The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2017 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 9381 The 11th Frame: Mike Shady’s USBC Hall of Fame induction a night our 11thFrame.com team family will cherish forever http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9381 Wednesday, April 26, 2017, is a day our 11thFrame.com team family will cherish forever, and that fact I think is a big part of why it happened. After our teammate Mike Shady and retired PBA Tour star David Ozio were inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame on Wednesday night at the Orleans in Las Vegas, one of the most meaningful comments we heard came from Marshall Holman. He came over to our group gathered around Shady and commented about the camaraderie... subscribe to read more. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:00:00 -0600 9361 The 11th Frame: Our approach to the 2017 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9361 How should someone intelligently approach the USBC Open Championships with its hidden lane pattern data? The easy answer is with an open mind — not that you shouldn’t have had an open mind in recent years when the pattern data was posted! Because no matter how much you could practice on the pattern, odds are your Open Championships pair wasn’t going to play exactly like your practice on the pattern — even when your practice was on the Showcase Lanes at the tournament... subscribe to read more. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9366 The 11th Frame: Lennie Boresch Jr. finally wins third PBA50 Tour title in dominating, near wire-to-wire performance in PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9366 Lots of merely mortal senior bowlers who competed in the South Point Senior Shootout last November were wishing Lennie Boresch Jr. had won one of the two PBA50 Tour title matches he lost last August to Hall of Famers Brian Voss and Pete Weber. That’s because having three PBA Tour and/or PBA50 Tour titles makes a player ineligible for the SPSS, which 2-time PBA50 Tour champion Boresch dominated in one of the most impressive displays of bowling I’ve ever witnessed. Boresch won three... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9374 The 11th Frame: USBC adds middle 'Challenge' lane condition tier to Sport and Standard starting in 2017-18 season http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9374 The United States Bowling Congress shows no signs of conceding anything in its fight against sandbagging under Executive Director Chad Murphy — not that anyone should suspect it would The latest move announced Monday night is the addition of a third designation for lane conditions — “Challenge” — that falls between Sport and Standard starting in the 2017-18 season. The move essentially separates the former Sport/Challenge category into two. Prior... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600 9369 The 11th Frame: Who will stand out as 2017 PWBA Tour starts Friday in California? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9369 The third season of the PWBA Tour since its re-launch starts Friday at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert, California. The familiar format will feature 6-game qualifying blocks on fresh oil and burn on Friday, with a 6-game cashers round on Saturday on fresh oil, then six games of round-robin match play on burn, and the interesting group stepladder finals on fresh oil.  The stepladder finals will be taped May 23 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for later airing on CBS Sports Network as the PWBA... subscribe to read more. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0600 9365 The 11th Frame: Lennie Boresch opens second round with consecutives 279s, leads PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages heading into match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9365 In his debut on the PBA50 Tour in 2012, Lennie Boresch Jr. won the Sun Bowl In The Villages tournament. But he hasn’t had much success at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Florida, since. Until this year, that is, as the USBC Hall of Famer led Sunday’s first round of qualifying with 1,952 for eight games, then opened Monday’s second round on the PBA50 Cheetah pattern with consecutive 279 games, and added 247, 227, 223, 194, 228 and 258 for 1,935 in the second round and a... subscribe to read more. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:50:00 -0600 9373 The 11th Frame: Can USBC find a way to improve topography that proprietors will support? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9373 If you’ve been paying attention at all over the last few years, you know the United States Bowling Congress has been placing an ever greater emphasis on topography. If you want to understand topography, here is an extremely lengthy story I did on it in 2014, thanks to the guidance of experts from Kegel, Lane Analytics and others. If you want to understand the rest of this story, you should read this story first. USBC’s first big, publicized move came with the 2015 U.S. Open,... subscribe to read more. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0600 9338 The 11th Frame: USBC working toward possibly proposing more stringent ball technology rules http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9338 It doesn’t take someone with a crystal ball to see that the United States Bowling Congress is working toward possibly proposing more stringent ball technology rules. The first indication came in January from USBC itself when Executive Director Chad Murphy posted this recap of 2016 and preview of 2017 that included this passage:“The certs and specifications team also has spent time over the last two years researching the bowling ball. Should bowling continue to support... subscribe to read more. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0600 9367 The 11th Frame: International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame offering additional benefits with annual membership program http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9367 The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is offering additional benefits with its annual membership program. The five levels of membership offered by the IBMHF are Individual, Professional, Bronze, Gold and Platinum and start at $29 per year — details are here. For the Professional level and above, the benefits include a beautiful collector’s bowling pin with the names of the inductees for the PBA, USBC and BPAA Halls of Fame for that year. I joined last year as a... subscribe to read more. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0600 9372 The 11th Frame: Matt Maly fires fourth career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9372 Matt Maly closed the 2016-17 season by firing his fourth career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend. In the final night of the Dream Lanes Eastside Couples League for 2016-17, Maly’s second 300 of the month came after games of 255 and 215 for a 770 series. Here is video of the close of Maly’s 300. Paul Rogers was next with 729 in the Schwoegler’s Best League. The top women’s scores came in the Dream Eastside Couples: Lisa Kolosso’s... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9364 The 11th Frame: Lennie Boresch credits ball tip from Brian LeClair as he takes first-round lead at PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9364 Lennie Boresch Jr. didn’t get off to a bad start with games of 226, 225 and 228 in Sunday’s first round of the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages  presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Florida. But when you’re competing on the PBA50 Cheetah pattern, games in the 220s typically aren’t going to cut it. So the Storm staffer was receptive when he had a chat with Roto Grip staffer Brian LeClair, who won last week’s PBA50... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9345 The 11th Frame: Defending champion Dallas, Philadelphia advance in first quarterfinal show of PBA League http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9345 Note: This story is an updated version of this “spoiler alert” story I wrote after the TV show was taped. The defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers and the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen both had to go overtime to win their quarterfinals matches in the first show of the fifth annual L.L.Bean PBA League Elias Cup competition. The PBA League quarterfinals and semifinals use a format of two Baker format games, with a 1-ball roll-off if the match tied, and that was the case for... subscribe to read more. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0600 9350 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Winners of the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9350 If you do not want to know who won the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships before the TV finals are broadcast, do not read this story. The shows were taped Saturday at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and will air next month on CBS Sports Network. The women’s show will air May 15 at 7 p.m. Central time, and the men’s show May 30 at 7 p.m. Both best-of-5 Baker format title matches featured McKendree and Webber International. The last time a... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:30:00 -0600 9351 The 11th Frame: Spoiler alert: Winners of the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9351 If you do not want to know who won the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships before the TV finals are broadcast, do not read this story. The shows were taped Saturday at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and will air next month on CBS Sports Network. The women’s show will air May 2 at 7 p.m. Central time, and the men’s show will May 9 at 7 p.m. In a fitting finish to the college bowling season, the players named MVPs by both the coaches and... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0600 9370 The 11th Frame: 2 years after near-miss, Ryan Zagar may have found redemption in amazing potential doubles Eagle with Tylor Greene at 2017 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9370 In July 2015 in El Paso, Ryan Zagar came one strike from winning the singles Eagle at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. That story was especially noteworthy because it was Zagar’s first trip to the Open Championships and a first-timer winning is a rare and amazing accomplishment — I do not know the last Eagle won by an Open Championships rookie, especially outside of the team event. The Kenosha right-hander grew up in a bowling culture that embraces the... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0600 9368 The 11th Frame: Bowlmor AMF facing discrimination complaints for allegedly firing staff who didn’t meet attractiveness standards, New York Post reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9368 Bowlmor AMF has long faced scorn from many serious bowlers who believe it doesn’t care enough about the competitive side of the game. This New York Post story reported that the company may deserve scorn for far more serious issues: In its greedy bid to make strikes and spares cool again, the largest recreational bowling company in the world threw out its aging “average Joe” staff for “trendy, attractive” new hires — even hosting “beauty... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0600 9363 The 11th Frame: Mike Shady holding Peak Performance Bowling camps in Ashwaubenon on Aug. 12 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9363 Mike Shady has had several offerings of private lessons and his Peak Performance Bowling Camp in Wisconsin in the last several years. This year, he has scheduled two sessions on one day: Saturday, Aug. 12 at Ashwaubenon Bowl at 2929 Allied St. in that Green Bay suburb. Each session — 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — will be limited to just eight students. The cost is $125 and includes physical technique analysis, mental game development and a take home workbook. To register,... subscribe to read more. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0600 9355 The 11th Frame: McKendree, Webber to meet for men’s and women’s titles of 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9355 After 24 games of qualifying for seeding and a double-elimination match play bracket, McKendree and Webber International survived in both the men’s and women’s divisions and will bowl for both titles in the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported. The championship shows tape Saturday at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for broadcast in May on CBS Sports Network. The women’s title match will be taped... subscribe to read more. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:00:00 -0600 9354 The 11th Frame: Defending champs McKendree men, Webber women among unbeatens as 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships heads to final day of match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9354 The defending champion McKendree men and Webber International women were the four men’s and four women’s teams who went 2-0 in Thursday’s opening rounds of match play at the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release. McKendree is joined in the men’s winners bracket by UW-Whitewater, Wichita State and William Paterson, with McKendree facing... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9344 The 11th Frame: Bridesmaid again: Norm Duke’s 10th frame split hands PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open title to Brian LeClair http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9344 Norm Duke has to have a total love-hate relationship with Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Florida: The Hall of Famer has bowled for the title of the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open for four straight years and finished second every time. The latest runner-up finish probably was the toughest to take as Duke had the match in his hands after recovering from three opens in the first four frames with a 5-bagger that had him needing just 9-0 or better to beat top seed Brian LeClair. But on the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:57:00 -0600 9362 The 11th Frame: Al Kapugi fires 13th career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9362 Al Kapugi closed the 2016-17 season with a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Thursday. In the final night of the Prairie Lanes Classic League for 2016-17, Kapugi rolled his 13th career 300 and second this season in a 793 series. Brian Caulum was next with 735 in the same league. Cher Breunig led women’s scoring with 683, also in the Prairie Classic. No other women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:55:00 -0600 9360 The 11th Frame: Webber International men, UW-Whitewater women lead qualifying for seeding at 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9360 The Webber International men and UW-Whitewater women led Thursday's 24 games of Baker format qualifying that was for seeding for match play only at the 2017 Intercollegiate Team Championships. The tournament at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after qualifying moved into two rounds of match play Thursday and six more on Friday, with the surviving two men's and two women's teams bowling for the national titles on Saturday in matches that will be taped for... subscribe to read more. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 -0600 9343 The 11th Frame: Huge second round lifts Brian LeClair into qualifying lead as PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open heads to match play http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9343 A huge second round Wednesday in which he averaged more than 250, lifted Brian LeClair into the qualifying lead as the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open headed to match play, PBA reported. After a 1,671 for seven games in Tuesday’s first round at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Florida, LeClair fired games of 246, 268, 237, 243, 245, 258 and 256 for 1,753 in the second round and a 3,424 total for 14 games to surge past first-round leader Ron Mohr by 137 pins at 3,287. “That round... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:59:00 -0600 9358 The 11th Frame: Nick Pate, Sydney Brummett voted college bowling MVPs by coaches, Players of the Year by media http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9358 Midland senior Nick Pate and Wichita State junior Sydney Brummett have been voted Most Valuable Players for the 2016-17 college bowling season by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association, the United States Bowling Congress announced in this news release Wednesday night. The International Bowling Media Association also announced in a news release that it honored Pate and Brummett as college Players of the Year, as decided by an IBMA committee. Pate and Brummett were recognized... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:58:00 -0600 9353 The 11th Frame: 4 men, 4 women make TV shows for 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/9353 As a journalist, I root for the story, not the team or the player, although I admit I violate that in special circumstances, such as when a teammate is involved. The four men and four women who on Wednesday qualified for the TV shows of the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have me violating my rules. The fields were reduced from 16 to four via single-elimination match play, with the TV shows set to tape on Saturday.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:57:00 -0600