The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2016 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 8446 The 11th Frame: National Bowling Stadium to host new military bowling event http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8446 The National Bowling Stadium in Reno will be hosting a new bowling event for active and retired military, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported in this story. The Biggest Little Veteran’s Week Military Tournament — a play on Reno’s slogan of Biggest Little City in the World — is scheduled for Nov. 7-10. Team will be Nov. 7, trios Nov. 8, doubles Nov. 9, and singles Nov. 10, the paper said. It will be  sponsored by the Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort... subscribe to read more. Fri, 6 May 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8444 The 11th Frame: Setting of Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship for Virginia Sept. 1-4 completes 2016 PWBA Tour schedule http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8444 The last piece of the 2016 PWBA Tour is set with Thursday’s announcement that the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship will conclude the season Sept. 1-4 at Uptown Alley in Midlothian, Virginia. Smithfield, a major PWBA Tour sponsor, is headquartered in nearby Smithfield, Virginia, and that location was a shrewd move by the PWBA, which is supported by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. “We appreciate Smithfield’s support of... subscribe to read more. Thu, 5 May 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8439 The 11th Frame: Given second chance, Pete Weber strikes to beat Jack Jurek for PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8439 When Pete Weber went high and left a 6-9-10 in the eight frame of Wednesday night’s title match, he gave Jack Jurek a chance to strike out and win the PBA50 Tour Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life. Weber made the 6-9-10 and struck in the ninth, giving him a potential 224. Jurek had recovered from opens on a 2-8-10 and pocket 7-10 in the first two frames to get to 135 in the eighth with a strike in the ninth, giving him a potential 225. Jurek, the... subscribe to read more. Wed, 4 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8443 The 11th Frame: 2016 Open Championships scores mostly falling well short of predictions — so far http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8443 While there’s still roughly half the tournament left, scores at the 2016 USBC Open Championships are mostly falling well short of predictions — and of last year. Other than singles, the results so far are not meeting the expectations of myself and most knowledgeable observers, including the experts I interviewed for this analysis of the 2016 lane patterns right after they were released. In 2015, I predicted Eagle winning scores of 3,325 for team and 3,368 won, 1,395 for... subscribe to read more. Wed, 4 May 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8438 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber keeps cruising, easily leads field into match play at PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8438 Repeating what I wrote yesterday, in the first two PBA50 Tour events of the season, Pete Weber finished fourth in the Pasco County Florida Open and won the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages. The living legend’s roll continued Monday as he led the first round of the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes and he only picked up steam in Tuesday’s second round. After totaling 1,998 for his... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8424 The 11th Frame: Wisconsin Non-Pro Bowlers Alliance holding reunion Aug. 27 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8424 There is almost nothing that would make me miss a reunion of the Wisconsin Non-Pro Bowlers Alliance, a legendary series of monthly tournaments that was one of my early training grounds. Unfortunately, my 11thFrame.com Open is an event I can’t miss. And the events will conflict the weekend of Aug. 27-28, meaning I will have to miss the WNPBA reunion Saturday, Aug. 27 at Bluemound Bowl, 12935 Bluemound Road in Brookfield. The WNPBA featured formats similar to the PBA Regional Tour with... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 May 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8401 The 11th Frame: H2M Management and 11thFrame.com will compete at 2016 Open Championships for charity http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8401 There are so many great charities out there with ties to bowling, but there's one that's extra special to me because it's not something that tugs at a person's heart so it can have trouble drawing donations: the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.  But it's vital to me because it is the place where bowling's history is preserved. So I've tried to make sure I remember to donate to the Hall of Fame when I make charitable donations. It also meant that when my good... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 May 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8442 The 11th Frame: Strikeforce Bowling acquires Lind Shoe Company http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8442 Strikeforce Bowling announced Tuesday that it has acquired Lind Shoe Company. Terms were not disclosed. Strikeforce, a private company based in Broadview, Illinois, is the parent company of KR Strikeforce, OnTheBallBowling.com and Leading Edge Promotions. It is the exclusive licensee of Ebonite International for bowling bags and accessories. A company history is here. Lind Shoe Company is a private company based in Somerset, Wisconsin, that has been making bowling shoes since 1936 after... subscribe to read more. Tue, 3 May 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8437 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber stays on a roll, leads PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open after first round http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8437 In the first two PBA50 Tour events of the season, Pete Weber finished fourth in the Pasco County Florida Open and won the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages. The 53-year-old living legend is picking up right where he left off in 2015, when he was named PBA50 Player of the Year. And that continued in Monday’s first round of the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes as Weber dominated the PBA50 Chameleon... subscribe to read more. Mon, 2 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8428 The 11th Frame: Shannon Pluhowsky, Sandra Gongora, Liz Johnson, Rocio Restrepo make stepladder finals of season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8428 If the PWBA Tour hadn’t gone out of business in 2003, Shannon Pluhowsky probably would have double digit PWBA Tour titles by now. Instead, the 16-time Team USA member is looking for her first — and is just one game from it after earning the top seed for the stepladder finals of the season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open, PWBA reported. Sandra Gongora, Liz Johnson and Rocio Restrepo were the other players to make their way through the complex new format for the PWBA Tour to make the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 1 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8426 The 11th Frame: After historic PBA League show featuring 300 game, Pete Weber's KingPins, Norm Duke's Strikers ready to battle for title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8426 Note: This story is an updated version of this “spoiler alert” story I wrote after the TV show was taped. In a show that will be remembered for as long as there is a PBA League, living legend Pete Weber and the GEICO New York City WTT KingPins swept the hometown Shipyard Brewing Portland Lumberjacks, while fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke and his GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers swept the Barbasol Motown Muscle with the League’s first Baker format 300 game and an incredible... subscribe to read more. Sun, 1 May 2016 21:30:00 -0600 8436 The 11th Frame: Close calls, but no Eagles at 2016 Open Championships for Matt McNiel, Linds Lakers   http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8436 Matt McNiel and his Linds Lakers teammates made strong runs in multiple events but came up short of taking any leads over the weekend at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. On Saturday, the powerful Minnesota-based team moved into fifth in team event with 3,187, 54 pins shy of leader Who’s Eddie Byrd?, as I detailed in this story. On Sunday, they added 3,138 in doubles and 3,257 in singles for 9,582 team all-events, 90 shy of leader Junior Team USA Support 1 and... subscribe to read more. Sun, 1 May 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8425 The 11th Frame: Charly Boelter wins 2016 Badger Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8425 Charly Boelter of Oshkosh defeated Katelyn Zwiefelhofer of Racine 245-202 to win the title match of the 2016 Badger Queens on Sunday at Sabre Lanes in Menasha, the Wisconsin State USBC Women’s Bowling Association announced on its Facebook page. Prize money wasn’t posted but the tourney drew 58 entries and first was projected at $1,000 based on 70 entries. Boelter also won an entry into the USBC Queens May 20-26 at the Orleans in Las Vegas. The players rolled six games to... subscribe to read more. Sun, 1 May 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8434 The 11th Frame: Matt McNiel, Linds Lakers make a run at team lead, move into fifth with 3,187 at 2016 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8434 After starting with a solid 991 and a big 1,164, Matt McNiel and the Linds Lakers were set up perfectly for a run at the team lead at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.  The 3,241 of leader Who’s Eddie Byrd was just a 1,086 third game away on lanes 31-32 at the National Bowling Stadium. But with games from 190 to 224, Linds Lakers could manage only a closing 1,032 for 3,187, moving them into fifth. McNiel finished with 650 (206-242-202). Fellow lefty Chuck... subscribe to read more. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8429 The 11th Frame: Red-hot Rocio Restrepo leads top 32 into cashers round at season-opening PWBA Tour Las Vegas Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8429 Red-hot Rocio Restrepo continued her recent roll by leading Saturday’s qualifying at the season-opening PWBA Tour Las Vegas Open at Texas Station, PWBA reported. The Colombian right-hander, who won the Masters gold medal and a silver in doubles at last week’s Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event, totaled 2,718 for 12 games to lead the top 32 bowlers out of the 89-player field advancing to Sunday’s cashers round. Restrepo rolled games of 195, 203,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8435 The 11th Frame: Water leaking on lanes forces another move of competitors at 2016 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8435 In this story on April13, I wrote about problems with the aging heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the National Bowling Stadium reported by ThisIsReno.com. The HVAC system is in danger of failing, City Finance Director Robert Chisel told the RSCVA board. “The system is over 20 years old and has been leaking from the pipe joints over the bowling lanes,” Chisel said, according to the story. In my April 13 story, I reported that multiple bowlers reported to me... subscribe to read more. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8433 The 11th Frame: USBC Convention delegates finally pass forced merger for state, local associations, and dues cap increase   http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8433 More than a decade after the American Bowling Congress and Women’s International Bowling Congress merged to form the United States Bowling Congress, state and local associations that have not merged finally will be forced to merge. After years of saying no, USBC Convention delegates on Friday finally said yes to proposals that will force state and local associations to merge by Aug. 1, 2018. A little more than one-fourth have not merged. They also passed a $5 dues cap increase for USBC,... subscribe to read more. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8432 The 11th Frame: S&B Pro Shop just misses doubles, team all-events leads at 2016 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8432 S&B Pro Shop 1 is one of the headlining names of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship, although team members have changed at times over the years. On Thursday night, this year’s S&B made a strong run at the team lead before settling into second with 3,216, just 25 pins shy of leader Whos Eddie Byrd? They rolled a huge 1,106 the first game, 1,049 the second game with just three opens, and closed with 1,061. Former PBA touring pro Dan MacLelland, who finished... subscribe to read more. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8430 The 11th Frame: USBC pledges that if delegates pass dues cap increase, its only dues increase through 2022-23 would be $3 in 2017-18 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8430 Proposal B3 that goes before delegates at the United States Bowling Congress Convention on Friday would lift the national dues cap from $10 to $15. (Total dues certified bowlers pay also typically include money for local associations.) But the packets delegates get when they register for the convention includes a letter pledging that USBC will not use the full $5 through at least 2022-23. The letter to association leaders and delegates said, "If B3 is approved as proposed, the USBC Board of... subscribe to read more. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 -0600 8431 The 11th Frame: 2016 USBC Hall of Fame inductions another memorable night http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8431 The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame inductions are by definition special: The very best in accomplishments and service are being honored. And each inductee has their special story. As a member of the USBC Hall of Fame Committee since I was inducted in 2011, I have had the great responsibility and good fortune to be one of the people who impact who gets inducted. And some of the inductions during the past several years have been extra special for various reasons. Two notables were... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8421 The 11th Frame: Update: $1.2 billion redevelopment proposal to transform swath of downtown Reno unveiled, paper reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8421 Update: Here is the Reno Gazette-Journal’s detailed story by Anjeanette Damon on the unveiling of the #1.2 billion redevelopment proposal — a sustainably built urban in-fill project that features multiple high rise condo towers. The story said that in light of being “ burned by past redevelopment deals that ended badly for the taxpayer, the Reno City Council voted Wednesday to move forward with due diligence work on a proposed $1.2 billion redevelopment project, but... subscribe to read more. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:30:00 -0600 8415 The 11th Frame: Florida youth who started Strike for Vets to help wounded veterans 1 of 2 receiving USBC Youth Ambassador Award http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8415 Daniel Bolan of Orlando,  Florida, and Jenna Rose Harrington of Barneveld, N.Y., are the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Youth Ambassadors of the Year and they will be honored at the USBC Convention this week. I had a link to the USBC news release on the winners, but lost it and could not find it on BOWL.com. Bolan, a junior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, started the Strike for Vets Charity Bowling Tournament in 2015 to raise funds for the Stay in Step Spinal Cord... subscribe to read more. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:00:00 -0600 8422 The 11th Frame: MBA Hall of Famer Joel Carlson makes big run, but loses in stepladder to eventual winner Pete Weber in PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8422 Hall of Famer and living legend Pete Weber won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages on Tuesday, but the story for people in my area was Joel Carlson, a Madison Bowling Association Hall of Famer. One of the true nice guys in the sport, the quiet Carlson has lived in Omaha, Nebraska, for several years due to a job change, but for years he was one of the MBA’s best, winning local events and compiling a solid record at the USBC Open Championships and in occasional PBA Regional... subscribe to read more. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8423 The 11th Frame: Emily Peterson takes all-events lead, Shawna Strause and Heidi Woods doubles lead at 2016 Women’s Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8423 Emily Peterson grabbed the all-events lead and Shawna Strause and Heidi Woods the doubles lead in the Diamond Division at the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported. USBC reported that after starting her team event Sunday with a conservative ball selection that resulted in 15 nine-counts in a 594, Peterson made the change to a more aggressive ball for minors and slammed 698 in doubles and 677 in singles for 1,969 all-events. Daphne Smith had held... subscribe to read more. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8409 The 11th Frame: Stardust Lanes in suburban Chicago hosting new High School Bowlers Showcase June 4-5 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8409 High school bowlers have a third collegiate recruiting event offering with the new High School Bowlers Showcase that will debut June 4-5 at Stardust Lanes in the Chicago suburb of Addison. The sixth annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is scheduled for July 12-14 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis, as I detailed in this story. That puts the event just before the Junior Gold Championships July 15-23 in Indianapolis. And the United States Bowling Congress will host its annual Bowling Combine at... subscribe to read more. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0600