The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11027 The 11th Frame: With good fortune on his side this time, Anthony Simonsen beats Jason Belmonte to win 2019 PBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11027 The pocket 7-10 probably is the most common split left by top-level bowlers, and it usually happens when a ball enters the pocket at a bad angle or with the wrong energy. In Sunday’s title match of the 2019 PBA Players Championship, Jason Belmonte left pocket 7-10s in the fourth and 10th frames as he lost to Anthony Simonsen 232-212. But these weren’t run-of-the-mill pocket 7-10s like I described in the first paragraph of this story — they were ringing 10-pin shots that... subscribe to read more. Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11019 The 11th Frame: Tony Oliva, Nathan Michalowski edge Chris Pollentier, Mike Hoffman to win MAST Doubles at Sport Bowl http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11019 Tony Oliva and Nathan Michalowski edged Chris Pollentier and Mike Hoffman 419-412 to win the Madison Area Scratch Tour Doubles at Middleton Sport Bowl on Saturday, MAST reported in this post. In the title match, Oliva fired 238 and Michalowski added a 181 that included clinching strikes in the final frame at anchor, while Pollentier countered with 196 and the left-handed Hoffman 216. The two right-handers conquered the tricky, very wet-dry house shot at Sport Bowl with closed angles, leading... subscribe to read more. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11018 The 11th Frame: Lauren Sammel slams 740; Dick Thomas fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11018 Lauren Sammel slammed a 740 series and Dick Thomas fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Sammel’s sixth 700 of the season, three behind Madison area women’s leader Brittany Pollentier, came in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League. Thomas’ 40th career 300 and second in as many weeks came in a 757 series in the Sport Bowl Lions League. Leonard Wilson led men’s scoring with 783 in the Dream Lanes Industrial Nites League. Next were Willie Feltz... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11026 The 11th Frame: ‘Motivated’ Jason Belmonte a game from joining Don Carter on top of bowling’s major mountain after earning top seed of 2019 PBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11026 Jason Belmonte essentially warned us all what might be coming this week in my story after he won his 10th major title in the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday, tying him with Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for the PBA record for major titles. “One thing I will say is winning this 10th one has motivated me a lot,” the 2-handed Australian said in a phone interview Sunday night, noting that he was “content” after reaching nine. “It’s really lit a... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11017 The 11th Frame: Tayler Dunn fires 804-300, Jim Fosdick 803, Brittany Pollentier 733; Rob Hamilton, Nate Smith also slam perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11017 The Dream Lanes Major was the league to be in Wednesday night, as Tayler Dunn fired an 804 series that featured a perfect game, Jim Fosdick recorded an 803, Brittany Pollentier slammed a 733, and Rob Hamilton and Nate Smith also rolled 300s. Dunn sandwich his ninth career 300 between games of 257 and 247 for his second career supernational. Fosdick chained games of 268, 258 and 277 for his seventh 800 of the season, tops among Madison area men. Pollentier’s 700 was her ninth of the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11025 The 11th Frame: Don Carter’s record in sight: Jason Belmonte regains lead at 2019 PBA Players Championship heading into final day of match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11025 Jason Belmonte lost his lead at the start of Thursday night’s first round of match play in the 2019 PBA Players Championship, but rebounded to regain it and ended the night ahead of defending champion Tom Smallwood by 127 pins. The 2-handed Australian now has Don Carter’s true historical record for major titles in sight as the Players Championship heads into its final day of match play at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio. After Friday’s final 16 games of... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11035 The 11th Frame: New lane patterns set for 2-pattern MAST tourney sponsored by 11thFrame.com March 16 at Ten Pin Alley, 2-pattern Riggs Classic April 20 at Schwoegler’s http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11035 I would wager that no one who will compete in the Madison Area Scratch Tour tournament sponsored by 11thFrame.com at Ten Pin Alley on Saturday, March 16 and/or the Riggs Classic at Schwoegler’s on Saturday, April 20 will have bowled on the lane patterns before they are used in the tournaments. In both tournaments, there will be a long pattern on the left lanes and a short pattern on the right lanes. (It is possible in the MAST that the short pattern will be on the left lanes and long... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11024 The 11th Frame: Brad Miller averages 241.8 for third round to tie Jason Belmonte for lead heading into match play at 2019 PBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11024 Brad Miller stole a little of the spotlight from Jason Belmonte at the 2019 PBA Players Championship on Thursday. Miller, who finished second with Kyle Sherman in the PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship earlier this season, fired games of 279, 248, 254, 212, 225 and 233 for a 1,451 total in the third round of qualifying at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio. That gave him a 4,109 total for 18 games (228.28 average) in the tournament being contested on the Dragon... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11034 The 11th Frame: Len Nicholson and his spray gun add a special touch to 50th anniversary Hoosier Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11034 The 50th anniversary Hoosier Classic that will be held this weekend at Western Bowl in Indianapolis is the biggest thing in regular season college bowling. Len Nicholson arguably is the biggest thing in lane conditions, historically speaking. Columbia 300 Hoosier Classic tournament director Nick Hoagland is bringing the two together for the “final eight” rounds of the tournament, he announced in recent news releases. Nicholson and Sam Baca were the men who originated the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11016 The 11th Frame: Bob Richardson fires 53rd career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11016 Bob Richardson fired his 53rd career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Richardson’s 300 came in a 755 series in the Sport Bowl All-Star League. Manny Turrubiartis had the top series with 781 in the Prairie Lanes Men’s Rec League. Brian Olson was next with 773 in the Sport All-Star. Other men’s series of 750 or higher were 770 by Donald Roelke in the Dream Lanes Classic League, 766 by Todd Steckelberg in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11023 The 11th Frame: Picking up where he left off Sunday, Jason Belmonte leads after opening day of 2019 PBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11023 When last we saw Jason Belmonte on Sunday, he was winning the PBA Tournament of Champions firing a plain urethane Storm PITCH BLACK straight up the track on the Don Johnson 40 lane pattern. On Wednesday, the 2-handed Australian led after the first two rounds of qualifying in the PBA Players Championship eventually lofting past the arrows and curving the lane on the Dragon 45 pattern, with fresh oil each round. Yes, the 4-time PBA Player of the Year is the best in the world, likely of this... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11032 The 11th Frame: Led by Leo's Pro Shop and team members Ernie Lynch and Ryan Oelke, every lead changes hands at State Tournament over weekend http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11032 It was quite a weekend at the 117th annual Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — at Dale’s Weston Lanes in Weston, as every lead changed hands. Leo's Pro Shop of Wisconsin Dells took the lead in team all-events with 10,090, and if that team hadn’t, the lead still would have changed hands as Striking Edge Pro Shop moved into second with 10,024. Ernie Lynch led Leo’s and took the all-events lead with 2,224 on 675... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11030 The 11th Frame: Latest twist in USOC SafeSport mandate for USBC is membership required to gain RVP status, BCAW reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11030 Anyone who reads 11thFrame.com knows how much I disapprove of the current United States Bowling Congress leadership — it’s all laid out in this story and this story. But I call them as I see them and don’t hesitate to defend or support USBC where I feel that’s warranted — as I've always done, which in the past had me called a "shill" for USBC by some on social media. (My principles haven't changed.) USBC has been getting beat up pretty severely in... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11015 The 11th Frame: Hall of Famer Bruce Bryan possibly sets Madison Area USBC record in 805-300; Bill Seltzner, Austin Powers also reach perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11015 Madison Area USBC Hall of Famer Bruce Bryan possibly set a record as he fired an 805 series featuring a perfect game, and Bill Seltzner and Austin Powers also slammed perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Competing in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League and using a Brunswick FURY, Bryan opened with 279 and 226 before rolling his 13th career 300 for his third career 800. Here is video of the close of his 300. Bryan, who nearly died from a heart attack in October... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11031 The 11th Frame: Troy Schweda continues rampage at Chalet Lanes in Wisconsin Dells with third 800 in as many weeks http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11031 Other than 900s or records being broken, I generally don’t write about league scores outside the Madison Area USBC. But Wisconsin Dells is only about an hour from Madison and what Troy Schweda is doing is pretty impressive. According to Facebook posts and messages I have received, Schweda on Tuesday night fired 844 (277-300-267) for his third 800 in as many weeks at Chalet Lanes. And one of his previous 800s was an 825 that featured consecutive 300s to start. Schweda rolled the final... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11029 The 11th Frame: Samuel Dewitt III leads 15 players advancing from PTQ into 2019 PBA Players Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11029 Samuel Dewitt III totaled 1,371 for six games to easily lead 15 players who advanced from Tuesday’s PTQ into the PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, PBA reported in this news release. Dewitt rolled games of 246, 187, 276, 200, 259 and 203 on the PBA Dragon 45 lane pattern to finish 110 pins ahead of runner-up Mykell Holliman. Only eight of the 25 players averaged 200 or better, with 15th a tie at 1,120 between Kyle Bigelow and Steve Pavlinko.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:30:00 -0600 11028 The 11th Frame: 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions viewership on FOX Sunday up more than 75 percent over 2018 TOC on ESPN http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11028 The 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions viewership on FOX on Sunday was up more than 75 percent over the 2018 TOC on ESPN, according to ShowBuzzDaily.com. The 2019 TOC on FOX aired live at 3:30 p.m. Central time and drew an average of 1,131,000 viewers measured in 15-minute increments. That's up 75.6 percent over the average of 644,000 viewers for the 2018 TOC on ESPN, which also was a live show. Viewership peaked at 1.3 million during the title match, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:50:00 -0600 11014 The 11th Frame: Jim Fosdick fires 804; Michael Kruchten, Bryan Zimmer slam perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11014 Jim Fosdick fired an 804 series, and Michael Kruchten and Bryan Zimmer slammed perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. The Madison Areaa USBC Hall of Famer’s 804 came in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League and was his sixth supernational of the season, tops in the Madison area, and 77th of his career. Here is video of the close of his series. Kruchten’s first career 300 came in a 756 series in the Sport Bowl Merchants League. Here is video of the close of... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11033 The 11th Frame: Sun Prairie boys, Sun Prairie Red girls finish off title-winning seasons of Madison area high school bowling; La Follette, Monona Grove boys, Monona Grove girls also qualify for State High School Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11033 The Sun Prairie boys and Sun Prairie Red girls already had clinched the titles of Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling heading into the 11th and final week, but much else was decided at Prairie Lanes in Sun Prairie on Monday. Eleven boys varsity, four boys junior varsity, four girls varsity and one girls junior varsity teams are competing this year. For varsity only, there were 11 and four last season, and prior to that it was 11 and five, 11 and six, and 12 and six.  The competition... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11003 The 11th Frame: Austyn Lynch fires 717, Cila Freitas slams 681 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11003 Austyn Lynch fired a 717 series and Cila Freitas slammed a 681 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Lynch chained games of 235, 256 and 226 at Prairie Lanes and Freitas competed at Dream Lanes. Next were Austin Minor with 684 at Dream Lanes, and Hannah Yelk with 665 (208-238-224) at Prairie. In the Prairie Storm Challenge League on the USBC Blue 37-foot lane pattern, the top scores were Michael Powley’s 647 and Caitlin Powers’ 617. The top scores in... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11010 The 11th Frame: After winning 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions for 10th major title, Jason Belmonte reflects on possibly being considered bowling’s GOAT http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11010 LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Tom Brady or Joe Montana? Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus? The GOAT (greatest of all time) debate is never-ending and never settled in sports. Feb. 10, 2019 can be marked as the date Jason Belmonte officially injected himself into bowling’s GOAT debate by winning his 10th major title, equaling the PBA major titles record of Earl Anthony and Pete Weber and pulling within one of the true historical record of 11 by Don Carter. PBA reported that Belmonte, who... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Feb 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11021 The 11th Frame: Kai Strothers, 10-year-old who was on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE after firing perfect game, gets front row seat at PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11021 On Jan. 19, 10-year-old Kai Strothers fired a perfect game in New Jersey. That earned him an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE. And on Sunday it earns him a front row seat for the TV finals of the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions live on FOX at 3:30 p.m. Central time, PBA announced in this news release. That will give him a chance to possibly see history made by Jason Belmonte, who he met earlier this week at the TOC. "Kai's accomplishment on the lanes and his awesome performance on Jimmy... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Feb 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11022 The 11th Frame: Becky James fires eighth career perfect game in 780 series in Women’s City Tournament http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11022 Becky James fired her eighth career perfect game in a 780 series in the Madison Area USBC Women’s Championships — aka the Women’s City Tournament — on Saturday at Spartan Bowl in McFarland. Competing in the team event, James opened with 266 and 214 and then closed with her 300, leading Victorious Secret to 2,711. Here is video of the close of her 300. James later posted this on Facebook: “Still taking it all in been a struggle on the lanes this year bowled Womens... subscribe to read more. Sat, 9 Feb 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11002 The 11th Frame: Brent Ritchie fires 845, Brittany Pollentier slams 712; Dick Thomas reaches perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11002 Brent Ritchie fired an 845 series, Brittany Pollentier slammed a 712, and Dick Thomas rolled a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Ritchie chained games of 277, 289 and 279 in the Sport Bowl Friends League to miss the Madison Area USBC season-high by seven pins: Willie Feltz rolled an 852 (300-252-300) at Dream Lanes on Jan. 20. Ritchie, who rolled an 822 on the Kegel Statue of Liberty Lane pattern in the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League earlier this season, later... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11009 The 11th Frame: For second time in a year, Jason Belmonte a game from taking a step toward top of bowling’s major mountain after earning top seed for 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11009 On Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, Tom Smallwood beat Jason Belmonte 259-239 in the title match of the PBA Players Championship, denying the 2-handed Australian a step toward the top of bowling’s major mountain, as I detailed in this story. Just over a week shy of a year later, Belmonte finds himself in almost the same situation after earning the top seed for the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions. As I detailed in this story, Belmonte remains one major title from tying the PBA record of 10... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 22:00:00 -0600