The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2016 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 8599 The 11th Frame: Norm Duke looks to start own roll as he slows Pete Weber’s with win in PBA50 World Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8599 You could see it in Pete Weber’s face as he sat on the bench, shaking his head back and forth after leaving a 3-6-10 in the ninth frame of the title match of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm. Weber had just rolled a flush strike for a double in the eighth and needed just strikes in the ninth and 10th and then 9-0 or 8-spare to win his third straight PBA50 major and sixth title overall in the 2016 PBA50 Tour season. But his 7-spare in... subscribe to read more. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8605 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Champions, final Junior Team USA spots decided as 2016 Junior Gold Championships conclude http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8605 Don't read this story if you don't want to know the final results of the 2016 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master before the championship matches air on CBS Sports Network. The title matches were taped at Western Bowl in Indianapolis on Saturday and will air on the next three Tuesdays. The U12 finals will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. Central time, the U15 finals on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Central time, and the U20 finals at 8 p.m. Central time. The United States Bowling... subscribe to read more. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8607 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Winners of the inaugural USA Bowling National Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8607 Don't read this story if you don't want to know the final results of the inaugural USA Bowling National Championships before the championship matches air on CBS Sports Network. The best 3-of-5-games Baker format title matches for the U12 and U15 divisions were taped at Western Bowl in Indianapolis on Saturday and will air Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Central time and Monday, Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. Central time. Both of the title matches went four games, the United States Bowling Congress reported... subscribe to read more. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8598 The 11th Frame: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Brian Kretzer, Parker Bohn III win PBA50 Regional titles at PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8598 Of the three PBA50 Regional titles won Friday at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minnesota, Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s in the PBA50 Viper Championship was the most noteworthy because it was his 99th overall PBA title, moving him one ahead of Pete Weber in their race to 100. But that doesn’t mean the wins by Brian Kretzer in the PBA50 Chameleon Championship and Parker Bohn III in the PBA50 Scorpion Championship were any less noteworthy or valuable — all three paid $1,500 for... subscribe to read more. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8604 The 11th Frame: U12 title matches set at Junior Gold: Anthony Mastroianni vs. Edgar Burgos, Hannah Diem vs. Elizabeth Coutta http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8604 The U12 division was the first to set its title match competitors at the 2016 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, with the two boys and two girls who will appear before the CBS Sports Network cameras on Saturday determined in competition Friday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The U12 finals will be taped at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Western Bowl and CBS Sports Network will air them on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Central time. The boys title match will feature Anthony... subscribe to read more. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8608 The 11th Frame: 2015 champions Sierra Kanemoto, Amanda Naujokas, Danielle Jedlicki still alive as Junior Gold U20, U15 divisions down to 12 boys, girls each http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8608 Three 2015 champions remain alive after five days of competition in the U20 and U15 divisions at the 2016 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, the United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release. The opening two rounds of match play Friday at Western Bowl in Indianapolis reduced the fields to 12 boys and 12 girls in each division. Saturday’s continued double-elimination bracket competition will determine the two bowlers in each division who... subscribe to read more. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:45:00 -0600 8606 The 11th Frame: Teams from Coastal South, Lower Great Lakes to meet for first U12 USA Bowling National Championships title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8606 Teams from the Coastal South and Lower Great Lakes will meet for the first U12 USA Bowling National Championships title, the United States Bowling Congress reported. The teams advanced from competition Friday to the title match Saturday at Western Bowl in Indianapolis. The best 3-out-of-5 Baker games championship match will be taped for broadcast in August on CBS Sports Network. USBC reported that Team Georgia, the Coastal South regional winners, went 14-1 in qualifying to earn the top seed... subscribe to read more. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8597 The 11th Frame: Ron Mohr, Brian Kretzer, Parker Bohn III earn tops seeds as Pete Weber eyes 100 titles in animal pattern championships at PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8597 Ron Mohr, Brian Kretzer and Parker Bohn III on Thursday earned tops seeds in the animal pattern championships of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm. And the storylines will include Pete Weber having a chance to reach 100 PBA titles and non-member Ron Nelson having two shots at adding to his one career PBA Regional title. They were the only players to make multiple animal pattern stepladders. The PBA50 World Championship is the third major of... subscribe to read more. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8603 The 11th Frame: In the genes: Sons of PBA Tour champions Wes Malott, Andy Neuer, Parker Bohn III among those advancing at Junior Gold Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8603 Bowling has a rich history of parent-child pro champions, with the most notable obviously being Dick and Pete Weber. Others have included Don and Jimmy Johnson, Don and Eugene McCune, Virginia and Scott Norton, and Guppy and Kyle Troup. Two from the next generation of potential parent-child pro champion combos are performing strongly at this week’s 2016 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, according to United States Bowling Congress news releases here and... subscribe to read more. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8602 The 11th Frame: Teams from Upper Great Lakes, South to meet for first U15 USA Bowling National Championships title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8602 Teams from the Upper Great Lakes and South will meet for the first U15 USA Bowling National Championships title, the United States Bowling Congress reported. The Clams, from the Upper Great Lakes, and the top-seeded Strikers, from the South, topped the match-play bracket on Thursday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. They will bowl for the U15 title on Saturday at Western Bowl in Indianapolis in a best 3-out-of-5 Baker match taped for broadcast in August on CBS Sports Network. USBC reported... subscribe to read more. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8600 The 11th Frame: Reports from Indy say so far, so good logistically for Junior Gold, other youth events http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8600 If you’re a youth bowler, family member or friend of a youth bowler, or simply a fan, you know of the logistical problems that hit the Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master last year in Chicago. I made my first trip to Junior Gold in last year and wrote about what happened in this story and this story, and detailed the changes for 2016 in this story. According to reports I have received and seen, those changes so far have been a gigantic... subscribe to read more. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8596 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber leads PBA50 Scorpion Championship qualifying, as Ron Nelson soars into lead in PBA50 World Championship qualifying http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8596 Pete Weber recovered from a tough Chameleon Championship qualifying round with a huge round to lead Wednesday’s PBA50 Scorpion Championship qualifying, while non-member Ron Nelson Jr. soared into the lead in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm, PBA reported. The PBA50 World Championship is the third major of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season and features three PBA50 Regional title tournaments on the Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion lane conditions,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8592 The 11th Frame: Rocio Restrepo holds nothing back in winning first PWBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8592 Rocio Restrepo is the kind of bowler who should bring legions of fans to the sport: She is personable, athletic, attractive, and holds nothing back in competing. If you want to know what it’s like to be totally invested in striving to accomplish something and then actually achieve it, you need only watch Restrepo winning her first PWBA Tour title in the Greater Detroit Open show that aired Tuesday night on CBS Sports Network, and will re-air in the future. The long-time member of Team... subscribe to read more. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8595 The 11th Frame: Andrew Frawley leads PBA50 Chameleon Championship qualifying, as Norm Duke keeps lead in PBA50 World Championship qualifying http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8595 Australia’s Andrew Frawley led PBA50 Chameleon Championship qualifying, and Norm Duke maintained his lead in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm on Tuesday, PBA reported. The PBA50 World Championship is the third major of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season and features three PBA50 Regional title tournaments on the Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion lane conditions, with qualifying for the three events combining to serve as the qualifying for the PBA50... subscribe to read more. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:00:00 -0600 8594 The 11th Frame: USA Bowling staging its first National Championships this week http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8594 International Bowling Campus Youth Development describes the USA Bowling program as a team-based youth program to introduce youngsters to the sport following the same structure as other youth sports. It places children on a team, provides a coach for each team and conducts regular practices along with weekly competitions. USA Bowling launched regional tournaments three years ago, and the program has since been building to the inaugural USA Bowling National Championships taking place this week... subscribe to read more. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:00:00 -0600 8593 The 11th Frame: Always aiming to get better, Norm Duke leads Viper qualifying at PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8593 Even at 52 and with one of the greatest records in bowling history, Norm Duke always is looking to get better — although that gets harder and harder as you age. Duke, who earlier this year captained his Dallas Strikers team to the PBA League title and anchored the team’s Baker format 300 game on ESPN, led Monday’s Viper Championship qualifying  of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm with a 1,215 total on games of 258, 245,... subscribe to read more. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8591 The 11th Frame: Pete Weber looks to continue incredible hot streak at re-born PBA50 major tourney this week in Minnesota http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8591 If you pay any attention to bowling news, you know Pete Weber has been on a hot streak never seen before in PBA50 Tour competition, winning four straight tournaments and five out of six, including both majors. No one has ever won four straight or five in a season, and this week Weber will be trying to make it six out of seven and three-for-three in majors at the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship. The most ridiculous stat in Weber’s season is that his worst... subscribe to read more. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8590 The 11th Frame: Tom Hess wins 9th PBA Regional title at awesome Glo-Bowl Fun Center in Marengo, Illinois http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8590 Tom Hess finally — in his words — won his ninth PBA Regional title in the PBA Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by Sam Adams at awesome Glo-Bowl Fun Center in Marengo, Illinois, over the weekend. Hess beat Aaron Lorincz 250-222 in the title match to win the $2,100 top prize. But the win was about a lot more than the money for Hess, who has had some tough close calls recently, including a second-place finish last weekend when he was top seed and lost the title match to Brad Miller in... subscribe to read more. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8589 The 11th Frame: Lindsay Boomershine breaks through with top seed of PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open; Rocio Restrepo, Stefanie Johnson, Kelly Kulick also make stepladder finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8589 Lindsay Boomershine broke through to make her first career TV finals in grand fashion by earning the top seed of the 2016 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open on Saturday. Boomershine will be joined on the TV show by No. 2 seed Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, No. 3 seed 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson, and No. 4 seed Kelly Kulick. “I’ve worked so hard for so long, and this is my first TV show — ever — so it’s pretty emotional for me right now,”... subscribe to read more. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8588 The 11th Frame: Maria Jose Rodriguez leads PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open; Shannon O’Keefe among top players near lead http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8588 Maria Jose Rodriguez leads after Friday’s qualifying at the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, but several big names are hot on her heels, including the hottest female bowler in the world: Shannon O’Keefe. Rodriguez, a former USBC Queens champion who has a high finish of second on the PWBA Tour this season, fired games of 195, 278, 230, 191, 222 and 215 in the first round for 1,331 and 234, 224, 268, 195, 264 and 266 for 1,451 for a 2,782 total at Seminole Lanes. Josie Earnest... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8587 The 11th Frame: Matt McNiel departs Linds Lakers, becoming the Kevin Durant of the USBC Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8587 Matt McNiel has departed the Linds Lakers and is a free agent for the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Considering his incredible record at the tournament that includes being the only bowler in history to win the all-events three times, McNiel could be considered the Kevin Durant of the Open Championships. Of course, his situation is complicated by the new rules for the 2017 Open Championships that make all of the top stars of the PBA Tour eligible, and also make it harder... subscribe to read more. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:00:00 -0600 8586 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte wins second straight, third overall ESPY http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8586 Reigning three-time Player of the Year Jason Belmonte on Wednesday night won his second straight and third overall Best Bowler ESPY award Belmonte, who won his first ESPY in 2011, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting and announced in ABC-TV’s live ESPY Awards telecast. "I'm absolutely thrilled to win the ESPY again this year,” Belmonte said in this PBA news release. “This award means so much to me... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8506 The 11th Frame: Update: Junior Gold poised to set new record with more than 3,300 scheduled competitors http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8506 Note: A version of this story was first posted on June 3. After last year’s record-setting Junior Gold Championships in the Chicago area resulted in some serious logistical issues, the United States Bowling Congress responded with a number of changes for the 2016 event July 16-23 in the Indianapolis area. I made my first trip to Junior Gold in last year and wrote about what happened in this story and this story, and detailed the changes for 2016 in this story. In a development that... subscribe to read more. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8581 The 11th Frame: Shannon O'Keefe finding it 'surreal' as she ascends to top of women’s bowling with another PWBA Tour title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8581 I think it’s fair to say that Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick are among the top five and inarguably are among the top 10 female bowlers of all time. And they remain at the top of the sport in 2016. But it’s also inarguable that at this moment in time, the best female bowler is Shannon O’Keefe. The margin is not wide, but O’Keefe has chances in the first week of August to stretch the gap in what seems almost certain to be an IBMA Bowler of the Year campaign. The DV8... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8575 The 11th Frame: Bobby Bures, Brandon Novak, Higgy’s Aquarium hold on for Eagles as USBC Open Championships concludes in Reno http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8575 Bobby Bures will never forget the solid 8-pin in his final frame that cost him possibly a second Eagle at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Since Bures bowled on March 15, it was hard to gauge the Eagle-winning chances of his 815 in singles and 2,122 all-events. With lane patterns very similar to the 2015 Open Championships, the 815 was 22 pins higher and the 2,122 was 104 pins lower than last year’s Eagle winning... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:00:00 -0600