The 11th Frame Blog en-us 2016 Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 8935 The 11th Frame: Andrew Cain leads PBA Shark Championship qualifying as E.J. Tackett, B.J. Moore III, Mitch Beasley make all 4 animal pattern cuts As expected, left-handers haven’t enjoyed anywhere near the success at GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII that they did at World Series VII a year ago, but they haven’t been shut out either. On Friday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, lefty Andrew Cain led Shark Championship qualifying and lefty Ingellimar Beasley joined right-handed husband Mitch Beasley in making the top 24 — the first time in PBA Tour history a husband and wife have made match play together.... subscribe to read more. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8972 The 11th Frame: Fatty Wells fires near-season-high 847-300; Scott Erickson, Mark Allen, Brent Ritchie also fire perfect games Fatty Wells fired the second-highest series in the Madison Bowling Association this season with an 847 that included a perfect game, and Scott Erickson, Mark Allen and Brent Ritchie also fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Wells' 10th career 300 came in his 847 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. The season high is the Schwoegler’s house record of 856 by Kevin Johnson on Sept. 30. Erickson’s 300 came in 794 at Sport Bowl and he posted this... subscribe to read more. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8975 The 11th Frame: UW-Whitewater hosting Ebonite Warhawk Open collegiate tourney in Madison this weekend UW-Whitewater is hosting the 11th annual Ebonite Warhawk Open in Madison this weekend. The men will compete at Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center and the women at Dream Lanes. All details are at the tournament’s website here and the tournament’s Facebook page here, as well as the press release attached to the bottom of this story as a PDF. That includes the lane patterns, which are 40 feet with 27.7 mL of oil and a 2.38-1 main ratio for the men on Schwoegler’s... subscribe to read more. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8934 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte breaks through to lead PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying; Brandon Novak makes third straight cut, leads PBA World Championship Jason Belmonte made his first cut and Brandon Novak his third straight cut on Thursday at GEICO World Series of Bowling VIII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Belmonte, the reigning 3-time PBA Player of the Year who is seeking his first PBA Tour title this year, opened qualifying in the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA with a 189 game, then fired games of 269, 236, 214, 247, 235, 289 and 245 to total 1,924 (240.5 average) and lead the competition on Thursday. The... subscribe to read more. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8971 The 11th Frame: Rick Erce fires MBA season-high eighth perfect game; Lisa Kolosso slams 702 Rick Erce fired his Madison Bowling Association season-high eighth perfect game and Lisa Kolosso slammed a 702 to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Erce said in a message that he used an old Storm DIMENSION in rolling his 22nd career 300 in a 745 series in the Dream Lanes Moonlight League. And he posted this on Facebook:"#22 for me thurs nite .... I'd really like to thank a couple of people for this years good start.... Aaron Wells thought the ball I used here and a... subscribe to read more. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8974 The 11th Frame: Go Bowling returning as title sponsor of PWBA Players Championship Go Bowling will return as the title sponsor of the PWBA Players Championship in 2017, PWBA announced on Thursday. The Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship is scheduled for June 22-25 at Ashwaubenon Bowl in that Green Bay suburb, the site where Clara Guerrero made the major her first PWBA Tour title earlier this year. I was lucky enough to witness that exciting show, which I detailed in this story. The stepladder finals of the Players Championship again will be televised live on CBS Sports... subscribe to read more. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:00:00 -0600 8933 The 11th Frame: Now a part-time player, Mike DeVaney shows he still has 'it' in leading PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying Whether you’re competing full time, part time or have retired, a champion is forever a champion. Mike DeVaney has cut his PBA Tour schedule to part time, but he showed the talent of a 2-time PBA Tour champion in leading Wednesday’s qualifying of the PBA Chameleon Championship, presented by, at the National Bowling Stadium. Competing on the late squad, DeVaney, a 43-year-old right-hander, fired games of 255, 244, 290, 289, 155, 279, 181 and 200 to total 1,893... subscribe to read more. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8970 The 11th Frame: Patty Spires-Merkel slams 727, Matt Ruhland fires perfect game Patty Spires-Merkel slammed a 727 series and Matt Ruhland fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Spires-Merkel competed in the Schwoegler’s Happy Hour Rollers League. Ruhland’s 31st career 300 came in a 679 in the Dream Lanes Classic League. The high series on Wednesday was 784 by Jim Fosdick in the Dream Classic. Next were Dan Haufschild’s 779 in the Prairie Lanes Men’s Rec League and Mary Lo’s 636 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed... subscribe to read more. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8932 The 11th Frame: Perfect finish lifts Brandon Novak to qualifying lead of PBA Cheetah Championship Brandon Novak made his first big national splash in bowling by winning the all-events Eagle at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, as I detailed in this story. Anyone who has watched the powerful right-hander with the quirky style bowl knows he has the talent to make many more and bigger splashes. On Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Novak made a ripple in the big pond of the PBA Tour and took a step toward making the biggest splash possible —... subscribe to read more. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8969 The 11th Frame: Jill Doucette slams women’s season-high 805; Chris Green fires 825-300, Chris Pollentier 817, Jeff Barsness 809; Justin Pounders, Mike Henes, Crispin Elvambuena also reach perfection In the highest scoring night of the 2016-17 season in the Madison area, Jill Doucette slammed a women’s season-high 805, Chris Green fired 825-300, Chris Pollentier 817, Jeff Barsness 809, and Justin Pounders, Mike Henes and Crispin Elvambuena also reached perfection. Doucette chained games of 256, 290 and 259 in the Prairie Lanes NFL League. It topped the prior women’s season-high of 728 by Mary Lo and gave Doucette the lead for series of 700 or higher with three. Green’s... subscribe to read more. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8973 The 11th Frame: MBA Masters, MWBA Queens set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at Prairie Lanes The Madison Bowling Association Masters and Madison Women’s Bowling Association will be held Saturday, Feb 4 at Prairie Lanes. I detailed the tournaments being held together in this story, with an added match between the two champions that will sponsor for $100. The formats will not change and since the Masters has six games of qualifying and the Queens four games, the Masters will start at 12:30 p.m. and the Queens 30 to 45 minutes later, MBA Manager Bill Dennis said.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0600 8966 The 11th Frame: Prairie Lanes to host MBA City Tournament 4 weekends in January Prairie Lanes will host the 2016-17 Madison Bowling Association Championships — aka the City Tournament — for four straight weekends starting Jan. 7-8. Squad times are 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. Entry fees are $20 per event with all-events $10. There also are bonus events for $5 — details are in the entry form attached to the end of this story. The tournament is 100 percent handicap based on 230, with two average-based divisions... subscribe to read more. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8968 The 11th Frame: Brian Anderson’s 783, Marcia Fraley’s 645 top Monday scoring Brian Anderson slammed a 783 series and Marcia Fraley fired a 645 to top Madison area bowling on Monday. Anderson competed in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Fraley in the Dream Lanes Early Monday Nighters League. Next were Mike Schleis with 782 in the Prairie Lanes Major League and Sue Heiser with 627 in the Dream Early Monday Nighters. Other men’s series of 750 or higher were 768 by Rob Hamilton and 766 by David Henes in the Dream Suburban Merchants League, and 752 by Jim Fosdick... subscribe to read more. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8967 The 11th Frame: Monona Grove boys, Marshall/Cambridge/East girls hold leads in Madison area high school bowling after fourth week The Monona Grove boys and Marshall/Cambridge/East girls maintained their leads in Wisconsin District 4 High School Bowling after the fourth week of the season Monday. Eleven boys teams and five girls teams are competing this year, meaning there are byes for both groups each week. Last season, there were 11 and six teams, and the season before, there were 12 and six. The competition features nine games of Baker format each week. On Monday, the boys competed at Village Lanes in Monona and the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8963 The 11th Frame: Newest synthetic lanes fairly resistant to lofting damage, but experts still would ban lofting if they owned a center It was the shot heard round the bowling world — figuratively, although it likely was literally heard around much of South Point Bowling Plaza considering it landed well past the arrows after being launched from eye level. Storm Tour rep Del Ballard Jr. captured Marshall Kent’s incredible shot at the U.S. Open in this Facebook video with the caption “Do you think lane 35 hooks???”, which set off a predictable firestorm on social media. As I detailed in this story, Kent... subscribe to read more. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8931 The 11th Frame: Matt O’Grady, Missy Parkin, Walter Ray Williams Jr. win PBA Challenge events as GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII begins Matt O’Grady, Missy Parkin and Walter Ray Williams Jr. on Sunday won the special PBA Challenge events to kick off GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. O’Grady won the PBA Regional Challenge, Parkin the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge, and Williams the PBA50 Challenge. First was $8,000 and second $4,000 in each of the 8-player events. The events do not count as PBA titles.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:59:00 -0600 8930 The 11th Frame: Ed Larson fires 760 to top youth scoring Ed Larson fired a 760 series to top Madison area youth bowling over the weekend. Larson competed at Village Lanes. Cila Freitas had the lone girls’ score of 600 or higher with 625 at Dream Lanes. Next for the boys were Ryan McKee with 697 and T.J. Dunn with 686, both at Dream. The top scores in adult leagues were Casey Gibney with 768 in the Viking Lanes Specials League and Kari Capener with 652 in the Sport Bowl Neighbors League. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8929 The 11th Frame: Michael Martell wins FBT Ironman tournament with 'Flanagan format' Michael Martell won the Frequency Bowling Tour Ironman tournament at Revs Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh on Sunday,  the FBT reported. The format was eight games on the 40-foot Kegel Chichen Itza lane pattern, with bonus pins awarded using the system devised by Mike Flanagan in which bonus pins are awarded each game based on score ranking among the field. For example, the tournament drew 35 bowlers so bonus pins each game were 35 for first, 34 for second, 33 for third, etc. That is the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8964 The 11th Frame: Kurt Davids Memorial New Year's Eve day tourney to Schwoegler’s, 2 squads again There will be two significant different things about this year’s Kurt Davids Memorial New Year’s Eve Day Handicap Singles Tournament. With the close of Badger Bowl, the tournament has moved to Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center, 444 Grand Canyon Drive, which is where Jim and Jessica Wipperfurth now run Beyond the Pine Pro Shop. They run the tournament and formerly ran the pro shop at Badger. And with the tournament being back on a weekend — New Year’s Eve is a... subscribe to read more. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0600 8928 The 11th Frame: Jason Wendt, Doug Forde win WSBT Over 40/Under 40 Doubles Jason Wendt and Doug Forde defeated Rob Schuh and Brad Kuhr in the title match to win Saturday's WSBT Over/Under 40 Doubles tournament at Revs Bowl Bar & Grill in Oshkosh, WBST operator Terry Kulibert reported. The title match was Forde 208 and Wendt 185 for 393 to Kuhr 176 and Schuh 212 for 388. First was $2,000 and second $1,200 as 24 teams cashed in the popular tournament that drew 70 teams High qualifiers were Chad Maas and Scott Helm. The full prize list and tournament details... subscribe to read more. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8962 The 11th Frame: PBA Player of the Year biggest jewel at stake in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII The biggest news of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII arguably is that the TV finals of the four animal pattern events will air live on ESPN3 online and the WatchESPN app, as announced Friday by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark and reported by me in this story. For many diehard PBA fans, nothing is more significant than being able to watch titles decided live. But the biggest thing at stake in the World Series for the players is 2016 PBA Player of the Year honors. Coming into last... subscribe to read more. Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0600 8916 The 11th Frame: Larry Van Natta fires 811, Todd Gille 803; Bill Reithmeyer slams perfect game Larry Van Natta fired an 811 series, Todd Gille rolled an 803, and Bill Reithmeyer slammed a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Van Natta competed in the Sport Bowl Lions League and Gille in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League. Reithmeyer’s 300 came in a 699 series in the Village Lanes League of Our Own League. Rick Thomas recorded a 781 in the Sport Lions. The top two women’s scores came in the Schwoegler’s Tiger League: Nicole Russell’s 650... subscribe to read more. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:55:00 -0600 8961 The 11th Frame: Doug Leikness defeats Herb Kimpel for Plastic Classic title at Schwoegler’s Doug Leikness defeated Herb Kimpel 215-187 in the title match to win the 8th annual Plastic Classic on Friday at Schwoegler’s. With the closing of Badger Bowl, the Plastic Classic moved this year to Schwoegler’s, where Jim and Jessica Wipperfurth run the Beyond the Pine Pro Shop after years of running the pro shop at Badger. The tournament restricts bowlers to plastic — actually polyester — balls of the type that were state of the art back in the 1970s, but now are... subscribe to read more. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:00:00 -0600 8959 The 11th Frame: TV finals of animal pattern events at World Series will air live on ESPN3, WatchESPN app, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark says The TV finals of the four animal pattern events at GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII will air live on ESPN3 online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced Friday. The Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark TV finals will be held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno on Saturday, Dec. 10, and taped to air later in December on ESPN. The shows are scheduled to start at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central time.  But diehard bowling fans... subscribe to read more. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 -0600 8960 The 11th Frame: Cancer survivor Gary Morgan finishes second in PBA50 Regional in first tournament after treatment After enduring eight weeks of cancer treatments that included six chemotherapy sessions and 42 radiation treatments, Gary Morgan had lost 35 pounds and wasn’t feeling like doing anything — certainly not bowling. “I could not eat at all” during his treatments that ended Sept. 26, Morgan said in a phone interview on Friday. “I had to have a tube for liquids directly into my stomach. Drinking was very, very hard — I’d almost throw up just with a glass of... subscribe to read more. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0600