The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2016 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 8698 The 11th Frame: Could media vote Pete Weber 2016 Bowler of the Year? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8698 Pete Weber’s historic PBA50 Tour season left no doubt that he would be named PBA50 Player of the Year, and there also is no doubt in my mind that the International Bowling Media Association will vote him 2016 Senior Bowler of the Year. The intriguing question is whether us media types may vote him 2016 Bowler of the Year. Weber has missed much of the 2016 PBA Tour season due to a hip injury that flared up again and caused him to miss the last three events of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8697 The 11th Frame: Ebonite injects mystery into bowling ball buying experience with new MISSION UNKNOWN balls http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8697 Will customers buy a bowling ball not knowing exactly what they will get? The bowling world is about to find out with Ebonite International’s Sept. 20 launch of the MISSION UNKNOWN balls that will be sold in an intriguing new way. Will it be a marketing and sales bonanza? Or a flop? Since to my knowledge nothing like it has been tried before, it’s impossible to predict.   The company has produced 8,000 MISSION UNKNOWNS for public sale consisting of 7,120 black solids, 800... subscribe to read more. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8696 The 11th Frame: Bowl-A-Vard Lanes remodeling includes new lanes, approaches, party rooms, game room http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8696 Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, 2121 E. Springs Drive on Madison’s east side, is in the middle of a remodeling that includes new lanes and approaches, party rooms, and a full game room and redemption center. In a phone interview earlier this week, Bowl-A-Vard owner Don Bussan noted that the center was more than 20 years and old and “needs a makeover and update.” He said it’s part of a 3- to 5-year process that included a new scoring system last year. “It’s a big... subscribe to read more. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8695 The 11th Frame: Underage drinking was reason for suspension of Junior Team USA’s Kamron Doyle, Wesley Low, Anthony Simonsen, Michael Tang, sources say; head coach Rod Ross also out for PABCON Adult Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8695 Kamron Doyle, Wesley Low, Anthony Simonsen and Michael Tang are all at least 18, which makes them old enough to be sent off to a foreign land to die in defense of our freedoms, to vote, to get married, enter into a contract, and so much more. Yet they can't legally have an alcoholic drink until they turn 21, and underage drinking is why they have been suspended by the United States Bowling Congress from the Team USA program, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told... subscribe to read more. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0600 8080 The 11th Frame: 2015 U.S. Open lane pattern to be used for 11thFrame.com Open Aug. 27-28 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8080 Note: This story originally was posted on June 21, 2016. Even though the Greater Iowa Bowling Association 11thFrame.com Open drew a full field of 156 last August, we are working to make it bigger and better. The tournament at beautiful Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo casino in Dubuque, Iowa will be Aug. 27-28. The newest addition will be some sponsorship from 11thFrame.com, which was made possible by my site switching to a subscription basis. My funds will go for a unique offering for... subscribe to read more. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0600 8692 The 11th Frame: Another chance to buy a 2016 Bowlers for Boxers T-shirt and help Green Acres Boxer Rescue http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8692 If you didn’t get one of the beautiful 2016 Bowlers for Boxers T-shirt that benefit Green Acres Boxer Rescue, you have another chance. As I explained in this story, my girlfriend Susie “Fever” Dyhr is unable to be at this year’s 11thFrame.com Open this weekend because she will be a volunteer for a Badger Honor Flight that her dad will be part of in October, and the mandatory training day is Saturday — qualifying day for the 11thFrame.com Open. So... subscribe to read more. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8684 The 11th Frame: Josie Earnest sweeps through stars to win PWBA Rochester Open for first title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8684 Winning a first title always is a thrill, but it’s extra special when you beat stars to do it. Josie Earnest did exactly that as she beat a Hall of Famer in Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and two potential future Hall of Famers in Clara Guerrero and Shannon O’Keefe to win the PWBA Rochester Open for her first career PWBA Tour title. The stepladder finals aired on CBC Sports Network on Tuesday night after being taped Aug. 7 at Stardust Bowl in suburban Chicago. The tournament prior to TV... subscribe to read more. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8678 The 11th Frame: Dave Traber moves into second at Petersen Classic with 1,646 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8678 Dave Traber moved into second with 1,646 at the Petersen Classic on Monday, falling just shy of the leading 1,649 shot by Joe Knodle of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Competing on Lennie Boresch Jr.’s squad, Traber started with 213 on lanes 5-6, then added 238, 185, 178, 215, 203, 192 and 223. The 4-time PBA Tour Champion fired the last four strikes in his final game on 3-4 to get past second-place Chad Gable’s 1,641. Traber had 674 in doubles and 603 in team. I bowled on the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8685 The 11th Frame: 2-handers lock up U15 title for Georgia team at inaugural USA Bowling National Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8685 It seems fitting that a pair of 2-handers closed out the Atlanta-based Strikers’ win in the inaugural title at the USA Bowling National Championships that aired Monday on CBS Sports Network on Monday. The best-3-of-5-games Baker finals were taped at Western Bowl in Indianapolis last month, with the Strikers, representing the South Region, beating the Clams, the Upper Great Lakes champion from Mankato, Minnesota, 3-1 (217-149, 239-205, 180-234, 194-183), the United States Bowling Congress... subscribe to read more. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8679 The 11th Frame: Michael Haugen Jr. proves he’s not 'obsolete' with dominating win in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8679 On a PBA World Championship lane pattern so tricky his straight game wasn’t at a disadvantage against the PBA Tour’s dominant power players, Michael Haugen Jr. turned in a dominating performance to win the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. Referencing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s line in "Terminator Genisys," the 49-year-old Haugen said on Xtra Frame after winning that “I’m old, but I’m not obsolete.” He most definitely wasn’t... subscribe to read more. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8680 The 11th Frame: Eric Hatchett beats Darren Tang to win New Mexico Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8680 Eric Hatchett defeated Darren Tang on Sunday to win the New Mexico Open at Rio Rancho Lanes in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Hatchett earned $10,500 for the victory. Tang posted this on Facebook: “Congratulations Eric Hatchett on winning this year's NMO! Great bowling bro. I finished up second this year. Had a great run but came up 14 pins short of the title. Thank you Steve Mackie and the staff at ten pins and more for putting on a great event every year. Also thank you Storm and Vise for... subscribe to read more. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8681 The 11th Frame: Unheralded Darren Andretta leads qualifying as top 24 head to match play at PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8681 If you like cheering for underdogs, get on Xtra Frame on Sunday and pull for Darren Andretta. The 25-year-old left-hander from New Hyde Park, N.Y., has never finished higher than seventh in a PBA Regional and has cashed only once in 20 PBA Tour events, but on Saturday he fired games of 245, 233, 223, 236, 209 259 and 226 for a 1,631 total to lead the sold-out field of 180 bowlers at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Delaware, PBA reported in this news release. The 24... subscribe to read more. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8690 The 11th Frame: Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino relationship with PBA deepens with renewal of Tournament of Champions, addition of summer event http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8690 The relationship between the PBA and Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, and FireLake Bowling Center and Arena was a hit from the start. Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma, first hosted the summer swing in 2014 and 2015 and then moved up to the Tournament of Champions earlier this year, a tournament in which Jesper Svensson made history as the youngest TOC winner ever.   It would have been a shocker if the two entities hadn’t continued their relationship into... subscribe to read more. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:00:00 -0600 8689 The 11th Frame: 2018 USBC Convention headed to Grand Sierra in Reno http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8689 The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno will host the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Convention and Annual Meeting, USBC announced Friday in this news release. The USBC events, which also include the Hall of Fame induction dinner, will be April 23-26, which is a Monday-Thursday schedule that USBC said delegates have indicated they prefer. “Many delegates are volunteers who devote their personal time to attend the convention, so it was important to develop a schedule based on their... subscribe to read more. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:00:00 -0600 8687 The 11th Frame: PBA Tour stars return to Delaware to battle for $15,000 top prize at Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8687 I’ve seen more than a few comments in social media about how the PWBA Tour has a “real” tour of sorts and the PBA doesn’t, and so what is PWBA doing right that PBA isn’t. Except when you add up everything the PBA provides its players and everything PWBA provides its players, the ledger is tilted solidly toward PBA. The PBA’s series of Xtra Frame events roughly equal the PWBA Tour — they just aren’t on a weekend after weekend schedule. The... subscribe to read more. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8688 The 11th Frame: Kim Terrell-Kearney heads back to college as coach of North Carolina A&T http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8688 USBC Hall of Famer Kim Terrell-Kearney was the 2009 NCAA Coach of the Year at Delaware State, then left to take a job with the United States Bowling Congress where she was assistant coach with Team USA. Her husband Eric Kearney also was a USBC employee, but was among those cut in some of the necessary downsizing USBC has done in recent years as its revenues declined. Now she is headed back to college as head bowling coach at North Carolina A&T, athletic director Earl M. Hilton III... subscribe to read more. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0600 8677 The 11th Frame: Amleto Monacelli comes from behind 3 times to win second PBA50 Tour title of season, taking PBA50 National Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8677 Amleto Monacelli kept falling behind and kept coming back, rallying three times in Wednesday night's stepladder finals to win the PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Indiana. Monacelli defeated Sam Maccarone 224-212 in the title for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season and seventh of his career. Monacelli, who has 20 PBA Tour titles, now has four career majors — his others were the USBC Senior Masters in 2015 and the PBA Senior U.S.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8672 The 11th Frame: Eddie Graham holds lead as qualifying ends in PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8672 Pete Weber is the only multiple winner on the PBA50 Tour this season, posting a record six wins before injury shelved him for the final three events of the season. As the top two qualifiers, Eddie Graham and Norm Duke will be aiming to change that as the season-ending PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children heads into its final day Wednesday at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Indiana. Graham maintained his first-round lead by firing games of 215, 246, 217, 227,... subscribe to read more. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8673 The 11th Frame: Bryanna Cote's long wait for PWBA Tour title ends with win in Lexington Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8673 Watching a player the caliber of Bryanna Coté win her first PWBA Tour title the thought that immediately enters your mind is how many titles she would have if the PWBA had never folded. Many, no doubt. Coté, 30, is a 3-time member of Team USA and 4-time National Tenpin Coaches Association Player of the Year at Central Missouri who likely would have won her first PWBA title years ago if the PWBA Tour hadn’t folded in 2003 before being resurrected last year by BPAA and USBC.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8674 The 11th Frame: First show of USA Bowling National Championships naturally leads to thoughts of future http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8674 Every time I watch youth bowlers on TV I find myself wondering who I might someday see on the PBA Tour or PWBA Tour. That was the case with the first show of the inaugural USA Bowling National Championships, which was taped at Western Bowl in Indianapolis last month and aired on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday night. The show featured a couple of 2-handers and several traditional stylists with obvious potential, and a girl (Shayla Gwynn) with a powerful release for a female of her age.  ... subscribe to read more. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8668 The 11th Frame: 2017 Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame class is Joe Alivo, Carl Muccio, John Wittkowske, Merrill Draper http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8668 The 2017 Wisconsin State USBC Hall of Fame class features Joe Alivo, Carl Muccio and John Wittkowske in the Skilled category, and Merrill Draper in Meritorious Service. They were elected when the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame committee met on Saturday in Stevens Point. I am a member of the committee. It is a huge honor and responsibility to be a custodian of bowling history in this manner, as I wrote up in this blog, and I cherish the opportunity. I again am gratified that the... subscribe to read more. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:00:00 -0600 8670 The 11th Frame: Thank you! 2016 Bowlers for Boxers campaign raises $409.32 for Green Acres Boxer Rescue http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8670 As I explained in this story, my girlfriend Susie “Fever” Dyhr is unable to be at this year’s 11thFrame.com Open because she will be a volunteer for a Badger Honor Flight that her dad will be part of in October, and the mandatory training day is Saturday, Aug. 27 — qualifying day for the 11thFrame.com Open. So instead of selling T-shirts to support Green Acres Boxer Rescue on site, her duties forced us to use the online service Booster.com to sell the... subscribe to read more. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8671 The 11th Frame: Fresh off winning first PBA50 Tour title, Eddie Graham takes first-round lead at PBA50 National Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8671 Just six days removed from winning his first PBA50 Tour title, Eddie Graham fired a 1,925 8-game total to take the lead after Monday’s first round of the PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Elkhart, Indiana, PBA reported. Graham, a PBA50 rookie with a smooth but powerful game that looks like it belongs more on the PBA Tour, fired games of 238, 235, 244, 188, 247, 279, 238 and 256 at Signature Lanes for a 55-pin lead over Bob Learn Jr. “I’m... subscribe to read more. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8664 The 11th Frame: WSBT Over 40/Under Doubles set for Nov. 26, Over 40/50/Under 40 Trios Jan. 7 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8664 Terry Kulibert’s Wisconsin Scratch Bowlers Tour Over 40/Under 40 Doubles, annually one of the state’s most popular scratch tournaments, is set for Saturday, Nov. 26 at noon at Revs Bowl Bar & Grill, 275 N. Washburn St. in Oshkosh. The WSBT also is running a new tournament on Saturday, Jan. 7 at noon at Revs: the Over 40/Over 50/Under 40 Trios, which should be a lot of fun and takes place the day of the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame induction dinner that night in Neenah. If it... subscribe to read more. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8563 The 11th Frame: Update: NCAA approves proposal for tougher lane pattern guidelines http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8563 Update: In this news release on Aug. 4, 2016, the NCAA announced that it has approved the proposal and that the new standards for the oil ratio application can range from 1.5-1 to 3.5-1 with recommended ranges from 2-1 to 3-1. This part of the release heartens this proponent of transparency with lane patterns: "Host teams and facilities must communicate to visiting coaches at least 10 days in advance about what oil pattern is going to be applied." I am no fan of the NCAA in general, but... subscribe to read more. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:00:00 -0600