.

"I want to move along with the sport," he said.

The SDSUSBC governs around 11,000 league members throughout the state.