The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2016 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 8486 The 11th Frame: Sweden’s Sandra Andersson leads global field into stepladder finals of USBC Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8486 The 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens has been a continuing showcase for the sport’s global talent on the female side, with few Americans populating the top of the leaderboard and 29 of the 63 international players competing in the major tournament at the Orleans in Las Vegas making match play. That didn’t change during Wednesday’s final day of competition in the double-elimination match play brackets, and the ultimate result was just one American — young star... subscribe to read more. Wed, 25 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8489 The 11th Frame: Jason Belmonte calls for rule simplification: Ban grip ‘flipping’ by no-thumb bowlers, allow no-thumbers to drill under same rules as traditional bowlers http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8489 If you want to get your head spinning, read the rules governing no-thumb bowling, specifically the ball drilling rules. You have to feel for those at the United States Bowling Congress charged with coming up with rules that fairly govern all situations! The newest rules, which I detailed in this story, were enacted for the 2016 U.S. Open. They presumably stemmed from the growing popularity of “Triangle” or “WiFit” (aka “Duo”) grips that allow no-thumb... subscribe to read more. Wed, 25 May 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8485 The 11th Frame: With flair for dramatic, Stefanie Johnson joins top seed Birgit Poppler among 8 undefeated players at USBC Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8485 With maximum drama, Stefanie Johnson joined top seed Birgit Poppler among the eight undefeated players heading into Wednesday’s final day of the 2016 USBC  Queens, the United States Bowling Congress reported. The losers bracket — or “elimination” bracket as USBC calls it — also includes eight players in the double-elimination format, with five players ultimately making the stepladder finals live on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. Central time on Thursday.  ... subscribe to read more. Tue, 24 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8488 The 11th Frame: Webber International women rally to beat Wichita State for Intercollegiate Team Championships title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8488 The Webber International women rallied to beat hometown favorite Wichita State for the Intercollegiate Team Championships title. The show was taped April 16 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas, and aired Tuesday night on CBS Sports Network. (For those like me who recorded the show but didn't set their DVRs to go beyond the scheduled conclusion, it re-airs on Saturday on CBS Sports Network. A baseball game prior to the bowling show ran long.)  Webber lost the first game 207-177, but... subscribe to read more. Tue, 24 May 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8475 The 11th Frame: Update: Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson rubbed some PBA players wrong in first PBA tourney, now looking ahead to second http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8475 Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will compete in his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional tournament this weekend. Anderson, who competed in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational shortly after scoring a touchdown in Denver’s Super Bowl win in February, is one of 59 players (as of Friday morning) entered in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City. "I'll do my best," Anderson said in a post on PBA's Facebook page. "I'm pretty confident. The goal is to make the cut. If I'm... subscribe to read more. Tue, 24 May 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8484 The 11th Frame: Global game: Germany’s Birgit Poppler leads USBC Queens qualifying with near-record effort as top 10 includes just 2 Americans http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8484 Birgit Poppler of Germany nearly set a United States Bowling Congress Queens record in leading qualifying at the Orleans in Las Vegas, USBC reported. The Brunswick staffer averaged just a shade more than 240 with a 15-game total of 3,601 on blocks of 1,238 Saturday, 1,159 Sunday, and 1,204 Monday. The total is the second-highest in Queens history, USBC reported. The top-seeded Poppler will face 64 seed Josie Earnest in the opening round of double-elimination match-play, which is scheduled... subscribe to read more. Mon, 23 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8483 The 11th Frame: With German Birgit Poppler leading, USBC Queens leaderboard illustrates globalization of sport http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8483 The growing globalization of bowling is not new news, but anyone who doubts the strength of the trend should take a look at the top of the leaderboard of the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens. In just the top 11 after Sunday’s second round of qualifying, there is a bowler from Germany, three from Singapore, one from Poland, one from Sweden, one from Malaysia, one from Latvia, and just three from the U.S. Leading the 256-player field is the German, Brunswick staffer Birgit... subscribe to read more. Sun, 22 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8479 The 11th Frame: 2015 top seed, runner-up Erin McCarthy leads 2016 USBC Queens after first round of qualifying http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8479 In the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Queens, Erin McCarthy earned the top seed but lost the title match to Liz Johnson 256-202, as I wrote up here. The Team USA member took a first step to getting back to that position in Saturday’s first day of qualifying at the 2016 USBC Queens at the Orleans in Las Vegas, rolling games of 268, 257, 259, 232 and 241 to total 1,257 for the lead, USBC reported. “The burn is my strong suit, so I tried to get as many pins as... subscribe to read more. Sun, 22 May 2016 09:10:00 -0600 8481 The 11th Frame: Giant final game carries Greg Thomas, Chris Hill to doubles lead at Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8481 In their first time bowling doubles together, a giant 562 final game carried Greg Thomas and Chris Hill to the doubles lead at the 2016 USBC Open Championships and very well might win them a cherished Eagle. That should and I’m sure will never be forgotten. What also will be remembered by many is Thomas’ post on Facebook after the duo’s stellar performance: “I want to thank everyone for the nice comments on Facebook regarding the USBC Open Championships in Reno! ... subscribe to read more. Sat, 21 May 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8480 The 11th Frame: Young lefty with unconventional style Jakob Butturff defies conventional wisdom by edging into all-events lead at 2016 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8480 Jakob Butturff probably has heard it an uncountable number of times: You can’t be successful with that style. The first time I saw Butturff was at the 2015 World Series of Bowling and I have to admit that my first reaction was that there was no way anyone can be successful at the top level of bowling with a style like that. But if I've learned anything in four-plus decades as a bowler it’s this: If you can repeat what you do, it really doesn’t matter what you do. Butturff... subscribe to read more. Sat, 21 May 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8482 The 11th Frame: Gregg Zicha rallies to win PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8482 The PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open presented by Hammer was just long enough for Gregg Zicha and one game too long for me. I took the lead in the second game and held it through the rest of the seven games of qualifying and all of match play heading into the eighth and final position round game of the tournament at Fox Bowl in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton. My lead was over 100 pins at one point in match play, but I developed a blood blister on the inside side of my thumb and it... subscribe to read more. Sat, 21 May 2016 20:00:00 -0600 8478 The 11th Frame: Shannon O'Keefe grabs leads in doubles, singles, all-events as Queens week makeover of Women's Championships Diamond leaderboard continues http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8478 USBC Queens week lived up to its advance billing for the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships this week in Las Vegas. Historically, when the Queens and Women’s Championships are in the same city, the top women who bowl the Queens have bowled the Open Championships either right before or right after the Queens, meaning most of the top division winners have come from that time frame. That certainly has been the case in 2016, as the Diamond Division leaderboards have... subscribe to read more. Fri, 20 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8477 The 11th Frame: Top 10 money winners in PBA Fall Swing to earn berths in 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8477 The PBA Fall Swing at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan, Sept. 4-11 will feature competition for the Wolf, Badger, Bear and Detroit Open titles, as well as the Fall King of the Swing special event. But that's not all PBA members will be competing for: the top 10 money winners will earn invitations to participate in the 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January in Tokyo, PBA announced in this news release on Friday. The only other invitations given out for the Japan... subscribe to read more. Fri, 20 May 2016 17:00:00 -0600 8324 The 11th Frame: Update: WSOB for PBA members only again in 2016; PBA World Championship TV finals live Sunday, Dec. 11 in afternoon; Shark replacing Viper in animal pattern tourneys http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8324 Update: PBA announced Friday in this news release that the World Series of Bowling is going back to being a members-only event in 2016. The entry fee for World Series of Bowling VIII will be $1,000, with entries opening July 15, the release states. The other details in the release were in the rest of this story below that originally was posted in March.  The tournament again is sponsored by the Silver Legacy and players will be required to stay there, PBA Commissioner and CEO Tom Clark... subscribe to read more. Fri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 -0600 8474 The 11th Frame: Logo Infusion grabs team lead, Anita Arnett and Brandy Sanderson doubles lead at 2016 Women’s Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8474 The impact of USBC Queens week on the Diamond Division leaderboard at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships continued Thursday with new team and doubles leaders emerging. The Logo Infusion team of Rocio Restrepo, Terysa Wojnar, Kristin Nieter and Michelle Sterner took the team lead with 2,656 (888-866-902), while Anita Arnett and Brandy Sanderson grabbed the doubles lead with 1,358, USBC reported in this news release. The leaders heading into Thursday were 3... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8473 The 11th Frame: Robin Romeo tops Tish Johnson for USBC Senior Queens title for third straight year http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8473 In what has become bowling’s version of the Groundhog Day movie, Robin Romeo on Thursday defeated Tish Johnson for the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens title for the third straight year. If I were Johnson, who also was the runner-up the year prior to Romeo’s three-peat, I wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry. And considering that the two Hall of Famers are friends, it’s probably not much easier on Romeo. You just have to accept that that’s the... subscribe to read more. Thu, 19 May 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8471 The 11th Frame: Josie Earnest takes all-events lead, Erin McCarthy and Daria Pajak doubles lead at 2016 Women's Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8471 Completing a day of stellar bowling, Josie Earnest grabbed the Diamond all-events lead, and Erin McCarthy and Daria Pajak the Diamond doubles lead on Wednesday at the 2016 USBC Women's Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported. On Tuesday, McCarthy and Pajak were part of the 3 Webbers And An Outcast team that moved into first and Earnest was part of the Team Jearnest that moved into third at South Point Bowling Plaza. My story is here. Earnest struggled to carry in team and... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8472 The 11th Frame: Robin Romeo unbeaten in match play in pursuit of third straight USBC Senior Queens crown http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8472 Hall of Famer Robin Romeo is unbeaten through two rounds of match play as she seeks her third straight United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens crown. The 58-year-old right-hander, who is one of eight undefeated bowlers left at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday downed Shelley Nell 679-539 and 2010 USBC Senior Queens champion Char Hammel 612-537. The winners’ bracket also includes leading qualifier and USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson, who has finished second in... subscribe to read more. Wed, 18 May 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8470 The 11th Frame: Former college players take team lead at 2016 Women's Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8470 With the United States Bowling Congress Queens starting Saturday in the same city, it was logical to expect the leaderboard for the top (Diamond) division of the USBC Women’s Championships to get re-written multiple times this week. That process started Monday night at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, as two teams of former college players moved into first and third, USBC reported. 3 Webbers And An Outcast of Omaha, Nebraska, fired 2,629 (849-882-898), while Team Jearnest totaled... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8469 The 11th Frame: Determined Tish Johnson seeking USBC Senior Queens crown http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8469 As one of the greatest female bowlers ever, Hall of Famer Tish Johnson has won numerous tournaments of all kinds. But a title that has eluded her is the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens, where she has made the stepladder finals for four straight years, finishing second the last three years. Those disappointments have only made the powerful left-hander more determined, and she looks on her way to another chance at the title as she leads the Senior Queens field after Tuesday’s... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 May 2016 22:00:00 -0600 8468 The 11th Frame: Daniel Hanson proves straighter can be greater in winning men’s Intercollegiate Singles Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8468 Most high-level bowling these days, especially when younger players are involved, is a race to get left (for right-handers). The old saying of straighter is greater rarely applies. Daniel Hanson proved that it sometimes still does in winning the men’s Intercollegiate Singles Championships on a 38-foot medium oil Christmas tree style pattern. The show was taped April 16 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas and aired Tuesday night on CBS Sports Network. The first of the two semifinal... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 May 2016 21:00:00 -0600 8466 The 11th Frame: 11thFrame.com beats H2M Management at Open Championships but Hall of Fame is real winner http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8466 As I detailed in this story, our 11thFrame.com teams had a bet with my good friend Nick Hoagland’s H2M Management teams based on our Open Championships team all-events totals. The loser had to donate $250 to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in honor of both teams. H2M had the highest individual all-events in Steve Harman’s 2,030, but our two teams won the overall contest by 406 pins. We bowled last Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. “H2M Management,... subscribe to read more. Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 -0600 8467 The 11th Frame: Robin Romeo, Liz Johnson ready to defend titles at USBC Senior Queens, Queens http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8467 Robin Romeo and Liz Johnson are ready to defend their respective titles at the United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens and Queens at the Orleans in Las Vegas starting Tuesday and Saturday, USBC reported. The Senior Queens starts Tuesday and concludes with the 5-player stepladder finals at 8:30 p.m. Central time on Thursday. The Queens starts Saturday and concludes with the stepladder finals live on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Central time. Romeo, a USBC Hall of... subscribe to read more. Mon, 16 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8465 The 11th Frame: 2016 Open Championships team all-events lead changes hands for second straight day as 7-10 split conversion helps HornswogglersS edge past BowlingDynamics.com http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8465 The team all-events competition at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is a 45-game grind that requires five bowlers maintaining focus for two days of competition. A bowler can win the singles, a duo can win the doubles, and even a team can win the team event with three hot games that are more of a sprint, but nine games over two days is much more a marathon. There is no prize money for team all-events, but to me it’s always been the most important Eagle as... subscribe to read more. Sun, 15 May 2016 23:00:00 -0600 8462 The 11th Frame: Dave Cirigliano leads BowlingDynamics.com to team all-events lead, Steve Richter and I come within one shot of doubles lead at 2016 Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/8462 Dave Cirigliano and his BowlingDynamics.com teammates completed a stunning weekend at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships by edging into the team all-events lead on Saturday. Propelled by Cirigliano’s closing perfect game using a Storm , the Arizona team totaled 9,710 to edge past prior leader Junior Team USA Support 1’s 9,672. BowlingDynamics.com on Friday night had taken the team lead with 3,300, as I wrote up here. A beaming Cirigliano told me afterward... subscribe to read more. Sat, 14 May 2016 23:30:00 -0600