The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2017 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 9919 The 11th Frame: 2nd annual Strike Out Lupus fundraiser set for Saturday, Feb. 10 at Ten Pin Alley http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9919 The second annual Strike Out Lupus fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg. The format is three 9-pin Tap games, with prizes for the most striking purple outfit in the “Proud to Wear Purple” contest, and raffles. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children, and that includes bowling, shoes, and a pizza and soda buffet. The fundraiser benefits the Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin chapter. The flyer is attached to the bottom of... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9903 The 11th Frame: Mike Torowski fires perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9903 Mike Torowski fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Torowski’s 300 came in a 742 series in the Prairie Lanes Major League. The top series were Joe Eith’s 769 in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Theresa Holmes’ 638 in the Ten Pin Alley Frenzy League. Next were Nick Larson with 760 in the Riviera Bowl Special League, and Pat Lashore with 629 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Frosty’s at 5 League and Marcia Fraley with 629 in the Dream Lanes Early... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9918 The 11th Frame: 8 PBA stars to compete in PBA Tour Finals again in 2018 on CBS Sports Network http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9918 Eight PBA Tour stars will compete in the second annual PBA Tour Finals at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit on May 5-6, PBA announced in this news release on Monday. The special event will be telecast on CBS Sports Network in a series of five 2-hour prime-time telecasts as part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. Telecast dates and times are to be announced. The 2018 PBA Tour Finals field will be based on total earnings for 2016, 2017 and early 2018, concluding with the PBA Xtra... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:30:00 -0600 9899 The 11th Frame: Proposed USBC oil absorption test for balls ‘not scientifically valid’ in current form, technical experts say http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9899 The proposed oil absorption test for bowling balls that the United States Bowling Congress has sent to ball manufacturers for review is “not scientifically valid,” two technical experts who are familiar with such matters and have spent years in the bowling industry told 11thFrame.com. An oil absorption test is designed to measure the strength of a coverstock and is one of two new specifications expected to be part of new ball technology rules USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy has... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0600 9902 The 11th Frame: Tickets on sale for PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, with Hall of Fame inductions http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9902 Tickets are now on sale for the PBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, which will feature the 2017 Hall of Fame inductions, on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Marriott North in Indianapolis, PBA announced in this news release. Tickets, which include a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and open bar, are available for $125 (plus service fee) through the “Tickets” link on pba.com here. In addition to the PBA 60th anniversary festivities and the inductions of Chris Barnes, Ron... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9891 The 11th Frame: Jeromey Hodsdon fires 728, Allison Dempski slams 673 to top youth scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9891 Jeromey Hodsdon fired a 728 series and Allison Dempski slammed a 673 to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Hodsdon chained games of 233, 259 and 236 and Dempski rolled 247, 245 and 181, both at Prairie Lanes. Other top boys scores were Andrew Olson with 690, Quinn Sheehy with 688, and Colin Devyor with 681 at Prairie. In the Prairie Storm Challenge League on the 47-foot World Bowling Paris lane pattern, the top scores were Davis Lohr’s 661 and Allison Dempski’s 656... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9890 The 11th Frame: Chris Gibbons defeats Derek Eoff in roll-off to win MAST tourney at Leisure Lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9890 Madison Area Bowling Association Hall of Famer Chris Gibbons is proving that turning 50 doesn’t mean a bowler stops winning. Gibbons is having a great season that includes winning the MABA Senior Masters last month and it continued Sunday when he won the Madison Area Scratch Tour title at Leisure Lanes in Monroe. Gibbons beat Derek Eoff, inarguably the best bowler in the Madison area, in a 2-frame roll-off in the title match after they tied at 236. MAST said in its report here that... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0600 9908 The 11th Frame: Rookie captain Marshall Holman's line-up is key as The USA beats The World in special match at 2017 World Series of Bowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9908 Note: This story first appeared as this spoiler alert story on the day (Nov. 17) The USA vs. The World match was taped for ESPN and aired live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN app.  Marshall Holman never threw a shot in The USA vs. The World match, but the Hall of Famer may have been the key for the U.S. because his line-up clicked perfectly in a 226-213, 279-191 win over The World. Lead-off man Kyle Troup was perfect with four strikes in four shots, anchor Tom Smallwood came through with a... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0600 9889 The 11th Frame: Clint Seltzner fires perfect game; Linnea Walstead slams 739 series http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9889 Clint Seltzner fired a perfect game and Linnea Walstead slammed a 739 series to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Competing in the Dream Lanes Industrial Nites League, Seltzner opened with his 12th career perfect game, then added 268 and 225 for 793, his fifth straight 700. Here is video of the close of his 300. Walstead’s 739 also came in the Dream Industrial Nites. Next were Jesse Parizo with 771 in the Sport Bowl Lions League and Lauren Sammel with 675 in the Bowl-A-Vard... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9888 The 11th Frame: Brittany Pollentier fires 717 series http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9888 Brittany Pollentier fired a 717 series to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Pollentier’s 717 came in the Dream Lanes Major League and was her fourth 700 of the season, tops among Madison Area Bowling Association women. Lisa Kolosso and Cher Breunig are next with three each. Carter Theis led men’s scoring with 770 in the Schwoegler’s St. James League. Next were Marc McDowell with 769 in the Village Lanes Golfers League and Doris Anderson with 668 in... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9898 The 11th Frame: 'Nothing new to report on USOC' issue, USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy says http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9898 The United States Bowling Congress hasn’t cleared its issues with the United States Olympic Committee yet, USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said in an email to 11thFrame.com on Thursday. “We met and had some good conversation,” Murphy said. “We have traded some communication since and are awaiting next steps from them.” As I detailed in this lengthy story in late July, the USOC put USBC on probation for six months and ordered it to give all USBC members the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0600 9896 The 11th Frame: Looming new ball technology limits from USBC could ignite industry war http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9896 As I detailed in this story back in April, the United States Bowling Congress has made it clear that it is working toward proposing more stringent ball technology rules, likely in early 2018. In a message after I asked for an update on the ball rules on Thursday, Murphy said that “I would refer you back to my comments from last January on the technology research project” — comments that were the basis for that April story. And as I wrote in this recent story, the topic was... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0600 9887 The 11th Frame: Matt Edgren fires 815-300, Mary Lo slams 739; Andy Smith, Ryan Spindler also reach perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9887 Matt Edgren fired an 815 series that featured a perfect game, Mary Lo slammed a 739, and Andy Smith and Ryan Spindler also reached perfection to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Competing in the Dream Lanes Classic League, Edgren opened with his first career perfect game, then added 280 and 235 for his first career supernational. Lo’s 739 came in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League and was her second 700 of the season. Smith’s first career 300 came in a 733 in the... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9886 The 11th Frame: Gregg Williams fires 805 to top Tuesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9886 Gregg Williams fired an 805 series to top Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Williams chained games of 237, 299 and 269 in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League for what is believed to be his 38th career supernational and second of the season. Williams left an 8-pin on the final ball of his 299. Here is video of the shot that clinched his 800. Mark Scott fell a pin shy of perfection with a 299 game in a 696 in the Spartan Bowl Datex-Ohmeda League. Tammy Young led women’s scoring with a... subscribe to read more. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9893 The 11th Frame: John Janawicz, Kendra Gaines, Tim Mack, Jeri Edwards elected to USBC Hall of Fame; National ballot of 6 men, 3 women forces brutally difficult choices http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9893 John Janawicz, Kendra Gaines, Tim Mack and Jeri Edwards have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame and six men and three women have been selected for the national ballot in action by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee on Nov. 1, USBC announced in this news release on Monday. Janawicz and Gaines were elected in the Outstanding USBC Performance category, Mack in the Pioneer category, and Edwards in the Meritorious Service category. The men's ballot includes repeat... subscribe to read more. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:00:00 -0600 9894 The 11th Frame: Bowl-A-Vard Lanes to host inaugural MABA Open Championships — aka City Tournament — in January, Schwoegler’s the MABA Women’s Championships in February http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9894 With the merger of associations that created the Madison Area Bowling Association starting with this season, MABA will be hosting an Open Championships and a Women’s Championships — aka the City Tournament and Women’s City Tournament. Bowl-A-Vard Lanes will host the City Tournament the four weekends of January, and Schwoegler's Entertainment Center will host the Women’s City Tournament Feb. 10-11 and 17-18. The entry blank for the City Tournament is attached to the... subscribe to read more. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:00:00 -0600 9885 The 11th Frame: Blaine Wuensch fires first career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9885 Blaine Wuensch fired his first career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Wuensch’s 300 came in a 759 series in the Village Lanes Strike Force League. The top series both came at Riviera Bowl: Erich Huelsemann’s 768 in the Spares and Strikes Forever League and Tammy Young’s 631 in the Riviera Bowl Special League. Other men’s series of 750 or higher were 754 by Matt Krueger and 753 by Aarick Ecker in the Spartan Bowl Major League. No other... subscribe to read more. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9878 The 11th Frame: Canada’s Francois Lavoie wins men’s gold, Korea’s Dawun Jung wins second straight women’s gold in Masters at 2017 World Bowling World Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9878 Francois Lavoie of Canada won the men’s gold and Dawun Jung of Korea won her second straight women’s gold in Masters on Monday at the 2017 World Bowling World Championships. Lavoie beat helicopter/spinner stylist Xu Zhe-Jia of Chinese Taipei 247-206, 216-199 in the gold medal match, after downing fellow PBA Tour champion Andres Gomez of Colombia 214-203, 221-200 in semifinals in the best-of-three competition at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. In the other semifinal, Xu... subscribe to read more. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9892 The 11th Frame: Sun Prairie boys maintain lead, Marshall/Cambridge girls grab lead after Week 5 of Madison area high school bowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9892 The Sun Prairie boys maintained their lead and the Marshall/Cambridge girls grabbed the lead after Monday’s fifth week of Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling at Sugar River Lanes in Belleville and Rude’s Lanes in DeForest. Eleven boys varsity, three boys junior varsity, and four girls teams are competing this year. For varsity only, there were 11 and five last season, and prior to that it was 11 and six, and 12 and six.   The competition features nine games of Baker... subscribe to read more. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0600 9884 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte leads qualifiers for 2018 DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9884 Led by Australia’s Jason Belmonte, the PBA Tour’s top 10 players in 2017 earnings based upon events open to all players have been finalized, and those players — plus defending champion E.J. Tackett — have been invited to participate in the 2018 DHC PBA Japan Invitational Jan. 26-28 at Tokyo Port Bowl, the PBA announced in this news release. Along with Belmonte the invited players are Jesper Svensson of Sweden, Marshall Kent, Rhino Page, Ryan Ciminelli, Anthony Simonsen,... subscribe to read more. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9883 The 11th Frame: Popular Henry Hitter 3-Man tourney set for Saturday, Dec. 16 at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9883 The 29th annual Henry Hitter 3-Man Tournament will be Saturday, Dec. 16  at 11 a.m. at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, tournament founder and director Mark Henry announced. The popular tournament attracts many of the top bowlers from Wisconsin and some from Illinois for great competition and camaraderie. The latter is truly the key to the event as there isn’t huge prize money or demanding lane conditions — it’s more a grand holiday bowler gathering. How popular can be seen in... subscribe to read more. Mon, 4 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0600 9879 The 11th Frame: Tony Pena’s 738, Becky James’ 651 top weekend scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9879 Tony Pena rolled a 738 and Becky James fired a 651 to top Madison area bowling over the weekend. Pena competed in the Dream Lanes Eastside Couples League and James in the Ten Pin Alley Hangover League. Next were Matt Meekma with 732 in the Ten Pin Hangover and Kelly Capener wth 636 in the Sport Bowl Neighbors League. The top score in youth bowling was Seth Bucholtz with 649 at Village Lanes. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.    ... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9877 The 11th Frame: Team USA men, Malaysian women win team gold medals at 2017 World Bowling World Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9877 The Team USA men have had their struggles with the 39-foot World Bowling Beijing lane pattern at the 2017 World Bowling World Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. Scores have been low and the conditions so tough that the helicopter/spinner stylists of Chinese Taipei have been finding consistent success with their style that effectively eliminates lane conditions, topped by leading 5-man team qualifying and Wu Hao-Ming taking the gold in all-events with 5,221. The... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9865 The 11th Frame: After emergency room visit, Shannon O’Keefe closes with 238 to lead Team USA women to trios gold medal at 2017 World Bowling World Championships; Hong Kong win’s men’s gold http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9865 In a performance that will go down as one of the more legendary in World Bowling World Championships history, Shannon O’Keefe went from questioning whether she could compete in the trios medal round to leading Team USA to the gold medal. The United States Bowling Congress reported that O’Keefe went to a hospital emergency room Saturday night after team qualifying concluded at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas with complications of a kidney stone. And her decision to compete... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9866 The 11th Frame: Steve Jaros and William Welch win 23rd annual Wisconsin Championship Doubles http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9866 Steve Jaros and William Welch defeated Rich Blake and Paul Bober in the title match to win the 23rd annual Wisconsin Championship Doubles on Sunday at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, Michael James reported. In the title match, Jaros rolled 237 and Welch added 235 for 472 to Blake’s 257 and Bober’s 204 for 461. First was $2,300 and second $1,300. The tournament was run under a new format this year, and drew 69 teams for competition on a challenge pattern that is attached to the bottom... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:00:00 -0600