The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2020 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 12154 The 11th Frame: Kentucky high school senior Ryan Gatton named 2020 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12154 The Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow award has 19 years less history than the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow award, but it features an illustrious list of winners that includes PBA Tour champions Justin Hromek, Pat Healey, Lonnie Waliczek, Robert Smith, Andrew Cain, Scott Norton and Sean Rash. The latest name added to the list is Ryan Gatton of Owensboro, Kentucky, a senior at Apollo High School who has been selected as the 2020 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award winner by the International... subscribe to read more. Wed, 1 Apr 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12155 The 11th Frame: IBMA matches PBA, PWBA in voting Jason Belmonte, Shannon O'Keefe 2019 Bowlers of the Year http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12155 Jason Belmonte was voted PBA Player of the Year and Shannon O’Keefe earned PWBA Player of the Year for 2019, and the members of the International Bowling Media Association voted the same way in their 2019 Bowler of the Year ballots. IBMA announced its annual award winners in seven categories on Tuesday. The winners will receive their awards during the BPAA Industry Awards Luncheon on July 4 during International Bowl Expo at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center scheduled for... subscribe to read more. Wed, 1 Apr 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12153 The 11th Frame: Junior Gold U17 champion Caroline Thesier named 2019 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12153 Caroline Thesier of Mooresville, North Carolina, the reigning Junior Gold Championships U17 champion, has been selected as the 2020 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, IBC Youth announced in this news release. The prestigious award recognizes the star qualities of a female high school senior or college student, including accomplishments on the lanes, academic achievement and community service. Thesier will receive a $6,000 scholarship as this... subscribe to read more. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12152 The 11th Frame: South Point's Mike Monyak expects World Series of Bowling XI to finish elsewhere after COVID-19 pandemic measures ease http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12152 For a variety of logistical reasons, World Series of Bowling XI likely won’t finish where it started after COVID-19 pandemic social distancing and cocooning measures ease, Mike Monyak, director of bowling operations at South Point, told 11thFrame.com in a phone interview last week. “I don’t expect (PBA) to try to come back here to Las Vegas and redo it,” Monyak said. “The logistics of that are horrendous and the cost is even worse. All I want is that they let... subscribe to read more. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12145 The 11th Frame: Update: USBC Junior Gold decision date of June 1 amid COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic puts some parents in terrible bind with reserved housing, a parent says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12145 Note: This story originally posted March 11, 2020. My intention is to continually update this collection of stories as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic develops, rather than writing a bunch of different stories. So be sure to check back here. Here is my update on March 30, 2020: President Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April 30, bowing to public health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding pandemic.... subscribe to read more. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12143 The 11th Frame: World Bowling, QubicaAMF partnership includes merging World Cup and Singles World Championship, championships only in QubicaAMF-equipped centers http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12143 Note: This story originally posted March 9, 2020. A new partnership announced today by World Bowling and QubicaAMF includes merging the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and the World Bowling Singles World Championships into one annual event that will continue to be called QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, the entities announced in this news release. The new event also will include the inaugural ParaBowling World Cup recognized by the International Paralympic Committee following the recognition of... subscribe to read more. Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12151 The 11th Frame: Bridget Bazile of Tigerton 1 of 5 selected to receive Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12151 Bridget Bazile of Tigerton is one of five USBC Youth members who have been selected to receive an Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the legendary Hall of Famer, USBC announced in this news release. The Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship recognizes youth bowlers for their academic achievements and contributions to their communities. Each of the award winners, selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee based on applications, receives a $5,000 scholarship.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12150 The 11th Frame: Nicole Burt wins 3 titles at 2020 Women's State Tournament as COVID-19 pandemic ends Wisconsin State USBC championships   http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12150 Nicole Burt won three titles at the 2020 Women’s State Tournament as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic ended the Wisconsin State USBC championships after the weekend of March 14-16. The 2020 Wisconsin State USBC Women’s Championships — aka the Women’s State Tournament — was scheduled to run from Feb. 14 through April 26 in the Milwaukee area, with the team event at Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls and minors at Bowlero in Wauwatosa. Burt was part of the Junior... subscribe to read more. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 19:00:00 -0600 12149 The 11th Frame: With fate of 2020 USBC Open Championships up in air, registration opens Monday for 2021 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12149 With the fate of the 2020 USBC Open Championships in Reno up in the air, registration will open Monday at 10 a.m. Central time for the 2021 Open Championships in Las Vegas, USBC announced in this news release. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has the 2020 tournament postponed at this time to a May 23 through Aug. 29 time frame. But as I explained in detail in my collection of stories on all the postponements and cancelations related to the pandemic, I find it hard to imagine the U.S. and the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 22 Mar 2020 11:00:00 -0600 12140 The 11th Frame: Pam Pancoast, Queenie Green win titles at 2020 International Golden Ladies Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12140 Pam Pancoast won the Senior division and Queenie Green the Super Senior division at the 2020 International Golden Ladies Classic that concluded Wednesday at the Orleans in Las Vegas. The tournament was the last national bowling competition to finish as the social distancing and cocooning measures to stem the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic took hold across the country. In fact, Nevada casinos were ordered closed by the state government and the women finished the tournament after the slot... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12148 The 11th Frame: Being the only live sports show on Sunday didn’t do much for viewership for 2020 PBA World Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12148 It seemed like the perfect storm for the PBA: Thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic canceling virtually all of the sports world, the 2020 PBA World Championship stepladder finals live on FS1 at 12:30 p.m. Central time would be the only significant sporting event happening on Sunday in the U.S. And it had a great field, with some of the brightest stars of the PBA, headlined by the top three seeds of Jason Belmonte, E.J. Tackett, and Anthony Simonsen. Belmonte beat Simonsen for the title.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12144 The 11th Frame: Update: 2-pattern MAST tourney at Ten Pin Alley, Year End Championship postponed due to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12144 Note: This story originally was posted March 11, 2020: Update March 16, 2020: On Monday, Gov. Tony Evers ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of 49 or more people, aligning with recommendations by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That order essentially put an end to all organized competitive bowling, from leagues to tournaments.   So it came as no surprise that not long after Evers' order, the Madison Area Scratch Tour made this... subscribe to read more. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:45:00 -0600 12147 The 11th Frame: Kathleen Ringberg fires 297 game to highlight adult leagues; Daniel Wendt slams 299 in 734 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12147 Kathleen Ringberg fired a 297 game to highlight Madison area adult leagues over the weekend, while Daniel Wendt slammed a 299 game in a 734 series to top youth scoring. Ringberg’s 297 came in a 621 series in the Viking Lanes Saturday Nite Specials League. The top series were Todd Husebo’s 762 and Linda Minor’s 634 in the Dream Lane Opposites League. Dan Lockman was next for the men with 760 in the Prairie Lanes Co-Ed Naked League. Wendt rolled games of 177, 299 and 258 at... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12132 The 11th Frame: With family on hand, Jason Belmonte wins 2020 PBA World Championship for 13th major title, moving closer to potentially settling GOAT debate http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12132 I’ve always said there is no such thing as a definitive GOAT because it’s impossible to compare Andy Varipapa to Don Carter to Dick Weber to Earl Anthony to Walter Ray Williams Jr. to Jason Belmonte. But with every major he wins, Belmonte is coming closer to changing my mind. On Sunday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, the top seeded Belmonte beat Anthony Simonsen 213-190 to win the 2020 PBA World Championship for his 13th major title, putting him two ahead of Don Carter... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12123 The 11th Frame: A surreal last weekend of bowling at the Senior State Tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown almost nets us another title — and further validates my move to ‘Golden Gate Bridge’ http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12123 In retrospect, we never should have been bowling March 15-16 at the 2020 Wisconsin State Senior Championships — aka the Senior State Tournament — at Old Settlers in Union Grove and The Lanes on 20 in Mount Pleasant. I actually began realizing it on Thursday, March 13, when the COVID-19 pandemic began cascading across the American sports landscape, postponing and canceling everything. It had begun the night before after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive, resulting in the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 21:00:00 -0600 12146 The 11th Frame: Collin Krachey, Zoey Darwin, Colton Moen, Tayler Baker take top spots in BYBT at Village Lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12146 Collin Krachey, Zoey Darwin, Colton Moen and Tayler Baker won the division titles in Sunday’s Badgerland Youth Bowlers Tour tournament at Village Lanes. Krachey, who averaged 227, earned $580 in scholarship money for winning the boys scratch division. Darwin, who averaged 215, earned $360 for winning the girls scratch division. Moen, who averaged 172, earned $280 for winning the boys handicap division. Baker, who averaged 176, earned $145 for winning the girls handicap division. For... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12105 The 11th Frame: Update: 2020 Sean Yonan Memorial weekend of tournaments set for March 20-22 in Sheboygan area canceled amid COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12105 Update March 14, 2020: The tournament weekend has been canceled for 2020 amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  Here is a statement on the tournament Facebook page:The Sean Yonan Memorial Tournament HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Please see the statement from the tournament staff below:As of yesterday, the state of Wisconsin declared a state of emergency and recommended cancelling events that will draw over 250 people. The Sean Yonan Memorial is one of those events, especially on Friday night at... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Mar 2020 04:00:00 -0600 12122 The 11th Frame: John Lehan fires perfect game; Becky Murphy slams 718 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12122 John Lehan fired a perfect game, and Becky Murphy slammed a 718 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Lehan’s sixth career 300 came in a 772 series in the Riviera Bowl Men’s Classic League. Tony Pena fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 game in a 702 series. Dan Bagin led the men with 779 in the Riviera Classic. Jim Fosdick recorded a 772 in the Dream Lanes Industrial Nites League and Adrian Snow a 757 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. Char Clementi... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Mar 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12121 The 11th Frame: Devan Andruss slams 773-300, Mary Lo 752; Kiefer Sullivan, Mike Krachey, Scott Henes also fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12121 Devan Andruss slammed her second perfect game of the season in a 773 series, Mary Lo fired a 752, and Kiefer Sullivan, Mike Krachey and Scott Henes also rolled perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Andruss, who rolled her first career 300 on Feb. 15 in the Lake Ripley Lanes 3-person tournament, had her 300 in a 773 in the Dream Lanes Major League. It was her third 700 of the season. Lo’s 752 came in the Ten Pin Alley Verona High Balls League and... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12130 The 11th Frame: Giant final round, match play wins lift Jason Belmonte past E.J. Tackett for top seed of 2020 PBA World Championship at Storm World Series of Bowling XI http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12130 A giant final round and match play bonus pins for wins lifted Jason Belmonte past E.J. Tackett for the top seed of the 2020 PBA World Championship at Storm World Series of Bowling XI. Originally scheduled for Wednesday night, the stepladder finals will be contested Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Central time live on FS1 in changes amid the COVID-19 coronavirus announced Friday by PBA that I detailed in this story. The stepladder will feature enhanced prize money of $150,000 to the winner, $70,000 for... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12120 The 11th Frame: Kyle Peterson fires 815; Joe Braatz, Mike Bischoff slam perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12120 Kyle Peterson fired an 815 series and Joe Braatz and Mike Bischoff slammed a  perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Peterson started with a 9-spare and then fired 22 straight strikes as he rolled games of 290, 289 and 236 in leading his Beer Money team to a 3,686 series in the Village Lanes Monona Businessmen’s League, Village manager Mary Conklin reported. Braatz part of the team with his 791 that featured a 300, as he started with 19 straight strikes. Matt... subscribe to read more. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12129 The 11th Frame: E.J. Tackett averages 249.7 in cashers round to soar into lead at 2020 PBA World Championship at Storm World Series of Bowling XI http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12129 The Earl Anthony 43 lane pattern isn’t supposed to generate huge scores, with 30.6 mL of oil and a main ratio of 2.33-1 on both sides. The best players in the world scoffed at that on Wednesday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. E.J. Tackett led the way by averaging 249.7 for the 10-game cashers round to soar into the lead at the 2020 PBA World Championship at Storm World Series of Bowling XI. Tackett fired games of 269, 279, 226, 279 and 206 for 1,259 in the first block and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 23:00:00 -0600 12115 The 11th Frame: Update: USBC finds no issues with reactive resins, stops hardness tests on them for USBC Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12115 Note: This story originally posted March 6, 2020. Update March 11, 2020: USBC announced Wednesday that it was finding no problems with reactive resin balls in its latest round of ball hardness tests heading into the USBC Masters and would be stopping tests of them. The preliminary report is posted here at BOWL.com and attached to the bottom of this story as a PDF. A key point is that “Reactive balls decreased in hardness from their out-of-the-box approval levels with use over time;... subscribe to read more. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12119 The 11th Frame: Scott Noltemeyer, Eric Hewitt fire perfect games to highlight Tuesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12119 Scott Noltemeyer and Eric Hewitt fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Noltemeyer’s eighth career 300 came in a 757 series in the Waun-A-Bowl Suburban League. Hewitt’s 300 came in a 735 in the Schwoegler’s Sportsmen’s League. Craig Wells fell a shot shy of perfection with a 298 game in a 779 series in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-Ed Classic League. The high series were Ben Harrison’s 782 in the Waun-A-Bowl Suburban and Taylor... subscribe to read more. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 23:55:00 -0600 12128 The 11th Frame: Heading to an encore? Jason Belmonte leads PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying, Jakob Butturff leads PBA World Championship qualifying at World Series of Bowling XI http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12128 At last year’s World Series of Bowling X in the Detroit area, two of the headliners were Jason Belmonte and Jakob Butturff, and their performances culminated in a scintillating title match of the PBA World Championship that resulted in Belmonte winning his 11th career major title, as I detailed in this story. World Series of Bowling XI at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas could be heading for a similar showdown, with Butturff leading the 2020 PBA World Championship through 30 games... subscribe to read more. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 23:00:00 -0600