The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2020 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11971 The 11th Frame: 300 helps Chris Pounders take leads in all-events, doubles — with Heath Haug — at 2020 City Tournament, but all-events later falls http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11971 Chris Pounders fired a perfect game in doubles as he took the doubles lead with Heath Haug and the all-events lead on Saturday at the 2020 Madison Area USBC Open Championships — aka the City Tournament — at Schwoegler’s. In doubles, Pounders rolled 784 (256-228-300) and Haug added 673 (257-234-202) for 1,477. The doubles leaders coming into the weekend were Cody Roedner and Corey Schmidt with 1,377. Pounders added 706 (256-258-192) in singles and 675 in team for 2,165... subscribe to read more. Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:30:00 -0600 11939 The 11th Frame: Dale Chlebowski fires 750, Megan Jirsa slams 697 to top Friday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11939 Dale Chlebowski fired a 750 series and Megan Jirsa slammed a 697 to top Madison area bowling on Friday. Chlebowski competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League and Jirsa in the Sport Bowl Lions League. Next were Scott Roelke with 736 in the Dream Lanes Suburban Atlas League and Nicole Russell with 626 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.  ... subscribe to read more. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:55:00 -0600 11945 The 11th Frame: Pair of 300s, big position-round win propel Darren Tang to top seed of 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic; Tommy Jones, Osku Palermaa, Jakob Butturff, Chris Barnes also make stepladder finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11945 A pair of perfect games and a big position-round win propelled Darren Tang to the top seed of the season-opening 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, putting him one game from his first PBA Tour title. Before Tang gets to bowl that game, four PBA Tour champions will be competing for the right to face him in the stepladder finals that will air live on FS1 at noon Central time on Sunday: Tommy Jones, Osku Palermaa, Jakob Butturff, and Chris Barnes Barnes already is a Hall of Famer, Butturff seems to... subscribe to read more. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:00:00 -0600 11959 The 11th Frame: USBC shows its gender neutrality with familiar shameless spin in USBC Women’s Championships survey http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11959 You have to give USBC credit for being gender neutral when it comes to its USBC Championships survey: It practices the same shameless spin with the Women's Championships as it does with the Open Championships. First, it groups “Agree” answers with “neither agree nor disagree” and counts them the same, putting the combination of those very different answers against “disagree.” Second, it writes shamelessly leading questions that no reputable pollster... subscribe to read more. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:00:00 -0600 11958 The 11th Frame: Past BPAA and BCAW President Kurt Brose sells Sabre Lanes to former USBC Board member and Bowlero Wauwatosa GM Dan Patterson and Marcus Wise http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11958 As a past president of both the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (1994-96) and Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin (1987-89), Kurt Brose is a household name in Wisconsin bowling. Brose now is a former proprietor, as the Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin reported in this post Thursday that Brose has sold 48-lane Sabre Lanes in Menasha, which he bought in 1984 and has hosted numerous tournaments, including the State Tournament. The new owners are Dan Patterson and... subscribe to read more. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0600 11957 The 11th Frame: Kegel announces acquisition of Wisconsin company Pinsetter Parts Plus http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11957 Lake Wales, Florida-based Kegel on Friday announced the acquisition of Pinsetter Parts Plus, a Wisconsin-based pinsetter parts manufacturing company. Kegel in a news release said it the Pinsetter Parts Plus line of products will be available under the Kegel brand. “Pinsetter Parts Plus has long been a respected parts provider,” Don Agent, head of the Pinsetter Parts division of Kegel, said in the release. “They’ve created a line of innovative products designed by... subscribe to read more. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0600 11938 The 11th Frame: John Lehan slams 833, Rick Munz 823, Noah Brindley 801; Adam Becks, Jay Heinzelman fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11938 John Lehan slammed an 833 series, Rick Munz 823 and Noah Brindley 801, and Adam Becks and Jay Heinzelman fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Lehan chained games of 278, 279 and 276 in the Riviera Bowl Classic League for his second supernational of the season. Munz’s 823 came in the Prairie Lanes Classic League. Brindley, who rolled a 300 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League on Tuesday, posted his 801 in the Ten Pin Thunder League.... subscribe to read more. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:55:00 -0600 11944 The 11th Frame: Battling sliding leg injury, Jakob Butturff goes back to plain urethane and soars to top of 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11944 I would imagine more than a few FloBowling subscribers were surprised to listen to this interview with Jakob Butturff and learn that he ever uses anything but plain urethane balls. For this week’s PBA Hall of Fame Classic, players faced the 45-foot Dick Weber lane pattern on the left lanes and 39-foot Mike Aulby on the right lanes at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington Texas. According to the new 2020 patterns in the PBA member area, Weber has a 3.44-1 main ratio... subscribe to read more. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:00:00 -0600 11893 The 11th Frame: Update: New bowling ball company BIG Bowling is product registered with PBA http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11893 Note: This story originally posted Dec. 17, 2019. Update Jan. 16, 2020: BIG Bowling is product registered with the PBA, as can be seen in the picture with this story showing the banner at this week's PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas.  However, BIG Bowling is not yet listed as a brand on the the USBC approved ball list, so they aren't yet legal for USBC certified competition, which includes PBA competition. I'm hearing that BIG Bowling is expected to get going in... subscribe to read more. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:00:00 -0600 11937 The 11th Frame: Rollie Truehl fires 794, Alyssa Waldron slams 659 to lead Wednesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11937 Rollie Truehl fired a 794 series and Alyssa Waldron slammed a 659 to lead  Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Truehl competed in the Dream Lanes OM Cubed League and Waldron in the Village Lanes Mixers League. Next were Dean Kielhofer with 780 in the Dream Lanes Classic League and Patty Spires-Merkel with 608 in the Schwoegler’s Happy Hour Rollers League. Terry Dunn recorded a 752 in the Dream Classic. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:55:00 -0600 11943 The 11th Frame: Anthony Lavery-Spahr best solves 2-pattern puzzle in first round of 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11943 The PBA Tour doubled the number of 2-pattern tournaments for 2020 to six from three in 2019, with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark in this lengthy Q&A citing numerous reasons, including for fairness, demanding versatility of players, for showing the differences between professionals and league bowlers, for interest level for fans, and for TV appeal. For this week’s Hall of Fame Classic, players faced the 45-foot Dick Weber lane pattern on the left lanes and 39-foot Mike Aulby on the right... subscribe to read more. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:00:00 -0600 11955 The 11th Frame: Brad Renspe opens 2020 State Tournament with 779 in singles on low-volume minors lane pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11955 The lane patterns for the 118th annual Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — in Madison have a couple of interesting twists. The tournament, which opened over the weekend with limited squads in conjunction with the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame induction dinner, runs through May 3, with team event at Dream Lanes and minors at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes. WI-USBC Manager Don Hildebrand said in a message that the team lane pattern is 43... subscribe to read more. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:00:00 -0600 11956 The 11th Frame: Special PBA/PWBA Mixed Doubles at Bowl Expo will feature ‘Battle of the Brands’ with 8 top players http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11956 The PBA and FOX Sports in October announced that the new 2020 PBA Tour schedule on FOX and FS1 would include one previously unannounced event: a special PBA/PWBA Mixed Doubles to be held in conjunction with International Bowl Expo in Denver on Sunday, July 5, as I detailed in this story. On Wednesday, PBA and PWBA jointly announced details on the made-for-TV event, which won’t be worth a PBA or PWBA Tour title. The event will be the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver... subscribe to read more. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 -0600 11954 The 11th Frame: GIBA Ebonite Winter Classic set for Feb. 21-23 at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11954 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 tournaments that pay out thousands more in prize money... subscribe to read more. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 -0600 11936 The 11th Frame: Tom Smyth, Noah Brindley fire perfect games to highlight Tuesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11936 Tom Smyth and Noah Brindley fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Smyth’s 19th career 300 and second of the season came in a 784 series in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League. Brindley’s first career 300 came in a 736 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League. Brindley is a lefty 2-hander who was using a Storm FEVER PITCH plain urethane. Two bowlers — both in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter — fell a shot shy of perfection: Nick Peterson with... subscribe to read more. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 23:55:00 -0600 11953 The 11th Frame: Dick Allen, Brian Kretzer only repeat winners in 2019 PBA Regional Awards http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11953 Veteran PBA Tour champions and PBA Regional competitors were the only repeat winners in the 2019 PBA Regional awards announced in a news release Tuesday. Allen won PBA South Region Player of the Year honors for the first time, adding to his prior honors in 2018 and 2004, while Kretzer captured Senior Player of the Year for the third time in four years in the PBA’s Central Region while also winning the same honor in the PBA Midwest. Kretzer previously won both Senior POY honors in 2017.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:00:00 -0600 11935 The 11th Frame: Arick Ecker, Drew Braam fire perfect games; Megan Jirsa slams 703 series http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11935 Arick Ecker, Drew Braam fire perfect games; Megan Jirsa slams 703 series Ecker’s 26th perfect game came in a 763 series in the Spartan Bowl Major League. Braam’s 300 came in a 711 in the Prairie Lanes Major League. Jirsa’s 703 came in the Spartan Major and was her third 700 of the season. Jeff Barsness was next for the men with 761, also in the Spartan Major. No other women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal... subscribe to read more. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:55:00 -0600 11942 The 11th Frame: Packy Hanrahan leads PTQ that completes field for season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11942 Lefty 2-hander Packy Hanrahan totaled 1,836 for eight games to lead Monday’s PTQ that completed the 56-player field for the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic that starts Wednesday at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, according to full results posted here. The field of 35 players bowled eight games with seven players advancing to the 2-pattern tournament, which is being contested on Dick Weber 45 on left lanes and Mike Aulby 38 on right lanes.... subscribe to read more. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 21:00:00 -0600 11952 The 11th Frame: 2020 Open Championships now on pace for 9,600 teams, membership declines another 3.5%, USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy says in '2019 Recap, 2020 Preview' http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11952 On Halloween 2019, USBC reported that entries for the 2020 Open Championships at the newly renovated National Bowling Stadium in Reno already had surpassed the 8,063 teams that competed at the Stadium in Reno in 2016 and were projected to surpass 2016 by at least 17%, which would be at least 9,434 teams. I analyzed the increase and possible reasons for it in this story. On Monday in his “2019 Recap, 2020 Preview,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said that entries for the 2020... subscribe to read more. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:00:00 -0600 11951 The 11th Frame: Location of 2022 USBC Open Championships revealed by CEO of Harris County-Houston Sports Authority http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11951 In December 2018, USBC announced that the 2022 Open Championships would be in a new mixed-use, state-of-the-art sports facility being developed in north Houston, as I detailed in this story. Chris Massey, now vice president of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, told 11thFrame.com in a phone interview at the time that “due to some pieces that are still in play we unfortunately can’t exactly describe it any more specifically than on the north side of town. … When we... subscribe to read more. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:00:00 -0600 11903 The 11th Frame: As 2020 PBA Tour season kicks off, Bill O'Neill talks about his great 2019, being an EBI staffer now in a Brunswick world, his friendship with Jason Belmonte and more http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11903 I’ve tried to establish a tradition of doing Q&As with the PBA Player of the Year and PWBA Player of the Year early in the next year, but with Jason Belmonte and Shannon O’Keefe repeating in 2019, I didn’t want to cover a lot of the same ground. So I went with two players who had strong 2019 seasons that might have been POY worthy in a different year: Bill O’Neill, who is the subject of this Q&A, and Danielle McEwan, who I’ll be posting soon.... subscribe to read more. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:00:00 -0600 11934 The 11th Frame: Riley Allen fires 718, Skye Farr slams 643 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11934 Riley Allen fires 718, Skye Farr slams 643 to top youth scoring Allen chained games of 234, 228 and 256), and Farr 217, 220 and 206, both at Prairie Lanes. Next in house shot leagues were Collin Krachey with 702 (258-277-167) and Erica Lohr 612 (202-207-203) at Prairie , while Owen Lee recorded 697 at Dream Lanes. In the Prairie Storm Challenge League on the Kegel Sunset Strip lane pattern, the top scores were Michael Powley’s 652 and Carter Krachey’s 650 for boys, and Erica... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Jan 2020 23:55:00 -0600 11949 The 11th Frame: Andy Mills wins 2020 Red Cedar Classic with 2 wins over top seed Brady Stearns http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11949 A week after missing a spare in the final frame to lose the title match of the Chippewa Valley Match Games, Andy Mills of La Crosse spared in the final frame to win the Red Cedar Classic presented by Northtown Ford at Broadway Bowl in Menomonie on Saturday, tournament director Mike Holzhueter reported.  Mills defeated top seed Brady Stearns 214-190 and 225-220 in the title match. First was $825 and second $580. Mills later posted this on Facebook: “Bowled the Red Cedar Match... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Jan 2020 20:00:00 -0600 11947 The 11th Frame: Fourth annual Compete For Kids' Sake fundraiser tourney will be trios Feb. 29 at Schwoegler's http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11947 The first three Compete for Kids' Sake tournaments that raised funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County were singles events. The fourth annual Compete For Kids' Sake BBBS fundraiser will be a scratch trios on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. at Schwoegler’s. The field is limited to 28 teams, with an entry fee of $195 per team. First will be $1,200 based on 24 teams. The format is three games of qualifying, followed by six team baker games, with 1-in-4 teams cashing and advancing... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Jan 2020 10:00:00 -0600 11881 The 11th Frame: Update: 1 charge re-filed, so now 2 against PBA Regional champion, actor J.T. 'Action' Jackson in Kevin Hart sex tape case http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11881 Note: This story originally posted Dec. 14, 2019. Update Jan. 12, 2020: One charge has been re-filed against PBA Regional champion and actor J.T. 'Action' Jackson in the Kevin Hart sex tape case, Jackson reported on his Facebook page. Here was Jackson's post:"UPDATE:Im gettin a lot of messages from people wondering what I’m being charged with since the DA dropped both extortion charges because of a Netflix Docuseries failed to mention and make clear as to what charge I am now being... subscribe to read more. Sun, 12 Jan 2020 08:00:00 -0600