Record International Participation In WSOB
The eight annual edition of the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Series of Bowling (WSOB) will set another record for international participation, with 22 countries represented among the early entries.
WSOB will be conducted Nov. 27-Dec. 11. The PBA championship finals will air live on ESPN Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.
A first-time entry from South Africa....2015 QubicaAMF World Cup runner-up, Francois Louw, will join players from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Mexico, The Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela and the United States in the 2016 field.
Boston Red Sox all-star right fielder Mookie Betts underwent successful surgery to remove"floating objects" in his right knee on Nov. 10, meaning he won't be able to return to the World Series of Bowling this year.
Betts' public interest in bowling in this event led the PBA to contact him a year ago, resulting in his "professional bowling debut in WSOB VII last December in Reno.
Another withdrawal from the WSOB is PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, who advised the PBA he injured his hand doing yard work at his home in Clermont, Fla. and will be unable to compete.
Duke, who was one of the eight PBA50 Tour Challenge qualifiers, will be replaced in the event by Mike Scroggins.
PBA's Xtra Frame coverage of the World Series continues through the qualifying and match play rounds of the four animal pattern championships.
Xtra Frame subscription information can be obtained at pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
The path to the 2017 USA Bowling National Championships is underway with 16 regional events.
The Youth Sports USA Bowling Regional events will be held throughout the country to determine the 32 regional champions.
Sixteen teams in the 15-and-under division and 16 tams in the 12-and-under division....that will advance to the national championships tournament in Cleveland next July.
"The inaugural USA Bowling Championships was a great experience for everyone involved and it was exciting to see youth teams compete for a national title on television," said International Bowling Campus Youth Development Managing Director Gary Brown.
"Youth bowlers from throughout the country were able to see the excitement of this tournament and we encourage teams to take advantage of the opportunity to compete in a regional event and possibly earn a spot in the national championships," Brown noted.
IBC Youth Development started USA Bowling as a team-based youth program to introduce youngsters to the sport. The program follows the structure of other youth sports by placing children on a team, providing a coach, and holding regular practices and weekly competitions.
The USA Bowling Regional events were introduced three years ago to give teams additional opportunities for competition. The regional events led to the first USA Bowling National event in 2016 with the finals televised on CBS Sports Network.
Teams do not have to be members of a USA Bowling League to participate in the regional events.
Regional events for local youth to consider are Dec. 17-18, Atlantic East, Smyrna, Tenn. and March 18-19 New England, Westgate Lanes, Brockton, Mass.
Go to Bowl.com/USABowling (/USABowling) for more information about the USA Bowling program and the USA Bowling Regional events.
By Mike Luongo
Let's talk this week about making hard spares.
Not every spare on the lanes will be easy as knocking over a single corner pin or going after the five pin.
You'll want to use some strategy when going after hard spares to increase the odds of making them.
The 1-2-4-10 known as the "wash out" can easily be left by missing the 1-3 pocket to the right. To convert this spare you'll want to knock the head pin (1 pin) over into the 10 pin while the ball takes out the 2 and the 4. Shoot this spare from the left side of the lane and aim for the center of the 2 pin.
The 3-10 "baby split" is usually left standing because the ball misses the 1-3 pocket. This split is make-able, move to the left side of the approach and aim for a pin that's missing (6 pin). Aiming for the center of the 6 pin will put the ball between the 3 and 10.
With the 6-7-10 split you've got your work cut out for you. The goal here is to slide the 6 pin (the one closest to the foul line) over into the 7 pin while the ball takes out the 10.
Keep the ball on the lane and practice your aim, these spares look like no fun, until you've learned to make one. Keep up the practice and soon you'll have a game plan to make hard spares look easy.
Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. Villa Roma Ladies
Diane Staves 164, 162, Lois Erdman 164, Lindsey Bauer 156, Julie YewChuck 150, 159, 173, Pam Wayne 157, 152, Tracy Puerschner 153, 179.
Callicoon Kristal Bowl
Mon. Hortonville Ladies
Maureen Schlott 187, Marty Bogdanowitz 152, Darlene Mantzourate 155, Kirsten Sherwood 179, Charlene Meola 178, Opal Hocker 165, Sue Naughton 158, 158, Kelly Gombita 156, Lillian Zieres 158, 205, 169, 532, Debbie Loughrey 202, Robin Luckey 166, Sill Boldiis 190, 163, Pat Peters 151, 151, Rebecca Rhodes 157, Judy Mohn 155, 169, Heidi Bauer 155, Dawn Roemer 165, Mardette Wilcox 180, 178, 506, Kristin Emmett 152.
Brian Kitson 180, Rich Thony 193, 207, Tim Sykes 203, Mardette Wilcox 173, 179, 152, 504, Randy Fisher 195, Tom Gain 197, 214, Jack Diehl 181, Alby Thony 191, Craig Stewart 185, Bill Meyer 184, Troy Parucki 197, 192, Ed Leroy 202, 182, Mark Schriber 183, Mike Geiger 199.
Jim Piontak 230, Josh Strang 626, Pedro Agapito III a 226, 258, 674, Rob Sze 237, 647, Dan Ricco 228, 225, 649, Charles Tuttle 234, 259, 673, Juan Lopez 231, 225, 677, Jon Wilhelm 236, 670, Larry Whipple 232, 246, 661, James VanAken 247, 644, Kyle Matthews 244, 612, Jaryl Scott 256, 638, Vinny Collura 231, 605, Donny Durland 235, 280, 258, 773, Kevin Stackhouse 248, 674, Ronald Totten 247, 630, Keith Smith 247, 630, Eddie Lake 235, 279, 709, Rick Lake 225, 225, 655, Michael Scuderi 227, 631, Frank Scuderi 265, 614, John Hoffmann 237, 247, 689, Pete Meachum 232.
Tues. Mixed Firefighters
Pedro Agapito III crashed into the perfect game category continuing his outstanding bowling with a 300 game followed by a 224, 231 for a 755 series, Kevin Stackhouse 226, 235, 656, John Hoffmann 602, Trasey Barres 201, 180, 550, Larry Whipple hit a 206 triplicate for a 618 series, Carena Collura 181, 235, 584, Charles Tuttle 254, 226, 670, Karen Martin 204, 509, Kat Cronk 194, Liz Stubits 215, Keith Smith 269, 225, 715, Kyle Giordano 626, Jon Wilhelm 257, 225, 670, Dave Graham 247, 669.
Sherri Laird 190, 199, 560, Lisa Cartwright 189, Trasey Barres 180, 184, 543, Loretta VanAken 183, 505, Pat Shuart 182, Shirley Bowens 187, 199, 555, Dottie Cox 200, Audrey Woolard 214, 538.
Vic Decker 225, John Hoffmann 225, 606, Ryan Lepke 279, 256, 737, Pete Nastasi 608, Tito Santiago 235, 654, Bill Schubert 262, 656, Keith Smith 233, 671, Kevin Stackhouse 277, 667, James VanAken 237, 234, 680, Larry Whipple 642, Trasey Barres 512, Lauren Blume 203, 533, Doris Castro 236, 507, MaryAnn Drobysh-Berens 183, 181, 191, 555, Anne Kaplan 218, 530, Jennie Worden 195.
Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, bowl a 300 game or 800 series or even bowl your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at email@example.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.