The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11840 The 11th Frame: Father and son teammates Dick Thomas, Rick Thomas fire perfect games in same game, Jerry Ewers also reached perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11840 On March 15, 2011 at Ten Pin Alley, Bill and Chris Pounders may have made bowling history by firing perfect games against each other in the Fifth Quarter League at Ten Pin, as I detailed in this story. United States Bowling Congress records, which are online here, have no listing for father-son 300 games against each other, but they do list: 300 games, father and son, same team gameGary Zakrajsek Sr. and Mark Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1993. (Many others have since achieved... subscribe to read more. Fri, 6 Dec 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11856 The 11th Frame: PBA Tour does the right thing, makes PBA Playoffs a Tour title, retroactively awards Kris Prather title for 2019 Playoffs win http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11856 The PBA Tour generally does the right thing when it’s an obvious thing. Such was the case Friday when PBA announced that the PBA Playoffs would be a Tour title event in 2020, and that Kris Prather would be awarded a title for his win in the 2019 PBA Playoffs. Prather beat Bill O'Neill in the title match to win the 2019 Playoffs. PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark said in a message exchange that he made the decision after discussing it with Brad Miller, chair of the PBA Players Committee.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 6 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11839 The 11th Frame: Earl Chandler fires 801-300, Chris Casson also reaches perfection; Brittany Pollentier slams 710 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11839 Earl Chandler fired an 801 series that featured a perfect game, Chris Casson also reached perfection, and Brittany Pollentier slammed a 710 to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Competing in the Village Lanes Golfers 3-Man League, Chandler opened with his 16th career 300, then added games of 245 and 256 for 801. Casson’s third career 300 came in a 779 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League. Pollentier’s 710 in the Dream Lanes Major League was her third 700... subscribe to read more. Thu, 5 Dec 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11855 The 11th Frame: PWBA says it will hold at least 10 Regionals in 2020, 6 with PWBA Tour stops; top 10 to earn bonus money in 'BowlTV PWBA Regional Cup' http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11855 The PWBA on Thursday said it will hold at least 10 Regionals in 2020, six in conjunction with PWBA Tour stops, and the top 10 regional players will earn bonus money in the “BowlTV PWBA Regional Cup.” The highest points-earner in PWBA Regional competition will earn $3,500 in the BowlTV PWBA Regional Cup. The total prize fund is $13,000 and 10th will earn $500. Four Regionals will be held prior to the 2020 PWBA Tour. The 10-event schedule is at the bottom of this story. “The... subscribe to read more. Thu, 5 Dec 2019 11:00:00 -0600 11852 The 11th Frame: Bowlero confirms that Petersen Classic will move to Bowlero Mount Prospect in 2020 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11852 Confirming rumors that had been on social media for a few weeks, Bowlero Corp. in a news release on Thursday announced that the Petersen Classic will move in 2020 to Bowlero Mount Prospect, 824 E. Rand Road in Mount Prospect, Illinois. The historic tournament has been at Bowlero River Grove, 3111 River Road in River Grove, Illinois, for the past five years. The two centers are about 12 miles from each other, with 36-lane Bowlero Mount Prospect northwest of River Grove. Mount Prospect is about... subscribe to read more. Thu, 5 Dec 2019 09:00:00 -0600 11838 The 11th Frame: Will Reeves, Paul Kablitz fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11838 Will Reeves and Paul Kablitz fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Reeves 300 came in a 740 series in the Prairie Lanes General Casualty League. Kablitz’s 300 came in the Prairie Men’s Rec League. His series was not reported. The top series were Matt Ziegler’s 780 in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League and Kayla Klink’s 648 in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League. Next were Tony Cenite with 756 in the Oregon Bowl Community League and Patty... subscribe to read more. Wed, 4 Dec 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11837 The 11th Frame: Bradley Thompson fires second perfect game of season; Becky James slams 724 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11837 Bradley Thompson fired his second perfect game of the season, and Becky James slammed a 724 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Thompson’s 300 came in a 751 series in the Prairie Lanes Big 10 League. Tory Kersten fell a shot shy of perfection with a 297 game in a 674 series in the Riviera Bowl Special League. James’ 724 came in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League and was her third 700 of the season, tying Lauren Sammel for the most among Madison area women... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11848 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte a slam dunk for 2019 PBA Player of the Year, but Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill, Anthony Simonsen all had POY-quality seasons http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11848 Jason Belmonte’s stellar 2019 makes him a slam dunk choice for Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, which would be the fifth of his legendary career if he tops the voting of PBA players and “a select group of veteran PBA observers.” But it shouldn’t obscure the POY-quality seasons of Jakob Butturff, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Anthony Simonsen. The winners of the 2019 POY, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award (selected by PBA... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11844 The 11th Frame: 2020 King Classic Ritchie Buss Memorial tourney set for Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Illinois http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11844 The 10th annual King Classic Ritchie Buss Memorial Bowling Tournament is set for Sunday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at 4 Seasons Bowl, 1100 W Galena Ave. in Freeport, Illinois. Buss, who died in 2010, was a 2-time PBA Regional champion and frequent competitor in Madison Area Scratch Tour and other scratch events. He also was one of the quietest, nicest guys you could ever meet. The tournament will be contested on a modified version of the Kegel Bourbon Street lane pattern,  a 40-foot... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11836 The 11th Frame: Bill Smith Jr. slams 779, Chelsea Hanson fires 641 to top Monday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11836 Bill Smith Jr. slammed a 779 series and Chelsea Hanson fired a 641 to top Madison area bowling on Monday. Smith competed in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Hanson in the Viking Lanes Twilighters League. Next were Dick Thomas with 747 at Sport Bowl and Kari Kipp with 627 in the Dream Lanes Early Nighters League. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Mon, 2 Dec 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11850 The 11th Frame: Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Stoughton tied for boys lead, Monona Grove tops girls after Week 4 of Madison area high school bowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11850 Sun Prairie, Monona Grove and Stoughton are tied for the boys lead, and Monona Grove tops the girls after Monday’s fourth week of Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling. The boys competed at Riviera Bowl in Sauk City and the girls at Dream Lanes. Nine boys varsity, five girls varsity, and four junior varsity teams are competing this year. For varsity only, there were nine and five last season, and prior to that it was 11 and four, 11 and five, 11 and six, and 12 and six.  The... subscribe to read more. Mon, 2 Dec 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11830 The 11th Frame: USBC wisely bows to reality, announces it will implement a tiered center certification program http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11830 Note: This story originally posted Nov. 25, 2019. It has been updated after a USBC conference call with media. Even the most ardent proponents of topographical leveling of lanes (which I count myself among) knew that when USBC announced it would be moving to tighter standards for lane topography at the 2017 USBC Convention, it was going to be a tough sell, as I detailed in this story. The simple fact is captured in the old cliché: you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip. The... subscribe to read more. Mon, 2 Dec 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11835 The 11th Frame: Kevin Thomas fires 16th career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11835 Kevin Thomas fired his 16th career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend. Thomas’ 300 came in a 699 series at Sport Bowl. The top series were Scott Roelke’s 747 in the Dream Lanes Eastside Couples League and Becky James’ 673 in the Ten Pin Alley Hangover League. The top scores in youth leagues over the weekend were 650 by Isaiah Stewart and 578 by Zoey Darwin, both at Dream. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 1 Dec 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11828 The 11th Frame: Chad Kloss extends hot streak, teams with William Welch to win WSBT Over 40/Under Doubles http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11828 Chad Kloss extended his recent hot streak, teaming with William Welch to win the Wisconsin Scratch Bowlers Tour Over 40/Under Doubles at Revs Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh on Saturday. Kloss last weekend won the 2-pattern La Crosse Open presented by Brunswick at Pla-Mor Lanes, as I detailed in this story. Earlier this season, Kloss won the Milwaukee Open and the St. Paul Masters, all while bowling in pain due to injuries sustained when he and Gus Yannaras were T-boned in a crash in Las... subscribe to read more. Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11827 The 11th Frame: Becky James fires 706, Lauren Sammel 702, Theresa Holmes 701 to highlight Friday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11827 Becky James fired a 706 series, Lauren Sammel a 702, and Theresa Holmes a 701 to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. James chained games of 184, 245 and 277 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League for her second 700 of the season. Sammel's third 700 of the season came in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League and gave her the lead among Madison area women. Holmes rolled games of 244, 246 and 211 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed. Danny Verdecchia led the men with 758 in the Sport... subscribe to read more. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11842 The 11th Frame: 31st annual Henry Hitter 3-Man tourney set for Saturday, Dec. 14 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11842 The 31st annual Henry Hitter 3-Man Tournament will be Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, tournament founder and director Mark Henry announced. The popular tournament attracts many of the top bowlers from Wisconsin and some from Illinois for great competition and camaraderie. The latter is truly the key to the event as there isn’t huge prize money or demanding lane conditions — it’s more a grand holiday bowler gathering. How popular can be seen in the... subscribe to read more. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11834 The 11th Frame: Prairie Open Over 40 3-Person tourney set for Saturday, Jan. 25 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11834 The popular Prairie Open Over 40 3-Person scratch tournament at Prairie Lanes on Saturday, Jan. 25 already has 20 of its 28 spots full, Prairie Lanes proprietor Ross Bussan said Wednesday. The tournament, which is open only to bowlers 40 and older, was started by Tim Sullivan, with the help of Mark Henry and Lowell Maves, and originally was called Sully's 40 and Over Tournament, although it was commonly known as the Over 40 Henry Hitter for its similarity to the popular Henry Hitter 3-Man... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11826 The 11th Frame: Bob Richardson, Leroy Smith fire perfect games to highlight Wednesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11826 Bob Richardson and Leroy Smith fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Richardson’s 55th career 300 came in a 732 series in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League. Smith’s 300 came in a 730 in the Schwoegler’s Happy Hour Rollers League. Andrew Kleutgen fell a shot shy of perfection with a 298 game in a 652 series in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League. The top series were Rick Erce's 783 and Devan Andruss' 671, both in the Dream Lanes Major League. Next... subscribe to read more. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11663 The 11th Frame: WSBT Over 40/Under Doubles set for Nov. 30 at Revs in Oshkosh http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11663 Note: This story originally posted on Sept. 23, 2019. Terry Kulibert’s Wisconsin Scratch Bowlers Tour Over 40/Under 40 Doubles, annually one of the state’s most popular scratch tournaments, is set for Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Revs Bowl Bar & Grill, 275 N. Washburn St. in Oshkosh. At least one bowler must be over 40 years old, and both can be over 40. Only one PBA member is allowed per duo. The entry fee is $100 per bowler ($85 to the prize fund, $15 to lineage and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11825 The 11th Frame: Trevor Habich fires 816-300, John Lehan 807, Taylor Foertsch 725-297, Mary Lo 717; Shaun Taliaferro, Ron Tubbs also reach perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11825 Trevor Habich fired an 816 series that featured a perfect game, John Lehan an 807, Taylor Foertsch a 725 that included a 297, Mary Lo 717, and Shaun Taliaferro and Ron Tubbs slammed perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Competing in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League, Habich opened with his second career 300 and the first at Ten Pin this season, then added games of 259 and 257 for his second career supernational. Lehan chained games of 267, 278 and 262 for his 807 in... subscribe to read more. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11832 The 11th Frame: New name, new center: Midwest Championship Doubles will be Sunday, Dec. 8 at New Berlin Ale House http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11832 What was the Wisconsin Championship Doubles held annually at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa has become the Midwest Championship Doubles presented by Bowlers Headquarters and the Ten Pin Journal at New Berlin Ale House, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. in New Berlin, on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $180 if a $90 deposit is paid before Dec. 4, $190 after that date. Michael James said ways to pay include: * Check made out to and mailed to the Ten Pin Journal. * PayPal to... subscribe to read more. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:00:00 -0600 11824 The 11th Frame: T.J. Dunn fires 802; Joe Eith, Billy Sandlin Jr. slam perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11824 T.J. Dunn fired an 802 series and Joe Eith and Billy Sandlin Jr. slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Dunn chained games of 278, 245 and 279 in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants 3-Man League. Here is the close of Dunn's 802. Eith’s 300 came in a 721 in the Spartan Bowl Major League. Sandlin’s fifth career 300 came in a 698 series in the Dream Suburban Merchants. Here is video of the close of Sandlin's 300. Jeff Barsness was second with 762 in the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11823 The 11th Frame: Ashton Albrecht fires 299 game, Jensen Est slams 728, Erica Lohr 649 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11823 Ashton Albrecht fired a 299 game, Jensen Est slammed a 728 series, and Erica Lohr rolled a 649 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Albrecht’s 299 came in a 655  series at Prairie Lanes. Est chained games of 256, 213 and 259 at Prairie, and Lohr also competed at Prairie. Next for the boys were 685 each by Michael Powley at Prairie and Riley Allen at Dream Lanes. Next for the girls were Kylie Chandler’s 632 at Dream and Brianna Thurston 622 at Prairie. In the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 24 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11808 The 11th Frame: Powerful 2-handed lefty Nick Wetzel wins first MAST title; likely won't be last http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11808 Powerful 2-handed lefty Nick Wetzel won his first Madison Area Scratch Tour title at Viking Lanes in Stoughton on Sunday, MAST reported. Wetzel, who likely will win many MAST titles if he keeps bowling, defeated Nathan Michalowski 208-199 in the title match, qualifying eighth with 948 and then averaging 236 through four rounds of match play. Facebook live video of the title match is here. First was $705 and second $396. The other prizes were $253 for third and fourth, $192 for fifth through... subscribe to read more. Sun, 24 Nov 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11807 The 11th Frame: Bowling through pain, Chad Kloss wins 2019 2-pattern La Crosse Open presented by Brunswick http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11807 Bowling through pain, Chad Kloss won the seventh annual 2-pattern La Crosse Open presented by Brunswick at Pla-Mor Lanes on Saturday. Jason Craigen finished second, Chad Maas third, and Dave Beres fourth. First was $1,500 and second $1,000. The 4-person stepladder finals was done Facebook live, with one portion here and another portion here. Craigen opened with wins of 236-183 over Beres and 254-230 over Mass, before Kloss beat him 226-189. Kloss and Gus Yannaras were T-boned in a crash in... subscribe to read more. Sat, 23 Nov 2019 20:00:00 -0600