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PBA star Tony Reyes dies

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The sport of bowling lost former PBA Tour champion Tony Reyes on Friday.

Reyes, 38, was killed in a car accident in California.

He competed in 14 seasons on the PBA Tour, capturing his lone Tour title in the 2006 Motor City Classic in Detroit, where he bowled the 18th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history in the semifinal match against Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III. He then went on to defeat Wes Malott in the championship match 255-238.

"It is a sad day for the PBA and bowling," said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. "You hear descriptions about people all the time as being 'great guys.' Well in Tony Reyes' case, that is an understatement. No one who ever met Tony Reyes didn't like Tony Reyes. He was a great bowler, a unique talent with a gift of spreading the virtues of the game, a wonderful friend and the sadness we feel is indescribable. Our thoughts are with the Reyes family."

Reyes, who cut back on Tour competition in recent seasons to concentrate on his pro shop business and coaching, graduated from San Jose State University in 1998 with a degree in radio, television and film. While competing on the school's bowling team, he was named First Team All-America in 1993 and '95.

"Tony Reyes was an amazing person," said PBA Deputy Commissioner and longtime PBA Tour Director Kirk von Krueger. "When he walked into a room, you just couldn't help but smile; he simply made you feel good. Tony's '100 watt' smile was a window into the man inside and it told you everything you needed to know about him."

The accident reportedly occurred in the early morning hours Friday in the town of Redwood City.

09/28 16:39:28 ET

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