The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2014 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 6602 The 11th Frame: Nathan Michalowski nearly perfect twice in winning 2-pattern Riggs Classic <p>Nathan Michalowski nearly rolled his second perfect game of the day in beating top seed Andy Mills 288-188 in the title match of the 2-pattern Riggs Classic at Badger Bowl on Saturday.</p> <p>The tournament was contested on&nbsp;the 36-foot, 26mL <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>WTBA Team USA Los Angeles pattern</strong></a> and one lane with the 47-foot, 21.55 mL <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>WTBA Team USA Paris pattern</strong></a> on the right lanes.</p> <p>Michalowski rolled a 300 game in qualifying and had the first 10 strikes against Mills before leaving a stone 7-pin that was nearly a solid 7-9.</p> <p>First was $420 and second $250 in the tournament, which drew 38 bowlers with eight cashing. Third through eighth paid $160, $125, $100, $90, $75 and $75.</p> <p>The format for the eight qualifiers featured a mini-bracket for seeds 5 through 8 with the winner becoming the fifth seed for the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The eight qualifiers were Mills at 1,384 for six games, Michalowski 1,367, myself 1,353, Bryan Bannach 1,348, Kevin Punzel 1,324, Ron Wallenkamp 1,304, Chris Uffman 1,273 and Doug Leikness 1,266.</p> <p>In the opening matches, Punzel defeated Leikness 194-171 and Uffman beat Wallenkamp 210-151.</p> <p>Uffman then downed Punzel 246-167 to advance to the stepladder.</p> <p>Uffman then crushed Bannach 236-201 and me 247-224 before losing a great match to Michalowski 241-224. Both Uffman and Michalowski were looking at potential 279s when Uffman left a brutal blower 7-pin in the seventh and then a 2-4-8-10 split in the eighth. Michalowski struck to the 10th to lock up the match before finishing with a meaningless open.</p> <p>In the title match, Mills had an early open and a ring 10-pin in the fourth between strikes doomed his chances as Michalowski struck to that solid 7-pin that stopped his perfect game bid.</p> <p>I want to emphasize that all I really do for this tournament is lend my name to it. It came about when the folks at Badger Pro Shop listened to me talking about how much fun Dale Hackbart&rsquo;s 2-pattern tournaments were.</p> <p>Jim and Jessica Wipperfurth of Badger Pro Shop and John Anderson and the staff at Badger Bowl do all the hard work!</p> <p>My only disappointment is how few of the area&rsquo;s regular tournament bowlers entered. I&rsquo;d love to hear from them on what we could do to get them out, whether it be a different date or whatever.</p> <p>Los Angeles and Paris played about as I expected, with Los Angeles perhaps a touch softer and Paris a touch harder than how they played in the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League a few seasons ago.</p> <p>For Los Angeles, I used a shiny low-pin Roto Grip DERANGED straight up just outside 5-board the first few games, then switched to a high-pin shiny Storm IQ TOUR PEARL swinging it from around 10-board at the arrows to around 5-board at 40 feet or so.</p> <p>For Paris, I started with a 1,500 Turbo sandbagger low-pin DISTURBED straight up about 13-board. There was hold but no swing area at all to start. In game three, I switched to a shiny high-pin IQ TOUR FUSION as I was moving left, just rolling it along the oil line as the pattern got somewhat wet/dry. I ended up crossing about 20-board.</p> <p>Michalowski said he used an Ebonite INNOVATE and Storm IQ TOUR in the title match.</p> <p>I provided entertainment for everyone when I stuck during game two and fell over the foul line on my left knee and arm. No major harm done to anything but my pride. I stuck for a second time on the spare but didn&rsquo;t foul, and slipped on the other lane (after changing shoe bottoms) and guttered on my 10th frame fill ball. My nice 146 was my only game under 215 on the day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0600 6599 The 11th Frame: Chris Gibbons fires 39th career perfect game <p>Chris Gibbons fired his 39th&nbsp;career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday.</p> <p>The Madison Bowling Association Hall of Famer's&nbsp;fifth 300 of the season came in a 730 series in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Jesters League.</p> <p>Dick Thomas leads the MBA&nbsp;this season with eight perfect games.</p> <p>As the 2013-14 season heads to a close, Jim Schiess had the only other 700 on Friday with a 705 in the Prairie Lanes Odd Couples League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6600 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Winners of the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships <p>This is a spoiler alert.</p> <p>This blog contains the winners of the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships.</p> <p>The finals were taped Friday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for airing on CBS Sports Network on the four Tuesdays in May at 7 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>The team championship matches were a pair of 3-0 sweeps: Lindenwood over Urbana for the men and Robert Morris-Illinois over Pikeville for the women, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>The team competition details are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>The men&rsquo;s match was a tough way to end the amazing&nbsp;&mdash; and ongoing&nbsp;&mdash; saga of Urbana bowlers Graham Fach and James Tucker, which I have reported in blogs <a href="../../../news/article/6589" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/6592" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and <a href="../../../news/article/6598" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>After it was over, Fach made these posts on Facebook:<br />"<span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Well Reno, you definitely make me want to come back. First with the open championships and then with collegiate nationals. As a team we came up a little short of a true Cinderella story. I am so proud of my team and everything we accomplished this year. Sad this year had to come to an end but I'm happy with the way we went out. Congrats to the Lindenwood bowling team on the national team title and Francois Lavoie for winning the singles national title. I am honored to be a part of this team and am already looking forward to next year! Until next time Reno!</span>"<br />"<span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">I am honored to not only be a part of the collegiate nationals experience with my amazing teammates, but to chosen for the all-tournament team is incredible. Even more exciting, I have been voted Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament!!! I am simply stunned! thank you everybody for your support, it will never go unnoticed and it has carried everybody this entire week! you guys are the best!</span>"</p> <p>Fach and Pikeville's Katelyn Simpson were named the tournament's most valuable players.</p> <p>But I am glad to see a friend from long-ago PBA wars enjoy another national championship with his Lindenwood team.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is sweeter the second time around,"&nbsp;head coach Randy Lightfoot said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We won in 2005, but since then we've been third four times. We were that close to making the TV show, so this is extra sweet. They're a really unselfish group who showed a lot of maturity and started coming around at the right time. I'm just so happy we could bring it back home."</p> <p>In the singles, Wichita State's Francois Lavoie and Webber International's Diana Zavjalova, the reigning USBC Queens champion, won the titles, USBC reported.</p> <p>In the title matches, Lavoie defeated Midland's Perry Crowell 217-188 and Zavjalova beat Wichita State's Tannya Roumimper 290-247.</p> <p>Zavjalova put on quite a performance, as she downed&nbsp;Nebraska&rsquo;s Elise Bolton 289-153 in the semifinals.</p> <p>"Two days ago I was very disappointed because we struggled as a team," Zavjalova, who was part of Webber International's championship team in 2012, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "That motivated me to bowl well here. I wanted to win for my team, because I knew they were behind me all the way. I heard them cheering after every shot. It was a great way to end my college career."</p> <p>After just missing the team finals on Thursday night, Lavoie was happy to share the title with his teammates.</p> <p>"We took about half an hour to deal with what happened yesterday," Lavoie, a junior who made his third ISC appearance, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We just had to accept it and move on. That's all you can do. It means a lot to bring the title back to Wichita State. Every title is a team title. We do everything as a team, so this isn't just for me. This is for the whole team."</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is USBC's video feature looking at the championships. Good stuff!</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></strong><em>Friday's results</em><br /><em>Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.<br /></em><strong>MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP<br /></strong>Lindenwood def. Urbana, 3-0 (204-202, 200-195, 201-167)<br /><strong>WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP<br /></strong>Robert Morris-Illinois def. Pikeville, 3-0 (196-184, 192-167, 213-163)&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS<br /></strong><em>Friday's results</em><br /><em>Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.<br /></em><strong>MEN<br /></strong><em><strong>Semifinals<br /></strong></em>Francois Lavoie, Wichita State def. Gabriel Garcia-Rinelli, Webber International, 244-206<br />Perry Crowell, Midland def. Chris Via, Notre Dame-Ohio, 201-183<br /><em><strong>Final<br /></strong></em>Lavoie def. Crowell, 217-188</p> <p><strong>WOMEN<br /></strong><em><strong>Semifinals<br /></strong></em>Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State def. Heather Melvin, Wichita State, 203-184<br />Diana Zavjalova, Webber International def. Elise Bolton, Nebraska, 289-153<br /><em><strong>Final<br /></strong></em>Zavjalova def. Roumimper, 290-247</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6598 The 11th Frame: With college team in title match Friday night, Graham Fach, James Tucker scrambling to find way to enter minors at 2014 Open Championships <p>The amazing odyssey of Graham Fach and James Tucker continued in Reno on Friday.</p> <p>In one of the most incredible&nbsp;team events in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history, Fach fired 836 and Tucker 757 to lead Donovan&rsquo;s Bunch into second with 3,551 on Tuesday, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6589" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Team scores like that give them a great opportunity to catch Tim Damerow&rsquo;s 2,228 total that is leading all-events. Fach especially has a chance to put all-events almost out of reach with a big minors.</p> <p>But neither entered doubles and singles in advance, though they can enter until the tournament ends in July if there are open spots, USBC media relations manager Matt Cannizzaro said.</p> <p>They couldn&rsquo;t bowl minors shortly after team because they are part of the Urbana (Ohio) University team that qualified for the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, which is across town from the National Bowling Stadium where the Open Championships are being held.</p> <p>Qualifying and match play for that tournament were Wednesday and Thursday, and the title matches were scheduled for Friday evening.</p> <p>Fach and Tucker have flights out early Saturday and could have bowled minors on Friday, but their Urbana team made the men&rsquo;s title match of the ITC, which is scheduled for about 5 p.m. Reno time.</p> <p>So they could bowl the 10:30 p.m. minors squad on Friday, right?</p> <p>Unfortunately, both the 10:30 p.m. minors squad and 7 p.m. team squad were shy of full on Friday and, as is standard USBC procedure in such cases, were combined at 7 p.m., USBC Media Relations Manager Matt Cannizzaro said.</p> <p>&ldquo;If we didn&rsquo;t make the show we were going to bowl (at 7 p.m. Friday),&rdquo; Fach said.</p> <p>So that leaves them with two options: pay to change their flights this weekend and try to get in for minors or return later in the tournament.</p> <p>In an exchange of Facebook messages around mid-day Friday, Fach said he and Tucker possibly would explore sponsorship arrangements for either of the above options.</p> <p>&ldquo;The only thing holding me back from bowling the rest of the tournament after this weekend is my funds,&rdquo; said Fach, who is from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. &ldquo;All of my winnings get 30% deducted from it for tax reasons as I am Canadian and can only get that money back next year when I file my taxes, so I don&rsquo;t have a lot of cash in hand currently and would still have to pay for flights and hotels when I get down there.&rdquo;</p> <p>One complicating factor is that Fach and Tucker can&rsquo;t cash in all-events since they didn&rsquo;t pay that entry fee before bowling team, though they can win the title since by USBC rules it goes to the highest all-events total whether the entry fee is paid or not.</p> <p>Fach said he &ldquo;didn&rsquo;t declare I was doing all-events before the team event started as I thought I would only do the team event as we were only in town for a short time. If I don&rsquo;t get to finish those events it will feel like I have unfinished business to take care of and that I missed an incredible opportunity.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Open Championships are known in Canada but not as participated in or advertised as much as in the States. I know many people in Canada that fly out for the Open Championships and participate every year so there is still a strong following for the tournament north of the border.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fach said he hasn&rsquo;t quite grasped what an Eagle means yet, &ldquo;but my Facebook and phone has blown up over the entire week telling me how incredible it would be to get the Eagle."</p> <p>&ldquo;I have gotten so much incredible support from everyone in my life," he added. "My family, friends, and teammates have been with me every shot I&rsquo;ve thrown. My social media and phone has never blown up like this before and it is humbling, exciting, and amazing to have the support that not only I have, but the support that our entire team has. I&rsquo;ve been told we&rsquo;ve had not only our entire campus watching but a couple of bowling alleys full of leagues had paused just to watch our final match in both the USA and in Canada. I&rsquo;ve had college bowling superstars, parents, and coaches all congratulate me on the week that both me and the team has had. It is simply incredible to be a part of my team and everything we stand for. I wouldn&rsquo;t want to do it with anyone else.&rdquo;</p> <p>I am certain that if not this weekend, Fach and Tucker will be able to find sponsors who will make it possible for them to bowl minors.</p> <p>Damerow might be the only who wouldn&rsquo;t want to see them have that opportunity.</p> <p>It might be the most amazing story in Open Championships history.</p> <p>Whatever happens, it certainly appears that Fach and Tucker have bright futures in bowling.</p> <p>&ldquo;My first career goal in bowling is to help the team get to our first ever collegiate national title,&rdquo; Fach said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s what college bowling is all about and every college bowler wants to hold the Helmer Cup. My next bowling goal is to earn my spot back on to Team Canada. I&rsquo;ve come up short the last couple of years and have been doing everything I can try to get my spot back on the team.</p> <p>&ldquo;My future goal is to be a part of the PBA. It is a dream that I&rsquo;ve had for years when I first saw professional bowling and would love nothing more than to be a part of that tour. Whether or not I make it to that level, bowling will always be a part of my life no matter what level I&rsquo;m at.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0600 6595 The 11th Frame: Dwain Holznagel, Jeff Shockley reach perfection; Chris Smith slams 713, Cher Breunig 701 <p>Dwain Holznagel and Jeff Shockley fired perfect games, Chris Smith slammed a 713 and Cher Breunig a 701 to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>Holznagel&rsquo;s 17th career 300 came in a 762 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League.</p> <p>Shockley&rsquo;s sixth career 300 came in a 701 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s St. James League.</p> <p>Smith&rsquo;s 700 was her fourth of the season and Breunig&rsquo;s was her third, with both coming in the Prairie Classic.</p> <p>Tony Scialabba had the high series with a 785 in the Riviera Bowl Classic League, edging the 783 of John Losse in the Dream Lanes Major League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 782 by Joe Sirianni in the Badger Bowl MARBA League, 766 by Alex Crabtree in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s St. James League, 765 by Jacob Thomas in the Dream Major, and 752 by Geoff Hauge in the Prairie Classic.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6596 The 11th Frame: Title matches set for 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships <p>Urbana and Lindenwood will meet for the men&rsquo;s title and Pikeville and Robert Morris-Illinois for the women&rsquo;s title Friday at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>Those four teams are the survivors from 16 men&rsquo;s and 16 women&rsquo;s teams who competed in double-elimination match play using the Baker format Wednesday and Thursday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.</p> <p>The title matches will be taped Friday for airing on CBS Sports Network. The women's final will air on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Central time and the men's final will air on Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. The women's singles show will air Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and the men's singles show will air Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.</p> <p>There is no webcast of the title matches for team or the singles shows, which also are being taped Friday, and I assume USBC will not report the results until after they air. If the results are reported, the only write-ups I will do will be under &ldquo;Spoiler alert&rdquo; headlines as I do for PBA and other events that are taped.</p> <p>Graham Fach continued his amazing week in Reno &mdash; he fired an 836 on Tuesday to lead his team into second place at the USBC Open Championships &mdash; by delivering three strikes in the 10th frame to lead Urbana over Wichita State 4-3, USBC reported, adding that Wichita State had handed Urbana its first lost in the semifinals, 4-3.</p> <p>"I'm glad I did it for my team, and I'm glad my teammates put me in that position," Fach said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "We're a team of fighters. We knew Wichita State would come strong in the first match, and they bowled great. We came in trying to do our best, and we did more than we thought we could. The goals and expectations have changed, and we hope to throw good shots tomorrow."</p> <p>This could complicate the efforts of Fach and teammates James Tucker to bowl minors at the Open Championships, as I detailed <a href="../../../news/article/6592" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. I have exchanged Facebook messages with him and will report his plans when he has a chance to answer. I told him not to let answering interfere with his bowling in any way.</p> <p>Details on how the other teams advanced to the title matches &mdash; the second straight for the Pikeville women, who lost to Maryland Eastern Shore last year &mdash; are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>.</p> <p>BowlTV webcast all of the competition leading up to the title matches. The archive of match play rounds three and four is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The archive of match play rounds five, six and seven is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The ITC webpage is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Thursday's results </em><br /><em>Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>(Best-of-7, double-elimination match play)<br /><strong>MEN</strong></em><br /><strong>Third Round</strong><br />Urbana def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-2<br />Lindenwood def. San Jose State, 4-2<br />Wichita State def. Webber International, 4-0 (Webber International eliminated)<br />Clarke def. Fresno State, 4-2 (Fresno State eliminated)<br />Calumet def. Purdue, 4-2 (Purdue eliminated)<br />Midland def. Rochester Institute of Technology, 4.5-.5 (Rochester Institute of Technology eliminated)<br /><strong>Fourth Round</strong><br />Wichita State def. Clarke, 4-1 (Clarke eliminated)<br />Midland def. Calumet, 4-0 (Calumet eliminated)<br /><strong>Fifth Round</strong><br />Wichita State def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-2 (Robert Morris-Illinois eliminated)<br />San Jose State def. Midland, 4-2 (Midland eliminated<br /><strong>Semifinals</strong><br />Wichita State def. Urbana, 4-3 (Second semifinal needed)<br />Urbana def. Wichita State, 4-3 (Wichita State eliminated)<br />San Jose State def. Lindenwood, 4-1 (Second semifinal needed)<br />Lindenwood def. San Jose State, 4-3 (San Jose State eliminated)<br /><em><strong>WOMEN</strong></em><br /><strong>Third Round</strong><br />Pikeville def. Grand View, 4.5-1.5<br />Robert Morris-Illinois def. Sacred Heart, 4-0<br />Maryland Eastern Shore def. Adrian, 4-2 (Adrian eliminated)<br />Midland def. Wichita State, 4.5-1.5 (Wichita State eliminated)<br />Lindenwood def. Notre Dame-Ohio, 4-0 (Notre Dame-Ohio eliminated)<br />Stephen F. Austin def. McKendree, 4-3 (McKendree eliminated)<br /><strong>Fourth Round</strong><br />Maryland Eastern Shore def. Midland, 4-3 (Midland eliminated)<br />Lindenwood def. Stephen F. Austin, 4-3 (Stephen F. Austin eliminated)<br /><strong>Fifth Round</strong><br />Grand View def. Maryland Eastern Shore, 4-2 (Maryland Eastern Shore eliminated)<br />Lindenwood def. Sacred Heart, 4-3 (Sacred Heart eliminated)<br /><strong>Semifinals</strong><br />Pikeville def. Grand View, 4-2 (Grand View eliminated)<br />Lindenwood def. Robert Morris-Illinois, 4-2 (Second semifinal needed)<br />Robert Morris-Illinois def. Lindenwood, 4-1 (Lindenwood eliminated)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6593 The 11th Frame: Rick Baker falls a pin shy of perfection <p>Rick Baker fired a 299 game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday.</p> <p>Baker&rsquo;s 299 came in a 777 series in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Happy Hour Rollers League that was high for Wednesday.</p> <p>Dick Paulson was next with 772 in the same league.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 769 by Doug Leikness and 754 by Tony Pena in the Dream Lanes OM Cubed League, 758 by Casey Quandt in the Prairie Lanes Rec League and Terry Walker in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Happy Hour Rollers.</p> <p>Teresa Cothrine led women&rsquo;s scoring with 640 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Ladies Classic League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6594 The 11th Frame: Dozen men’s, women’s teams left as XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships head to final day of match play <p>A dozen each of the original 16 men&rsquo;s and 16 women&rsquo;s teams remain alive after Wednesday&rsquo;s opening day of the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, the United States Bowling Congress reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Four teams on each side undefeated: Robert Morris-Illinois, Urbana, San Jose State and Lindenwood for men and Pikeville, Grand View, Robert Morris-Illinois and Sacred Heart for women.</p> <p>Match play continues on Thursday until two teams on each side are left. Those teams will bowl Friday for the national championships in finals taped for airing in May on CBS Sports Network. The women&rsquo;s match will air May 20 at 7 p.m. Central time and the men&rsquo;s May 27 at 7 p.m. Central.</p> <p>The 32 teams bowled 24 games of Baker format qualifying Wednesday morning to determine seeding for the best-of-seven match play bracket.</p> <p>The highlight of competition was a Baker 300 by Wichita State in which a sub was inserted for the final shot. Video of the 10th frame is <a href=";list=PLF583A2816774FEB4" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Match play resumes at 10 a.m. Central time Thursday with live webcasting on BowlTV.</p> <p>The webcast archive of qualifying is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> and the archive of the first two rounds of match play is <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>The tournament&rsquo;s home page is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Wednesday's results </em><br /><em>Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.</em></p> <p><strong>QUALIFYING</strong><br /><em>(24 games)</em><br /><em><strong>MEN</strong></em><br />1, Wichita State, 4,926. 2, McKendree, 4,809. 3, Lindenwood, 4,762. 4, Urbana,<br />4,633. 5, Webber International, 4,557. 6, Midland, 4,553. 7, Purdue, 4,530. 8,<br />Marian, 4,522. 9, Robert Morris-Illinois, 4,500. 10, San Jose State, 4,456. 11,<br />Calumet, 4,452. 12, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4,447. 13, Clarke, 4,363. 14,<br />Morehead State, 4,330. 15, Rochester Institute of Technology, 4,307. 16, Fresno<br />State, 4,259.<br /><em><strong>WOMEN</strong></em><br />1, Wichita State, 4,803. 2, Robert Morris-Illinois, 4,781. 3, Webber<br />International, 4,726. 4, Newman, 4,619. 5, Grand View, 4,604. 6, McKendree,<br />4,588. 7, Lindenwood, 4,584. 8, Pikeville, 4,567. 9, Maryland Eastern Shore,<br />4,537. 10, Stephen F. Austin, 4,476. 11, Notre Dame-Ohio, 4,454. 12, Midland,<br />4,354. 13, Adrian, 4,319. 14, Sacred Heart, 4,301. 15, Kutztown, 4,286. 16,<br />Bellarmine, 4,084.</p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>(Best-of-7, double-elimination match play)</em><br /><em><strong>MEN</strong></em><br /><strong>First Round</strong><br />(16) Fresno State def. (1) Wichita State, 4-0<br />(9) Robert Morris-Illinois def. (8) Marian, 4-0<br />(5) Webber International def. (12) Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-2<br />(4) Urbana def. (13) Clarke, 4-0<br />(15) Rochester Institute of Technology def. (2) McKendree, 4.5-1.5<br />(10) San Jose State def. (7) Purdue, 4.5-1.5<br />(11) Calumet def. (6) Midland, 4-0<br />(3) Lindenwood def. (14) Morehead State, 4-3<br /><strong>Second Round</strong><br />Robert Morris-Illinois def. Fresno State, 4-1<br />Urbana def. Webber International, 4-2<br />San Jose State def. Rochester Institute of Technology, 4-2<br />Lindenwood def. Calumet, 4-3<br />Clarke def. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3 (Wisconsin-Whitewater eliminated)<br />Wichita State def. Marian, 4-1 (Marian eliminated)<br />Midland def. Morehead State, 4-1 (Morehead State eliminated)<br />Purdue def. McKendree, 4-2 (McKendree eliminated)<br /><em><strong>WOMEN</strong></em><br /><strong>First Round</strong><br />(1) Wichita State def. (16) Bellarmine, 4-3<br />(8) Pikeville def. (9) Maryland Eastern Shore, 4-2<br />(5) Grand View def. (12) Midland, 4-1<br />(13) Adrian def. (4) Newman, 4-1<br />(2) Robert Morris-Illinois def. (15) Kutztown, 4-2<br />(10) Stephen F. Austin def. (7) Lindenwood, 4-3<br />(11) Notre Dame-Ohio def. (6) McKendree, 4-3<br />(14) Sacred Heart def. (3) Webber International, 4.5-2.5<br /><strong>Second Round</strong><br />Pikeville def. Wichita State, 4-2<br />Grand View def. Adrian, 4-3<br />Robert Morris-Illinois def. Stephen F. Austin, 4-2<br />Sacred Heart def. Notre Dame-Ohio, 4-2<br />Midland def. Newman, 4-3 (Newman eliminated)<br />Maryland Eastern Shore def. Bellarmine, 4-1 (Bellarmine eliminated)<br />McKendree def. Webber International, 4-2 (Webber International eliminated)<br />Lindenwood def. Kutztown, 4-3 (Kutztown eliminated)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6592 The 11th Frame: With 836, 757 in team, Graham Fach, James Tucker not entered in minors at 2014 Open Championships — yet <p>In one of the more amazing team events in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history, Graham Fach fired 836 and James Tucker 757 to lead Donovan&rsquo;s Bunch into second with 3,551 on Tuesday, as I wrote up <a href="../../../news/article/6589" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>But neither entered doubles and singles in advance and had yet to enter as of Wednessday afternoon, though they can enter until the tournament ends in July if there are open spots, USBC media relations manager Matt Cannizzaro said.</p> <p>They may try to squeeze minors in before they leave Reno, teammate Chris Via said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p>However, they won&rsquo;t be able to enter all-events, as that must be paid before any event is bowled, Cannizzaro said.</p> <p>Yet while that means they couldn&rsquo;t win any prize money in all-events, they still could win the all-events Eagle as that is solely dependent on score and not the paid entry. (Theoretically, a Classified Division bowler who didn&rsquo;t enter Regular Division all-events could shoot the highest all-events score in the tournament and win the Eagle.)</p> <p>While Cannizzaro knew of no instance of that happening in the tournament&rsquo;s 100-plus years, he said USBC's Aaron Smith determined that Sherry Woodhouse won the all-events title without entering all-events and getting first prize money in Division 4 in the 2009 USBC Women&rsquo;s Championships.</p> <p>Tim Damerow leads all-events at the 2014 Open Championships with 2,228.</p> <p>Fach and Tucker are part of the Urbana University team that is competing in the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships Wednesday-Friday at the Reno Sparks Convention Center.</p> <p>Donovan's Bunch teammates Via and Kevin Donovan are fellow college bowlers from Notre Dame-Ohio who qualified for the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships, which took place earlier this week up to&nbsp;the TV finals. (Via was one of four men making the TV finals.)</p> <p>Via said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon that they are friends from college bowling who just tossed the team together after they&nbsp;had qualified in mid-March for Intercollegiate Championships, adding Kevin&rsquo;s dad Mike Donovan as a fifth.</p> <p>Although Open Championships entries officially closed at the end of February, Cannizzaro said if spots are open they can be sold any day of the tournament.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the past, when we were filled, if a team canceled that spot would be given to someone on the waiting list,&rdquo; Cannizzarro said. &ldquo;Same idea.&rdquo;</p> <p>So, effectively, entries never close, which some may not realize.</p> <p>There are spots open for minors in the next few days, Cannizzaro said, but Fach and Tucker have a complicating issue: once they checked their balls in for the Intercollegiate Team Championships they are not allowed to take them&nbsp;out of&nbsp;the RSCC.</p> <p>All teams bowl that tournament Wednesday and Thursday&nbsp;&mdash; the competition is why I have not made a direct effort to interview Fach or Tucker&nbsp;&mdash; with the men&rsquo;s teams that make the TV finals bowling Friday night.</p> <p>Via said Fach and Tucker are scheduled to leave Reno on Saturday morning, meaning they could bowl minors on the 10:30 p.m. squad Thursday or on Friday if Urbana doesn&rsquo;t make the TV finals, bowl the 10:30 p.m. minors squad Friday, or delay their flight home and bowl Saturday.</p> <p>If they do make the TV finals, they also may be able to bowl minors Thursday night or Friday if they are given permission to take their balls out of the RSCC and then re-check them for the TV finals.</p> <p>Via said he was given permission to do so between the conclusion of singles qualifying and Friday&rsquo;s TV finals of singles so he could bowl the Open Championships Tuesday and Wednesday.</p> <p>One thing that won&rsquo;t be an issue is team all-events, as Cannizzaro said Graham and Fach would need to average more than 800 for each minors set to put their team in the lead, and Fach's 836 is the only 800 of the tournament.</p> <p>Via led the other three from Donovan&rsquo;s Bunch with 2,061 all-events.</p> <p>Cannizzaro said it is standard procedure at registration for captains to be asked about entering all-events if their bowlers aren&rsquo;t entered, but in the case of bowlers entering just team the question may not have been asked.</p> <p>&ldquo;You can pay for all-events before you bowl&rdquo; at the tournament site, he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0600 6591 The 11th Frame: AJ Johnson named men’s college bowling MVP by coaches, writers; Tannya Roumimper, Daria Kovalova split women’s MVP honors <p>The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and the International Bowling Media Association agreed on the men&rsquo;s college bowling MVP but split on the women&rsquo;s college bowling MVP as they announced their 2013-14 honors on Tuesday.</p> <p>McKendree junior AJ Johnson took both honors for men, while Wichita State senior Tannya Roumimper took the coaches&rsquo; women&rsquo;s honor and teammate Daria Kovalova of Wichita State took the IBMA women&rsquo;s honor.</p> <p>Johnson, a two-time member of Team USA, out-averaged the men's field by more than two pins per game this season at 222 average for 62 games and won three individual titles in nine events, USBC reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>Roumimper, who was named MVP for the second straight season by the coaches, averaged 208.9 for 59 games and won two of the eight events she competed in.</p> <p>Shawn Wochner of UW-Whitewater was named men's coach of the year by the coaches.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BOWLING COACHES ASSOCIATION</strong><br /><strong>2013-14 ALL-AMERICANS</strong></p> <p><strong>MEN<br /></strong><em><strong>First team</strong></em><br />AJ Johnson, McKendree; Chris Via, Notre Dame-Ohio; Perry Crowell IV, Midland; Cameron Weier, Robert Morris-Illinois; Marshall Kent, Robert Morris-Illinois</p> <p><em><strong>Second team</strong></em><br />Kyle Sherman, Lindenwood; Nick Kruml, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Darren Tang, San Jose State; Kristis Sergejevas, Webber International; Francois Lavoie, Wichita State</p> <p><em><strong>Honorable mention</strong></em><br />Matt Gasn, Robert Morris-Illinois; Andrew Anderson, Davenport; Cameron Foster, William Penn; Ryan Zagar, Robert Morris-Illinois; Zach Doty,&nbsp; Schenectady CC</p> <p><em><strong>Most Valuable Player</strong></em><br />AJ Johnson, McKendree</p> <p><em><strong>Rookie of the Year</strong></em><br />Andrew Anderson, Davenport</p> <p><em><strong>Kerm Helmer Coach of the Year </strong></em><br />Shawn Wochner, Wisconsin-Whitewater</p> <p><strong>WOMEN</strong><br /><em><strong>First team</strong></em><br />Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State; Daria Kovalova, Wichita State; Diana Zavjalova, Webber International; Sabrena Divis, Midland; Brittany Smith, Grand View</p> <p><em><strong>Second team</strong></em><br />Jerracah Heibel, Notre Dame-Ohio; Kamilah Dammers, Webber International; Rachael Albright, Ursuline; Brittany Ferrara, Notre Dame-Ohio; Samantha Kelly, Robert Morris-Illinois</p> <p><em><strong>Honorable mention</strong></em><br />Samantha Johnson, Lindenwood; Emily Eckhoff, Hastings; Nicole Trudell, Sacred Heart; Holly Harris, Wichita State; Katelyn Simpson, Pikeville</p> <p><em><strong>Most Valuable Player</strong></em><br />Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State</p> <p><em><strong>Rookie of the Year</strong></em><br />Brittany Smith, Grand View</p> <p><em><strong>Kerm Helmer Coach of the Year </strong></em><br />Mark Lewis, Wichita State</p> <p><em><strong>Gordon Teigen Meritorious Service Award<br /></strong></em>Pat Polash, USBC Collegiate Sectional Coordinator</p> <hr /> <p><strong>INTERNATIONAL BOWLING MEDIA ASSOCIATION</strong><br /><strong>2013-14 COLLEGIATE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR</strong><br />Male - AJ Johnson, McKendree<br />Female - Daria Kovalova, Wichita State</p> <p><strong>Male runners-up</strong><br />Perry Crowell, Midland; Marshall Kent, Robert Morris-Illinois; Chris Via, Notre Dame-Ohio; Cameron Weier, Robert Morris-Illinois</p> <p><strong>Male honorable mention</strong><br />Nick Kruml, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Francois Lavoie, Wichita State; Kyle Sherman, Lindenwood</p> <p><strong>Female runners-up</strong><br />Sabrena Divis, Midland; Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State; Brittany Smith, Grand View; Diana Zavjalova, Webber International</p> <p><strong>Female honorable mention</strong><br />Rachael Albright, Ursuline; Kamilah Dammers, Webber International; Jerracah Heibel, Notre Dame-Ohio</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0600 6589 The 11th Frame: College bowler Graham Fach’s 836 leads Donovan's Bunch to 3,551 at 2014 Open Championships <p>When it comes to figuratively dodging bullets, Motion Plus Lanes narrowly avoided a big one Tuesday at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.</p> <p>College bowler Graham Fach, a 22-year-old lefty and former member of Team Canada, rolled the first 800 of the tournament with a huge 836 (290-246-300) to lead Donovan's Bunch of Painted Post, N.Y., to games of 1,223, 1,116 and 1,212 for 3,551, just 10 pins off <a href="../../../news/article/6558" target="_blank"><strong>Motion Plus&rsquo; team-leading and tournament record 3,561, </strong></a>USBC reported.&nbsp;</p> <p>USBC said Fach landed in Reno on Tuesday morning, made a quick stop at his hotel, grabbed a to-go order at Denny's, and headed to the National Bowling Stadium for his first Open Championships. That he then shot 836 is astounding.</p> <p>"My first shot was a split, and there were some butterflies early on," Fach, who started with a 6-count split and spare in his opening frame before striking on 31 of his next 34 shots on lanes 7-8, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I was definitely feeling the nerves in the 10th frame. I was trying to slow down, create a good tempo and keep the rhythm."</p> <p>USBC reported that after Fach finished off his 300, anchorman Chris Via, a former Junior Team USA member and collegiate All-American, could have struck out to beat Motion Plus by a pin, but left a 2-pin on his second shot of his final frame.</p> <p>"I've been anchoring the college team for four years now, so I've definitely been in that situation before," the 2-hander said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "The first shot was really good, but on the second shot, I just got fast and missed right a little bit. I'm definitely still happy with the score we put up here."</p> <p>"Chris threw great shots all day," Fach said <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "As a team, we bowled fantastic &mdash; a lot better than we could've thought when we came out to bowl. The fact that we were this close, just feels amazing."</p> <p>USBC reported that four of the team members were Open Championships rookies who were in town to compete in the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles and Team Championships.</p> <p>That tells you both how great a training ground college bowling and national teams are and how relatively soft this year's team pattern is: experience and having a group that practices and works precisely together just doesn't matter much this year. Heck, the second and third place scores didn't even have companion teams! (That's in contrast to the tricky minor events pattern, which has yet to yield a 1,400 in doubles or 800 in singles.)</p> <p>James Tucker, who bowls with Fach at Urbana University, added a 757, Notre Dame-Ohio's Via totaled 755, Kevin Donovan 642, and Donovan's father, Mike, a 17-time tournament participant, 561.</p> <p>Mike Donovan posted this on Facebook: &ldquo;My leadership was unmeasurable! Hahaha. And that 6/ in the 10th was a washout! Glad they brought me along for the ride!&rdquo;</p> <p>Mike Donovan may only have had 169 the last game for 561 but his washout conversion and 9-count in the final frame gave Fach and Via the chance to put the team in the lead.</p> <p>The overall effort of the team showed why I said in <a href="../../../news/article/6576" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a> that I thought Motion Plus&rsquo; 3,561 has a 99 percent chance to win.,</p> <p>I wrote that &ldquo;I think the only way it happens is if someone shoots a huge score in team like 850 and takes care of a big chunk of the 600 over, or if a team gets the kind of start Motion Plus Lanes had with its unreal 1,269.&rdquo;</p> <p>Donovan&rsquo;s basically had both of those things and yet still fell short because it had one bowler struggling.</p> <p>Fach and Tucker will be competing in the Intercollegiate Team Championships this week, while Via made the TV finals of the Intercollegiate Singles Championships.</p> <p>"This is incredible," Via said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We kind of threw this team together at the last minute with college nationals being out here. We scrambled some guys together just to get a team in. We just wanted to have some fun, but to put up a big number &mdash; it was a lot of fun."</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6588 The 11th Frame: Brandon Lindmeier fires 814, Rick Erce slams 804; Aaron Lomax, Dan Dickens reach perfection <p>Brandon Lindmeier fired an 814 series, Rick Erce slammed an 804, and Aaron Lomax and Dan Dickens rolled perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</p> <p>Lindmeier&rsquo;s supernational included a 299 game and came in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Erce, who had an 836 earlier this season, chained games of 256, 266 and 279 in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League for his second supernational of the season.</p> <p>Lomax&rsquo;s 300 came in a 739 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Elks/Moose League, while Dickens&rsquo; 300 came in a 659 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes U-Play-U-Pay League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 792 by Gregg Williams in the Dream All-Star Classic, 775 by Rob Hand in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s, and 774 by Heath Coenen in the Bowl-A-Vard Merchants League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6590 The 11th Frame: Amleto Monacelli wins battle of Hall of Famers over Norm Duke for PBA50 Pasco County Open title <p>Just what us raisins need: An Amleto Monacelli who is as smart a bowler as he is a fit human being.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s no secret that Monacelli may be the most physically fit 52-year-old on the planet. Watching him up close on the PBA50 Tour the past couple of years, I&rsquo;ve seen him throw it pretty much the same &mdash; awesomely well &mdash; as he did when he was kicking my tail on the regular PBA Tour back in the 1980s. I don't think there's another PBA50 player I can say that about.</p> <p>What I didn&rsquo;t know was that he didn&rsquo;t know that much about bowling balls and lane conditions as he fashioned his Hall of Fame career.</p> <p>The fact that he says that is changing can&rsquo;t bode well for the rest of us geezers, and the first piece of evidence was this week&rsquo;s PBA50 Pasco County Open, which he won with a 259-190 title match victory over Norm Duke on Tuesday.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of people may not know that I really only had a basic knowledge of my bowling equipment and lane conditions until recently,&rdquo; the Ebonite staffer said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;With the game changing so much now I had to pay more attention to what balls I should be using in different situations.</p> <p>&ldquo;Back in the 80s when I was bowling on tour, I was a &lsquo;feel player&rsquo; and I could make the equipment I happened to be using work. But now you just can&rsquo;t totally rely on your skill &mdash; you have to combine the skill with good knowledge of the bowling ball and how it reacts with the lane conditions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Monacelli, whose previous PBA50 wins came in the 2012 and 2013 PBA Senior U.S. Opens, is hoping that gaining increased knowledge of his bowling equipment and lane conditions will bring even better results on the PBA50 Tour this season. In the title match Wednesday, Duke led early with a turkey, but a 2-8-10 split in the fifth frame swung the momentum to Monacelli, PBA reported.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had to slow down my thoughts and not get too anxious at that point,&rdquo; Monacelli said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Bowling a great player like Norm is like when we were on tour together &mdash; the nerves are the same.&rdquo;</p> <p>Monacelli had two prior PBA50 Tour titles &mdash; the 2012 and 2013 Senior U.S. Opens &mdash; and 19 PBA Tour titles, while Duke was making his PBA50 Tour debut and has 37 PBA Tour titles.</p> <p>In the semifinals, Duke defeated lefty Mike Dias 225-183 and Monacelli beat Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. 236-225.</p> <p>The PBA50 Tour moves next to The Villages, Fla., for the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Saturday through Tuesday.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN</strong><br /><em>Lane Glo Bowl</em><br /><em>New Port Richey, Fla.</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em></p> <p><strong>Championship Match</strong><br />Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($7,500) def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($4,000),<br />259-190.</p> <p><strong>Semifinal Round </strong><br /><em>(one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)</em><br />Monacelli def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 236-225.<br />Duke def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 225-183.</p> <p><strong>Round of 8 </strong><br /><em>(best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,700)</em><br />Dias def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.<br />Duke def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-0.<br />Monacelli def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-0.<br />Williams def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-0.</p> <p><strong>Round of 16 </strong><br /><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)</em><br />Mohr def. n=Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-1.<br />Monacelli def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1.<br />Williams def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 3-2.<br />Breeden def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2.<br />Bohn def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.<br />Dias def. Williams Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2.<br />Weber def. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga.,3-0.<br />Duke def. Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 3-1.</p> <p><strong>Round of 24 </strong><br /><em>(best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,150)</em><br />Monacelli def. Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-0.<br />Mohr def. Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 3-2.<br />Breeden def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1.<br />Pedersen def. Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3-1.<br />Peters def. Gary Morgan, Marrietta, Ga., 3-2.<br />Parks def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2.<br />Learn def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0.<br />Voss def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-2.</p> <p><strong>Round of 32</strong> <br /><em>(best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,025)</em><br />Pavlinko def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0.<br />Mohr def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.<br />Henry def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.<br />Pedersen def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2-0.<br />Peters def. Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-1.<br />Carter def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-0.<br />Knopp def. John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 2-1.<br />Voss def. n=Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2-0.</p> <p><strong>Round of 40</strong> <br /><em>(best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $950)</em><br />Pavlinko def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2-0.<br />Baker def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-0.<br />Henry def. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-0.<br />Pedersen def. Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 2-1.<br />Peters def. n=Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2-0.<br />Bower def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-1.<br />Tavano def. n=Jose Estevez, Spain, 2-1.<br />Sprow def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-0.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6585 The 11th Frame: USBC confirms Colorado man’s 900 <p>The United States Bowling Congress has confirmed that Amos Gordon of Colorado Springs, Colo., rolled a 900 series last Friday in the Friday Night Mixed Early League at Thunder Alley Bowling Center in Fort Carson, Colo.</p> <p>Pending certification, it would be the 25th USBC-approved 900.</p> <p>Of course, those 25 include two pre-bowled &mdash; something that no longer would count &mdash; by Robert Mushtare that are widely doubted in the bowling world, and do not include Hall of Famer Glenn Allison&rsquo;s 900 shot with a polyester Columbia YELLOW DOT in 1982 that is widely considered to be the &ldquo;best&rdquo; 900 of all time.</p> <p>Roto Grip reported that Gordon used an ASYLUM in shooting the 900, which edged the previous Colorado state record of 899 by Denver's Terry Weddel in 2011.</p> <p>USBC reported that although Gordon didn&rsquo;t have a certified 800, he had come close several times.</p> <p>"The guy I was bowling against started with four in a row, so I was trying to keep up," Gordon said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "My mind was focused on trying to help the team win. We ended up barely winning each game.</p> <p>"Everyone started migrating towards our lanes after the second 300. When I went to bowl, I didn't hear anything, which was crazy. When I got to the 10th frame, I tried not to pay attention to everyone taking pictures and videos. On the final shot, I took my time, made sure I got myself together and threw a great ball.</p> <p>"It means a great deal to me. All of the hard work, focus and practice paid off, and it shows that if you put a lot into something, you can get great things back. I couldn't have achieved this goal without the love and support of my family. I'm going to stay humble and continue to practice and try to get better."</p> <hr /> <p><strong>USBC-approved 900 series<br /></strong>Jeremy Sonnenfeld (R), Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 2, 1997<br />Tony Roventini (L), Greenfield, Wis., Nov. 9, 1998<br />Vince Wood (R), Moreno Valley, Calif., Sept, 29, 1999<br />Robby Portalatin (L), Jackson, Mich., Dec. 28, 2000<br />James Hylton (R), Salem, Ore., May 2, 2001<br />Jeff Campbell II (R), New Castle, Pa., June 12, 2004<br />Darin Pomije (R), New Prague, Minn., Dec. 9, 2004<br />Robert Mushtare (R), Fort Drum, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2005 and Feb. 19, 2006<br />Lonnie Billiter Jr. (R), Fairfield, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2006<br />Mark Wukoman (R), Greenfield, Wis., April 22, 2006<br />P.J. Giesfeldt (R), Milwaukee, Dec. 23, 2006<br />Rich Jerome Jr. (R), Baltimore, Dec. 22, 2008<br />Chris Aker (L), Winnemucca, Nev., Oct. 30, 2009<br />Andrew Teall (R), Medford, N.J., Nov. 2, 2009<br />Andrew Mank (R), Bellevue Ill., March 18, 2010<br />William Howell III (L), Middletown, N.Y., Oct. 21, 2010<br />Matt Latarski (R), Medina, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2010<br />Bob Kammer Jr. (R), Crown Point, Ind., Jan. 8, 2011<br />John Martorella Sr. (R), Greece, N.Y., April 12, 2012<br />Jimmy Schmitzer (R), Riverside, Calif., April 20, 2012<br />James Williams (R), Pawcatuck, Conn., (bowled in Wakefield, R.I.), April 16, 2013<br />Joe Scarborough (R), Charlotte, N.C., (bowled in The Villages, Fla.), April 21, 2013<br />Todd James (R), East New Market, Md., (bowled in Laurel, Del.), March 18, 2014<br />Amos Gordon (R), Colorado Springs, Colo., April 11, 2014**</p> <p><em>**Pending formal approval by the United States Bowling Congress.</em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6329 The 11th Frame: Please join me for the second annual 2-pattern Riggs Classic April 19 at Badger Bowl <p>The second annual 2-pattern Riggs Classic is set for Saturday, April 19 (the day before Easter) at 11 a.m. at Badger Bowl.</p> <p>The tournament was conceived by the great folks at Badger Pro Shop after I talked up the challenge of two-pattern tournaments.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/5813" target="_blank"><strong>Tony Oliva won last year&rsquo;s tournament</strong></a>, which featured three games of qualifying on two Kegel Challenge patterns, the 37-foot Broadway and 45-foot Route 66, followed by a stepladder finals with Broadway on the left lane and Route 66 on the right lane.</p> <p>For this year&rsquo;s tournament, each pair will have one lane with the 36-foot, 26mL <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>WTBA Team USA Los Angeles pattern</strong></a> and one lane with the 47-foot, 21.55 mL <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>WTBA Team USA Paris pattern</strong></a>, after many bowlers said they'd prefer both patterns on each pair.</p> <p>The tournament will be scratch this year; it featured handicap at 90 percent based on 220 with a maximum of 20 pins per game last year. <span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".4c.1:3:1:$comment10202593090602970_6741493:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".4c.1:3:1:$comment10202593090602970_6741493:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".4c.1:3:1:$comment10202593090602970_6741493:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0.$end:0:$0:0"> Youth bowlers can compete, with any winnings paid to SMART accounts.</span></span></span></p> <p>The format again will be 6 games with the top five advancing to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>If there are 40 or more entries the fifth spot will be determined by a 4-man bracket in which the fifth and eight qualifiers bowl a 1-game match, the sixth and seven qualifers bowl a 1-game match, and the winners meet in a 1-game match for that fifth stepladder spot.</p> <p>The entry fee is $40 and first will pay $600 based on 48 entries with a 1-in-5 cash ratio.</p> <p>For reservations, contact Badger Pro Shop at 608-577-2695 or <a href=""><strong> </strong></a>or <a href=";ref=br_tf" target="_blank"><strong>its Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6582 The 11th Frame: Jim Fosdick fires fifth perfect game of season <p>Jim Fosdick fired his fifth perfect game of the season to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday.</p> <p>The Madison Bowling Association Hall of Famer&rsquo;s 56th career 300 came in a 792 in the Dream Lanes MARBA League, and he also rolled a 750 in the Dream Suburban Merchants League.</p> <p>Dick Thomas leads the MBA with eight 300s this season.</p> <p>Rob Hamilton was high on Monday with 795 in the Prairie Lanes Major League.</p> <p>Tracy Maves led women&rsquo;s scoring with 647 in the Prairie Lanes Top Notch League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6583 The 11th Frame: Darin Hays maintains lead as PBA50 Pasco County Open heads to match play <p>With a slew of Hall of Famers chasing him, Darin Hays bowled another stellar round of qualifying on Monday to hold his lead as the PBA50 Pasco County Open headed to match play, PBA reported.</p> <p>Hays rolled 2,028 in Sunday&rsquo;s first round and added 2,011 on games of 236, 217, 279, 269, 224, 249, 269 and 268 Monday to total 4,039 (252.4 average).</p> <p>Parker Bohn III, who like Hays is making hi PBA50 debut, ended up second at 3,940 as the top 40 made the cut to bracket match play with byes depending on qualifying position.</p> <p>&ldquo;You have to face facts and realize you&rsquo;re starting from scratch for match play,&rdquo; Hays said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Getting to the top eight was the main thing. I&rsquo;ve experienced both sides of the coin where I&rsquo;ve had big leads in qualifying and not been able to carry the momentum into match play. There have been other times when I haven&rsquo;t done as well in qualifying and then made great runs in match play. I&rsquo;m taking the attitude of whatever happens, happens.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bohn was one of five Hall of Famers in the top 10 after qualifying &mdash; Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli were the others.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really look at the entry list before the tournament but once I walked in for practice I knew immediately it&rsquo;s not going to be a cake walk,&rdquo; Bohn said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The field is a little older than what you&rsquo;re used to (on the regular tour), including myself, but you realize no one has forgotten how to bowl. I came out of the gate a little sluggish in the first round but it was a matter of just settling down a little bit and switching to another ball. I just had to work on getting to that comfort zone where you can repeat shots.&rdquo;</p> <p>Frequent Madison Area Scratch Tour competitor Todd Kjell of Roscoe, Ill., made match play in 23rd at 3,536; Dale Traber of Cedarburg was 58th at 3,379; Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha 89th at 3,215; and Dave Schultz of Jackson was 112th at 3,009.</p> <p>Tuesday's match play begins at 9 a.m. Central. PBA&rsquo;s Xtra Frame online channel is webcasting the competition live.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN</strong><br /><em>Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.</em></p> <p><strong>Second Round </strong><br /><em>(16 games)</em><br /><em>n=non-member</em><br /><em>s=super seniors (60 and over) out of</em> <em>regular prize list cashing for $700</em><br />1, n-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 4,039.<br />2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,940.<br />3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,793.<br />4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,739.<br />5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,730.<br />6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,704.<br />7, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,700.<br />8, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,690.<br />9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,665.<br />10, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 3,648.<br />11, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,644.<br />12, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,640.<br />13, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,634.<br />14, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,630.<br />15, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,629.<br />16, (tie) Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind. and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,625.<br />18, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,624.<br />19, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,622.<br />20, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,620.<br />21, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,593.<br />22, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,584.<br />23, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,536.<br />24, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,531.<br />25, (tie) Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,530.<br />27, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,528.<br />28, Michael Shequin, Orange City, FL, 3,525.<br />29, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,515.<br />30, (tie) John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,514.<br />32, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,513.<br />33, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,502.<br />34, (tie) Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., and n-Jose Estevez, Spain, 3,499.<br />36, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,497.<br />37, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 3,496.<br />38, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 3,483.<br />39, n-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 3,481.<br />40, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,466.</p> <p><strong>Failed to advance</strong><br />41, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Joe Scarborough, Mars Hill, N.C., 3,456.<br />43, n-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 3,449.<br />44, s-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,448, $700.<br />45, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,432.<br />46, Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 3,428.<br />47, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,423.<br />48, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,419.<br />49, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,416.<br />50, s-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,415, $700.<br />51, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,413.<br />52, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 3,408.<br />53, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 3,400.<br />54, s-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,392, $700.<br />55, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 3,390.<br />56, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 3,381.<br />57, s-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,380, $700.<br />58, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,379.<br />59, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,377.<br />60, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 3,364.<br />61, Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 3,344.<br />62, (tie) Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., and Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3,343.<br />64, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,338.<br />65, s-Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,332, $700.<br />66, s-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,322, $700.<br />67, s-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,316, $700.<br />68, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,312.<br />69, n-Rich Garner, Crystal River, Fla., 3,311.<br />70, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,309.<br />71, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,306.<br />72, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,300.<br />73, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,290.<br />74, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 3,287.<br />75, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 3,285.<br />76, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,283.<br />77, n-Jeffery Roberson, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 3,282.<br />78, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,273.<br />79, (tie) n-Philip Frey, Lutz, Fla., Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., and n-Kevin<br />Williams, Brooksville, Fla., 3,263.<br />82, n-Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,253.<br />83, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 3,249.<br />84, Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., 3,245.<br />85, (tie) Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., and Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 3,242.<br />87, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,227.<br />88, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,223.<br />89, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,215.<br />90, n-David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 3,214.<br />91, (tie) Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla.,<br />3,203.<br />93, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,197.<br />94, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,183.<br />95, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 3,168.<br />96, n-Dave Olm, Tampa, Fla., 3,162.<br />97, n-Mike Buchanan, Hernando, Fla., 3,158.<br />98, n-David Titer, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 3,155.<br />99, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,149.<br />100, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,141.<br />101, Rich Kleinman, Eureka, NV, 3,127.<br />102, n-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,123.<br />103, Richard Esposito Sr., Clearwater, Fla., 3,121.<br />104, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,117.<br />105, Rich Schubert, Longmont, Colo., 3,111.<br />106, (tie) Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., and Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City,<br />Fla., 3,091.<br />108, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 3,072.<br />109, n-Mark Merrill, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,061.<br />110, Robert Callari, Manchester, N.Y., 3,039.<br />111, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,036.<br />112, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 3,009.<br />113, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 3,004.<br />114, Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,962.<br />115, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,950.<br />116, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 2,933.<br />117, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 2,902.<br />118, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 2,857.<br />119, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,848.<br />120, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 2,844.</p> <p><em>300 games - John Tavano, Dennis Lane, Brian Voss, Bryan Goebel, Kenny Parks,</em><br /><em>Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6584 The 11th Frame: Four men, four women advance to TV finals of XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships <p>Four men and four women on Monday advanced to the TV finals of the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported.</p> <p>The men's semifinals will feature Notre Dame-Ohio's Chris Via, Midland's Perry Crowell, Wichita State's Francois Lavoie and Webber International's Gabriel Garcia-Rinelli.</p> <p>The women&rsquo;s semifinals will feature Wichita State's Heather Melvin and Tannya Roumimper, Nebraska's Elise Bolton and Webber International's Diana Zavjalova, the reigning USBC Queens champion.</p> <p>Zavjalova won her match to make the TV show by one pin with a strike on her final shot, which can be seen in <a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC video</strong></a>.</p> <p>The semifinals will take place Friday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on Friday, and be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network in May. The women's show is scheduled to air May 6 at 7 p.m. Central time, and the men's show May 13 at 7 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>Melvin pulled off the biggest upset of Monday in bearing Fairleigh Dickinson's Danielle McEwan 736-724 to make the semifinals.</p> <p>"During qualifying I struggled with having any room," Melvin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "My coach gave me some ideas to create some hold for me, and I had more confidence in myself in match play. This means a lot, especially since I've had a pretty good season. I hope to finish it off strong, and hope the team can finish it off as well."</p> <p>Three UW-Whitewater women &mdash; Jaymi Watson, Amanda Van Duyn and Katherina Kleinmaier &mdash; lost in the first round of matches.</p> <p>Via beat Thomas York of Viterbo, which is located in La Crosse, 667-554 to make the semifinals.</p> <p>"I found something in practice and stuck with it," Via said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I had a pretty good look and created some room. When I got into match play, I knew that if I kept bowling like I did during qualifying, I'd be fine. It'd be nice to bring the title back to Notre Dame, especially after the heartbreaking sectional with the team not making it."</p> <p><a href=";feature" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is the archive of qualifying and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a> is the archive of match play.</p> <p>The XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships start Wednesday at the RSCC, with competition prior to the TV finals webcast live on BowlTV.</p> <p>For more information on the Intercollegiate Singles Championships, visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2014 XBOWLING INTERCOLLEGIATE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS</strong><br /><em>Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.</em><br /><em>Monday's results</em></p> <p><strong>MATCH PLAY</strong><br /><em>Single elimination; three-game matches decided by total pinfall</em><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>MEN</strong><br /><strong>ROUND 1</strong><br />Devin Bidwell, Wichita State def. Domenick Luongo, St. John's, 657-596<br />Thomas York II, Viterbo def. Joshua Camacho, Webber International, 585-584<br />Ryan McCoy, Calumet def. Andro Simounet, Webber International, 642-607<br />Perry Crowell IV, Midland def. Dakota Daniels, Calumet, 693-608<br />Zackary Carrie, Marian def. James Tucker III, Urbana, 646-582<br />Ryan Graywacz, Western New England def. Jared Erickson, Midland, 641-520<br />Tyler Heintzelman, Clarke def. D.J. Rose, Concordia, 652-514<br />Gabriel Garcia-Rinelli, Webber International def. Zachary Rhoades, Wichita<br />State, 659-633<br /><strong>ROUND 2</strong><br />Chris Via, Notre Dame-Ohio def. Bidwell, 709-654<br />York def. Darren Tang, San Jose State, 617-563<br />Brian Busch, Lawrence Tech def. McCoy, 676-559<br />Crowell def. Nathan Maciejewski, Grand View, 672-603<br />Francois Lavoie, Wichita State def. Carrie, 679-519<br />Graywacz def. Mitch Katic, Calumet, 685-536<br />Kevin Donovan, Notre Dame-Ohio def. Heintzelman, 746-630<br />Garcia-Rinelli def. Nicholas Stone, Toledo, 672-545<br /><strong>QUARTERFINALS</strong><br />Via def. York, 667-554<br />Crowell def. Busch, 719-702<br />Lavoie def. Graywacz, 733-599<br />Garcia-Rinelli def. Donovan, 735-654<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em>(Matches take place Friday at 9:45 a.m. Pacific; winners meet for the title)</em><br />Via vs. Crowell<br />Lavoie vs. Garcia-Rinelli<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>WOMEN</strong><br /><strong>ROUND 1&nbsp;</strong><br />Heather Melvin, Wichita State def. Tatiana Munoz, Maryland Eastern Shore, 601-547<br />Makayla Douglas, Lindenwood def. Jaymi Watson, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 613-553<br />Samantha Johnson, Lindenwood def. Amanda Van Duyn, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 622-499<br />Alexis Ijams, Wichita State def. Katherine Kleinmaier, Wisconsin-Whitewater, 627-620<br /><strong>ROUND 2</strong><br />Melvin def. Mariana Alvarado, Maryland Eastern Shore, 734-646<br />Tannya Roumimper, Wichita State def. Douglas, 668-598<br />Johnson def. Jackie Carbonetto, Robert Morris-Ill., 648-605<br />Ijams def. Chelsey Stephens, Campbellsville, 613-580<br /><strong>QUARTERFINALS</strong><br />Melvin def. Danielle McEwan, Fairleigh Dickinson, 736-724<br />Roumimper def. Kelsey Muther, Wichita State, 679-656&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Elise Bolton, Nebraska def. Johnson, 603-583<br />Diana Zavjalova, Webber International def. Ijams, 627-626<br /><strong>SEMIFINALS</strong><br /><em><strong>(</strong>Matches take place Friday at 3 p.m. Pacific; winners meet for the title)</em><br />Melvin vs. Roumimper<br />Bolton vs. Zavjalova</p> <p><br /><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6581 The 11th Frame: APBI debut in July will be in partnership with Proprietors Cup <p>The debut tournament of the Alliance of Professional Bowlers International will be in conjunction with Billy Eysoldt&rsquo;s Proprietors Cup July 8-10 at Beaver Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio, the groups announced recently.</p> <p>The APBI Senior Proprietors Cup will feature a guaranteed first prize of $10,000 with an entry fee of $450 before May 31, $500 in June, and $550 after June 30, according to the flyer on the tournament Facebook page. The flyer is attached to the end of this blog.</p> <p>Based on 80 entries, second will be $5,000, third $3,000, fourth $2,000, fifth through ninth $1,2090, 10th through 16th $950, and 17th through 20th&nbsp; $650.</p> <p>Qualifying on July 9 will be in two divisions &mdash; 50-59 and 60 and older &mdash; with 1 in 5 advancing in each division. All advancing bowlers then bowl a 6-game semifinals with pins not carrying over from qualifying. The top nine then bowl three more games, again with pins not carrying over. The top four then bowl a stepladder finals with seeding based on the prior 3-game round.</p> <p>The field is open to women 40 and older, while members of 2013-14 PBA League teams are ineligible.</p> <p>There also will be a doubles tournament on July 8 and a sweeper on July 10 after the APBI Senior Proprietors Cup is over. Details on those events are on the flyer and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>tournament Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> <p>Questions should be directed to APBI Director Kenny Parks at 219-810-3650 or <a href=""><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p>Online entries are available at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6465" target="_blank"><strong>Here</strong></a> is my most recent blog on APBI, which had planned to debut March 1-2 in Louisville.</p> <p>As I wrote in January, in my job as an online editor at Capital Newspapers in Madison, I get 25 days of vacation a year, so I&rsquo;m not sure how many APBI events I will be able to compete in. (The dates also conflict with our annual family reunion.)</p> <p>In the next few months, I am entered in the PBA Senior U.S. Open, USBC Senior Masters and PBA50 Tour events in Fort Wayne and Hammond, Ind., and Welch, Minn.</p> <p>PBA runs the best tournaments in the world and I'll always make them my priority, but it&rsquo;s always great to have more opportunities and so long as APBI sticks to its philosophy of not competing with PBA50 events, which would hurt both groups, I will support APBI in any way I can.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0600 6577 The 11th Frame: Cortisone shot scheduled for my #$%^@& wrist <p>I&rsquo;m providing this update on my wrist, which I talked about on <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Bowlers Show on Sunday night</strong></a>, because it&rsquo;s easier to put it here and use it to answer questions on Facebook or Twitter or via email than it is to answer questions individually.</p> <p>I broke my wrist playing football when I was 10 years old, didn&rsquo;t go to the doctor for about 10 days and declined when the doctor wanted to re-break it and set it properly.</p> <p>One of the biggest mistakes of my life.</p> <p>It caused me problems while bowling as soon as I started being serious and practicing and competing pretty much every day as a young teenager.</p> <p>I had carpal tunnel surgery with Dr. Harvey Barash in Madison in 1985, which enabled me to bowl physically the best I ever did for the year-plus after that. Yes, at one time I actually had a pretty strong release and was known as a "flailing cranker," as Rich Wonders once put it.</p> <p>My PBA Tour years of 1987 and 1988 stressed it so much that it got to the point where I could barely hold a pen and write&nbsp;&mdash; crucial for a journalist!</p> <p>I was done as a bowler when the world&rsquo;s then-best hand surgeon, Dr. Ronald Linscheid of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, did a bone graft reconstruction in early 1989 and a clean-up surgery in late 1989.</p> <p>At the time, he said I&rsquo;d just have semi-normal use like writing, but likely wouldn&rsquo;t be a top-level bowler again.</p> <p>How lucky I was that he was wrong, as I won my first post-reconstruction tournament in January 1990 and have won 27 of my 29 PBA Regional titles and four of my five USBC Eagles since then.</p> <p>I couldn't go back on Tour&nbsp;&mdash; not that I was good enough to make that a big deal&nbsp;&mdash; because after multiple consecutive days of bowling my wrist gets very stiff and sore and my shotmaking gets much worse than it is when rested.</p> <p>With rest between tournaments and plenty of anti-inflammatories I have been able to get far more out of my bowling than I ever dreamed of when I went under the knife in 1989.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve tinkered at times with my grip to try to ease the strain and/or throw it stronger, but my grip actually has been about the same since I was a teenager.</p> <p>Then last August I heard of Bill Hall&rsquo;s Tri-Grip and decided to try it.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the Tri-Grip worked far too well in getting my hand in a stronger position behind and under the ball, which is what my wrist woes had cost me.</p> <p>While a few friends told me how great I was releasing it, the motion stressed my wrist, leading to pain like I had not experienced since pre-1989.</p> <p>Let me be clear: I am an endorser of the Tri-Grip in how it got me to release the ball. My abnormal wrist just couldn&rsquo;t take it. Which means no one else should fear the Tri-Grip.</p> <p>You can read my blogs on the Tri-Grip by going to the search box on and typing in Tri-Grip.</p> <p>I went away from the Tri-Grip by early this year, with my last use of a Tri-Grip ball in February, but the aggravation and pain in my wrist has not gone away, as I have not had time for extended rest.</p> <p>So, with the USBC Open Championships and PBA50 Tour tournaments coming up in May, June, July and August, I went to a doctor for my wrist for the first time in more than 20 years.</p> <p>The diagnosis is that in addition to the arthritis that has been there forever, I now have some sort of tendinitis&nbsp;&mdash; I don&rsquo;t have the doctor&rsquo;s fancy term in writing. And I will be getting an ultrasound guided cortisone shot on Monday, April 28.</p> <p>Hopefully, cortisone does what a couple months of rest likely would do if my schedule wasn&rsquo;t so full, and I will be bowling again within a few days after the shot. We bowl the Open Championships May 16-17 so I'd be fine with not bowling until then. </p> <p>I also got a referral to a UW Hospital hand surgeon who I'm told does all the work on UW athletes. I&rsquo;ve said since 1989 that I&rsquo;d never get it operated on again&nbsp;&mdash; I&rsquo;d just retire&nbsp;&mdash; but it can&rsquo;t hurt to see what he has to say.</p> <p>One more thing I want to say is that the wrist has been partly why I&rsquo;ve fried at times while bowling in recent months. I definitely let it impact my demeanor at times, which is another reason to retire from serious competition if I can&rsquo;t get it back to just my normal soreness and stiffness.</p> <p>Other than winning a PBA Tour title, I've done everything I ever dreamed of doing in bowling and will be totally fine if my days of serious competition like the PBA50 Tour are done.</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0600 6579 The 11th Frame: Tom Brabender’s 726, Tammy Belz’s 658 top weekend scoring <p>Tom Brabender fired a 726 and Tammy Belz slammed a 658 to lead Madison area bowling over the weekend.</p> <p>Brabender competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Survivors League and Belz in the Prairie Lanes Co-Ed Naked League.</p> <p>Next were Jim Strom with 704 in the Village Lanes Holy Ballers League and Louis Fosdick with 624 in the Dream Lanes Eastside Couples League.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:55:00 -0600 6580 The 11th Frame: Darin Hays leads Pasco County Open after first round in PBA50 Tour debut <p>There are seven Hall of Famers in the top 11 after Sunday&rsquo;s first round of the PBA50 Pasco County Open, but a journeyman with an improbably story making his PBA50 debut leads them all.</p> <p>Darin Hays, whose career high on the PBA Tour was fifth in the 1997 Greater Sebring (Fla.) Open and who is bowling with a fused ankle, rolled games of 247, 246, 247, 240, 247, 290, 245 and 266 for a 2,028 total (253.5 average) to take the lead.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was a little nervous in the first game but I caught a couple good breaks that loosened me up,&rdquo; the 51-year-old construction company accountant said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;I bowl best when I&rsquo;m relaxed and let things just happen &mdash; I just have to guard against getting too relaxed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hays was primarily a PBA regional player from the early 1980s until 2005 when he broke his ankle in a car crash, PBA reported, adding that Hays is hoping to return to PBA competition on a regular basis after having surgery to fuse his ankle joint two years ago.</p> <p>&ldquo;After I broke my ankle I drifted away from the sport because it just bothered me too much,&rdquo; Hays said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;After talking to my wife I decided to have the surgery so I could start bowling competitively again.&rdquo;</p> <p>Johnny Petraglia was second at 1,933, Parker Bohn III third in his PBA50 debut at 1,922, Tom Baker fourth at 1,916, and Pete Weber fifth at 1,899.</p> <p>Other Hall of Famers near the top were Norm Duke in eighth, Amleto Monacelli ninth and Walter Ray Williams Jr. 11th.</p> <p>Dale Traber of Cedarburg was 19th at 1,811; frequent Madison Area Scratch Tour competitor Todd Kjell of Roscoe, Ill., 58th at 1,692; Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha 79th at 1,618; and Dave Schultz of Jackson was 111th at 1,488.</p> <p>The 120-player field bowls a second 8-game qualifying round Monday, with the top 40 then returning for bracket match play on Tuesday.</p> <p>PBA&rsquo;s Xtra Frame online channel is covering the tournament live.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN</strong><br /><em>At Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.</em><br /><strong><br />First Round </strong><br /><em>(8 games)</em><br />1, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,028.<br />2, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,933.<br />3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,922.<br />4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,916.<br />5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,899.<br />6, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,892.<br />7, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,891.<br />8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,884.<br />9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,864.<br />10, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 1,857.<br />11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,856.<br />12, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,853.<br />13, Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 1,850.<br />14, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,837.<br />15, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,836.<br />16, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,833.<br />17, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 1,827.<br />18, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,817.<br />19, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,811.<br />20, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,809.<br />21, Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 1,808.<br />22, Joe Scarborough, Mars Hill, N.C., 1,804.<br />23, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,800.<br />24, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,793.<br />25, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,784.<br />26, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,772.<br />27, (tie) Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk,<br />S.D., 1,767.<br />29, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 1,765.<br />30, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,755.<br />31, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Jose Estevez, Spain, 1,753.<br />33, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla.,<br />1,748.<br />35, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,746.<br />36, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,743.<br />37, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,741.<br />38, (tie) Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,735.<br />40, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,729.<br />41, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,728.<br />42, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Henry Gonzalez, Colorado<br />Springs, Colo., 1,727<br />44, (tie) Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio,<br />1,723.<br />46, Kevin Williams, Brooksville, Fla., 1,721.<br />47, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,719.<br />48, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,714.<br />49, John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 1,712.<br />50, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,707.<br />51, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,706.<br />52, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,705.<br />53, Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., 1,702.<br />54, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,700.<br />55, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,699.<br />56, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1,698.<br />57, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 1,694.<br />58, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,692.<br />59, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,687.<br />60, Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 1,684.<br />61, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,682.<br />62, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Terry Wiley, Vienna,<br />Va., 1,681.<br />64, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,678.<br />65, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,677.<br />66, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,676.<br />67, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,672.<br />68, Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 1,662.<br />69, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,652.<br />70, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,648.<br />71, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela,<br />1,644.<br />73, Rich Garner, Crystal River, Fla., 1,639.<br />74, Jeffery Roberson, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 1,636.<br />75, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 1,635.<br />76, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,634.<br />77, Mike Buchanan, Hernando, Fla., 1,633.<br />78, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,626.<br />79, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,618.<br />80, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill.,<br />1,617.<br />82, Richard Esposito Sr., Clearwater, Fla., 1,616.<br />83, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 1,615.<br />84, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,610.<br />85, Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,608.<br />86, Rich Schubert, Longmont, Colo., 1,606.<br />87, Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 1,603.<br />88, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,592.<br />89, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,591.<br />90, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,585.<br />91, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,578.<br />92, (tie) Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., and Philip Frey, Lutz, Fla., 1,576.<br />94, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 1,575.<br />95, Don Michaelsen, Plant City, Fla., 1,567.<br />96, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,565.<br />97, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,563.<br />98, David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 1,557.<br />99, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,546.<br />100, Robert Callari, Manchester, N.Y., 1,541.<br />101, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, FL, 1,535.<br />102, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,531.<br />103, Mark Merrill, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,527.<br />104, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,524.<br />105, Dave Olm, Tampa, Fla., 1,520.<br />106, Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,518.<br />107, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 1,503.<br />108, (tie) Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., and Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla.,<br />1,498<br />110, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 1,492.<br />111, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,488.<br />112, Rich Kleinman, Eureka, NV, 1,483.<br />113, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,479.<br />114, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,471.<br />115, David Titer, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 1,468.<br />116, Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,466.<br />117, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,414.<br />118, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,413.<br />119, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,393.<br />120, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,392.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0600 6587 The 11th Frame: Atom Splitters rally to win 2014 PBA League title over L.A. X <p>The Silver Lake Atom Splitters fired the last seven strikes to overcome a big deficit and defeat the L.A. X in the decisive Baker format team game to win the 2014 PBA League title in a show that aired Sunday on ESPN.</p> <p>The Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott and Tommy Jones) downed L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III) 225-203 in the Baker game to win the three points and take the match for the Elias Cup 4-2.</p> <p>Belmonte nearly rolled his second perfect game before ESPN&rsquo;s cameras in defeating Barnes in the singles match 279-259. The 2-handed Australian rolled the first nine strikes before leaving a solid 10-pin.</p> <p>In the alternate-shot doubles game, Barnes and Smith beat Bohn and Koivuniemi 261-228, while in the Baker trios, Belmonte, Gomez and Tackett downed Jones, Barrett and Malott 216-190.</p> <p>&ldquo;The important thing is to have a lineup where you know everyone has your back,&rdquo; Barnes, who earned the PBA League&rsquo;s Mark Roth Most Valuable Player award, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Whether you strike or split you have to know that the guy behind you is giving it his all.</p> <p>&ldquo;You have to remember that the singles game is the only part of the tournament where you&rsquo;re not bowling with a teammate(s). Personally, I felt these guys put me in a position to succeed. I couldn&rsquo;t think of a better group of guys who had that &lsquo;have-your-back&rsquo; mentality.&rdquo;</p> <p>Silver Lake manager and four-time PBA Tour champion Mark Baker also stressed the importance of the team's chemistry and putting together the right lineups in the right situations throughout the season.</p> <p>&ldquo;We put this team together for the sole purpose of getting to this point,&rdquo; Baker said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the PBA release</strong></a>. &ldquo;With a team that has this much talent it makes it easy &mdash; you could make a decision and feel confident you could stick with it. I never second-guessed myself.&rdquo;</p> <p>The PBA League bracket is <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if there is a PBA League next season. I have mixed feelings: I enjoy the League competition and seeing so many players, but the League matches just don't have the juice of singles matches to me.</p> <p>A highlight of the show was the ESPN Sports Science segment featuring 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash.</p> <p>The segment, which you can view <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, was very interesting and absolutely treated bowling as a sport, with just one error that stood out to me: Rash doesn&rsquo;t have a speed at release of 30 miles per hour.</p> <p>I checked with famed coach Mike Jasnau, who has CATS data on many of the world&rsquo;s top bowlers, and he said in an email that Rash is &ldquo;likely 19-20.5 (mph) on most of his shots depending on what he's trying to do. Maybe up to mid-20's&nbsp;when shooting a single pin but even that is fast. &ldquo;</p> <p>Still, it was an interesting and respectful look at the science of bowling featuring one of the best.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS</strong><br /><em>Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.</em></p> <p><strong>Final Standings</strong><br />Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. L.A. X presented by, 4-2.</p> <p><strong>Singles Match </strong><br /><em>(one point)</em><br />Jason Belmonte, L.A. X def. Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 279-259.</p> <p><strong>Alternate Ball Doubles </strong><br /><em>(one point)</em><br />Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes/Bryon Smith) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi/Parker Bohn III), 261-228.</p> <p><strong>Baker Trios </strong><br /><em>(one point)</em><br />L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/EJ Tackett) def. Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Tommy Jones/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott), 216-190.</p> <p><strong>Five-Player Baker Team </strong><br /><em>(three points)</em><br />Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith/Chris Barnes/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott/Tommy Jones) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III), 225-203.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0600 6578 The 11th Frame: Jeff Grego takes 2014 Open Championship singles lead with 798 <p>Jeff Grego stepped up for his final frame on Saturday two strikes away from the first 800 series of 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.</p> <p>He got the first strike, then went high and left a 3-pin to miss 800, but can&rsquo;t be too disappointed as his 798 (231-288-279) gave him the lead in singles by 10 over prior leader Derek Magno, USBC reported.</p> <p>"It's a great group of guys I bowl with, and they kept me at ease, which kept me from thinking too much about the end result," Grego said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I just wanted to throw it good. Every time I threw it in the right zone, it carried."</p> <p>"You can take as many deep breaths as you want, but it still got to me," Grego added, referring to his shot that left the 3-pin. "I knew I had the lead, but shooting 800 at the Open Championships is a huge goal for me, which I think contributed to me throwing it bad in that situation."</p> <p>Henry Trutwin posted video of Grego's strike and 3-pin in his final frame <a href=";set=vb.100000125637331&amp;type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank"><strong>on&nbsp;Facebook here</strong></a>, but I could not get it to embed in this blog.&nbsp;I am told he used a Hammer ARSON HYBRID.</p> <p>Grego rolled 698 in doubles and 686 for a career-best 2,182 all-events to move into third.</p> <p>Grego and Bill Kazmierski moved into ninth in doubles with 1,341, and Scott Carpenter, an Iowa bowler who was there, said they could have taken the lead with a pair of 10<sup>th</sup> frame doubles in the third game.</p> <p>Grego also took over fourth in Open Singles at the Bowlers Journal Championships with 738.</p> <p>"It was a bowling achievement weekend," Grego, an assembly worker at General Motors who bowls league at Fort Wayne's Pro Bowl West, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "You can't even imagine coming out here and bowling this well in every event. It was a great trip."</p> <p>Also on Saturday, the excellent Cambridge team totaled 3,366 to move into fifth bowling on one of the trickiest pairs in the Stadium: 11 and 12 always are at least 5 boards different in my experience and that was the report I got on Facebook about Cambridge's experience.</p> <p>Ron Nelson Jr. led the team with 740 (237-247-256), Bryan O&rsquo;Keefe added 716 (245-247-224), Stephen Dale 670 (222-215-233), Bill Webb 649 (245-202-202) and Shannon O'Keefe 591 (193-213-185).</p> <p>The USBC leaderboards, which have been having technical issues,&nbsp;are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0600 6576 The 11th Frame: My crystal ball says two 2014 Open Championships Eagles already have been won <p>I&rsquo;m a week or so tardy with my annual predictions for winning scores for the Open Championships, as I just didn&rsquo;t have the time earlier this week.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s just for fun, so who cares?</p> <p>I like to wait until early April so I can get a flavor of what&rsquo;s happening so my predictions have some basis in reality. I think making predictions when the patterns are released and before competition begins is somewhat like ranking college football teams before the season begins.</p> <p>So, for what it&rsquo;s worth &hellip;</p> <p>I know with as soft by Sport Bowling standards and open from the start as the 2014 team pattern is, there are plenty of people predicting 3,600s will be shot.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m not buying it.</p> <p>Our team, which has won team and team all-events Eagles, has shot 3,600 once and a 3,590 another time in our Wisconsin State Tournament, which was on house shots until just a few years ago. (Lefty and Eagle holder Rob Schuh has bowled for Mike Shady since Shades moved to Pennsylvania.)</p> <p>Shooting 3,600 on a house shot is far from a gimme for even the best teams, and on even a soft Sport shot it&rsquo;s almost unthinkable. Remember that 3,600 is 720 a man, so one person having an off day can make it impossible.</p> <p>I think the only way it happens is if someone shoots a huge score in team like 850 and takes care of a big chunk of the 600 over, or if a team gets the kind of start Motion Plus Lanes had with its unreal 1,269.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it, if you start with 1,100&nbsp;&mdash; a good start on a fresh Sport pattern&nbsp;&mdash; you still need 1,250 twice to get to 3,600 ... and almost that much to get to <a href="../../../news/article/6558" target="_blank"><strong>Motion Plus&rsquo; leading 3,561</strong></a>.</p> <p>I also think for most teams it&rsquo;s easier to post 3,561 or 3,600 then to beat it after it&rsquo;s posted.</p> <p>I would say there are exceptions to that rule, such as our team and Lodge Lanes Too and Linds Lakers, which have won Eagles and know in their guts they can do it&nbsp;&mdash; we have shot 1,281 so we know it&rsquo;s possible and we have Eagles so that pressure is gone.</p> <p>But for most teams, there is too much pressing involved when you know you have to strike so much for three games and likely have to do it from the start.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d say the 3,561 has about a 99 percent chance of winning, as I would say there aren&rsquo;t more than perhaps two dozen teams capable of shooting that score at the Open Championships left to bowl.</p> <p>For some of the same reasons, I think the <a href="../../../news/article/6558" target="_blank"><strong>leading team all-events score of 10,363 by Janz's Home Improvement</strong></a>&nbsp;probably will win, although I don&rsquo;t think it&rsquo;s quite as formidable.</p> <p>Whenever anyone says &ldquo;That score is a lock&rdquo; I always refer the two times we have shot more than 10,000 team all-events and finished second, with one of those being more than 10,300 in a year when there were no 3,500s in team event. That remains the one score in my long Open Championships career that I can't believe didn't win, and I have a few other near-misses to go with my five Eagles.</p> <p>No score is safe until someone shoots 900 in singles!</p> <p>But 10,363 is a ton when you consider the obstacles.</p> <p>First, you better have a big team score because minors clearly is a more difficult pattern than team so you can&rsquo;t figure on shooting 1,000 or more over in minors, as has been done more than a few&nbsp;times in tournament history.</p> <p>Second, you better be able to get something that first game of doubles and not dig any holes, as has happened to many good players this year.</p> <p>Third, you better have a game plan that enables your minors pair to open up and stay nice&nbsp;all six games.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a reason doubles and singles scores are relatively low&nbsp;&mdash; the pattern is more tricky than you might think and requires better management and smarter adjustments than the team pattern. (I wish they had the patterns reversed, but that's another blog for another time.)</p> <p>There is one intriguing team that I think could knock down both team scores&nbsp;&mdash;and doubles, singles and all-events en route&nbsp;&mdash; but is a total wild card because of their Open Championships inexperience and the recent disappearance from the bowling scene of arguably their most talented player.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s Matt Gasn, Matthew O'Grady, Anthony Pepe, A.J. Johnson and Andrew Koff, whose minors event will be webcast on the 7 a.m. squad on Memorial Day.</p> <p>Those guys are inarguably five of the best young bowlers in the world, although Koff hasn&rsquo;t been competing recently &mdash; at least&nbsp;that I&lsquo;ve seen &mdash;&nbsp; while focusing on his college studies. Pepe is a supremely talented lefty who I could see shooting Matt McNiel-like numbers as Art Alexander and Chris Sand have shown that scores can be had on the left side.</p> <p>In addition, their companion team is five talented young female bowlers: Jackie Carbonetto, Joely Rose, Brittni Hamilton, Angie Ramirez Perea and Sara Louise. That means diverse rev rates so the group should have no problem avoiding huddling in the same spot on the lanes, which can create too much of a wet/dry reaction&nbsp;on the Ice oil &mdash; see our team event last year for how to mess them up that way!</p> <p>With their college and Team USA backgrounds, they have all the experience and knowledge to go with their talent.</p> <p>Now they just need good pairs at the National Bowling Stadium, which is another factor that limits how many threats there are to&nbsp;big leading scores.</p> <p>At any bowling center, there are high-scoring pairs and low-scoring pairs, due to factors like topography, pin-spotting, kickbacks, etc.</p> <p>Draw a low-scoring pair or pairs and 3,561 and 10,363 are out of reach.</p> <p>So I would say it&rsquo;s 99 percent that 3,561 wins and 95 percent that 10,363 wins.</p> <p>Tim Damerow&rsquo;s 2,228 might be the hardest score to predict. It was the winning score last year by John Szczerbinski and I&rsquo;d say it has a chance but I just see some group getting the right pair for minors, managing it right and someone shooting something big after a big team score.</p> <p>Maybe this is the year my teammate Mike Shady, who has never been under 1,900 in almost 20 years at the tournament, finally puts it all together and shoots 2,250.</p> <p>If not Shades, I feel someone is going to get to 2,250. Maybe a Hall of Fame and smart senior player like Wayne Webb.</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t see 1,378 or 788 having any chance of winning doubles and singles.</p> <p>As tough as the fresh minors pattern appears, I have to think some duo gets through that first game with 450 or better managing it nicely and adds a couple of 500s for 1,450 to 1,475.</p> <p>Without knowing who all bowls doubles together, it&rsquo;s hard to predict a specific winner, but give me 1,470 for the winning doubles score.</p> <p>Because it&rsquo;s just one person for three games, singles is the most wide open event&nbsp;and hardest to predict.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m surprised there hasn&rsquo;t been an 800 yet, but expect there to be a few.</p> <p>The minors pattern is tricky and certainly needs to be managed correctly for a big singles score to be possible, but there are many teams who know how to do that.</p> <p>I could see someone like John Janawicz who bowls with a great group firing off an 825&nbsp; he did it before at the National Bowling Stadium with 858 to win singles in 2004.</p> <p>To review: 3,561, 825, 1,470, 2,250, 10,363.</p> <p>For a lot more on the patterns, go <a href="../../../news/article/6470" target="_blank"><strong>here for my blog on the excellent 2014 Kickoff Show</strong></a>.</p> <p>And for some interesting stats, Leigh Trostel posted the following stats&nbsp;&mdash; I do not have time to check them&nbsp;&mdash; Friday on Keith Dumphy&rsquo;s Open Championships Facebook page:</p> <p>News you can lose, fun with some numbers that mean absolutely nothing &hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.or do they? I took the time today to pull all the scores for the top 50 leaders in the All Events Category as posted at 1:00 PM today and ran some stats.</p> <p>54% had their highest set in Singles<br />6% had their highest set in Doubles<br />40% had their highest set in Team</p> <p>68% had their lowest set in Doubles<br />16% had their lowest set in Singles<br />16% had their lowest set in Team</p> <p>46% had their highest game in Team with more than half of them in game 2<br />12% had their highest game in Doubles<br />44% had their highest game in Singles</p> <p>58% had their lowest game in Doubles with almost two thirds of them in game 1<br />20% had their lowest game in Team<br />22% had their lowest game in Singles</p> <p>26% had their high and low game in the same set</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0600