The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2018 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 10068 The 11th Frame: Battle for final TV spot goes to last ball as Jakob Butturff, Marshall Kent, Keven Williams, Matt Sanders, Shota Kawazoe make stepladder finals of Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10068 The battle for the final spot in the stepladder finals of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic went down to the final ball, with Shota Kawazoe edging out Bill O’Neill by a single pin on Friday night at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Andrew Anderson, who finished third on Sunday in the PBA Tournament of Champions, also was in the running as he was looking at a potential 278 final game when he left a brutal solid 9-pin in the ninth frame. Anderson finished 12 pins behind Kawazoe.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10061 The 11th Frame: Bob Richardson fires 51st career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10061 Bob Richardson fired his 51st career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Richardson’s third 300 of the season came in a 739 series in the Sport Bowl Lions League. The top series were Mike Pounders’ 761 in the Ten Pin Alley Frenzy League and Nicole Russell’s 652 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. Kayla Klink was next for the women with 646 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10076 The 11th Frame: Amazing Jakob Butturff extends lead to 170 pins heading into final round of match play at Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10076 I would hope by now that anyone put off by Jakob Butturff’s quirky style has come to accept it the way they accepted, for example, the bent elbows of Don Carter and Earl Anthony or the sideways armswing of Ron Williams. Because the amazing 2-time PBA Tour champion is just eight games from bowling for another PBA Tour title, as he holds a 170-pin heading into the final round of match play of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.  It’s... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0600 10075 The 11th Frame: Loss of 2017 ITC title for Webber International over use of ineligible player raises sadly familiar issue of hypocrisy of bowling’s 'amateur' rules http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10075 United States Bowling Congress Collegiate on Thursday announced that it has determined the Webber International men’s bowling team must vacate its 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships title and its third-place 2016 finish because the team used a player who was ineligible for competition. USBC stated in this news release that “The Webber player violated USBC Collegiate Rule 207 related to professional membership and Webber violated the USBC Code of Conduct for failing to perform... subscribe to read more. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0600 10067 The 11th Frame: After roller coaster first round of match play, Jakob Butturff keeps lead in Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10067 An observer might look at the before and after standings for the first round of match play of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic and think it was an uneventful evening at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis: Jakob Butturff started with a 93-pin lead over Marshall Kent and ended with a 94-pin lead over Kent. But the reality was that Butturff fell out of the lead after losing his first four matches and regained it by winning his final four, though he actually scored higher in the first four... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10060 The 11th Frame: Toby Probst fires 827-300, Albie Wheeler rolls 800; Mike Hoffman slams perfect game on World Bowling Rome Sport pattern http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10060 Toby Probst fired an 827 series featuring a perfect game, Albie Wheeler rolled an 800, and Mike Hoffman slammed a perfect game on the World Bowling Rome Sport lane pattern to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Probst fired his first career supernational with 827 on games of 300, 289 and 238 on Thursday night at Lake Ripley Lanes in Cambridge. Wheeler chained games of 257, 279 and 264 in the Spartan Bowl Major League. Hoffman’s 70th career 300 came after games... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10074 The 11th Frame: MABA Hall of Famer Jesse Parizo fires 300-806, Nathan Reetz 800 as he and Justin Weiss take doubles lead at State Tournament http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10074 Madison Area Bowling Association Hall of Famer Jesse Parizo fired a perfect game in an 806 series, and Nathan Reetz slammed an 800 as he and Justin Weiss took the doubles lead in a high-scoring weekend at the 116th annual Wisconsin State Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — in the Fox Valley. Parizo opened doubles at Rev’s Bowl, Bar & Grill with a perfect game, then added games of 247 and 259 as he and partner Dave Laskowski totaled 1,363.... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0600 10073 The 11th Frame: BowlerX.com partnership with PWBA includes title sponsorship of PWBA Twin Cities Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10073 BowlerX.com, the online bowling superstore, and the PWBA Tour on Thursday announced a partnership for the 2018 season that includes the title sponsorship of what will be the BowlerX.com PWBA Twin Cities Open. The tournament is set for Aug. 9-11 at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minnesota, with the stepladder finals airing on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. Central time. “All of us at BowlerX are super excited to partner with the PWBA Tour and to add the BowlerX.com name to a PWBA Tour... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0600 10072 The 11th Frame: Jakob Butturff averages 245.5 in cashers round to take lead heading into match play at Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10072 Jakob Butturff averaged 245.5 in Thursday’s cashers round to take the lead heading into round-robin match play at the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Butturff came into the round tied for second with Matt Sanders, just four pins behind leader Marshall Kent, but the lefty with the devastating corkscrew release unleashed games of 268, 258, 290, 217, 185, 237, 300 and 209 for a 1,964 block total and 5,851 24-game total (243.79 average). The 2-time... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0600 9704 The 11th Frame: 2018 PBA League draft pool limited to top 75 in 2017-18 PBA Tour-World Bowling Tour earnings http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9704 Note: The original version of this story posted on Sept. 29, 2017, and has been updated multiple times. The draft for the 2018 PBA League should avoid the controversy that surrounded it in 2017, thanks to eligibility rules announced Friday in this PBA news release. Last year’s draft was marred by retired star Mike Fagan’s allegation that PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark influenced teams' picks, an allegation Clark categorically denied. Details are in my story here. No players... subscribe to read more. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:30:00 -0600 10066 The 11th Frame: Marshall Kent jumps past lefties Jakob Butturff, Matt Sanders heading into cashers round at Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10066 Playing his A game, Marshall Kent jumped last left-handers Jakob Butturff and Matt Sanders in Wednesday’s second round of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Kent, a 4-time PBA Tour champion who was PBA Rookie of the Year in 2014, fired games of 215, 244, 268, 268, 202, 227, 266 and a 256 on the Dick Weber 45 lane pattern for 1,946 in the second round, a pin better than his first round as he totaled 3,891. Butturff, a 2-time PBA Tour champion,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10059 The 11th Frame: Dave Schraufnagel fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10059 Dave Schraufnagel fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Schraufnagel’s 300 came in a 752 series in the Prairie Lanes Men’s Rec League. The top series were Andrew Gannon’s 769 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nutes League and Kayla Klink’s 632 in the Ten Pin Alley Hump League. Next were 766 by Tim Herbrand in the Riviera Bowl Men’s Classic League and 627 by Patty Spires-Merkel in the Schwoegler’s Happy Hour Rollers League.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10070 The 11th Frame: Madison Area Bowling Association Adult/Youth Championships set for March 10-11 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10070 The 2017-18 Madison Area Bowling Association Adult/Youth Championships are scheduled for the weekend of March 10-11 at Waun-A-Bowl in Waunakee. Competition is in three divisions — U20, U15 and U10 — with the division winners earning paid entries to the state finals April 14-15 and 21-22 at Lakeshore Lanes in Sheboygan. The entry fee is $30 per team and $750 in scholarships will be awarded based on 50 entries. The winners also get invitations to MABA's annual Dinner with the... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0600 10071 The 11th Frame: 9th annual Estrogen Open set for Aug. 12 at Poplar Creek Bowl in suburban Chicago http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10071 The 9th annual Estrogen Open is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at Poplar Creek Bowl in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. The tournament is an 8-game scratch women’s tournament. Natalie Cortese won last year over a 45-player field. The top five advance to a stepladder finals after match play. The lane pattern is not released. The flyer says it will be “low scoring and fair.” The entry fee is $80 if paid by July 12, $90 after July 12, with $18 for lineage and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0600 10065 The 11th Frame: Brian Robinson aiming to become modern Bob Benoit or Mike Miller as lefties Anthony Pepe, Jakob Butturff top first round of Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10065 Left-handers Anthony Pepe and Jakob Butturff took the lead after Tuesday’s first round of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, but Brian Robinson offered the most intriguing story of the tournament at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.  Robinson is a 28-year-old 10th-year PBA member who has made match play twice in 58 PBA tournaments and after hurting his right wrist about 18 months ago, switched to 2-handed delivery.  On Monday, he totaled 1,972 for eight games, putting... subscribe to read more. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10058 The 11th Frame: Chris Pollentier fires 17th career perfect game, Brett Bluel first; Teri Taylor slams 713 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10058 Chris Pollentier fired his 17th career perfect game, Brett Bluel his first career perfect game, and Teri Taylor slammed a 713 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Pollentier’s third 300 of the season came in a 791 series in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League. Here is one video of the close of his 300 and here is another. Here is Pollentier’s post after his 300: “300 #17 tonight with the #RotoGrip HYPER CELL FUSED, and 2nd with this ball since drilling it... subscribe to read more. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10057 The 11th Frame: Evan Wartgow fires 822, Rodney Bindl 806, Matt Krueger 804, Taylor Hoppe 723 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10057 Evan Wartgow fired an 822 series, Rodney Bindl 806, Matt Krueger 804 and Taylor Hoppe 723 to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Wartgow chained games of 290, 265 and 267 in the Spartan Bowl Major League. Bindl rolled games of 290, 260 and 256 in the Sport Bowl Merchants League. Krueger recorded his third supernational of the season with games of 279, 245 and 280 in the Spartan Major. And Hoppe competed in the Ten Pin Alley Nesbitt Mixers League. Lindsey Conklin was next for the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10069 The 11th Frame: Sun Prairie boys coast to championship of Madison area high school bowling, Sauk Prairie/Poynette, Monona Grove also advance to State Tournament http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10069 The Sun Prairie boys coasted to the championship of Madison area high school bowling, and Sauk Prairie/Poynette and Monona Grove also advanced to the State Tournament as Week 13 on Monday at Ten Pin Alley concluded the regular season for Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling. The girls finished after Week 12 and their results are in this story. Monona Grove qualified for the State Tournament in Division 2 and Sun Prairie in Division 1. Eleven boys varsity, three boys junior varsity, and... subscribe to read more. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:00:00 -0600 10049 The 11th Frame: World Bowling 37-foot Melbourne, 44-foot London are lane patterns for 2-pattern Riggs Classic March 31 at Schwoegler’s http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10049 The sixth annual Riggs Classic on March 31 at 10 a.m. at Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center will be contested on the 37-foot World Bowling Melbourne lane pattern and the 44-foot World Bowling London lane pattern. The World Bowling lane patterns were re-done in 2017 so the current patterns are not the same as they were in the past. Melbourne, which will be on every right lane, features 26.55 mL of oil with ratios on both sides of 1.58-1 middle to outside track, and 1-1 middle to middle... subscribe to read more. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0600 10062 The 11th Frame: Seth Bucholtz slams 751, Karis Rogers fires 686 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10062 Seth Bucholtz slammed a 751 series and Karis Rogers fired a 686 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Bucholtz competed at Village Lanes and Rogers at Dream Lanes. Next were Justin Renz with 717 and Cila Freitas with 676, both at Dream. Other top boys scores were 717 by Justin Renz and 673 by Austin Minor at Dream, and 687 by Riley Allen at Village. The top scorers in adult leagues over the weekend were John Bisco with 796 in the Dream Eastside Couples League and Vera Wille... subscribe to read more. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10044 The 11th Frame: Hard work pays off in a major way for Matt O'Grady as he makes 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions his first PBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10044 Do not listen to anyone who tells you Matt O’Grady is not incredibly talented — even Matt O’Grady. But do listen to him when he expounds on the virtues of hard work. Because the truth is that no one wins at the top level of any sport without both, although more talent can require less hard work and less talent will require more hard work. If you didn’t catch it after O’Grady on Sunday won the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions for his first career PBA Tour title,... subscribe to read more. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10046 The 11th Frame: Nick Pate defeats Kenny Calkins III to win GIBA Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10046 Nick Pate defeated Kenny Calkins III 230-205 in the title match to win the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa, on Sunday. Pate, who was the top seed, rallied with the final six strikes to pass Calkins, who bowled a clean game with one double. After the win, Pate told Mike Flanagan of InsideBowling.com that he got off to a slow start after sitting in the booth with Flanagan commenting during the earlier... subscribe to read more. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0600 10045 The 11th Frame: Greg Young leads qualifying as plus 7 makes cut at GIBA Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10045 Greg Young led Saturday’s qualifying with 1,368 for six games and 1,207 made the cut at the second of this season’s two Greater Iowa Bowling Association Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Opens. Nick Pate was second with 1,341 in the tournament at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa. Chad Mass was third at 1,332, Mitch Hupe fourth with 1,321 and Rob Aimers fifth at 1,321. The cut in 60th was Don Breeden at 1,207. Breeden actually had the 65th highest scores but five... subscribe to read more. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:00:00 -0600 10043 The 11th Frame: Jesper Svensson rolls to top seed of 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions, Jason Belmonte qualifies third in search of major PBA history http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10043 History will be made in Sunday’s stepladder finals of the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions: that happens by definition when a PBA Tour major title is being decided. But Jason Belmonte qualifying third for the show — which airs live on ESPN at noon Central time on Sunday — means lanes 27-28 at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, could see another moment to rival Don Johnson’s agonizing 299 in the title match of the 1970 TOC or Jack Biondolillo’s first... subscribe to read more. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10036 The 11th Frame: T.J. Dunn fires perfect game in 803 series, Jeremy Krueger slams perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10036 T.J. Dunn fired a perfect game in an 803 series and Jeremy Krueger slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Competing in the in the Dream Lanes Minor League, Dunn’s fourth career 300 came after games of 258 and 245 for his first career supernational. Here is video of the close of his 300. He later posted this on Facebook: “I happy to say that I got my first sanctioned 800 and 4th sanctioned 300 tonight at dream lanes. I’ve been in a slump lately of... subscribe to read more. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600