The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2018 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 10256 The 11th Frame: Long-closed bowling center in Columbus getting new life, paper reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10256 The long-closed Cardinal Ale House and Bowl will be getting new life, WiscNews.com reported in this story Friday. Sue Getgen, operations director for Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub, which formerly had a site on the west side of Madison, told WiscNews.com earlier this week that the Wisconsin-based chain plans to call the facility Fast Lanes, offering bowling and arcade games, along with the food, beer and soda that Sprecher’s offers in its other sites. A mid-June opening is planned.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:00:00 -0600 10246 The 11th Frame: UW-Whitewater men, defending champion McKendree women among 4 men’s, 4 women’s teams unbeaten through opening day of 2018 Intercollegiate Team Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10246 The UW-Whitewater men and the defending champion McKendree women were among four men’s and four women’s teams unbeaten through Thursday’s opening day of the 2018 Intercollegiate Team Championships at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, the United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release. Thursday’s competition featured the 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams rolling 24 Baker format games to determine seeding for the match play bracket, then two... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:58:00 -0600 10251 The 11th Frame: Jim Fosdick, Ross Bussan closing 2017-18 season in style with perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10251 Jim Fosdick and Ross Bussan closed the 2017-18 season in style with perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Thursday. Fosdick, a Madison Area Bowling Association Hall of Famer, rolled his MABA-leading 12th 300 of the season and 98th of his career in a 754 series in the Dream Lanes MARBA East League. Fosdick also leads MABA with nine 800s this season, and 70 for his career. Bussan, the proprietor at Prairie Lanes, recorded his second 300 of the season in a 666 series in the Prairie... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10249 The 11th Frame: USBC complies with USOC demands, escapes probation, but Jim Salisbury complaint remains http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10249 The United States Bowling Congress has complied with United States Olympic Committee demands outlined when it was placed on probation nearly a year ago and USOC has in turn lifted USBC’s probation, preserving USBC’s status as National Governing Body for bowling. However, the action taken Wednesday by USOC did not involve a pending complaint by long-time USBC foe Jim Salisbury asking that USBC be removed as NGB, which I detailed in this story. USOC said it will convene a separate... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:00 -0600 10243 The 11th Frame: Dick Allen — aka The King of Bayside Bowl — wins Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout for fifth career PBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10243 Dick Allen might want to consider moving to Portland, Maine, since he has made Bayside Bowl a home center of sorts for himself. Allen made himself a favorite of the delightfully crazed fans at Bayside in 2015, when he rolled the winning strike for the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters and won the Mark Roth MVP in 2015. The 39-year-old right-hander added to his winning history at Bayside this week by capturing the Port Property Management Xtra Frame Maine Shootout for his fifth career... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10237 The 11th Frame: Curt Lanzendorf fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10237 With the 2017-18 league season winding down, Curt Lanzendorf fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Lanzendorf’s ninth career 300 came in a 696 in the Dream Lanes Classic League. Dean Kielhofer fell a shot shy of perfection with a 298 in a 693 in the same league. The top series were Twoie Gallagher’s 709 and Dan Swenson 708’s, both in the Dream MARBA East League. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10248 The 11th Frame: Scott Hill of Lindenwood, Caitlyn Johnson of Webber International voted college bowling MVPs by coaches, Bowlers of the Year by media http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10248 Scott Hill, a senior at Lindenwood, and Caitlyn Johnson, a sophomore at Webber International, have been voted Most Valuable Players by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and college Bowlers of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association for the 2017-18 season. The honors were announced at the Night of Champions banquet held Wednesday for the 32 teams competing Thursday through Saturday in the Intercollegiate Team Championships at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:00:00 -0600 10242 The 11th Frame: Stephanie Schwartz makes it 3 years in a row among 4 men, 4 women advancing to TV finals of 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10242 If experience means anything, Stephanie Schwartz will have a big advantage in Saturday’s TV finals of the 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Racine native who bowls for Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday advanced to her third straight ISC show — she lost in the semifinals each of the past two years, the United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release.  She was among the four women and four men who made it through... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0600 10235 The 11th Frame: USBC set to adopt new ball technology limits opposed by ball manufacturers? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10235 Is the United States Bowling Congress set to adopt new ball technology limits in the face of nearly universal opposition from the major ball manufacturers, perhaps with what would be a bombshell announcement during next week’s Convention and Annual Meeting? That’s the expected scenario sketched out for 11thFrame.com by a well-placed industry source. (Delegates do not have a vote on equipment specifications.) Update Thursday, April 19: 11thFrame.com has obtained a letter to... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:00:00 -0600 10241 The 11th Frame: Larry Szczepanski fires 2,277, Mike Hoffman 2,245 to take over second, third in all-events at State Tournament http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10241 Larry Szczepanski fired 2,277 and Mike Hoffman 2,245 to take over second and third in all-events at State Tournament over the weekend at the 116th annual Wisconsin State Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — in the Fox Valley. The two lefties fell short of the 2,295 of leader A.J. Hedges, whose performance I wrote up in this story. Szczepanski, of Caledonia, rolled 762 as Pro Comp Auto Body totaled 3,100, 766 in doubles with Scott Radtke’s 601... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0600 10239 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte earns a Bayside Brick in beating E.J. Tackett to advance to final day of Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10239 Between them, Jason Belmonte and E.J. Tackett account for the last five PBA Player of the Year crowns, with Belmonte earning the honor in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and Tackett in 2016. On Tuesday at famed Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, the two superstars met in the Round of 32 of the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout and it turned out to be no contest as Belmonte swept the best-of-3-games match 217-191 and 300-236. Here is video of the close of Belmonte’s 300,... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10240 The 11th Frame: Fields cut to 16 men, 16 women in opening day of 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10240 A qualifying block and the first round of match play reduced the fields in Tuesday’s opening day of the 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships to 16 men and 16 women, the United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release. The day at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, started with 24 men and 24 women competing in a 6-game qualifying round to determine seeding for match play, with the top 8 men and top 8 women earning a bye to the second round of match play on Wednesday... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:58:00 -0600 10236 The 11th Frame: Bill Leidich fires 776 to top Tuesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10236 Bill Leidich fired a 776 series to top Madison area bowling on Tuesday. The Madison Area Bowling Association Hall of Famer competed in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes U-Pay-U-Play League. The next two highest series came in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League: 774 by Scott Roelke and 772 by Gene Starks. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10238 The 11th Frame: USBC Convention headed to Orleans in Las Vegas in 2019, 2020 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10238 The United States Bowling Congress Convention and Annual Meeting will be held at the Orleans in Las Vegas in 2019 and 2020, USBC announced in this news release on Tuesday. The 2019 Convention will be April 29 through May 2 and 2020 will be April 27-30. The 2019 USBC Open Championships and 2020 USBC Women’s Championships will be held at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas and USBC has tried to hold the Convention with one of the tournaments. The schedule again will be Monday-Thursday... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10172 The 11th Frame: Third annual South Point Senior Shootout set for Nov. 12-16 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10172 The South Point Senior Shootout presented by Logo Infusion will return to South Point Bowling Plaza for the third straight year, running Nov. 12-16 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. I competed in the inaugural SPSS in 2016, but could not compete last year because it conflicted with my coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling in Reno. But with the PBA’s move to FOX starting in 2019 I’m hoping there will be no conflict this year and I have paid my entry fee deposit.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0600 10233 The 11th Frame: Sean Serfort fires 771, Heather Edgren rolls 671 to top Monday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10233 With the 2017-18 season winding down, Sean Serfort fired a 771 series and Heather Edgren rolled a 671 to top Madison area bowling on Monday. Serfort competed in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants 3 Man League and Edgren in the Village Lanes Utility League. Jim Fosdick was next for the men with 761 in the Dream MARBA East League. No other women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.  ... subscribe to read more. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10234 The 11th Frame: Draw sets bracket pairings for Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10234 The first PBA Tour Xtra Frame event kicks off Tuesday at famed Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, with a format similar to the NCAA basketball tournament: a 64-player single elimination bracket with best-of-3-games matches. The Port Property Management PBA Maine Shootout Tuesday and Wednesday also is the final qualifying event to decide the eight competitors in the PBA Tour Finals in May at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. On Monday, a blind draw was held to determine the match-ups for... subscribe to read more. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0600 10230 The 11th Frame: Flipper Hjortland’s 763, Gayle Seltzner’s 631 top weekend scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10230 Flipper Hjortland fired a 763 series and Gayle Seltzner rolled a 631 to top Madison area bowling over the weekend. Hjortland competed in the Viking Lanes Specials League and Seltzner in the Prairie Lanes Twiliters League. Next were Nate Sime with 739 in the Viking Specials and Teresa Lynch with 603 in the Prairie Twiliters. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10221 The 11th Frame: Andrew Anderson joins growing list of young PBA stars with win in 2018 USBC Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10221 It wasn’t that long ago that there was a relative lack of young stars on the PBA Tour. Then along came a slew of young champions that includes E.J. Tackett, Marshall Kent, Jesper Svensson, Anthony Simonson, Francois Lavoie, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff and Matt Sanders. On Sunday, 22-year-old Andrew Anderson added his name to the list by winning the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters. The lanky Ebonite staffer with the long, smooth armswing beat Alex Hoskins in the title match... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:00:00 -0600 10231 The 11th Frame: Senior State Tournament a weekend to remember — for many reasons http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10231 To compete in the Wisconsin State Senior Championships — aka the Senior State Tournament — you have to be 55. As I explained in a story years ago, the reason it’s 55 is to keep entries at a lower level than they would be if it were 50 so that the tournament can go to smaller centers in cities where the State Tournament cannot. That may sound screwy, but it’s an understandable compromise that seeks to provide hosting opportunities to more centers. Even at 55, the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:00:00 -0600 10220 The 11th Frame: Andrew Anderson earns top seed for 2018 USBC Masters, seeks to take next step of budding young career http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10220 Andrew Anderson has been taking big steps in his budding young bowling career in 2018, and appears ready to take the biggest one on Sunday at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y. Anderson in January bowled his way on to Team USA. Anderson in February made the TV finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions, falling to eventual champion Matt O’Grady in the semifinal match. Anderson on Saturday completed an unbeaten romp through bracket match play of the 2018 United States Bowling Congress... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10232 The 11th Frame: Vanderbilt edges defending champion McKendree to win 2018 NCAA Bowling Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10232 Vanderbilt edged defending champion McKendree 4-3 on Saturday to win the 2018 NCAA Bowling Championship at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis. Fourth seeded Vanderbilt’s path to the title included an upset of No. 1 Nebraska on Thursday and three meetings with Sam Houston State in the double-elimination format. Vanderbilt had to rally to win the final two games to beat McKendree and claim the school’s second NCAA bowling title. Here is the NCAA highlight video from the title match.... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Apr 2018 21:00:00 -0600 10219 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Jason Belmonte faces long road Saturday to make TV finals of 2018 USBC Masters http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10219 Defending champion Jason Belmonte is alive at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters, but he faces a long road to Sunday’s stepladder finals live at noon Central time on ESPN. In his opening match Friday at the Ocenter in Syracuse, N.Y., the 2-handed Australian fell 683-673 to 2015 U.S. Open Champion Ryan Ciminelli, relegating him to the losers bracket. Here is video of CIminelli marking in the 10th to lock out Belmonte, as well as former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:59:00 -0600 10229 The 11th Frame: Ricky Thaden falls a pin shy of perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10229 Ricky Thaden fell a pin shy of perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Thaden’s 299 game came in a 750 series in the Dream Lanes Minor League. The top series were Jim Fosdick’s 785 and Linnea Walstead’s 607, both in the Dream Industrial Nites League. No other women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.  ... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:55:00 -0600 10228 The 11th Frame: Finnish Bowling Federation President Perttu Jussila will run for president of World Bowling in 2019 — with backing of European Tenpin Bowling Federation http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/10228 If you want to understand this story, you first need to read this story I did late last year on Finnish Bowling Federation President Perttu Jussila, who, as I wrote then, has his eyes on shaking up World Bowling and perhaps even leading the organization someday. Jussila in this Facebook post on April 9 confirmed that he does indeed want to lead the organization:"Now it has been 4 months after that eye-opening experience in Las Vegas. There has been enough time to reflect what probably... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0600