The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11598 The 11th Frame: International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame launches online archive http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11598 Being both a bowling junkie and a member of the USBC Hall of Fame, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has a special place in my heart. So you’ll understand if I’m a little excited about this week’s announcement from the IBMHOF that it is providing access to an online collection of the many great items in the museum’s vast inventory. BowlingHeritage.com is the gateway to the Bowling Virtual Vault, which features many of the historic items on display at... subscribe to read more. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 -0600 11315 The 11th Frame: Update: 2019 Wisconsin Masters in Wausau canceled http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11315 Update Aug. 22, 2019: What would have been the second annual Wisconsin Masters was canceled Thursday morning with this post on the tournament's Facebook page:"In the last year, we have experienced some pretty significant life changes, and with that, our availability to promote this tournament and our great sponsors has been extremely limited.With that, we have made the unfortunate decision to cancel this year's tournament. No one likes to bowl a tournament that is half full. Sponsors don't like... subscribe to read more. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:00:00 -0600 11514 The 11th Frame: Team USA for 2019 World Bowling Women's World Championships will be Shannon O'Keefe, Danielle McEwan, Stefanie Johnson, Liz Kuhlkin, Missy Parkin, Jordan Richard, USBC announces http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11514 Note: This story originally posted July 26, 2019. Team USA for the 2019 World Bowling World Women’s Championships will feature Shannon O’Keefe, Danielle McEwan, Stefanie Johnson, Liz Kuhlkin, Missy Parkin, and Jordan Richard, the United States Bowling Congress announced Friday in this news release. O’Keefe, McEwan and Johnson were part of Team USA at the 2017 World Bowling World Women’s Championships, which that year also included Josie Barnes, Shannon Pluhowsky... subscribe to read more. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11478 The 11th Frame: Possible future stars on display in U12 show of 2019 USA Bowling National Championships presented by Sixlets http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11478 I say it every year and it didn’t change this year: I love watching today’s top youth bowlers, especially the very young ones. Again this year, the U12 show of the 2019 USA Bowling National Championships presented by Sixlets showcased some astonishing young talent, from Katelyn Abigania, who has won two straight U12 Junior Gold girls titles and looks like a future star, to teammates Sebastian Huffman and 2019 U12 Junior Gold boys winner Elias O’Hollaren, to lefty Kai... subscribe to read more. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11580 The 11th Frame: World Bowling signs digital media deal with Dailymotion just ahead of 2019 Women's World Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11580 World Bowling announced in this news release Monday that it has signed a deal that will make Dailymotion’s video player the platform for all live content from World Championships qualifying rounds as well as all remaining 2019 events of its owned and operated properties, such as the World Bowling Tour Finals. The deal, which was announced just in front of the World Bowling Women’s World Championships Aug. 23-30 in Las Vegas, makes dailymotion.com/World_Bowling and the Dailymotion... subscribe to read more. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:00:00 -0600 11545 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA's Nate Stubler edges fellow lefty Brandon Mooney to win 2019 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11545 In a title match that went down to the final shot, Junior Team USA’s Nate Stubler edged fellow lefty Brandon Mooney to win the 2019 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open on Sunday at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa. Finishing first, Mooney needed three strikes and a 2-count to lock out Stubler, got two but then came up light and left a 3-5-6 that he spared for 224. That meant Stubler, who was the top seed and chose to finish the match on lane 14, needed two strikes and a 7-count for the win. He rolled... subscribe to read more. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 23:30:00 -0600 11542 The 11th Frame: Ryan Ciminelli writes a hokey movie script that is totally real in winning the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11542 When I was the first to report the news last week that Ryan Ciminelli had been suspended by PBA for the Chesapeake Open and Wilmington Open because of comments he made in an hour-long appearance on the Sweep The Rack Podcast posted July 24, 2019 on FloBowling, I joked to him in a message exchange that he should win the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic and produce another great story for us media types. And that would be for more reasons than just the suspension, as Ciminelli had... subscribe to read more. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11573 The 11th Frame: Duane Mellinger beats Steve Kloempken in title match to win 2019 New Mexico Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11573 Duane Mellinger won the $12,620 first prize of the 2019 New Mexico Open by beating USBC Hall of Famer Steve Kloempken 461-423 in the title match at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Mellinger, who recently was inducted into the Colorado Bowling Hall of Fame, became the event's oldest winner at 57. Matt Smith finished third, as 65,075 was paid out, tournament director Steve Mackie reported. The top 48 in the 196-player field after qualifying Friday and Saturday advanced to... subscribe to read more. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11544 The 11th Frame: Sweeper winner Kyle Anderson leads qualifying as cut is plus 8, last cash minus 4 at 2019 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11544 After Kyle Anderson won and left-handers took three of the top six spots in the sweeper on Friday, Cherry Lanes general manager Bob Hochrein made a slight tweak to the lane pattern, adding a little bit of volume to the left side for the 2019 GIBA 11thframe.com Open Saturday and Sunday. That slowed the left-handers down a bit, but certainly didn’t shut them out as Anderson and Junior Team USA member Nate Stubler finished first and second in Saturday’s qualifying with 6-game totals... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:30:00 -0600 11541 The 11th Frame: Fresh off winning first PBA Tour title, B.J. Moore leads qualifying at PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11541 Just three days after winning his first PBA Tour title, B.J. Moore led Saturday’s qualifying of the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware. Moore rolled games of 225, 229, 298, 267, 215, 259 and 204 for a 7-game total of 1,697 and 72-pin lead over the 1,625 of A.J. Johnson, who arguably may be the best player without a PBA Tour title, a title Moore arguably had before winning the PBA Wilmington Open on Wednesday.... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:00:00 -0600 11550 The 11th Frame: Shannon O'Keefe edges Danielle McEwan to win BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open for fourth title of 2019 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11550 The last time Danielle McEwan stood on an approach needing a double and count in the final frame to win a PWBA Tour title, she came through to win the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, as I detailed in this story. Not quite two months later, McEwan again stepped on an approach needing a double and count in the final frame to win a PWBA title. This time, McEwan rolled a shot that went high and left a 6-10, making Shannon O’Keefe the winner of the 2019 BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open at... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11579 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Results of the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11579 Do not click on this story if you want to avoid knowing the results of the Go Bowling! PWBA Regional Showdown. The special event was taped on Saturday at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando after the TV finals of the BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open to to air Saturday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. Central time on CBS Sports Network. The competitors were Julia Bond, Gazmine Mason, Kayla Bandy and Elise Bolton. How they qualified is detailed in this story. In the semifinals, Bond beat Bandy 214-204 and Mason edged... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:30:00 -0600 11568 The 11th Frame: Tom Hankey Jr. wins gold, Junior Team USA 3 other medals In Masters at 2019 PABCON Youth Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11568 Tom Hankey Jr. added to his already lengthy and stellar resume by winning the Masters gold medal on Saturday at the 2019 PABCON Youth Championships at the Sebelen Bowling Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Hankey’s resume includes wins in the 2015 U15 Junior Gold, 2015 Youth Open Championships team and all-events, 2017 and 2018 Teen Masters, and 2019 Intercollegiate Singles Championships and Intercollegiate Team Championships with Webber International. And last month, Hankey... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:00:00 -0600 11572 The 11th Frame: Kris Koetzlow leads 2019 New Mexico Open qualifying with 1,854 for eight games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11572 Kris Koetzlow led qualifying at the New Mexico Open Friday and Saturday with 1,854 for eight games at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, according to full results posted here. Koetzlow rolled games of 172, 247, 256, 227, 192, 236, 257 and 267 for his total, which was 120 pins more than the top qualifying score in the 2018 New Mexico Open. Sean Lavery-Spahr was second with 1,852, PBA Tour superstar and past New Mexico Open champion Jakob Butturff third at 1,827, Mitch Hupe fourth... subscribe to read more. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11543 The 11th Frame: Lefty Kyle Anderson wins 11thFrame.com Open sweeper with 1,175 for 5 games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11543 As I reported in my preview of the 2019 Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open, Cherry Lanes general manager Bob Hochrein tweaked the modified 2015 U.S. Open lane pattern we’ve used the last few years to try to make the right-side a bit softer after lefties dominated the tournament last year. That did not change much in Friday’s night’s sweeper, as lefty Kyle Anderson ran away with the win and lefties captured three of the top six positions. One problem is that... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:30:00 -0600 11549 The 11th Frame: 2019 U.S. Women's Open champion Danielle McEwan surges to 111-pin lead after qualifying at 2019 BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11549 2019 U.S. Women's Open champion Danielle McEwan surged to a 111-pin lead after Friday’s qualifying at the 2019 BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando. McEwan rolled games of 237, 200, 207, 196, 202, 244, 259 and 226 for 1,771 in the first round and fired games of 215, 237, 215, 235, 236, 170, 225 and 267 for 1,800 in the second round and a 16-game total of 3,571. First-round leader Rocio Restrepo, who has been plagued with health issues this season, was second with... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11567 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA girls win team gold, Kamerin Peters, Anthony Neuer win all-events gold at 2019 PABCON Youth Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11567 Junior Team USA came close to another perfect day on Friday at the 2019 PABCON Youth Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While the boys managed just a sixth place finish, the girls won the gold medal in team, Anthony Neuer and Kamerin Peters earned gold in all-events, and all eight USA players advanced to Saturday’s Masters competition at the Sebelen Bowling Center. Earlier in the week, Team USA had won a pair of bronzes in singles, swept gold and silver in doubles, and... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:00:00 -0600 11577 The 11th Frame: PBA Clash returns to FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3 featuring top 8 PBA Tour money winners http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11577 Back in December, the PBA Clash kicked off FOX Sports coverage of the PBA Tour, with Marshall Kent winning the $30,000 first prize and 1,768,000 viewers watching, the most for a PBA Tour show since 2005, as I detailed in this story. Not surprisingly, the Clash will return, with the top eight money winners from the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competing in a show that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3, PBA announced in this news release. Being on an NFL Sunday almost certainly means different... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11548 The 11th Frame: Erin McCarthy rebounds to lead 9 players advancing from PTQ into main field of 2019 BowlerX.com PWBA Orlando Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11548 Erin McCarthy last Saturday finished 32nd in the 32-player PWBA Louisville Open, obviously as bad a day as a professional athlete can imagine. Her performance prompted this blunt post on her Facebook athlete page the next morning. “Every now and again you have one of those days. A defeating, frustrating, disheartening, inexcusable, maddening, embarrassing, wondering why you do what you do kind of day. I had that day yesterday. The lanes weren’t impossible. The transitions... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11566 The 11th Frame: Junior Team USA girls take gold, boys silver in trios at 2019 PABCON Youth Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11566 Junior Team USA didn’t quite pull off the sweep they did in doubles on Tuesday, but the girls won gold and the boys silver in Wednesday’s trios at the 2019 PABCON Youth Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Both divisions were decided by barely 30 pins over six games in the competition at the Sebelen Bowling Center, the United States Bowling Congress reported. For the girls, Kamerin Peters, Caitlyn Johnson and Kaitlyn Eder of the U.S. took the gold with 3,681, edging... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 21:00:00 -0600 11540 The 11th Frame: B.J. Moore nails both lanes in title match to win 2019 Wilmington Open for first PBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11540 B.J. Moore no longer can be called the best pro bowler in the world without a PBA Tour title, an unwanted “title” he arguably owned, with A.J. Johnson, Martin Larsen, Brad Miller, A.J. Chapman, Shawn Maldonado, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, and the Tang brothers among the other contenders. Moore tossed away that title for the title he has sought for years — PBA Tour champion — by mastering both lanes on the stepladder pair and beating top seed 243-215 to win the Wilmington Open... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11576 The 11th Frame: Ryan Ciminelli suspended for 2 tournaments by PBA for remarks on Sweep The Rack Podcast on FloBowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11576 There’s a good reason Ryan Ciminelli didn’t compete in the Chesapeake Open and Wilmington Open: he couldn’t. Ciminelli confirmed in a message exchange Wednesday that he was suspended by the PBA for the two tournaments because of comments he made in an hour-long appearance on the Sweep The Rack Podcast posted July 24, 2019 on FloBowling. Other than saying he believed the suspension was “overboard,” Ciminelli declined further comment. He declined to say whether... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11574 The 11th Frame: NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship will be 16 teams in 2020, up from 12 in 2019 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11574 The NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship will increase to 16 teams in 2020, up from 12 in 2019, with a format closer to NCAA basketball featuring four regionals of four teams each and a "Final Four" national finals, the NCAA said in an email Wednesday to coaches and officials obtained by 11thFrame.com. The NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee said the bracket expansion was approved by the Competition Oversight Committee and the Board of Governors for the 2019-20 season. The tournament... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:00:00 -0600 10595 The 11th Frame: 2019 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open set for Aug. 16-18 with same Friday sweeper, tournament format, and a slight tweak to 2018 lane pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10595 Note: The original version of this story posted on Sept. 13, 2018. The Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, is moving a week later to Aug. 16-18 in 2019. The tournament was Aug. 10-12 in 2018, but GIBA administrator Joe Engelkes has a family conflict the second weekend of August in 2019. And Cherry Lanes doesn't want to tie up the center for a weekend after the third weekend of August, so we need to avoid... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:00 -0600 11374 The 11th Frame: 16th annual New Mexico Open set for Aug. 16-18 with $12,500 first prize and a new car for perfect game in title match http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11374 Note: This story originally posted June 11, 2019. The 16th annual New Mexico Open is set for Aug. 16-18, with a $12,500 first prize based on 192 entries and a new prize of a new car from local car dealership Pitre Buick GMC Kia for a perfect game in the title match. The highest score in the championship round in the tournament's 15 years is a 285 by Craig Nidiffer, tournament director Steve Mackie said, noting that the tournament always features challenging conditions. The tournament at... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:00:00 -0600