The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2017 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 9078 The 11th Frame: Face of MOTIV becoming face of bowling as E.J. Tackett looks poised for Player of the Year honors There was zero doubt the hug E.J. Tackett shared with his dad after winning the PBA World Championship was one of the more emotional moments in bowling history. I think there is a great chance it also will turn out to be one of the most significant moments. That hug and the Tacketts’ tears stemmed from years of hard work coming to fruition and much bowling heartache being washed away by the ultra-powerful young right-hander’s first major title. The win likely pushed Tackett... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9087 The 11th Frame: Rory Holland fires 800 top Wednesday scoring Rory Holland fired an 800 series to highlight Madison area bowling on  Wednesday. Using a Radical XENO PEARL, Holland chained games of 244, 278 and 278 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League. Holland posted this on Facebook after his 800: “Pretty impressed with the Xeno Pearl. First league session with it resulted in an 800 series. Pin down drilling led to great results at Bowl-A-Vard. #Radical #mbacoins #riggsblog #toughpair:)” Tammy Belz led women’s scoring with... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9097 The 11th Frame: USBC preview of 2017 offers intriguing news United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy on Wednesday posted this recap of 2016 and preview of 2017 that included some intriguing news about future developments. One item is that a new lane inspection study should be released in 2017 based on data collected from more than 1,000 lane beds in 20 different states. It stated: “We have been studying the effects on lane topography from seasonal changes along with wear and tear. Soon, we will share that information... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:30:00 -0600 9086 The 11th Frame: Justin Pounders fires 813, Jesse Parizo 807, Bob Lenzendorf 802, Megan Jirsa fires 717; Jack Karstens, Shawn Keldahl reach perfection Justin Pounders fired an 813 series, Jesse Parizo an 807, Bob Lenzendorf an 802, Megan Jirsa fired a 717, and Jack Karstens and Shawn Keldahl rolled perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Pounders chained games of 236, 279 and 298 in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League for his second supernational of the season. His brother Chris Pounders said Justin shot the 813 and two series in the 790s since he passed on a Storm ROCKET that originally was mine. MBA Hall of Famer... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9096 The 11th Frame: Jesper Svensson winning national sports award in Sweden giving boost to bowling As posted in numerous places on social media — including my Facebook page — on Monday, Jesper Svensson has been named Rookie of the Year for 2016 for all Swedish sports. The ultra-powerful, 2-handed lefty won three PBA Tour titles in 2016, including the Tournament of Champions and is a leading contender for PBA Player of the Year honors, which will be announced Feb. 5. Here is a news article from Sweden on Svensson’s honor. I used Google Chrome to translate the story.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:00:00 -0600 9094 The 11th Frame: Baton Rouge USBC Women’s Championship numbers look short of Las Vegas, but ahead of prior 3 years in Reno, paper reports Entries for the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, likely will fall short of last year in Las Vegas — as any knowledgeable observer would expect — but also exceed the prior three years in Reno, according to Kent Lowe of The Advocate in Baton Rouge. Lowe reported in this story that USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy told him in an email that there are already “4,000 plus” 4-woman  teams entered and the total... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:00:00 -0600 9021 The 11th Frame: From unknown to the top: The meteoric rise of Jakob Butturff When I interviewed Jakob Butturff in December at the World Series of Bowling, my aim was to tell the story of a bowler who had risen from virtual unknown to record-setting PBA Champion in 18 months. Before I could write the story, the lefty with the quirky but devastating style twice made news that necessitated follow-up interviews: switching from 900 Global to Columbia 300 at the start of 2017 and then winning the Team USA Trials just days later. The latter only solidified the contention... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9085 The 11th Frame: Jim Fosdick fires 805, Anthony Bisco slams perfect game Jim Fosdick fired an 805 series and Anthony Bisco slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Competing in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants League, Fosdick chained games of 279, 237 and 289 for his fifth supernational of the season, matching Chris Pollentier for the Madison Bowling Association lead. Bisco’s sixth career 300 came in a 715 series in the same league. Here is video of his final strike in his 300. Matt Lajter fell a shot shy of perfection with a... subscribe to read more. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9090 The 11th Frame: Mike Stabenaw fires 838-300, Schemm Bowling Inc. 3,531 to take leads in City Tournament Mike Stabenaw fired an 838 series that featured a perfect game to highlight the second weekend of what has been a high scoring Madison Bowling Association Championships — aka the City Tournament — at Prairie Lanes. Stabenaw sandwiched his 300 between games of 262 and 276. Here is video of his final shot by the MBA from its Facebook page. Partner Andrew Gannon added a 683 as they took the doubles lead with 1,521. Stabenaw and Gannon are in division 1 rather than the declared... subscribe to read more. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9084 The 11th Frame: Austin Est fires 729, Allison Dempski slams 720 to top youth scoring Austin Est fired a 729 series and Allison Dempski slammed a 720 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Est chained games of 279, 213 and 237 and Dempski 244, 235 and 241, both at Prairie Lanes. Next were Eli Dengler Jeamblu with 718 and Leah Bischel with 657, both at Dream Lanes. Two boys just missed 700: Brody Way with 698 at Dream and Andrew Olson with 694 at Prairie. In the Prairie Lanes Storm Challenge League on the Kegel Route 66 lane pattern, the high scores were Jeromey... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9091 The 11th Frame: Andrew Olson, Hannah Yelk, Evan Peterson, Kelli Johnson take top spots in BYBT at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Andrew Olson, Hannah Yelk, Evan Peterson and Kelli Johnson won the division titles in Sunday’s Badgerland Youth Bowlers Tour tournament at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes. Olson, who averaged 239, earned $178 for winning the boys scratch division. Yelk, who averaged 210, earned $113 for winning the girls scratch division. Peterson, who averaged 182, earned $171 for winning the boys handicap division. Johnson, who averaged 174, earned $122 for winning the girls handicap division. Olson had the high... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:00:00 -0600 9095 The 11th Frame: Jake Stansbury wins GIBA Fort Dodge Ford/Calisesi Chiropractic Open Jake Stansbury won the Greater Iowa Bowling Association Fort Dodge Ford/Calisesi Chiropractic Open at Ridgewood Lanes in Fort Dodge on Saturday, GIBA reported. Stansbury earned the $1,000 top prize as he fired 810 in the final three games of the 12-person modified stepladder finals. Top seed Derek Hein earned $700 for second after Stansbury beat him in the title match 266-226. Full results are in the PDFs attached to the bottom of this story. Here is GIBA administrator Joe Engelkes’... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9083 The 11th Frame: E.J. Tackett rampages through stepladder to win DHC PBA Japan Invitational E.J. Tackett rampaged through stepladder finals to win the DHC PBA Japan Invitational on Saturday at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka, according to scoring posted on here. Tackett, who rolled three perfect games during the tournament and edged Jesper Svensson by 10 pins for the final spot in the stepladder, blitzed Chris Barnes 257-205, edged Sean Rash 259-256, defeated Jason Sterner 235-191, and crushed top seed Shota Kawazoe of Japan 259-216. PBA reported in this news release that... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9030 The 11th Frame: Update: PBA Tour players, celebrity competitors announced for 2017 Chris Paul Family Foundation PBA Celebrity Invitational Note: This story originally was posted on Dec. 22 when only three of the five celebrity competitors were revealed.   The PBA Tour players and celebrity competitors for the 2017 Chris Paul Family Foundation PBA Celebrity Invitational have been announced. The eighth Paul event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Lucky Strike LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. It starts with a red carpet ceremony at 6 p.m. Pacific time, followed by the competition at 7 p.m. The show will air on Friday,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0600 9071 The 11th Frame: Kevin Thomas slams 848-300, Brittany Pollentier fires 763; Matt Townsend, Scott Erickson also reach perfection Kevin Thomas slammed an 848 series that featured a perfect game, Brittany Pollentier fired a 763, and Matt Townsend and Scott Erickson rolled 300s to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Competing in the Sport Bowl Lions League, Thomas opened with games of 290 and 258 before rolling his 15th career 300 for the third-highest series in the MBA this season. The top two are Matt Krueger’s 868 and Kevin Johnson’s 856. Here is video of Thomas’ finish. Pollentier’s 763... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9082 The 11th Frame: Supreme stylist David Ozio elected to USBC Hall of Fame Long-time PBA Tour star David Ozio, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1995, has been inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category, USBC announced Friday in this news release. Ozio, who had few peers when it came to playing the gutter, was a relentless practicer and one of the most fundamentally sound and gracefully beautiful bowlers in history. He was such a stylist that you could find yourself watching him instead of focusing... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0600 9081 The 11th Frame: State Tournament lane patterns should play similar to recent years The 115th annual Wisconsin State Bowling Association Championships — aka the State Tournament — starts in earnest this weekend in the Green Bay area. The tournament opened last weekend with limited squads in conjunction with the Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame induction dinner and runs through May 7. Team event is being held at Riviera Lanes in Green Bay and minors events at Ashwaubenon Bowl in Ashwaubenon. WSBA Executive Director Don Hildebrand said in a message that the lane... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0600 9080 The 11th Frame: Rick Ramsey’s BTM, 9-Pin No Tap, 1-2-3 tournaments set for Orleans during USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas Rick Ramsey’s BTM, 9-Pin No Tap, and 1-2-3 tournaments will be at the Orleans in Las Vegas while the  USBC Open Championships is being held at South Point Bowling Plaza. Ramsey has picked up Storm Products as a sponsor, they announced this week. South Point and the Orleans are a few miles apart and it’s an easy drive on Interstate 15 I have made numerous times. You can follow the tournaments at this Facebook page. Flyers and rules for all three tournaments are attached to... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0600 9077 The 11th Frame: Japan’s Shota Kawazoe cruises to top seed of DHC PBA Japan Invitational; Jason Sterner, Sean Rash, Chris Barnes, E.J. Tackett also make stepladder finals Japan’s Shota Kawazoe on Friday cruised to the top seed for the stepladder finals of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, according to scoring posted on here. Kawazoe went 24-8 and averaged 247.56 as he totaled 8,642, a stunning 401 pins ahead of No. 2 seed Jason Sterner at 8,241 at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka. Also making the stepladder in third through fifth were Sean Rash (8,234), Chris Barnes (8,155) and E.J. Tackett (8,138), who edged Jesper Svensson by 10 pins for the... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0600 9075 The 11th Frame: ‘The Bowling Chronicles’ features great columns by Bowlers Journal's J.R. 'Dr. Jake' Schmidt If you don’t read the columns in Bowlers Journal International by J.R. "Dr. Jake" Schmidt you are missing some true gems. Schmidt writes some of the most interesting pieces about bowling history any bowling junkie could hope for. I used Schmidt’s work extensively in a project I did for the USBC Hall of Fame Committee identifying names from the long ago past of bowling that might be appropriate for the Outstanding USBC Performance category after it was created. That project... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9054 The 11th Frame: Link Strategy Group is latest marketing agency for major bowling entities I have a new entity to pull for in the bowling industry: Link Strategy Group. According to this recent news release, the United States Bowling Congress, Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, and Strike Ten Entertainment have contracted with Link Strategy Group to develop sponsorship partners for the industry. The release states that “The LSG team has worked on the forefront of industry-changing sponsorship deals and strategies for some of the world’s premier sports... subscribe to read more. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:00:00 -0600 9070 The 11th Frame: Austin Powers fires 809, Chris Smith slams 717 Austin Powers fired an 809 series and Chris Smith slammed a 717 to top Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Powers, who had first career 300 earlier this week, chained games of 288, 262 and 259 in the Prairie Lanes Classic League for his first career supernational. Smith’s 717 came in the Prairie Classic and was her second 700 of the season. Next were Todd Gille with 797 and Brittany Pollentier with 675, both in the Dream Lanes Major League, followed by Jim Fosdick’s... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9076 The 11th Frame: E.J. Tackett has two 300s, but Japan’s Shota Kawazoe leads DHC PBA Japan Invitational after 2 rounds Fresh off a win last month in the PBA World Championship that might lift him to Player of the Year honors, E.J. Tackett rolled a pair of perfect games in the first two rounds of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka. But after the first 16 of 32 games of qualifying ended Thursday, the MOTIV staffer still was 58 pins behind Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, who averaged 247 while winning 12 of his first 16 matches, PBA reported in this news release. Kawazoe finished... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0600 9065 The 11th Frame: Latest GIBA Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Open set for Feb. 24-26 in Waterloo, Iowa The second of this season’s two Greater Iowa Bowling Association Fusion Realtors/Community First National Bank Opens is set for Feb. 24-26 at topography-maximized Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Iowa, GIBA Administrator Joe Engelkes announced. The popular tournament, which pays out thousands more in prize money than it takes in in entry fees, annually draws a full field of 180 bowlers, or close to it. As of Wednesday, the field already is about one-third filled and the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9074 The 11th Frame: MWBA Women’s City Tournament set for next 2 weekends at Spartan Bowl The Madison Women’s Bowling Association announced that the MWBA MWBA Championships – aka the Women’s City Tournament – will be held the next two weekends at Spartan Bowl in McFarland. The Women's City Tournament will have squads at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at the 16-lane center in McFarland. The tournament is sponsored by Capital City Coins and Jewelry. Entry fees are $17 per event and $2 for all-events. There are two divisions with handicap based off of... subscribe to read more. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0600