The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2020 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 12086 The 11th Frame: Look for high scores as PBA heads back to dual lane patterns for doubleheader of Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12086 It will be back to dual lane patterns for this week’s Indianapolis doubleheader of the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at Royal Pin Woodland, the only bowling center to host every PBA major championship. But unlike some past years when the Roth-Holman doubles was contested in conjunction with a singles tournament, the events will have separate qualifiers. The Indianapolis Open will have 14 games of qualifying on Tuesday, with the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12074 The 11th Frame: Erica Lohr fires 728-300, Collin Krachey slams season-high 773, Brianna Thurston 741 in big weekend for youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12074 Erica Lohr fired her first career perfect game, Collin Krachey slammed a Madison area youth season-high 773 series, and Brianna Thurston rolled a 741 to highlight a big weekend in the excellent Prairie Lanes youth program. Lohr, a senior at Sun Prairie High School and the Madison area High School Varsity Girl Player of the Year, opened with her 300, then added a pair of 214s to finish with a 728 series. Four boys have rolled perfect games in the Madison area this season: Collin Krachey at... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12063 The 11th Frame: Tom Hess strikes in 10th to beat Andrew Anderson to win GIBA Ebonite Winter Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12063 Tom Hess became the first three-time champion of the Greater Iowa Bowling Association tournament long known as the Fusion Realtors Open and now the Ebonite Winter Classic by striking in the 10th frame to beat Andrew Anderson 211-202 in the title match Sunday at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa. The 199-player field bowled seven games of qualifying on Saturday and the top 64 advanced to a 6-game semifinal round at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with pins carrying over. The top 10 after 13 games make the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12061 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte fills last hole on resume with 2020 U.S. Open win, but don’t look for him to retire http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12061 In a lengthy interview in the midst of his fourth PBA Player of the Year crown in 2017, Jason Belmonte told 11thFrame.com that one of his remaining goals was to win the U.S. Open as it and the World Championship were the only majors missing from his resume. That November, Belmonte won his first World Championship and minutes later in the PBA pressroom at the National Bowling Stadium, he referenced that U.S. Open hole and talked retirement if he won it. “I always thought if I was to be... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Feb 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12060 The 11th Frame: Anthony Simonsen a game away from next historic step as top seed of 2020 U.S. Open; Jason Belmonte also seeks history, Dick Allen, Chris Via, Perry Crowell IV look to make their mark http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12060 Anthony Simonsen and Jason Belmonte will be seeking major pieces of bowling history in Sunday’s stepladder finals of the 2020 U.S Open, while Dick Allen, Chris Via and Perry Crowell IV are making their debuts in a major tournament TV finals. Simonsen became the youngest bowler to win a major title when he won the USBC Masters in 2016 at 19 years and 39 days, then almost exactly three years later, Simonsen won the PBA Players Championship to become the youngest to win two... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Feb 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12062 The 11th Frame: Tom Hess leads qualifying at GIBA Ebonite Winter Classic as minus 2 makes cut http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12062 Two-time champion Tom Hess led Saturday’s qualifying with 1,659 for seven games and 1,398 made the cut at the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Ebonite Winter Classic (formerly the Fusion Open) at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa. The 199-player field bowled seven games of qualifying on Saturday and the top 64 advanced to  a 6-game semifinal round at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with pins carrying over. The top 10 after 13 games make the modified stepladder finals, which feature a 5-man... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Feb 2020 22:00:00 -0600 12052 The 11th Frame: Connie Cashin fires 737 to top Friday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12052 Connie Cashin fired a 737 series to top Madison area bowling on Friday. Cashin's 737 was her second 700 of the season and it came in the Sport Bowl Friends League. Chris Jackson led men’s scoring with a 791 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger League. Next were Bill Henry with 774 in the Sport Bowl Lions League and Hillary Neft with 686 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. Other men’s series of 750 or higher were 771 by Jeremy Krueger in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12058 The 11th Frame: Anthony 'Youngest to win majors' Simonsen seeks to make it 3 as he leads 2020 U.S. Open heading into final day of match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12058 Anthony Simonsen became the youngest bowler to win a major title when he won the USBC Masters in 2016 at 19 years and 39 days. Almost exactly three years later, Simonsen won the PBA Players Championship to become the youngest to win two majors. Now almost exactly another year later, the 23-year-old 2-hander is on track to having the chance to become the youngest to win three majors, as he leads the U.S. Open heading into Saturday’s final two 8-game rounds of match play. Simonsen was... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12057 The 11th Frame: Anthony Simonsen jumps into lead with big cashers round at 2020 U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12057 Anthony Simonsen started Friday’s cashers round of the 2020 U.S. Open in fourth, but jumped into first with a big block as the top 24 headed into match play at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. Simonsen fired games of 234, 246, 231, 235, 200, 222, 225 and 230 for a field-high 1,823 for the cashers round for a 32-game total of 7,067 (220.84 average) and a 44-pin lead over the 7,023 of fellow 2-handed superstar Jason Belmonte, who totaled 1,768 for his round despite a 178 start and a... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:00:00 -0600 11954 The 11th Frame: Update: Lane pattern posted for GIBA Ebonite Winter Classic Feb. 21-23 at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11954 Note: This story originally posted Jan. 15, 2020. The second of this season’s two Greater Iowa Bowling Association Ebonite Classics — formerly the Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Opens — is set for Feb. 21-23 at Cadillac XBC in Waterloo, Iowa, GIBA Administrator Joe Engelkes announced this week. The September tournament was re-named the Ebonite Fall Classic, and the February tournament will be the Ebonite Winter Classic. The popular... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 17:00:00 -0600 11893 The 11th Frame: Update: Staffer Ryan Ciminelli confirms that new bowling ball company BIG Bowling is about to go live http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11893 Note: This story originally posted Dec. 17, 2019. Update: Feb. 21, 2020: Ryan Ciminelli made this Facebook post on Friday:"The secret is out on BIG bowling... and I am proud and extremely excited to be a part of this company along side the brightest minds in the industry! We are in fact making bowling balls and they are very very close to finished! The BIG Idea(TM) and BIG Idea Solid are the first two coming to you! Photos and all details will be released to the public immediately after... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:30:00 -0600 12051 The 11th Frame: Rick Erce, Todd Gille, Brian Cameron fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12051 Rick Erce, Todd Gille and Brian Cameron fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Erce’s 6th 300 of the season — tops in the Madison area USBC — came in a 783 series in the Village Lanes Golfers 3-Man League. Gille’s second 300 of the season came in a 725 in the Dream Lanes Major League. Cameron’s 300 came in a 709 in the Oregon Bowl Three-Man League. Dan Rapp fired a 299 game in a 697 series in the Dream Suburban Atlas... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12056 The 11th Frame: Zach Wilkins grabs the lead as cut day at the 2020 U.S. Open becomes a matter of survival on 37-foot flat pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12056 There was little doubt that the 37-foot flat pattern was going to make Thursday’s third round of the 2020 U.S. Open a supreme test. Any flat pattern is incredibly difficult, but one that short adds to the challenge by having a distance that logically would be played to the outside, and outside shots with no shape are naturally going to create more splits and other odd leaves due to the more extreme angles than for shots played more toward the middle of the lane. The result was a blood... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12072 The 11th Frame: Every lead but singles has changed hands at State Tournament: Whiskey Ranch 3,517 and 10,110, Chad Olson and Eric Zeitler 1,463, Chris McDonald 2,183 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12072 In the opening weekend of the 118th annual Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — in Madison, Brad Renspe of Osceola fired 779 (300-253-226) in singles to take the lead, as I detailed in this story. Renspe’s Cinderella story — his entering average is 200 (he's 194 for his last 54 State Tournament games) and he did not enter the optional scratch division – might even hold up, considering that through the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12071 The 11th Frame: 2020 PWBA Tour Championship will be at Richmond Raceway for fourth straight year http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12071 The PWBA announced in this news release Thursday that the PWBA Tour Championship will take place at the Richmond Raceway Complex for the fourth consecutive year in 2020, contested again as part of Richmond Raceway’s NASCAR Playoff Race Week. The tournament will conclude the 2020 PWBA Tour season Sept. 7-9 on four lanes built by PWBA sponsor QubicaAMF at the historic Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, Virginia. The tournament will be webcast on BowlTV... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12064 The 11th Frame: U.S. Open is first of 12 events on 2020 World Bowling Tour schedule http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12064 This week’s U.S. Open is just the first of 12 events on 2020 World Bowling Tour schedule. The remaining events include the USBC Masters, USBC Queens, and U.S. Women’s Open, and a variety of other events around the world leading up to the World Bowling Tour Finals in December, with the exact dates and site to be announced. The WBT page is here. The schedule is attached to the bottom of this story as a PDF.       ... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12037 The 11th Frame: 2020 Phoenix Open Singles Scratch Tournament set for Sunday, March 29 in Richland Center http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12037 The 2020 Phoenix Open Singles Scratch Tournament set for Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m. at the Phoenix Center in Richland Center. The entry fee for the popular tournament is $50 and first will pay $1,000 based on 60 entries. The format is three games with the top 24 advancing to bracket match play and the top eight earning one bye. Only the final eight players cash. The tournament is contested on the center’s house shot. To sign up, call Kevin Genthe at 608-475-0649 or the Phoenix Center... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12050 The 11th Frame: Curtis Rauls fires 815, Chris Scharnke slams perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12050 Curtis Rauls fired an 815 series and Chris Scharnke slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Rauls rolled games of 255, 289 and 273 for his 815 in the Prairie Lanes Men’s Rec league. Scharnke’s second 300 of the season came in a 749 series in the Dream Lanes Classic League. Bob Jokisch fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 game in a 759 series, also at Dream Lanes. Andrew Gannon recorded a 785 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League. The top... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12055 The 11th Frame: After 2 big-scoring days, flat pattern will bring 2020 U.S. Open back to 'a bloodbath,' Bill O'Neill says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12055 After two decidedly un-U.S. Open like big-scoring days, the flat pattern being used in Thursday’s third qualifying round of the 2020 U.S. Open almost certainly will produce a scoring pace more in line with what people think of when you say, “U.S. Open.” “The third pattern is going to be a bloodbath,” PBA superstar Bill O’Neill said on the Sweep The Rack Podcast posted Wednesday. “They are miserable.” With some carrydown from plain urethane being... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12070 The 11th Frame: 2020 PBA Players Championship draws largest viewership of year for FS1 first airing, tops 2019 Players Championship viewership by 13.1% http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12070 Saturday’s live telecast of the PBA Players Championship on FS1 drew 541,000 average viewers during its 126 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. Central time, 13.1 percent more than the 2019 Players Championship show, according to ShowBuzzDaily.com. That included 135,000 viewers in the prized 18-49 age category, and the show had a 0.33 rating. The 2019 PBA Players Championship live on FS1 on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at noon Central time drew 478,000 average viewers, ShowBuzzDaily.com reported, as... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:00:00 -0600 12069 The 11th Frame: Sectional assignments announced for 2020 Intercollegiate Team Championships; sites also host 2020 Intercollegiate Singles Championships qualifying http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12069 The United States Bowling Congress on Wednesday announced in this news release the sectional assignments for the 2020 Intercollegiate Team Championships. The sectional qualifiers will take place at four sites (the same ones as last year) on March 14-15: 30 Strikes in Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; Stardust Bowl in Addison, Illinois; and USA Bowl in Dallas. The top four men’s and top four women’s teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12066 The 11th Frame: Young PWBA players Gazmine Mason and Julia Bond at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes for Storm Demo Day on Thursday, March 5 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12066 Young PWBA players and Storm staffers Gazmine Mason and Julia Bond will appear at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes as part of a Storm Products Demo Day on Thursday, March 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. There is no fee to take part in a Demo Day, which allows anyone to try out the latest Storm and Roto Grip balls. Featured balls include the PITCH PURPLE, OMEGA CRUX and PHAZE III from Storm and the UFO from Roto Grip, said Bob Holzbauer of Phoenix Pro Shop at Bowl-A-Vard. Ball discounts for any Storm or Roto Grip... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12068 The 11th Frame: $17,850 in scholarships awarded in Las Vegas in first Storm Youth Championships of 2020 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12068 The first event of the 2020 Storm Youth Championships was held Feb. 15-17 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. With all that has happened with urethane balls and the USBC tests over the last 10 days, I am trying to play catch up with a variety of things. So I'm just offering Storm's news release on the event.  By STORM PRODUCTS  BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — The first event of the 2020 SYC Tour was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 15-17, 2020. A total of 210 youth... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12049 The 11th Frame: Roger Dushack slams 830-300; Chris Gibbons, Paul Kapugi also reach perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12049 Roger Dushack slammed an 830 series that featured a perfect game, and Chris Gibbons and Paul Kapugi also fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Dushack rolled his 14th career 300 and second of the season in his supernational in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Senior Masters League. Gibbons 56th career 300 and second of the season was sandwiched between games of 247 and 246 in a 793 in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League. A solid 9-pin in his final frame cost him an 800... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12054 The 11th Frame: Still seeking a first official PBA Tour title, A.J. Johnson takes lead after opening day of 2020 U.S. Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12054 A.J. Johnson has won just about anything you can win other than an official PBA Tour title, including last year’s SamHo Korea Cup that featured PBA Tour players and paid more than $40,000, and he’s finished second in PBA Tour events as a non-member and member. It’s no wonder that his is a name at or near the top of any list of best player without a PBA Tour title. Johnson got off to the best start possible in pursuit of that first title by taking the lead after the first... subscribe to read more. Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:00:00 -0600