The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2017 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 9214 The 11th Frame: Lane patterns set for 2-pattern MAST, Riggs Classic tourneys sponsored by 11thFrame.com http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9214 The lane patterns have been selected for the 2-pattern Madison Area Scratch Tour tournament and 2-pattern Riggs Classic tournament 11thFrame.com is sponsoring. I will be adding $300 to the prize fund of the 2-pattern MAST tournament on Saturday March 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg. And I again will be adding $200 to the prize fund of the fifth annual 2-pattern Riggs Classic on Saturday, April 15 at Schwoegler’s. (The Riggs Classic has been at Badger Bowl in past years,... subscribe to read more. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9215 The 11th Frame: Megan Jirsa fires 749, Andrea Murray 705 to top Monday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9215 Megan Jirsa fired a 749 series and Andrea Murray 705 to top Madison area bowling on Monday. Jirsa’s 749 came in the Spartan Bowl Major League and was her third 700 of the season. Murray’s 705 came in the Prairie Lanes Major League and was her second 700 of the season. Reid Goldberg led men’s scoring with 793 in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League. Arick Ecker was next with 777 in the Spartan Bowl Major League. Other men’s series of 750 or higher were 755 by... subscribe to read more. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9213 The 11th Frame: Jeromey Hodsdon fires 741, Candace Kipp slams 676 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9213 Jeromey Hodsdon fired a 741 and Candace Kipp slammed a 676 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Hodson chained games of 255, 239 and 247 and Kipps 232, 218 and 226, both at Prairie Lanes. Other top boys’ series were Brett Schulze with 710 (226-226-258) and Quinn Sheehy 706 (213-258-235), both at Prairie, and T.J. Dunn with 699 at Dream Lanes. Other top girls’ scores were Candace Kipp’s 676 (232-218-226) and Caitlin Powers’ 617, both at Prairie. In the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9203 The 11th Frame: Anthony Simonsen wins men’s title, Danielle McEwan women’s title on Liz Johnson’s pocket 7-10 in World Bowling Tour Finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9203 After Jason Belmonte’s historic win in the USBC Masters on Sunday, the World Bowling Tour Finals that followed immediately after on ESPN didn’t seem as serious as it should have. Perhaps it was because no official PBA/PWBA titles were at stake. Perhaps it was because of the current frame scoring system being used again this year. Perhaps it was because of the obvious camaraderie of the bowlers, which included the boyfriend-girlfriend duos of Marshall Kent-Danielle McEwan and... subscribe to read more. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0600 9209 The 11th Frame: Vince Biondo beats John Marsala in title match to win Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9209 Vince Biondo defeated John Marsala 223-215 in the title match to win the GIBA Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa on Sunday. The tournament was webcast by InsideBowling.com and I was able to catch some of Sunday’s action, including the title match. The archives from the tournament should be posted at InsideBowling.com soon. Biondo locked up the win when he tripped the 4-pin for a ninth frame strike for a 4-bagger, then left a... subscribe to read more. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:00:00 -0600 9202 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte wins USBC Masters for eighth major title — next stop ‘Greatest ever’ discussion? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9202 If you think the 2-handed haters have a fit when Jason Belmonte wins PBA Tour titles and Player of the Year honors, just wait: By winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday for his eighth major title, Belmonte moved closer to entering the discussion for greatest bowler ever. Don Carter has the most major titles in bowling history with 11, one more than Pete Weber and Earl Anthony, as I detailed in this story when Weber won his 10th major. Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mike... subscribe to read more. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0600 9208 The 11th Frame: John Marsala leads qualifying, cut takes plus 7 at Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9208 John Marsala led Saturday’s qualifying and the cut to the top 60 took plus 7 at the Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa. The left-handed Marsala totaled 1,613 for the seven games to top the 184-bowler field, edging Jacob Boresch’s 1,606. Pero Dudaric was next with 1,582, followed by Brandon Biondo at 1,570 and his dad Vince Biondo with 1,566. Ken Duffield was 60th with 1,407, edging Bill Hibbard by a pin. It is the second... subscribe to read more. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 02:00:00 -0600 9200 The 11th Frame: History on the line at USBC Masters with TV field of Jason Belmonte. Alex Hoskins, brothers Darren Tang and Michael Tang, Martin Larsen http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9200 History will be on the line in Sunday’s stepladder finals of the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters live on ESPN at noon Central time. Jason Belmonte earned the top seed in Saturday’s final day of double-elimination bracket match play at the Orleans and stands one win away from becoming the first bowler in history to win the Masters four times. It also would be his eighth career major title, putting him just three shy of Don Carter’s record 11 majors. And it... subscribe to read more. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9195 The 11th Frame: Father-son due of Jeff Johnson, Evan Johnson win MAST Doubles at Sport Bowl http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9195 The father and son duo of Jeff Johnson and Evan Johnson won the Madison Area Scratch Tour Doubles tournament at Sport Bowl in Middleton on Saturday. The Johnsons defeated Joe Munro and Chris McDonald 448-408 in the title match. It was the first MAST title for both Johnsons. First was $998 and second $536, while third and fourth was $388 each, and fifth through eighth was $268 each. Jeff Johnson made this Facebook post after their win: “Winner Winner... 2 weeks in a row! Madison Area... subscribe to read more. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:00:00 -0600 9212 The 11th Frame: Cundiff’s Pro Shop takes State Tournament team lead with 3,554 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9212 Cundiff’s Pro Shop fired 3,554 on Saturday to take the team lead in the 115th annual Wisconsin State Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament. Cundiff's rolled games of 1,178, 1,176 and 1,200 to move past the 3,529 of prior leader Ten Pin Motors of Fort Atkinson. Tony Oliva and Doug Forde led the team with 759 each, Ken Kempf added 715, Jason Wendt 687 and Brad Cieslewicz 634. Oliva joked in a Facebook post that “Took over the lead at State for... subscribe to read more. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:00:00 -0600 9199 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte wins highly charged 're-match' with Mike Machuga to stay in winners bracket in pursuit of record fourth USBC Masters title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9199 In the era of social media, I’m not sure there has ever been a more highly anticipated bowling match than Jason Belmonte against Mike Machuga in Friday’s third round of the winners bracket at the United States Bowling Congress Masters. Belmonte is inarguably the best 2-handed bowler the world has ever seen and Machuga has made it clear that he thinks the 2-handed style should be illegal. But the rivalry also has a personal side that stems from a key match at the 2013 USBC Masters,... subscribe to read more. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9194 The 11th Frame: Matt Krueger slams 805, Ashley Chlebowski fires first career 700 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9194 Matt Krueger slammed an 805 series and Ashley Chlebowski fired her first career 700 to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Krueger competed in the Schwoegler’s Tiger League and Chlebowski in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League. Next were Chris Pounders with 793 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger and Lauren Sammel with 664 in the Bowl-A-Vard 3-Man. Other men’s series of 750 or higher were 780 by Nick Schulze in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League, 779 by Brutus Holcomb and 774 by... subscribe to read more. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9210 The 11th Frame: World Bowling Tour Finals on Sunday again to feature 'current frame scoring' system http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9210 Bowling fans get a double live treat of bowling on Sunday from the Orleans in Las Vegas with the World Bowling Tour Finals airing at 2 p.m. Central after the United States Bowling Congress Masters finals air at noon Central time. The WBT Finals men’s field features top seed Martin Larsen, Anthony Simonsen and Marshall Kent, while the women’s field features top seed and defending champion Danielle McEwan, Anggie Ramirez, and Liz Johnson. The prize money is $20,000, $10,000 and... subscribe to read more. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0600 9198 The 11th Frame: Nick Kruml leads USBC Masters qualifying as final match play spot comes down to roll-off http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9198 Nick Kruml, a Chicago area bowler who competed for UW-Whitewater, closed with games of 288 and 266 to edge out 3-time United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Jason Belmonte for the lead as Masters qualifying ended Thursday at the Orleans in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old right-hander never rolled a game under 200 as he totaled 1,260, 1,118 and 1,216 for his three 5-game qualifying blocks for a 15-game total of 3,594 (239.6 average), 16 pins more than Belmonte. The 40-foot lane pattern for... subscribe to read more. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9193 The 11th Frame: Mike Meekma fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9193 Mike Meekma fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Meekma’s 300 came in a 724 series in the Waun-A-Bowl Beagle’s Classic League. The high series were Jim Fosdick’s 791 in the Village Lanes Golfers 3-Man League and Cher Breunig’s 646 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League. Next were Gregg Williams with 771 in the Dream Lanes Major League and Louise Fosdick with 643 in the Dream MARBA East League. Other men’s series of... subscribe to read more. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9207 The 11th Frame: QubicaAMF sets World Cup for Nov. 4-12 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9207 QubicaAMF announced that the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held Nov. 4-12 in Hermosillo, Mexico. The tournament will be held at Bol 300, a 32-lane center that will be modernized with QubicaAMF’s latest Bowler Entertainment System, BES X, the company said in this news release. Father and son Fernando and Daniel Gutierrez hosted the event in 1994 and 2008 and issued this statement in the release: “We always knew the Bowling World Cup was a great tournament and fell in... subscribe to read more. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0600 9197 The 11th Frame: 3-time champion Jason Belmonte soars to second, as Michael Tang holds solid lead after second round of USBC Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9197 The biggest of big names made a huge move in Wednesday’s second round of the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters, but a young player looking to become a big name retained a solid lead. Jason Belmonte, who won the Masters in Player of the Year campaigns in 2013-15, opened the burn squad Wednesday at the Orleans in Las Vegas with 833 (289-265-279) and totaled 1,217 for the round and 2,416 for 10 games Here is USBC video of Belmonte in action Wednesday. Michael Tang opened the... subscribe to read more. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9192 The 11th Frame: April Kaczor fires 742; Kevin Kleutgen, Kurt Opie slam perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9192 April Kaczor fired a 742 series and Kevin Kleutgen and Kurt Opie slammed perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Kaczor chained games of 267, 235 and 240 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League. Kleutgen’s 300 came in a 799 series in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League. Opie’s third career 300 came in a 692 in the Bowl-A-Vard American Family League. The second-highest series on Wednesday were Todd Steckelberg with 753 and Mary Lo with 669 in the Bowl-A-Vard... subscribe to read more. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9205 The 11th Frame: Sectional assignments announced for 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9205 The United States Bowling Congress on Wednesday announced in this news release the sectional assignments for the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships. The sectional qualifiers will take place at four sites on March 11-12: AMF Parkway Lanes in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee; Stardust Bowl in Addison, Illinois; and USA Bowl in Dallas. The top four men’s and top four women’s teams from each sectional will advance to the ITC April... subscribe to read more. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:00:00 -0600 9206 The 11th Frame: Only Cotie Holbeck’s near-record 2,332 all-events total safe as State Tournament leaderboards get re-write http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9206 When Cotie Holbeck fired a near-record 2,332 all-events in the first month of the 115th annual Wisconsin State Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — I wrote in this story that the prime individual title already may have been decided. After some huge scores in the past couple of weeks, Holbeck perhaps shouldn’t feel totally safe with his huge total, which was just 13 pins shy of the all-time record 2,345 fired by Jim Tollard in Oshkosh in 2011.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0600 9196 The 11th Frame: Tom Smallwood leads USBC Masters after first round as he looks to knock on door of another major title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9196 Soft-spoken Tom Smallwood has quietly become one of the world’s hottest bowlers in recent months. Smallwood, who was voted the 2016 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship award winner by his PBA Tour peers, memorably earned a big chunk of national publicity even from non-bowling media when he won the 2009 PBA World Championship not long after losing his job at General Motors. The Radical staffer with the quirky approach and release since been a solid performer on the PBA Tour, highlighted by a... subscribe to read more. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9191 The 11th Frame: Tony Thaden fires 810, Mary Lo slams 744-297; Chris Pollentier, Bill Borchers roll perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9191 Tony Thaden fired an 810 series, Mary Lo slammed a 744 with a 297 game, and Chris Pollentier and Bill Borchers rolled perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Thaden, who rolled a 300 game on the Sport-level 2016 USBC Queens lane pattern in the Ten Pin Alley Bullseye Masters League last Thursday, chained games of 267, 254 and 289 in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter League. Using a Roto Grip HAYWIRE, Lo’s 744 came in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter and was her fourth 700 of the... subscribe to read more. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9204 The 11th Frame: Record-setting Jakob Butturff highlights 2016 QubicaAMF PBA Regional awards http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9204 Jakob Butturff’s record-setting nine PBA Regional titles in 2016 earned him Player of the Year honors in two of the PBA’s eight regions, PBA said in announcing the 2016 QubicaAMF PBA Regional awards in this news release. The awards announced were Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, PBA50 Player of the Year, and Pat Patterson Award. Butturff earned POY honors in both the Northwest and West Regions, as he broke Mike Scroggins’ record of eight Regional titles in a season.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0600 9201 The 11th Frame: Blake Lobdell Memorial Doubles, Ed Albers Scratch Classic Singles set for April 8-9 at Mystic Lanes in Mason City, Iowa http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9201 I like to spend Masters weekend — golf, not bowling — around home watching as much as I can of the world’s greatest golfers attacking the world’s greatest golf course. If there’s a bowling tournament to compete in, it better be close to home. I will be making an exception this year by traveling to Mason City, Iowa, on April 8-9 to compete in the Over 40/Under 40 Blake Lobdell Memorial Doubles and Ed Albers Scratch Classic Singles at Mystic Lanes. After more than... subscribe to read more. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:16:00 -0600 9190 The 11th Frame: Katlin Flathau fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9190 Katlin Flathau fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Flathau’s 300 came in a 632 series in the Prairie Lanes Major League. Twoie Gallagher led scoring with 781 in the Dream Lanes MARBA East League. Jim Fosdick was next with 751 in the same league. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal.  ... subscribe to read more. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:55:00 -0600