The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2015 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 7275 The 11th Frame: Please join us for the 3rd annual 2-pattern Riggs Classic April 4 at Badger Bowl <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The third annual 2-pattern Riggs Classic is set for Saturday, April 4 (the day before Easter) at 11 a.m. at Badger Bowl.</span></p> <p>The tournament was conceived by the great folks at Badger Pro Shop after I talked up the challenge of two-pattern tournaments.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6602" target="_blank"><strong>Nathan Michalowski won last year&rsquo;s tournament</strong></a>, which featured each pair with the 36-foot, 26mL WTBA Team USA Los Angeles pattern on the left lanes and the 47-foot, 21.55 mL WTBA Team USA Paris pattern on the right lanes.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/5813" target="_blank"><strong>Tony Oliva won the inaugural tournament</strong></a>, which featured three games of qualifying on two Kegel Challenge patterns, the 37-foot Broadway and 45-foot Route 66, followed by a stepladder finals with Broadway on the left lane and Route 66 on the right lane.</p> <p>For this year&rsquo;s tournament, each pair will feature a long&nbsp;pattern on the left lanes and a short pattern on the right lanes. We have decided to use the 34-foot World Bowling Stockholm pattern and Mike Flanagan&rsquo;s 44-foot pattern from 2014. Both are attached at the end of this blog as PDFs.</p> <p>Plans are to use the pattern at the Open in August, although it may be modified slightly as Cherry Lanes in Dubuque has a Brunswick lane machine. That makes the Riggs Classic a perfect warm-up for the Open.</p> <p>As soon as we firm up the pattern plans, I will update this blog.</p> <p>The format again will be 6 games with the top five advancing to a stepladder finals.</p> <p>If there are 40 or more entries the fifth spot will be determined by a 4-man bracket in which the fifth and eight qualifiers bowl a 1-game match, the sixth and seven qualifers bowl a 1-game match, and the winners meet in a 1-game match for that fifth stepladder spot.</p> <p>The entry fee is $40 and first will pay $600 based on 48 entries with a 1-in-5 cash ratio.</p> <p>Youth bowlers can compete, with any winnings paid to SMART accounts.</p> <p>For reservations, contact Badger Pro Shop at 608-577-2695 or&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>;</strong></a>or&nbsp;<a href=";ref=br_tf" target="_blank"><strong>its Facebook page</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>For those bowling in multi-patter tournaments, here is a primer from USBC</strong></a>.</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7378 The 11th Frame: Warne Copus falls a pin shy of perfection <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Warne Copus fell a pin shy of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday.</span></p> <p>Copus&rsquo; 299 game came in a 729 series in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League.</p> <p>The high series on Monday were Tim Taylor&rsquo;s 790 in the Prairie Lanes Major League and Rachel Lawler&rsquo;s 627 in the Black Earth Lanes Ladies League.</p> <p>Next were Ray Nelson&rsquo;s 757 in the Prairie Major and Tina Zander&rsquo;s 608 in the Black Earth Ladies.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7376 The 11th Frame: Bowling With Grapatin anti-cancer fundraiser set for April 25 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Bowling With Grapatin, an anti-cancer fundraiser in memory of Scott Grapatin, will be held Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Riviera Lanes, 8600 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.</span></p> <p>Michael James, who was Grapatin&rsquo;s best friend, organized the event, which has a Facebook page <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>. The PDF of the flyer for the event is attached to the bottom of this blog.</p> <p>Grapatin died of soft tissue sarcoma, a rare cancer that develops from certain tissues like bone or muscle. All proceeds will go to Froedtert Hospital.</p> <p>Grapatin holds the record for highest series in State Tournament history in Division 2 singles with 831.</p> <p>Anyone interested in bowling should contact Dan Daugherty at Riviera Lanes at 414-774-2274.</p> <p>The cost is $25, with $20 going to the fundraiser.</p> <p>Lane sponsors also are available for $100.</p> <p>And there will be raffles and food available.</p> <p>The event is handicapped at 90 percent based on 225, with the top 10 receiving cash prizes.</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0600 7368 The 11th Frame: MOTIV offering a PBA Tour staff contract in July 8-9 tournament in Detroit area <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Tournaments offering ball contracts as prizes are nothing new, but those contracts usually are fairly minimal with some free balls.</span></p> <p>MOTIV is taking it to a totally different level with the MOTIV Revolution Tournament July 8-9 at Thunderbowl Lanes in the Detroit suburb of Allen Park.</p> <p>The contract that goes to the winner is a MOTIV PBA Tour staff contract that includes a $6,000 salary ($500 per month for a year) and a total value of $10,000.</p> <p>Craig Elliott reported in a message that he will be webcasting the event for MOTIV through Xtra Frame.</p> <p>And there are contracts of gradually lesser stature going to second place and then more positions given a specified number of entries. And there are MOTIV equipment prizes as well.</p> <p>Full rules and details are in the PDFs attached to the end of this blog.</p> <p>A $300 get-a-ball entry includes the newest MOTIV ball, while a standard entry is $250.</p> <p>There also is a qualifier for $35 at 10 a.m. July 8 consisting of 5 games on the U.S. Open pattern, with 1 in 10 earning spots in the tournament.</p> <p>The format is four 5-game rounds &mdash; one each on the PBA Wolf, PBA Scorpion, USBC Masters and U.S. Open lane patterns at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 and 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9.</p> <p>Some important rules are that competitors must be PBA members or eligible to PBA members and must compete in the World Series of Bowling and at least two additional televised events.</p> <p>The event is being held just before Billy Eysoldt's&nbsp;Detroit Cup&nbsp;July 10-12.</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:00:00 -0600 7367 The 11th Frame: Open set for April 24-26 in St. Louis <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The fifth annual Open is set for April 24-26 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis, Missouri.</span></p> <p>First place seems almost certain to again be worth $10,000, as it is based on 225 entries and the tournament drew 312 last year and 271 in 2013.</p> <p>The lead sponsor of the great tournament operated by Mike Flanagan is Logo Infusion. Flanagan&rsquo;s will be webcasting the tournament.</p> <p>The format features 8-game qualifying squads at 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday.</p> <p>The top 32 will return on Sunday for four more games, with pins carrying over. The top 12 then bowl round-robin match play and ultimately the top five bowl the stepladder finals.</p> <p>The entry fee is $225, and re-entries are $195.</p> <p>The cashing ratio is 1-in-5 and the last cash spot will be $500.</p> <p>As always, the tournament will feature a challenging lane pattern that aims to give all styles and angles a chance. The heavy volume pattern is designed to play outside.</p> <p>The tournament is open to all bowlers.</p> <p>Online entries are now open at</p> <p>The flyer is attached to the end of this blog as a PDF.</p> <p>Flanagan said anyone with a question can call him at 314-324-0335.</p> <p><a href="../../../news/article/6615" target="_blank"><strong>Matt McNiel defeated fellow lefty Anggie Ramirez 268-193 in the title match to win the $10,000 top prize last year</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7375 The 11th Frame: Youth bowler Scott Schwoegler, adults Rick Festge, Mike Krachey fire perfect games <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Youth bowler Scott Schwoegler and adults Rick Festge and Mike Krachey fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend.</span></p> <p>Competing at Sugar River Lanes in Belleville, Schwoegler opened with games of 213 and 226 before closing with his first career 300 for a 739.</p> <p>Mary Conklin, Sugar River Lanes youth coordinator, reported that Schwoegler had previously rolled 300s in practice at Sugar River and Swiss Lanes in New Glarus.&nbsp;Schwoegler used a MOTIV VENOM he got from Jim Wipperfurth at Sugar River Pro Shop.</p> <p>Festge&rsquo;s 11<sup>th</sup> career 300 and second of the season came in a 725 in the Dream Lanes Opposites League.</p> <p>Krachey&rsquo;s 300 came in a 719 in the Prairie Lanes Survivors League.</p> <p>The top adults series for the weekend were Kevin Raduka&rsquo;s 752 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Survivors League and Rebecca Derke&rsquo;s 612 in the Dream Opposites.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7377 The 11th Frame: PBA League a huge hit in Maine <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Just over a year ago, the PBA revealed that it would be taking the PBA League to Maine in 2015.</span></p> <p>While some people scoffed at the concept, here is what I wrote in <a href="../../../news/article/6530" target="_blank"><strong>this blog</strong></a>:</p> <p><em>In my nearly three decades as a PBA member, I&rsquo;ve seen PBA events do very well in smaller locales than places like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, where the PBA is just a tiny blip on a big sports scene.<br /></em><em>Some of the best pro-ams and fan turnouts I&rsquo;ve seen for PBA Regionals have happened in small towns like Virden, Ill., where a PBA50 Regional at a delightful 12-lane center again had more than 100 pro-am bowlers last weekend. (I had to miss it this year because we were bowling State Tournament.)<br /></em><em>As a bowler, I&rsquo;d much rather go to place like Oklahoma and Maine if it means enthusiastic fans, solid pro-ams and more local media attention than PBA would get in a large market.</em></p> <p>What I wrote turned out to be a huge understatement, as the PBA League proved to be an enormous hit at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.</p> <p>If you saw the first PBA League show on Sunday afternoon on ESPN you saw the enthusiastic and well-served crowds that packed the cool center and gave the PBA League players perhaps too much of a boost: the players looked a little too amped up as there was some poor bowling with a ton of spare misses. But there also were some great shots, some great excitement and the overall result was very entertaining.</p> <p>And if you followed on social media, you saw that the show was just the capper to an awesome few days that included tailgating outside the Bayside Bowl at 7 a.m. in freezing weather and pro-ams the players loved. (And on Monday and Tuesday, there is the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout.)</p> <p><a href=";" target="_blank"><strong>Here&rsquo;s a video of fans chanting for Pete Weber</strong></a>.</p> <p>Even some of the most hardened veteran PBA players &mdash; guys who have seen plenty of hard times &mdash; posted with enthusiasm on Facebook and Twitter.</p> <p>Perhaps the most telling comment came from up-and-coming young player Craig Nidiffer, who posted this on Facebook:</p> <p><em>Wow, what an experience. I knew bowling on TV would be a new type of environment.. throw in a crowd like the 16th hole at TPC and suddenly you feel like you don't even know how to walk!<br /></em><em>Portland, Maine just set the new standard for crowd energy that we haven't seen anywhere in the world. We knew it was on when we showed up at 7am and these guys were already tailgating. They have a great appreciation for the game and none of us would have expected this type of atmosphere coming into it.</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>PBA Commissioner Tom Clark talked about the Maine experience on the Spare/Time Bowling Show on 105.7 FM The Fan in Milwaukee on Sunday morning</strong></a>. The best part of Clark&rsquo;s appearance was when Mike Koivuniemi made the 2-8-10 as ESPN taped the opening PBA League show.</span></p> <p>That was the second time in my long career that I have seen the 2-8-10 made &mdash; the other was by Pete Weber at a PBA Regional in Plover, Wisconsin in 1987.</p> <p>The most striking thing about Sunday&rsquo;s show was the makeup of the crowd &mdash; far younger than any I&rsquo;ve ever seen at a PBA Tour TV show, and with an attitude that brought to mind the glory days of the PBA Tour in Milwaukee, when the fans were packed and the beer was flowing at 9 a.m. every day.</p> <p>In an exchange of messages, Clark called it &ldquo;by far the best crowd demographic and attitude I've ever seen.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve basically known since I came to this center over a year ago, and said it all over the place, but nobody was going to believe me until we got here,&rdquo; Clark added.</p> <p>Clark explained what a unique center Bayside Bowl is and how successful &mdash; it will be expanding from 12 to 24 lanes.</p> <p>It started from a league at another bowling center that didn&rsquo;t fit that traditional center&rsquo;s structure for leagues, so the league organizer built Bayside Bowl.</p> <p>Clark said the league has no prize money and no handicap, a draft with two women per team, nicknames for each bowler and a schedule that is more like softball than bowling, with marquee matchups where the rest of the league comes to watch.</p> <p>A big banner gets put on the wall for the league champion. With no prize money, &ldquo;that is all they are bowling for and they treat it like gold,&rdquo; Clark said. &ldquo;It fosters a &lsquo;club&rsquo;-like atmosphere wrapped around bowling.&rdquo;</p> <p>Noting the young demographic that is decidedly different than traditional bowling, Clark quipped that he and I would be the oldest people in the league.</p> <p>Sounds like a template other progressive proprietors will want to try.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In the opening ESPN show, the Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES and Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters each won quarterfinal matches on one-ball sudden-death roll-offs to advance to the semifinals.</p> <p>The format was &ldquo;best of two,&rdquo; which means two Baker format games that if split resulted in the match being decided by a one-ball roll-off.</p> <p>In the first match, the 2013 Elias Cup champion KingPins, anchored by Hall of Famer Pete Weber, struggled to a 182-171 victory over the STyLES in a game that featured four missed single-pins.</p> <p>&ldquo;That was a display of spare shooting like you&rsquo;ve never seen before,&rdquo; STyLES anchor bowler Parker Bohn III quipped in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>The STyLES crushed the KingPins 247-148 and won the match when Weber left a mixer 7-pin and Bohn rolled a flush strike.</p> <p>&ldquo;That shot was for the entire team,&rdquo; Bohn said of his winning strike in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;My teammates put their trust in me and I was able to come through.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought that shot would be flush in the pocket,&rdquo; Weber said of his 7 pin in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>, &ldquo;but it just kept going.&rdquo;</p> <p>The defending Elias Cup champion Atom Splitters won game one against the High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen 192-179 and then fell 265-205, but won the roll-off when Rhino Page went high and left a 4-7 and Dick Allen left a 10-pin.</p> <p>But the big winner was Bayside Bowl and the fans of Maine.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It was electrifying to the max,&rdquo; Bohn said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We used to bowl in an arena in Erie, Pennsylvania with 4,000 noisy fans, but that was nothing compared to this. I think the people in Erie could hear the fans in Maine.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It was really fun,&rdquo; Weber added. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never seen anything like it. Never.&rdquo;</p> <p>After hearing and seeing how awesome Maine was, I wish I had been able to be there to experience it first-hand.</p> <p>One interesting note from the show is that lanes 6 and 7 were used, which was a smart move in that it allowed each 5-player team to have its own ball return and centered the match in the 12 lanes.</p> <p>After the show featured a "Columbia 300 Fun Fact" that it was the first time PBA had used a non-traditional pair of lanes for competition, color analyst Randy Pedersen clarified immediately that breakdowns had led to that situation a couple of times in the 1990s.</p> <p>And, of course, there was the famous perfect game by Jim Stefanich on Jan. 5, 1974 at Mel's Bowl in Alameda, California, where non-traditional lanes were used. I believe mechanical issues were the culprit there was well.</p> <p>That is one of the first PBA Tour TV shows I have a solid memory of &mdash; I was 11 &mdash; thanks to Stefanich&rsquo;s 300.</p> <p>In a message, John Orosz said non-standard lane pairs were used for all of the matches: 29 and 31 for the first match, and then 28 and 29 for the last three matches. Dick Ritger won the tournament.</p> <p>Orosz also said that lanes 14 and 15 were used in the 1962 Houston Open at Belfort Lanes in Houston, Texas. Don Carter won that tournament.</p> <p>There are three more PBA League shows the next three Sundays, featuring two quarterfinals, then two finals, and then the title match, which features singles, doubles, trios and Baker team matches,&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP PLAYOFFS<br /></strong><em>Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 28</em></p> <p><strong>Quarterfinal Match One </strong><br /><em>(best-of-2-game Baker team format)</em></p> <p>Game One: GEICO New York City WTT KingPins (Amleto Monacelli, DJ Archer, Scott Norton, Mike Fagan, Pete Weber) def. Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Sterner, Tom Smallwood, Sean Rash, Parker Bohn III), 182-171.</p> <p>Game Two: STyLES def. KingPins, 247-148.</p> <p>One-Ball Sudden-Death Roll-Off: STyLES (Parker Bohn III) def. KingPins (Pete Weber), 10-9.</p> <p><strong>Quarterfinal Match Two</strong> <br /><em>(best-of-2-game Baker team format)</em></p> <p>Game One: Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen) def. High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen (Ryan Shafer, Chris Loschetter, Dave Wodka, Dom Barrett, Rhino Page), 192-179.</p> <p>Game Two: Hitmen def. Atom Splitters, 265-205.</p> <p>One-Ball Sudden-Death Roll-Off: Atom Splitters (Dick Allen) def. Hitmen (Rhino Page), 9-8.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:00:00 -0600 7380 The 11th Frame: Dan Lemiesz defeats Derek Eoff for MAST Year End tourney title <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Dan Lemiesz defeated top seed Derek Eoff 217-171 in the title match to win the Madison Area Scratch Tour Year End tournament over the weekend at Ten Pin Alley.</span></p> <p>First was $1,000 and second $800.</p> <p>The tournament was contested on the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships minors pattern.</p> <p>After Saturday&rsquo;s eight games of qualifying, the top 12 from the field of 38 bowlers advanced to Sunday&rsquo;s 12 games of round-robin match play, followed by a stepladder finals for the top four.</p> <p>The cut score was 1,624, with Lemiesz leading at 1,829.</p> <p>Eoff and Lemiesz led heading into the stepladder, followed by Chris Pounders and Chris Gibbons.</p> <p>Gibbons beat Pounders 216-170 to open the stepladder and Lemiesz then downed Pounders 235-187 before beating Eoff for the title.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Gibbons earned $680 for third, Pounders $560 for fourth, followed by Greg Thomas fifth for $460, Gail Myers Jr. sixth for $430, Bryan Bannach seventh for $400, Jon Schalow eighth for $370, Mike Hoffman ninth for $340, Kevin Thompson 10</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> for $310, Cody Ramsden 11</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> for $280, Joe Janz 12</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> for $250, and Don Dudly 13</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;"> for $130.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Full results will be posted here soon</strong></a>.</p> <p>Hoffman led the season points for $500, with Thompson second for $320 and Pounders third for $170. Gibbons was high average for the season at 227.6 over nine tournaments to win an eagle trophy.</p> <p>Badger Pro Shop was a strong sponsor all season and owners Jim and Jessica Wipperfurth added $1,000 to the prize fund of the Year End tournament.</p> <p>Ten Pin Alley and proprietor Bill Pounders added a portion of the lineage back to the prize fund for the Year End tournament.</p> <p>And Jess Parizo of Street Rags donated the trophies for each tournament, including the eagle trophies for the Year End champion, runner-up, and season average leader.</p> <p>The MAST schedule for 2015-16 will come out in August.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0600 7373 The 11th Frame: Curt Aemisegger wins 2nd straight PBA50 Regional <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Curt Aemisegger won his second straight PBA50 Regional and fourth of his career on Saturday at Willowbrook, Illinois.</span></p> <p>Aemisegger beat Dave Traber 235-183 to win the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8. First was $1,500 and second $900.</p> <p>The PBA50 Chameleon pattern played a bit tricky &ndash; at least for some of us &ndash; on the Brunswick synthetics at Willowbrook Lanes.</p> <p>The 44-player field bowled seven games with the top 12 making the cut to match play, the top four getting one bye and two more cashing.&nbsp;Aemisegger led qualifying with 1,623, fourth was Gregg Zicha at 1,611, 12<sup>th</sup> was Darryl Traber at 1,523 and 14th Edward Szklarski at 1,469.</p> <p>Aemisegger opened with a sweep of Steve Miller 246-210 and 191-184, and then beat Darryl Traber 212-201 and 194-181 to make the title match.</p> <p>Full results are <strong><a href="" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</p> <p>I dug myself a big hole with a 158 third game and only recovered to 1,393.</p> <p>I played in the track with heavy surface on the 43-foot pattern to start and none of those surface balls did anything. Eventually I found a better line playing direct up between 5- and 10-board with a Storm ROCKET and that got me a good look to the pocket.</p> <p>But I just wasn&rsquo;t sharp on Saturday: I am working too much and sleeping too little lately, and for a variety of reasons only made it to the gym twice this week, rather than my usual four times.</p> <p>It added up to being sore, stiff and tired and not ready mentally or physically to compete at a high level.</p> <p>It is a good thing that I will mostly be at home for the next few weeks leading up to our time in El Paso competing in the Open Championships on May 15-16: I have a ton of tasks I need to get done at home, I need some rest and some practice time, and just generally need to recharge and catch up on life.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:43:00 -0600 7374 The 11th Frame: Tom Smyth slams 814-300, Mike Hoffman fires 800 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Tom Smyth slammed an 814 series that featured a perfect game, and Mike Hoffman fired an 800 to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday.</span></p> <p>Smyth, who rolled an 838 earlier this season, opened with his 14<sup>th</sup> career 300, then added games of 268 and 246 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Tiger Mixed League.</p> <p>Hoffman, who has two 300s this season, linked games of 279, 276 and 246 in the Sport Bowl Friends League.</p> <p>Willie Feltz fee a pin shy of perfection, with a 299 game in a 780 series in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Three-Man League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 787 by Dick Thomas and 751 by Rick Thomas in the Sport Lions League, 773 by Roger Dushack and 750 by Craig Pounders in the Dream Lanes Minor League, and 750 by Dan Marks in the Village Lanes Pinheads League.</p> <p>Kayla Klink led women&rsquo;s scoring with 649 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Tiger Mixed.</p> <p>Terri Graffin was next with 634 in the Village Pinheads.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7372 The 11th Frame: 2012 team Eagle winners Nicholas J’s Pro Shop 2 totals 2,873 at Open Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Nicholas J&rsquo;s Pro Shop 2, the <a href="../../../news/article/4892" target="_blank"><strong>2012 team Eagle winners</strong></a>, tried what many experts probably would consider an incorrect strategy and struggled to 2,873 on Thursday at the 2015 United State Bowling Congress Open Championships.</span></p> <p>Two friends who were watching Nicholas J&rsquo;s in El Paso sent me reports saying the La Crosse-based group in the 10 minutes of practice rolled some shots up the middle with polyester and some shots on the far outside with balls with rough surface.</p> <p>Then when scoring started, most moved significantly to the left, with some inside 15-board at the arrows going right to a breakpoint at about 10-board or a little right.</p> <p>The prevailing wisdom is that the tough patterns this year, particularly the team pattern, need to be played to the right for quite a while, perhaps the entire set. That is the way we are practicing right now and likely will attack them.</p> <p>But in a message exchange Friday morning before they bowled the 9 a.m. minors squad, Nicholas J's leaders Andy Mills and Nick Heilman didn&rsquo;t second guess their strategy, saying execution was the main problem.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think since we won we always play to our styles,&rdquo; Mills said. &ldquo;Obviously for me, &nbsp;the deeper I am the more comfortable I am.&nbsp; To be honest Jeff I had an excellent look from the start.&nbsp; But you have to make A+ shot this year with this pattern and with the big stage, the nerves, the expectations, I know for me I got quick on some shots early and didn't settle down till about frame 5 of game 2.&rdquo;</p> <p>Added Heilman: &ldquo;I would tweak our strategy but not overhaul it if we bowled again. No one consistently made the shots needed to score on a pattern this tough. I think it comes down more on our execution than our strategy. It was playable but you had to consistently make good shots. There wasn't any getting away with one.&rdquo;</p> <p>I absolutely would agree that a group needs to play to its comfort level as much as possible: You can&rsquo;t fit a square peg into a round hole, so to speak.</p> <p>In bowling terms, that means a higher rev player who likes to hook it, which describes several of the Nicholas J&rsquo;s group, isn&rsquo;t going to be comfortable and isn&rsquo;t likely to find success playing straight up 5 board.</p> <p>Mills said he still thinks a team can get to 3,300-something, and Heilman said he thought &ldquo;3250 to 3300 is out there, possibly even higher.&rdquo;</p> <p>Whatever the winning score, &ldquo;it's going to be earned,&rdquo; Heilman said.</p> <p>Nicholas J&rsquo;s Pro Shop 2 rolled games of 972, 935 and 966 for 2,873.</p> <p>Heilman was high with 654 (208-213-233), Mills added 642 (217-202-223), straighter player Greg Pizl 572 (217-174-181), and power players Trevor Yonan 516 (167-149-200) and Matt Mysliwiec 489 (163-197-129).</p> <p>Companion team Nicholas J&rsquo;s Pro Shop 1 totaled 2,778, led by Alex Powell&rsquo;s 611 and Rob Warren&rsquo;s 608.</p> <p>From what we have seen so far, minors seems more conducive to getting in and swinging it, so I wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised if the group bowled well in minors.</p> <p>Update: The group had better success in minors, led by Mills' 1928 and Heilman's 1,901 for all-events. The <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>USBC leaderboards are here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7371 The 11th Frame: Scott Erickson slams 815, Jim Fosdick fires 801 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Scott Erickson slammed an 815 series and Jim Fosdick fired an 801 to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> <p>Erickson, who has two 300s this season, chained games of 279, 278 and 258 in the Dream Lanes Major League for his 815.</p> <p>Fosdick&rsquo;s 801 in the MARBA League at Dream was his fourth supernational of the season, tying Chris Pounders and Terry Dunn for the Madison Bowling Association lead.</p> <p>Fosdick just missed another 800 with a 795 in the Dream Major.</p> <p>Mike Stabenaw fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 in a 706 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League.</p> <p>Kayla Klink led women&rsquo;s scoring with a 695 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Gypsies League.</p> <p>Ruth Yelk was next with 679 in the Prairie Classic, in which Chris Smith rolled a 652.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 778 by Wayne KcKee in the Dream Suburban Atlas League, 776 by Todd Handel in the Village Lanes Golfers League, 773 by Duane Clussman in the Sport Bowl Businessmen&rsquo;s League, 772 by Nate Smith in the Dream Major, 769 by Mark Snyder in the Viking Lanes Badger League, 762 by Ken Smith in the Riviera Bowl Classic League, 754 by Ray Nelson and 751 by Adam Bannach in the Prairie Classic, and 752 by Dean Davenport in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s St. James League.</p> <p>Rick Thomas&rsquo; 725, Chris Pounders&rsquo; 706 and Brian Hoffman&rsquo;s 699 led the Ten Pin Bullseye Masters League on the Kegel Turnpike Sport pattern. The fairly flat and low volume 41-foot pattern is just 2.25-1 with 21 mL of oil.</p> <p>The first round was on the Kegel Route 66 challenge pattern, a&nbsp;45-foot pattern that&nbsp;is not quite&nbsp;Sport compliant&nbsp;but is much flatter than the typical house shot. And the second round was on the 35-foot PBA Cheetah Sport pattern.</p> <p>The Bullseye Masters will compete on the 2015 USBC Open Championships patterns in the playoffs</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7366 The 11th Frame: Matt Smallin adds all-events, team all-events leads to team lead at Open Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Matt Smallin probably won&rsquo;t win any titles at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but he will always remember the great bowling he and his teammates did that has him leaving El Paso with the lead in three events.</span></p> <p>On Tuesday, Smallin fired a 717 that included a 299 finish to lead Storm ND to the team lead with 3,149, as I detailed <a href="../../../news/article/7364" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>On Wednesday, he added 621 in doubles and 727 in singles (moving into fourth) for 2,062 to easily move into first in all-events, surpassing prior leader Chris Pounders&rsquo; 2,008.</p> <p>And Storm ND cruised to the team all-events lead with 9,393, as Travis Hersrud added 1,924, Randy Peterson 1,874, Robert Vander Vorst 1,821, and Dave Schick 1,712.</p> <p>Pounders&rsquo; Team Dirty had led at 9,055.</p> <p>The leaderboards are <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>In a message after he got home, Smallin answered my question of how he did it with this:</p> <p>"Knowledge of equipment and being able to throw the ball more than one way would sum up the 'How?' I've always worked to emulate others to force missing facets of my game into existence and then refine them. And Storm/Roto has the easiest equipment lineup at this time to make necessary ball changes easier to make confidently."</p> <p>Well said.</p> <p>Smallin, who posted the highest all-events total in his six Open Championships, said this in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>: "The goal today was to avoid opens early and open the lanes up, so we could mash them later.&nbsp;Once you do find it, you really need to take advantage when you match up.</p> <p>"We have a variety of styles in our group. The great thing about that is when one guy is struggling, there's usually another who's striking. When we open them up, we always have a chance at a big game."</p> <p>Smallin and his teammates, who have declined to share anything about their lane play strategy, now have to wait and see how their scores hold up through July 12.</p> <p>"I don't think we've ever left leading team or team all-events," Smallin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We've never had this much going on. There's a couple of us who have been with the team for a long time and are really committed to the success of this team. Winning an eagle is like the Holy Grail, so to speak. I never thought I'd have one, and if I did, it would be later in my life. It would mean the world to me and my teammates."</p> <p>Do they have a realistic chance?</p> <p>Based on how tough the patterns are, which I and my expert sources analyzed <a href="../../../news/article/7308" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, I predicted this year&rsquo;s Eagle winning scores would be 3,325, 1,395, 805, 2,140 and 9,600.</p> <p>I feel pretty good about those numbers, though it still is very early.</p> <p>The toughest number might be 3,325 in team because it looks like you have to have the discipline to break them down to the right going fairly straight while not digging too big a hole.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a tall order, especially for teams with guys with a lot of revs.</p> <p>Raisin and semi-raisins like our group who typically go straighter might be best suited to this year&rsquo;s pattern in team.</p> <p>By two or three weeks from now we should know a lot more as some of the top groups starting coming through El Paso.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:00:00 -0600 7303 The 11th Frame: Wisconsin Hall of Famer Dick Rice set to hit 60 years, 100,000 pins at USBC Open Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Famer Dick Rice of Platteville is set to reach two historical marks when he competes next month in the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in El Paso, Texas.</span></p> <p>Rice, 80, will compete in his 60<sup>th</sup> Open Championships and likely will exceed 100,000 pins this year. He is scheduled for team event on April 27 at 5 p.m. and minors the next day.</p> <p>Rice has knocked down 99,111 pins and averaged 186.6 in his 59 years of Open Championships competition.</p> <p>As Larry van Natta said in a message, Rice &ldquo;was &lsquo;THE&rsquo; bowler in Platteville and SW Wisconsin, long before we were wearing triangle pants. He's&nbsp;pretty much dedicated his whole life to bowling and promoting the game.&nbsp;&rdquo;</p> <p>Van Natta said Rice has been battling spinal stenosis and hasn't bowled since October, but recently started bowling with a 12-pound ball and 1-step approach and booked his flight to El Paso, determined to reach those milestones.</p> <p>Rice is a wonderfully nice man who I occasionally see at tournaments he comes to watch, such as at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, which is only about 20 minutes from Platteville.</p> <p>Count on USBC to provide plenty of publicity on Rice&rsquo;s appearance in El Paso, as they do for anyone reaching the marks he is.</p> <p>Earlier this month, <a href="../../../news/article/7351" target="_blank"><strong>Syl Thiel bowled in his 70th tournament</strong></a>, moving within one of all-time leaders Joe Norris and Bill Doehrmann.</p> <p>And on Monday and Tuesday,&nbsp;USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr.&nbsp;is scheduled to bowl in his&nbsp;68th consecutive tournament. More importantly, the 8-time Eagle winner&nbsp;and 87-year-old right-hander is just 852 pins shy of&nbsp;matching fellow Hall of Famer Joe Norris for the career&nbsp;pinfall lead at&nbsp;123,770, one of the most-coveted records in the 112-year history of the Open Championships. &nbsp;</p> <p>For perspective, I bowled my first American Bowling Congress Tournament &mdash; what the Open Championships was called before USBC was created by the merger of ABC and WIBC &mdash; at age 16 in 1979 in Tampa and now have 33 years in and 62,643 pins&nbsp;(I missed 1988-89-90 due to being a touring pro and wrist surgery).</p> <p>That means I am only roughly halfway to the records and would have to keep competing until I am around 90 to reach them. And we don't know how long Thiel and Lillard may keep competing and where they may take the records.</p> <p>Amazing.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0600 7369 The 11th Frame: UW-Whitewater makes field for National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">UW-Whitewater was one of eight teams making the field for the 2015 National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship that was <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>announced Wednesday by the NCAA Women&rsquo;s Bowling Committee</strong></a>.</span></p> <p>The seeded field is Nebraska, Fairleigh Dickinson, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt, &nbsp;Central Missouri, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and UW &ndash;Whitewater.</p> <p>The format starts with each team bowling one 5-person regular team game against each of the other seven participating teams. Teams will be seeded for bracket play based on their win-loss record during the qualifying rounds. Teams will then compete in best-of-seven Baker matches in the double elimination tournament.</p> <p>The St. Louis Sports Commission and the University of Central Missouri are hosting the championship April 9-11 at Tropicana Lanes in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights.</p> <p>The championship match will air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Central time on April 11, and air on tape delay on ESPN on April 12 from 3-5 p.m. Central time.</p> <p>Sam Houston State University beat Nebraska for the title last year.</p> <p>There is no NCAA men&rsquo;s bowling.</p> <p>The UW-Whitewater men and women both qualified for the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships April 16-18 in Wichita, Kansas. Details are <a href="../../../news/article/7341" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7370 The 11th Frame: Dick Thomas, Craig Anderson fire perfect games; Mary Lo slams 717 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Dick Thomas and Craig Anderson fired perfect games, and Mary Lo slammed a 717 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday.</span></p> <p>Thomas&rsquo;s 33<sup>rd</sup> career 300 and second of the season came in a 784 series in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League. Thomas also two 800 series this season.</p> <p>Anderson&rsquo;s first 300 of the season and at least fourth of his career came in a 761 in the Spartan Bowl Classic League.</p> <p>Lo&rsquo;s 717 came in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League. It was her third 700 of the season, with one of her others being a 789 that is the Madison area women&rsquo;s season high.</p> <p>Lauren Sammel was next for the women with 696 in the same league.</p> <p>AJ Ziegler had the high series on Wednesday with a 794 in the Sport Bowl All-Stars.</p> <p>Eric Pederson rolled a 762 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City League.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7364 The 11th Frame: ND Storm of North Dakota takes team lead, Chad Oachs takes singles lead at Open Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The scores continued to pick up Tuesday at the 2015 United State Bowling Congress Open Championships as new leaders emerged in team and singles.</span></p> <p>ND Storm of Mandan, North Dakota, closed with a stunning 1,223 clean game for 3,149 to blow past prior team leader The Cutting Edge&rsquo;s 3,032, and Chad Oachs fired a 772 that featured a perfect game to take the singles lead over Mike Pelham&rsquo;s 748 as it changed hands for the third straight day.</p> <p>While the scores are nowhere near the winning scores of recent years, the singles score likely is in the range of what might win on this year&rsquo;s tough patterns.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">ND Storm opened with 939 and 987 before getting hot the last game.</span></p> <p>Matt Smallin led the last game barrage with a 299 game, leaving a 3-pin on his final ball. Video of that shot is <a href=";set=o.425884950783804&amp;type=2&amp;theater" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Smallin totaled 714 with opening games of 223 and 192. Travis Hersrud added 629, Robert Vander Vorst 610, Randy Peterson 607, and Dave Schick 589.</p> <p>"I don't think I was shaking, but I felt like I was, and the last shot definitely was the most difficult to get off my hand," Smallin said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I just wanted it really badly for this team because we've never been in the lead when we left. I honestly didn't know if we could get there after the first two games, but something just clicked for us early in the last game."&nbsp;</p> <p>Led by Ryan Selk&rsquo;s 685, companion team ND Roto Grip totaled 2,983 on games of 929, 994 and 1,060 to move into fourth in team.</p> <p>ND Storm declined to share their strategy, but did tell USBC the execution of their game plan is what helped them to such an exciting finish.</p> <p>"I think from the second frame, where we all threw quality shots and four of us struck, we saw a spark we really didn't see the first two games," Smallin said in <strong><a href="" target="_blank">the USBC release</a></strong>. "The most unbelievable thing is the margin of this lead. There haven't been a lot of big scores, so I feel like score is going to be a little tougher to catch."</p> <p>Smallin said in a message that he wanted to credit &ldquo;4 people I work with and talk to about this game all the time. Travis Hersrud, Mark Brown, Daren Seney and Rory Selk. They all help me immensely.&rdquo;</p> <p>Peterson said in a message that taking the lead was &ldquo;quite a thrill. Both teams worked together and stayed with our plan and to shoot 1223 the last game (which was a team clean game led by our stud Matt Smallin's 299) was great to see come together. Our team is unable to practice together so the practice session at the Showcase Lanes was very helpful and they are pretty similar to what we bowled on. All of our group threw Storm/Roto Grip equipment. I personally used a Disturbed and Optimus. We know this score won't win but what a great group of guys i have as teammates!!</p> <p>Oachs, meanwhile, had one of the more bizarre Open Championships lines of all time: 479 in team, 555 in doubles and 772 in singles for 1,806 in all-events.</p> <p>It brought to my mind my teammate Bret Faulkner&rsquo;s effort in minors in Toledo in 1991 when he went from 486 in doubles to 819 for third in singles after taking my suggestion on a ball change late in doubles and switching pairs in singles (as it was then).</p> <p>Oachs talked about his Open Championships in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this interview with</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The powerful righty from Mankato, Minnesota used some ibuprofen, a hot shower and a few minutes in a massage chair at the El Paso Convention Center to get him in better shape for minors.,</span></p> <p>He then made a ball change to a Columbia DELIRIUM, moved left and changed hand positions, and started singles with 17 strikes before an 8-pin ended his run. He ended the second game with a 253 and shot 219 the last game.</p> <p>The perfect game was the first of the 2015 Open Championships. You can see his 10<sup>th</sup> frame of a trip 4-pin, flush strike, and trip 4-pin in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this video</strong></a>.</p> <p>You also can see him say something directed to his left after the second strike of his 10<sup>th</sup>. He later posted on Facebook that &ldquo;A guy walked up a couple lanes away after I was set. He ended up balking and turning back around after 3 steps or so. No one else was up on the approaches. Everyone had stopped. He just happened to be wearing a 4XL Bright Pink shirt. LOL.&rdquo;</p> <p>"I knew coming in the conditions were going to be tough, and I knew where I wanted to play, but after I hurt my back, I just couldn't get anything going," Oachs said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "I definitely wanted to bowl today, but I figured I would have to fight through some pain. I woke up early to get ready, and it loosened up for me, so I felt pretty good today."&nbsp;</p> <p>Oachs rolled a 299 in doubles at the 2003 tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee. "I got up in the 10th and just wanted to throw good shots," Oachs said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I had 299 last time, so I really wanted to get the job done this year. For a minute, it looked like that wasn't going to happen, but something tripped the 4 pin. This is a wonderful accomplishment and something I've always dreamed of. To shoot 300 here is incredible, and to leave as the singles leader is more than I ever could've hoped for."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">USBC reported that until he started practicing two weeks ago, Oachs hadn't bowled in 13 months. His troubles started with a shoulder injury in 2013 that required surgery and kept him off the lanes, and off the drill press in his pro shop, for more than four months. He returned to the lanes for two weeks early in the 2013-2014 bowling season, but a serious knee injury sidelined him again until it was time to prepare for this week's trip to El Paso. </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"I didn't want to miss the tournament or a good time with friends two years in a row, so I was really glad to be here with them," Oachs, who bowled for the University of Nebraska, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We have a great group, and they were very helpful and supportive. On the lanes, I had to adjust my approach and abbreviate everything, but that helped me slow down and made my ball reaction much cleaner. It turned out to be a great trip." </span></p> <p>One major group coming up is Nicholas J&rsquo;s Pro Shop, which bowls team Thursday at 5 p.m. and minors Friday at 9 a.m. Nicholas J&rsquo;s 2 won the team event in 2012 in Baton Rouge with the only 3,400 that year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7363 The 11th Frame: New PBA-PWBA partnership looks like a winner for all sides <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">A new partnership between the Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women&rsquo;s Bowlers Association looks to me like a win-win deal.</span></p> <p>According to <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this joint news release</strong></a>, the new partnership includes:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Seven new PWBA regional events to complement the PWBA Tour</li> <li>Player services transportation and mobile pro shop for the PWBA Tour</li> <li>Exclusive live coverage of the PWBA Tour through the&nbsp;Xtra Frame, PBA&rsquo;s online video streaming service</li> <li>Eligibility for PWBA members to bowl in all PBA events</li> <li>Expanded points program for women bowling in PBA regionals culminating in the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;Advancing opportunities for women professional bowlers has been a goal of the PBA for years and this partnership reinforces that commitment,&rdquo; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We also are thrilled to add PWBA to the Xtra Frame schedule to provide more programing for our subscribers and valuable content from a business perspective.&rdquo;</p> <p>While PWBA bowlers gain more events, PBA bowling &ldquo;rights&rdquo; and services, the PBA (presumably) gains entries and &mdash; perhaps most important &mdash; is likely to gain more Xtra Frame subscribers.</p> <p>Xtra Frame has been growing in the past year and surpassed 7,000 subscribers, and the PWBA deal might bring a new set of fans to the service.</p> <p>The cost of Xtra Frame is ridiculously small at $64.99 per year, or about a beer or two a month. For that, you get an enormous amount of PBA content &mdash; and now PWBA content.</p> <p>Bowling fans: Do not complain that you pay for Xtra Frame; embrace the opportunity to support pro bowling &hellip; and buy one less beer or two per month, if you must.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Frankly, $64.99 per year is way below what Xtra Frame should cost.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Ultimately, if PBA got enough subscribers for Xtra Frame &mdash; say 100,000 or more, which shouldn't be that hard considering how many bowling fans there are &mdash; it could gain some significant ad revenue with the service.</span></p> <p>The seven new PWBA regional events will have female-only fields and will be conducted by the PBA regional managers, with $10,000 prize funds based on a minimum of 40 entries.</p> <p>The host centers and cities:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>June 5-7 &ndash; Bowlium Lanes,&nbsp;Montclair,&nbsp;Calif. (West Region)</li> <li>June 12-14 &ndash; Secoma Lanes,&nbsp;Federal Way,&nbsp;Wash. (Northwest Region)</li> <li>June 26-27 &ndash; Pro Bowl West,&nbsp;Fort Wayne,&nbsp;Ind. (Central Region)</li> <li>July 4-6 &ndash; Liberty Lanes,&nbsp;Gastonia,&nbsp;N.C. (South Region)</li> <li>Sept. 25-27 &ndash; Tomball Lanes,&nbsp;Tomball,&nbsp;Texas (Southwest Region)</li> <li>Sept. 27 &ndash; Liberty Lanes,&nbsp;Carpentersville,&nbsp;Ill. (Midwest Region)</li> <li>tba &ndash; (East Region)</li> </ul> <p><a href="../../../news/article/7271" target="_blank"><strong>Here is my blog</strong></a> when the 2015 PWBA schedule was announced. It includes links to my other stories on the PWBA since its re-launch was announced.</p> <p>The 2015 PWBA Tour schedule:</p> <ul> <li>May 13-19 &ndash; USBC Queens, Green Bay, Wis. (major)</li> <li>July 9-12 &ndash; PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Sacramento, Calif.</li> <li>July 16-19 &ndash; PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas</li> <li>July 23-26 &ndash; PWBA Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan.</li> <li>Aug. 6-9 &ndash; PWBA Topeka Open, Topeka, Kan.</li> <li>Aug. 13-16 &ndash; PWBA Lincoln Open, Lincoln, Neb.</li> <li>Aug. 20-23 &ndash; PWBA Minnesota Open, Welch, Minn.</li> <li>Aug. 27-30 &ndash; PWBA Detroit Open, Canton, Mich.</li> <li>Aug 31- Sept. 6 &ndash; Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women&rsquo;s Open (major), North Brunswick, N.J.</li> <li>Sept. 10-13 &ndash; PWBA Tour Championship, location TBD (major)</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;This agreement further demonstrates the bowling industry&rsquo;s commitment to the success of competitive women&rsquo;s bowling,&rdquo; Bowling Proprietors&rsquo; Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;Thanks to the PBA&rsquo;s partnership, we are able to offer women bowlers the same top-level player services as men, plus additional events in more regions of the country.&rdquo;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA Women&rsquo;s Regional points program, started by the PBA in 2014 and leading to the PWBA Regional Challenge finals and TV show during the World Series of Bowling, will expand to include more than 70 additional PBA standard regional tournaments. These events will award points in tournaments across the United States and Japan under the PWBA name during the 2015 season.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I want to thank Tom Clark and the PBA for their leadership in helping put the pieces of this partnership in place,&rdquo; United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;This agreement benefits the entire industry, including the ball brands, centers, fans and players. It is another example of working together to do what is in the best interest of bowling as we continue to build a future for the sport.&rdquo;</p> <p>Additional details about the PWBA regional point system events will be released soon, the release said.</p> <hr /> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">2015 PWBA REGIONAL POINTS EVENTS SCHEDULE<br /></strong><em>(For complete tournament schedules and entry fee information, visit and click on the Schedules tab/Regional Tours)</em></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">EAST REGION<br /></strong>April 10-12 - Rockaway, N.J.<br />April 17-19 - Ellicott City (Baltimore), Md.<br />June 5-7 - Yonkers, N.Y.<br />June 19-21 - Howell, N.J.<br />May 15-17 - Syracuse, N.Y.<br />July 23-25 - Lebanon, Pa.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">CENTRAL REGION<br /></strong>March 20-22 - Hubbard, Ohio<br />April 11-12 - Kokomo, Ind.<br />April 18-19 - Elkhart, Ind.<br />May 8-10 - Lorain, Ohio<br />May 15-17 - Grove City, Ohio<br />June 19-21 - Wooster, Ohio<br />July 17-19 - Fishers, Ind.<br />July 24-26 - Angola, Ind.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">SOUTH REGION<br /></strong>April 10-12 - Bluffton, S.C.<br />May 15-17 - Marion, N.C.<br />June 5-7 - Easley, S.C.<br />June 19-21 - Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)<br />July 3-5 - Gastonia, N.C.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">MIDWEST REGION<br /></strong>June 5-6 - Richton Park, Ill.<br />June 13-14 - Elk Grove Village, Ill.<br />June 20 - Tinley Park, Ill.<br />June 21 - Tinley Park, Ill.<br />July 11 &ndash; St. Charles, Mo.<br />July 12 &ndash; St. Charles, Mo.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">SOUTHWEST REGION<br /></strong>March 20-22 - Odessa, Texas<br />April 10-12 - Shawnee, Okla.<br />May 1-3 - Junction City, Kan. (joint with Midwest)<br />June 12-14 - Jonesboro, Ark. (joint with Midwest)<br />June 26-28 - Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)<br />July 17-19 - Fort Sill, Okla.<br />July 31-Aug. 2 - Houston, Texas (mixed doubles, Xtra Frame)</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">WEST REGION<br /></strong>April 10-12 - Dublin, Calif. (joint with Northwest)<br />April 26-28 - Kona, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)<br />April 29 - Schofield Army Barracks, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)<br />May 1-3 - Hickam AFB, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)<br />March 6-8 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)<br />June 5-7 - Montclair, Calif.<br />June 19-21 - Modesto, Calif.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">NORTHWEST REGION<br /></strong>May 22-24 - Puyallup, Wash.<br />March 20-22 - Grants Pass, Ore.<br />June 12-14 - Federal Way, Wash. (joint with West)<br />July 31-Aug. 2 - Boise, Idaho (joint with West)</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">JAPAN REGION<br /></strong>Dates and locations to be announced<br /><br /></p> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7365 The 11th Frame: Herb Kimpel slams 815; Jon O’Konek, Kevin Thompson fire perfect games <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Herb Kimpel slammed an 815 series and Jon O&rsquo;Konek and Kevin Thompson fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday.</span></p> <p>Kimpel recorded his second supernational of the season while competing in the Dream Lanes Tuesday All-Star Classic League.</p> <p>O&rsquo;Konek&rsquo;s 16<sup>th</sup> career 300 and fifth this season &ndash; tops in the Madison Bowling Association &ndash; came in a 758 in the Waun-A-Bowl Suburban League. O&rsquo;Konek also one 800 this season.</p> <p>Thompson&rsquo;s 34<sup>th</sup> career 300 came in a 703 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Senior Masters League.</p> <p>Brent Ritchie was second on Tuesday with a 785 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 784 by Scott La Coursiere, 771 by Mark Allen and 756 by Twoie Gallagher in the Dream All-Star Classic; 782 by Ron Blanchar and 764 by Chris Pounders in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter; 769 by Gary Schindler in the Village Lanes All-Star Co-Ed Classic League; 759 by Tom Gollickson in the Dream Early Men&rsquo;s League; 759 by Ralph Werner in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Elk/Moose League; and 754 by Jon Parr in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sportsmen&rsquo;s League.</p> <p>Becky James led women&rsquo;s scoring with 691 in the Ten Pin Fifth Quarter.</p> <p>Doris Anderson was next with 666 and Dana McClelland followed with 660, both in the Village Co-Ed Classic.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7362 The 11th Frame: Open Championships singles lead lasts a day as Mike Pelham fires 748 <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">With the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships picking up steam, it&rsquo;s totally expected to see new leaders emerging.</span></p> <p>And that&rsquo;s what happened on Monday as Mike Pelham fired 748 to take the singles lead, surpassing the 735 Ken Duffield rolled on Sunday, which I detailed <a href="../../../news/article/7359" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Pelham, a 36-year-old right-hander from Clinton, Iowa, had bowled the Open Championships only once &mdash; in 1997 in Huntsville, Alabama, USBC reported.</span></p> <p>He made his second appearance memorable by rolling games of 266, 244 and 238 for his 748 in singles.</p> <p>"We bowled in 1997, and the guy who was the captain decided it was his final year," Pelham said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a>. "It kind of fell apart, and nobody took the reins to keep it going. Since then, I really haven't had the opportunity to go. The guys that come here from Clinton are a pretty tight-knit group, and the same guys go each year, so when Doug Pennock put together a team with his sons and offered me a spot, I decided to go again after all of these years."</p> <p>USBC said Pelham bowled the Bowlers Journal Championships before the Open Championships, giving him experience on the minors pattern.</p> <p>"It's definitely a huge difference from back home, so we came to town a day early," Pelham said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "We bowled the Bowlers Journal to get acclimated to the surroundings, and I think that helped a lot. I didn't have to overcome that feeling during team event yesterday, so I felt pretty comfortable out there."</p> <p>Pelham rolled 591 in team and 606 in doubles before his big singles, which he rolled after moving farther left throughout the competition.</p> <p>"I was the only guy playing deep on the pair," Pelham said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. &nbsp;"The guys to the right of me ended up burning up a spot around 10 downlane. There's not a lot of oil in the middle, so you can't miss left, but you can get it downlane if you have enough angle. I kept creeping left and hitting that spot and was fortunate enough to catch a few breaks."</p> <p>USBC said he converted a 10<sup>th</sup> frame 10-pin for the lead.</p> <p>"The scores added up a little different than at home, so I knew I was close after leaving the 10 pin," Pelham said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "I never really dreamed of being in the top 10, let alone leading at any point, so I already was happy and really wasn't nervous on the spare. When I saw that I just needed count to take the lead, it was unreal. I was a little shaky on the last shot.</p> <p>"It's unbelievable. I kept reading about how tough the shot was this year, and I'm more of a power player, so I thought I was going to have a tough time. I just hoped to stay around the pocket and leave spares I could make. I never dreamed it would have broken down and came to me the way it did. It was a perfect scenario. I could play in and throw my A game. It couldn't work out any better."</p> <p>Pelman said in a message that he wanted to thank "Doug Pennock and Rick Petersen for putting the shot out at home so we could practice on it."</p> <p>He said he used a Brunswick GOLD RHINO PRO and a MOTIV FORZA over the nine games with the FORZA the weapon of choice for singles. He said the MOTIV booth staff drilled the FORZA and deserved credit for that.</p> <p>"I tried to keep my angles tighter all weekend &mdash; playing around 15 out to 10 down the lane," Pelham said. "In singles it felt like they were opening up some, so I started moving left and had a really good shot. I finished singles looking at about 23/24 at the arrows and throwing to that same spot around 10 down the lane.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">It was too touchy for me way right. That is definitely not my A game, though."</span></p> <p>Further proof that the patterns are so flat and tough this year that it is more about shotmaking and finding something comfortable for your game, than playing a part of the lane that the pattern demands you play.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The leaderboards are </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600 7361 The 11th Frame: Al Kapugi’s 746, Diane Hust’s 678 top Monday scoring <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Al Kapugi fired a 746 and Diane Hust slammed a 678 to top Monday scoring in the Madison area.</span></p> <p>Kapugi competed in the Prairie Lanes Major League and Hust in the Ten Pin Alley First Ladies League.</p> <p>Next for the men were 745s by Rollie Truehl in the MARBA League at Dream Lanes and Keith Sorenson in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Big Eight League.</p> <p>No other women&rsquo;s scores of 600 or higher were reported.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7358 The 11th Frame: Nathan Paske fires 7th youth perfect game of season; Larry Beranek leads adult scoring with 814 <p>Nathan Paske fired the seventh perfect game in Madison area youth bowling this season and Larry Beranek slammed an 814 to lead adult scoring to highlight area bowling over the weekend.</p> <p>Using a Storm MARVEL-S, Paske opened with games of 169 and 195 before closing with 12 strikes for his first career 300 and a 664 series in the Roto Grip Major League at Prairie Lanes. Paske also rolled a 621 over the weekend.</p> <p>Paske is a sophomore at DeForest High School who bowls on the DeForest team in Wisconsin District 4 High School bowling.</p> <p>Coach&nbsp;Cher Breunig reported that he started bowling in the Prairie Lanes junior bowling program in 2005-2006 at age 7.</p> <p>The other youth perfect games of the season are two by Tyler Sheehy, and one each by Alex Bandli, Calvin Akers, Kasey Horwath and Tanner Bilstad.</p> <p>The top series over the weekend by boys were Quinn Sheehy&rsquo;s 690 and Joey Miller&rsquo;s 685 at Prairie, and Ed Larson&rsquo;s 684 at Village Lanes.</p> <p>The top series over the weekend by girls were Samantha Ehrler&rsquo;s 622 (191-257-174) and Caitlin Powers&rsquo; 619 (193-232-194) at Prairie.</p> <p>The top scores on the 34-foot World Bowling Stockholm Sport pattern in the Storm Challenge League at Prairie were 681 by Chad Dempski and 663 by Tyler Sheehy.</p> <p>Beranek, who recorded&nbsp;an 804 and two perfect games earlier this season, rolled games of 268, 279 and 267 in the Schwoegler&rsquo;s Sunday&rsquo;s Best League for his 814.</p> <p>Rocco Bisco was next with 780 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Couples League.</p> <p>Other men&rsquo;s series of 750 or higher were 776 by Tom Rogers in the Bowl-A-Vard Couples, 773 by Patrick Haack and 771 by Dan Lockman in the Prairie Co-Ed Naked League, 768 by Casey Gibney in the Bowl-A-Vard Three-Man League, and 766 by Dylan Searle in the Ten Pin Alley Lest We Forget League.</p> <p>Lisa Kolosso led women&rsquo;s scoring with 657 in the Bowl-A-Vard Couples.</p> <p><em>Source: scores reported to Wisconsin State Journal.</em></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:55:00 -0600 7359 The 11th Frame: Wisconsin teammates Chris Pounders, Ken Duffield take all-events, singles leads at Open Championships <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">In 2007, I was at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno when Ken Duffield and Chris Pounders took the lead in doubles in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, eventually ending up third.</span></p> <p>Duffield fired 801 in that doubles set and has had plenty of success in other years at the Open Championships, including a perfect game in 2006.</p> <p>And Pounders has been bowling very well lately, including a second in the Super Bowl Doubles with me in February and a perfect game at the Wisconsin State Tournament last weekend.</p> <p>But I&rsquo;ll admit I was surprised by their superb performance at the 2015 Open Championships in El Paso this weekend.</p> <p>I thought Pounders&rsquo; powerful style would be too much for the nearly flat patterns in El Paso, and I thought Duffield&rsquo;s thumbless style and high speed might mean he&rsquo;d have trouble with the transition from puddle of oil in the front to 20-plus feet of dry.</p> <p>My image of the kind of bowler who will succeed this year is Mike Shady or Sam Lantto or Lennie Boresch Jr.</p> <p>How wrong I was &mdash; and happily so, as Pounders and Duffield are two of my closest friends.</p> <p>Pounders had just one open in his 691 in team &mdash; a 3-10 split &mdash;&nbsp;that led Team Dirty into second with 3,010, 22 pins behind leader The Cutting Edge.</p> <p>He added 676 in doubles and 641 in singles for 2,008 in all-events, moving past prior leader Tyler Jensen&rsquo;s 1,981.</p> <p>Duffield then blasted 739 (267-245-227) in singles to move past prior leader Brandon Nelson&rsquo;s 712.</p> <p>Team Dirty also moved into the lead in team all-events with 9,055, moving past prior leader Team Kegel by 11 pins. Duffield totaled 1,838, Jay Heinzelman 1,828, Heath Haug 1,726 and lefty Brian Hoffman 1,655.</p> <p>Pounders and Duffield were on separate pairs, but still helped each other, USBC reported.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;I was talking to Ken in the second game of singles because I noticed my ball reaction was changing," Pounders said in </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>this USBC news release</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">. "He was telling me to switch balls, and I ended up making the change in the ninth frame and stayed with it the rest of the way."</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Pounders credited his team's preparation and game plan in helping him make his way to the top of the leaderboard.</span></p> <p>"We bowled a little earlier (in the tournament) this year, so we didn't get as much time to practice on the patterns," Pounders said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a>. "During the team event, we stuck to a game plan that ended up working well, and I came into minors with the same game plan, knowing it would be just a little tighter, since it is a foot longer. I just moved a little right, and it worked. I had been throwing it well, and I just wanted to keep doing that this week. I feel pretty good about my performance, but I don't know if it's a winning score."</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t think there&rsquo;s any chance any of the scores will win, but I&rsquo;ve always said you can&rsquo;t win if you don&rsquo;t take the lead. And they should cash good checks even if they don&rsquo;t win.</p> <p>Duffield, who had just one open in singles, told USBC he could have had more than his 739.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">"I moved to where I didn't think I could play on the lanes, and it worked out," Duffield said in </span><a style="line-height: 1.428571429;" href="" target="_blank"><strong>the USBC release</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">. "It feels good, but I was hoping for more than that. I thought I threw it good enough to get more, but I didn't get the strikes when I needed them."</span></p> <p>I know the basic game plan the group had but I won&rsquo;t share it or any information on how they played the lanes because they asked me not to. I tell everyone I contact who bowls well at the Open Championships that I will only print what they want to share, and some share more than others.</p> <p>Pounders did share that he used a Storm CRUX PEARL and IQ TOUR PEARL. Keep in mind that he throws it hard with an extremely high rev rate.</p> <p>The USBC leaderboards are at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this page</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0600 7360 The 11th Frame: Josh Blanchard has new title: PBA Tour champion <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Josh Blanchard might forever be known as that guy who fell on TV when he stepped out on the lane and slipped on the oil.</span></p> <p>But in the bowling world at least, he now also will be known as a PBA Tour champion after winning the 12<sup>th</sup> Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich on Sunday.</p> <p>And considering how well he handled his fall, as I detailed <a href="../../../news/article/4787" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>, and the later tragic loss of a baby he and wife Aimee suffered, I&rsquo;m sure I am just one of many fans of Blanchard cheering for his win.</p> <p>The 2011-12 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year has been through a lot and paid his dues: if it&rsquo;s possible to deserve a PBA Tour title, Blanchard did.</p> <p>Here was his post on Facebook after his win.</p> <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">As I sit in my hotel room in Munich, I can't explain the words I am typing. I won the 12th annual Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich today for my first World Bowling Tour Title and PBA National Title. Since I was 14 years old watching the US Open at Fountain Bowl, I wanted to be a PBA National Title Holder and today the dream came true. I threw the Ebonite Code of Honor every single shot to win this title!! Thank you Ebonite International the support you give your staff members worldwide.<br /></span></em><em>I have a million people to thank but first and foremost is Jesus Christ my Savior. He does amazing things in ways we will never be grateful for, but today I am grateful for the life he gave me.<br /></em><em>Secondly, I want to than my family and my wife Aimee Richardson-Blanchard for all her support week in and week out. If it wasn't for her, I would have given up my dream of bowling and been working a 9-5 by now. Joe Staton, you have been nothing but a mentor to me my entire life and I owe you every ounce of this title!<br /></em><em>Another big big thanks goes out to Ebonite International, and my long time friend Bugsy Kelly. He signed me for my first contract with Turbo 2-N-1 Grips in 2005 and with Ebonite International in 2012. Just last week when I was down in the dumps about bowling and my career, he told me I have many title(s) to win and to not give up. Thank you Bugs, you are a great friend have helped me where I am today. Thank you for Lori Bernhardt-Mraz for having me on staff for 10 years and trusting in my abilities. Another big thanks goes out to my jersey sponsor Logo Infusion, and my practice facility FlipSide.<br /></em><em>A big thank you goes out to the staff at Dream-Bowl Palace here in Munich for the unbelievable job they did with this week along with the sponsorship Brunswick provided for the lanes. It was nice to bowl a full event without having a throwing contest 20 feet down the lane over the gutter!!!!!!!!!! A testament to the World Bowling Tour and they job they do World Wide.<br /></em><em>Virtue Nation, I am coming back with another trophy! And yes, thank you to Binger for all the patterns he puts out for me to hate myself on and tell myself I should quit, haha.<br /></em><em>‪#&lrm;ebi‪#&lrm;teamc300‪#&lrm;turbogrips‪#&lrm;logoinfusion</em></p> <p>Blanchard defeated <span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Malaysia&rsquo;s&nbsp;Sin Li Jane 248-211 in the title match at Dream-Bowl Palace, PBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a>.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Blanchard &nbsp;was the top qualifier following the 6-game Step 2 qualifying round and a 7-game Step 3 match play round. Sin, one of three women to advance to the Step 3 round, defeated Sweden&rsquo;s young two-handed star and most recent first-time PBA Tour title winner Jesper Svensson 225-214 in the semifinals.</span></p> <p>Female bowlers were eligible for eight pins per game handicap and all who competed took it, making them ineligible for a PBA Tour title even if they are PBA members.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The Brunswick Euro Challenge was a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event. Competition points were earned by men and women in the event, leading toward three berths in the World Bowling Tour Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s Finals, presented by the PBA, which will be contested during the World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas in the fall.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">World Bowling reported that the points leaders after the recent&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">World Bowling Tour in three countries ending in Munich were England's Dom Barrett and Kelly Kulick.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Both leaders took part in all three events: the H.H. Emir Cup in Doha, Qatar, the Kingdom of Bahrain Open in Manama, Bahrain, and the Euro Challenge.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Barrett leads the men with 608 points, even though he picked up only one point in Qatar, eight points in Bahrain and 20 points in Germany.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">Mike Fagan is second with 564 and Australian Jason Belmonte third with 549 points.</span></p> <p>Kulick extended her lead on the women's field after picking up 25 points in Qatar, 15 points in Bahrain and 40 points in Germany for a total of 638.</p> <p>Liz Johnson is second at 526 points and Danielle McEwan third with 433.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>12TH BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE<br /></strong><em>Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, March 22</em></p> <p><strong>Championship: </strong>Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. ($12,000) def. f-Li Jane Sin, Malaysia ($9,000), 248-211.<br /><strong>Semifinal Match:</strong> Sin def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden ($6,000), 225-214.<strong><br /> <br />Step 3 final match play standings <br /></strong><em>(after 13 games, includes match play bonus pins; top 3 advanced to stepladder finals)</em><strong><br /></strong>1, Blanchard, 5-2, 3,135.<br />2, Svensson, 2-5, 3,104.<br />3, f-Sin, 4-3, 3,084.<br />4, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2-5, 3,045, $3,000.<br />5, Magnus Johnson, Sweden, 4-3, 2,983, $2,800.<br />6, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 4-3, 2,955, $2,600.<br />7, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 4-3, 2,930, $2,400.<br />8, James Gruffman, Sweden, 2-5, 2,918, $2,200.<br /><strong> <br />Step 2 <br /></strong><em>(failed to advance after 6 games; top 8 advanced to Step 3 match play)</em><strong><br /></strong>9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,310, $2,000.<br />10, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,306., $2,000.<br />11, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,297, $2,000.<br />12, Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 1,297, $2,000.<br />13, Petteri Salonen, Finland, 1,294, $1,800.<br />14, f-Safiyah Amirah Siti, Malaysia, 1,281, $1,800.<br />15, Dom Barrett, England, 1,276, $1,800.<br />16, Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 1,275, $1,800.<br />17, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,272, $1,700.<br />18, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1,267, $1,700.<br />19, Stuart Williams, England, 1,260, $1,700.<br />20, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,256, $1,700.<br />21, f-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 1,252, $1,600.<br />22, Dirk Dreyer, Germany, 1,250, $1,600.<br />23, Patrick Backe, Sweden, 1,237, $1,600.<br />24, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 1,223, $1,600.<br />25, Richard Teece, England, 1,207, $1,500.<br />26, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,180, $1,500.<br />27, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,156, $1,500.<br />28, Stephan Unger, Germany, 1,104, $1,500.<br /><strong> <br />Step 1 <br /></strong><em>(failed to advance after 6 games; top 16 advanced to Step 2)</em><strong><br /></strong>29, Olsson, Mattias, SWE, M, 1,301, $1,200.<br />30, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,295,$1,200.<br />31, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,294, $1,200.<br />32, f-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,289, $1,200.<br />33, f-Ida Andersson, Sweden, 1,285, $1,200.<br />34, f-Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 1,284, $1,200.<br />35, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,283, $1,200.<br />36, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,280, $1,200.<br />37, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,275, $1,200.<br />38, Steven Gill, Scotland, 1,271, $1,000.<br />39, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,263, $1,000.<br />40, Mohd Nur Aiman, Malaysia, 1,260, $1,000.<br />41, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,259, $1,000.<br />42, Christopher Hachin, France, 1,255, $1,000.<br />43, Kim Andersson, Sweden, 1,251, $1,000.<br />44 (tie), DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Yoan Alix, France, 1,249, $1,000.<br />46, Tobias B&ouml;rding, Germany, 1,248, $1,000.<br />47, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 1,244, $900.<br />48, f-Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 1,243, $900.<br />49, f-Jelena Brandt, Latvia, 1,238, $900.<br />50, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,237, $900.<br />51, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,233, $900.<br />52, Mattias M&ouml;ller, Sweden, 1,225, $900.<br />53, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,219, $900.<br />54 (tie), Tim Friedrichs, Germany, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,217, $900.<br />56, Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 1,198, $800.<br />57, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,178, $800.<br />58, f-Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 1,155, $800.<br />50, f-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,124, $800.<br />60, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,104, $800.<br />61, f-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,094.<br />62, Andreas B&ouml;siger, Switzerland, 1,084, $800.<br />63, f-Joey Yeo, Singapore, 1,051, $800.<br />64, f-Sabrina Laub, Germany, 1,026, $800.<br /><strong> <br /></strong><em>f-denotes female (women bowlers received 8 handicap pins per game)</em><strong><br /></strong></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0600 7334 The 11th Frame: Now backed by Wheaties, PBA League, Xtra Frame Maine Shootout next on PBA schedule <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The PBA will make its first trip to Maine when the PBA League and &nbsp;PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout are held at Bayside Bowl in Portland late this month.</span></p> <p>The PBA League competition is being held March 28-29, with quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup Finals shows airing on ESPN on March 29, April 5, April 12 and April 19.</p> <p>The Xtra Frame Shootout, which is open to PBA members only, is set for March 29-31 at Bayside Bowl in Portland.</p> <p>The entry fee for the Shootout is $500 with a $10,000 first prize and a 1-in-2 cashing ratio with last cash being $1,000. The winner will get a PBA Tour title.</p> <p>The format consists of best-of-3-game, single-elimination match play, starting on Monday, March 30, with four Round of 64 squads, followed by two Round of 32 squads Monday evening for the winners. The 16 Round of 32 winners will advance to Tuesday&rsquo;s final rounds.</p> <p>Entries are being handled by PBA Central Region Manager Bobby Jakel, who can be contacted at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>More details are in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this PBA news release</strong></a>.</p> <p>The PBA recently gained another sponsor for the PBA League when Wheaties signed on for both the 2015 PBA League playoffs and as presenting sponsor of team L.A. X.</p> <p>The L.A. X team founded by Los Angeles Clippers all-star Chris Paul and managed by Andrew Cain features Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Andres Gomez and Patrick Allen.</p> <p>PBA said <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>in this news release</strong></a> that the sponsorship package will include on-site signage during the PBA League Elias Cup Playoffs, as well as 30-second commercials on the four ESPN telecasts originating from the event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">&ldquo;Wheaties is an iconic brand, and to have it attach its name to the PBA is very exciting,&rdquo; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;The PBA has a lot of momentum. Large audiences have been riveted to compelling action on the lanes."</span></p> <p>Wheaties&rsquo; deal with the PBA comes as the ratings on ESPN are up strongly compared to a year ago (details later in this blog).</p> <p>&ldquo;The PBA is a high-energy organization, and bowling has really grown in popularity, so it was a great opportunity for us,&rdquo; Jamie Lyon, associate marketing manager for Wheaties, said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;We have a history with working with so many iconic athletes. There&rsquo;s something about bowling that&rsquo;s very classic.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shamrock Sports &amp; Entertainment, the PBA&rsquo;s strategic marketing and sales agency, negotiated the agreement.</p> <p>"We are confident this initial partnership between PBA and Wheaties only scratches the surface of many shared values and championship celebrations to come,&rdquo; Shamrock President Brian Corcoran said in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.428571429;">The obvious question is whether a bowler &mdash; Jason Belmonte or Pete Weber perhaps &mdash; will again make it on a Wheaties box, something that has not happened for years.</span></p> <p>Bowlers Journal reported the following in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this story</strong></a>:</p> <p><em>"According to Bowlers Wheaties has a long history of featuring athletes on its box covers. According to Gutenberg,org and Wikipedia, the late Billy Welu &mdash; one of only three bowlers ever to win back-to-back Masters titles, and Chris Schenkel&rsquo;s long-time broadcast partner on ABC-TV&rsquo;s &ldquo;Pro Bowlers Tour&rdquo; telecasts &mdash; is the only pro bowler ever to grace a Wheaties box.<br /></em><em>In 1963, a &ldquo;generic&rdquo; bowler was depicted on a Wheaties cover that offered a choice of free bowling or a free bowling instructional booklet.&nbsp;Wheaties also produced &ldquo;Champion Trading Cards&rdquo; for several years, a series that once included Hall of Fame bowler Ned Day."</em></p> <p>Even if that doesn&rsquo;t happen, having an iconic brand like Wheaties associated with the PBA can only be a huge positive.</p> <p>Clark said the nature of the PBA League helped attract the sponsorship.</p> <p>&ldquo;During the traditional season, a brand can sponsor a player or multiple players and gamble on that player making the ESPN finals,&rdquo; he said in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. &ldquo;During the PBA League competition, you know for a fact that your team is going to have visibility on ESPN.&rdquo;</p> <p>PBA reported in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>this news release</strong></a> that ratings for the 2014-15 season&rsquo;s 12 telecasts&nbsp;are up 30 percent, a pace that would provide the highest year-over-year percentage increase in ratings and viewership in PBA history. PBA said that&nbsp;for the five PBA telecasts on ESPN airing on Sundays, Feb. 1 through March 1, ratings were up 66 percent and viewership was up 74 percent over the same period a year ago.</p> <p>Average viewership was more than 920,000 for the five shows that were the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational (at 1.1 million average viewers the highest for a PBA telecast since 2012), the USBC Masters (up 62 percent &nbsp;over 2014), the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA Players Championship, and Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our fans are connecting with the action in more ways than ever, and our media partners ESPN, Google, Concrete Software and NeuLion have all helped tremendously to drive larger audiences and interaction,&rdquo; Clark said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "Over the past five weeks the PBA has been near the top of the list of most-watched sports programs airing on Sundays on cable TV and our sponsors are reaping the benefits of this tremendous exposure.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clark said once fans have connected with the PBA, they are becoming riveted to the action.</p> <p>In addition, Xtra Frame subscriptions are up 39 percent since September, exceeding 7,000 for the first time; and since the World Series in October to early March, there have been more than 4 million views of PBA content on its YouTube channel, a huge increase over roughly 200,000 views during that time frame a year earlier.</p> <p>Among other things, Clark attributes much of the positive momentum to social media.</p> <p>"When the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Twitter activity spiked like never before and viewership numbers in the coveted 18-49 year-old age group were the highest we&rsquo;ve seen in five years,&rdquo; Clark said in <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the release</strong></a>. "Likewise social media exploded and drove people to their TVs during the heated Pete Weber vs. Jason Belmonte match on the USBC Masters telecast and during Sean Rash&rsquo;s perfect game at the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The PBA&rsquo;s official Facebook page and Twitter accounts have increased in activity and followers by more than 20 percent since October, while&nbsp;PBA highlights aired on three of the past few weeks on ESPN SportsCenter, and Pete Weber&rsquo;s SportsCenter commercial has been airing.</p> <p>Mark London had a nice interview with Clark in The Bowling News on PBA ratings. It's on page 13 <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>Another indicator of PBA popularity is fan attendance at tournaments, which has been strong this season.</p> <p>No one should be surprised by good crowds in places like Green Bay and Indianapolis, but it was heartening to see overflow crowds for the TV tapings at the World Series in the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.</p> <p>The year before, crowds didn&rsquo;t even fill the much smaller South Point arena for the TV tapings.</p> <p>Perhaps the PBA is beginning to turn the corner.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>2015 PBA MAINE EVENT SCHEDULE<br /></strong><strong>Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine&nbsp;<br /></strong><em>(all times listed are Eastern)&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Thursday, March 26</strong></p> <p>7 p.m. &ndash; Pro-Am squads&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Friday, March 27</strong></p> <p>10 a.m.-4 p.m. &ndash; Open practice session (interviews, photo and autograph sessions included)</p> <p>6:15-6:45 p.m. &ndash; BROOKLYN STyLES, GEICO New York City WTT KingPins team practice</p> <p>7-7:30 p.m. &ndash; Philadelphia Hitmen, Silver Lake Atom Splitters team practice</p> <p>7:45-8:15 p.m. &ndash; Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Dallas Strikers team practice</p> <p>8:30-9 p.m. &ndash; Detroit Barbasol Motown Muscle, Wheaties L.A. X team practice</p> <p><strong>Saturday, March 28 <br /></strong><em>(best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)</em></p> <p>Noon &ndash; Quarterfinal Match One: Brooklyn STyLES vs. GEICO NYC WTT Kingpins&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Quarterfinal Match Two: Philadelphia Hitmen vs. Silver Lake Atom Splitters&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>3:30 P.M. &ndash; Quarterfinal Match Three: Pittsburgh Jackrabbits vs. Dallas Strikers&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Quarterfinal Match Four: Detroit Barbasol Motown Muscle vs. Wheaties L.A. X &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Sunday, March 29</strong></p> <p>Noon &ndash; Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two (best of two games, Baker 1&nbsp;format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four (best of two games, Baker&nbsp;format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)</p> <p>3:30 p.m. &ndash; Elias Cup Finals: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two, total pinfall (singles,&nbsp;1 point; alternate-shot doubles, 1 point; trios, 1 point; Baker team, 3 points; one-ball roll-off&nbsp;if necessary to break tie)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT SCHEDULE</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Sunday, March 29</strong></p> <p>7 p.m. &ndash; Match Play Draw Party (to determine Maine Shootout match play bracket pairings; live&nbsp;coverage on Xtra Frame)</p> <p><strong>Monday, March 30</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; Round of 64, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)</p> <p>11 a.m. &ndash; Round of 64, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)</p> <p>1:30 p.m. &ndash; Round of 64, round three (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)</p> <p>3:30 p.m. &ndash; Round of 64, round four (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)</p> <p>6 p.m. &ndash; Round of 32, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)</p> <p>8 p.m. &ndash; Round of 32, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tuesday, March 31</strong></p> <p>10 a.m. &ndash; Round of 16, round one (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)</p> <p>11:30 a.m. &ndash; Round of 16, round two (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)</p> <p>2 p.m. &ndash; Round of 8 (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Semifinal Round)</p> <p>6 p.m.&ndash; Semifinal Round (2 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Championship Match)</p> <p>7:30 p.m. &ndash; Championship Match (best-of-three-games)</p> <hr /> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.428571429;">PBA LEAGUE ROSTERS</strong></p> <p><strong>BROOKLYN STyLES (manager Johnny Petraglia):&nbsp;</strong>Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Walter Ray Williams Jr.</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (manager Tim Mack):&nbsp;</strong>Wes Malott, Dan MacLelland, Ryan Ciminelli, Osku Palermaa, Bryon Smith.</p> <p><strong>Wheaties L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain):&nbsp;</strong>Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Patrick Allen, Andres Gomez.</p> <p><strong>Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker):&nbsp;</strong>Chris Barnes, Mika Koivuniemi, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, Craig Nidiffer.</p> <p><strong>Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch):&nbsp;</strong>Dom Barrett, Chris Loschetter, Dave Wodka, Ryan Shafer, Rhino Page.</p> <p><strong>Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.):&nbsp;</strong>EJ Tackett, Ronnie Russell, Josh Blanchard, John Szczerbinski, Mike DeVaney.</p> <p><strong>Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke):&nbsp;</strong>Bill O&rsquo;Neill, Tommy Jones, Michael Haugen Jr., Norm Duke, Shawn Maldonado.</p> <p><strong>GEICO New York City WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard):&nbsp;</strong>Pete Weber, Mike Fagan, DJ Archer, Scott Norton, Amleto Monacelli.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0600