News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 18, 2007

Kegler's Corner: Vincennes team falls short of consecutive national titles

Dennis Clark

The Vincennes University men’s bowling team just missed a second straight National Junior College Athletic Association bowling title, falling short by 123 pins to Erie Community College (N.Y.) in the 15-team finals in Buffalo last week.

The final tally showed Erie Community College outpointing the Trailblazers 13,627 to 13,504.

“I was extremely proud of the team how they were able to mount a formidable challenge after being down almost [302 pins after the first day of the tournament]” said Trailblazer coach Gary Sparks.

“Many teams would have just given up at that point and let Erie runaway with it, but they weren’t going to allow that to happen.”

VU freshman Darren Kravitz knocked over 2,360 pins for a 196 average during the tournament and was named to the fourth position on the five-man NJCAA All-American team.

Three other Blazers finished in the overall top-10 of the all-events standings, narrowly missing All-American honors. They included Bryan Hancock (195 average), Adam Voth (195) and Kevin Andes (193).

“I told the team after the tournament that that desire, team spirit was what we had been lacking all year,” said Sparks. “If we had put two days together of bowling like that, they probably would be national champs right now.”

“I told them that they need to use that to get ready for the USBC Collegiate Sectional qualifier coming up in two weeks and if they can put that energy level together there, they have a legitimate shot of making it to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Wichita in April.”



• South Vigo wins — I was made aware via e-mail recently that Terre Haute South topped Terre Haute North to win this season’s high school bowling league.

The winning team — Terre Haute South 2 — consists of all underclassmen. Team members included sophomores Eric Archer, Jacob Wright and Jordan Taylor. Freshmen were Dustin Morris and Keith Rader.

• 700 Club — The 700 Club will hold its final event of the season with the 13th Match Games at John Curry Lanes (Elks Club) today. The competition will begin at 11 a.m.

• PBA Tour in Indy — After a one-week hiatus, the PBA Tour hits the home stretch this week with just two events remaining, following today’s finals of the Pepsi Championship at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The live ESPN-televised finals will be at 12:30 p.m. today. The winner will take home the $25,000 top prize and an exemption for the 2007-08 season.

• Former VU bowler shines as pro — Speaking of the aforementioned Vincennes University men’s bowling team, a recent Blazers’ NJCAA first-team All-American bowler Ronnie Russell is making headway on the Professional Bowler’s Association national tour.

Russell, a 1998 graduate of Marion and presently residing in Indianapolis, finished 14th at the PBA U.S. Open Championships in New Jersey two weeks ago.

Due to a series of coincidences in the past couple of weeks, Russell saw his chances greatly improve for earning a one-year exemption for the 2007-08 season on the PBA Tour.

Entering this week’s stop in Indy, Russell was third in the points race for non-exempt bowlers — only the No. 1 position earns the exemption — but the top two could earn their exemptions in other ways.

With his eighth-place finish in the U.S. Open, Dino Castillo (No. 1) moved back into the PBA points cut line at 38th. If he finishes in the top 39, Castillo would earn an exemption via the top 39 rather than take the exemption as the high non-exempt bowler.

Dave D’Entremont (No. 2) was eliminated from that race when he sewed up an exemption by winning the points title on the PBA Central Regional Tour.

• Never give up — By winning last weekend’s PBA Central Region Ray-Com Senior Open in North Olmsted, Ohio, Bill McCorkle set a PBA record for most years between PBA Regional Tour titles.

McCorkle’s last PBA Regional Tour title came in 1978. The 29 years between titles broke the old record held by Barry Asher, who went 26 years between PBA Regional Tour titles.

McCorkle, who had 14 runner-up finishes in between titles, never dropped his PBA membership card in those 29 years.

• Weber Cup — You may have seen on either Fox Sports Ohio or Fox Sports Midwest the past few days, a tape-delayed telecast of the annual Weber Cup competition.

The Weber Cup, named after the late bowling legend Dick Weber, is the bowling equivalent of golf's more-recognized Ryder Cup. Team Europe and Team USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and team (Baker) matches.

It’s broadcast live from start to finish on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and on many other international channels around the world. The one being shown locally in recent days was the 2006 Weber Cup, which took place Oct. 20-22.

A slate of 35 matches are played, with each match worth one point. The first team to 18 points wins the tournament. All matches are played in a single lane arena, with banked spectators on both sides, which is specially constructed for the event.

In the 2006 Weber Cup, Team USA was pushed to the limit to snap its three-year losing skid by edging Team Europe 18-17 — bowling all 35 matches for the first time. Team USA now owns a 4-3 mark in this competition.

The first Weber Cup was competed in Warsaw, Poland, the last six in jolly old England.

As in the Ryder Cup, Team USA beefed up its talent level this year as PBA bowlers competing included Jason Couch, Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones. Mika Koivuniemi competed for Team Europe.

• Women’s event on TV — The United States Bowling Congress Queens finals will be televised live on ESPN2 to a national audience at 7 p.m. on May 2. The telecast will feature five of the world’s top women bowlers competing for the $30,000 top prize.

The Queens will take place starting April 28 at AMF Carolina Lanes in suburban Charlotte, N.C., and is expected to attract a field of more than 300 of the best women bowlers in the world competing for a prize fund of $200,000.

In addition to the live telecast, the Queens is also scheduled to be re-aired on May 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.



Dennis Clark can be reached by e-mail at dennis.clark@tribstar.com; by mail at P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; or by fax at (812) 231-4321.



Vigo Bowl

Bush Restaurant Senior — High games: Dale Liggett 268, Sue Chandler 216, The Bush Restaurant 794. High series: Doc Stephens 697, Chandler 583, The Bush Restaurant 2,233.

Layton Refrigeration Mixed — High games: Chuck Ross 231, Terri Kenzor 194, Layton Refrigeration 733. High series: Ross 652, Jan Garzolini 520, Layton Refrigeration 2,148.

Great American Car Wash — High games: Mindy Boyll 202, Lami Craft 807. High series: Vicki Downing 527, Mike’s Stop and Shine 2,216.

Springhill Wholesale — High games: Ida Taylor 190, Jim’s Cleaners 663. High series: Alusta Kneeves 513, Jim’s Cleaners 1,911.

Eagles Mixed — High games: Don Jeffers 279, Crystal Sullivan 275, Me and the Cap’n 847. High series: Jeffers 789, Sullivan 731, 3 N 1 2,361.

Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Suzanne Finn 209, Checkered Flag 690. High series: Ida Taylor 532, Checkered Flag 1,882.

Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Cameron Stephens 109, Kelsey Dwyer 94, Dark Dragons 370. High series: Stephens 193, Dwyer 154, Dark Dragons 674.

Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: Braden Stephens 168, Kianna Sweatt 145, Team 2 574. High series: Alan Pershing 420, Sweatt 359, Team 2 1,636.

Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: Joseph Gray 200, Jennifer Barnhill 190, Better Than U 749. High series: Gray 562, Barnhill 511, Da Patriots 2,136.

Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Chris Salyer 246, Brittany Foster 225, Team 5 974. High series: Salyer 716, Foster 617, Team 5 2,827.

Church — High games: Ken Smith 262, Candy Smith 250, Foursquare No. 2 929. High series: K.Smith 721, C.Smith 587, Foursquare No. 2 2,400.

Mic’s Pics — High games: Ann Barnes 213, 3 Gals 545. High series: Jeri Russell 554, 3 Gals 1,473.

School Staff — High games: Bernard Ridens 277, Linda Ballman 194, Union Hospital 798. High series: Ridens 618, Marilyn Daniel 541, Union Hospital 2,148.

Wolfe’s Auto Auction — High games: Sherida Cottrell 194, Affordable Awards 816. High series: Linda Campbell and Pam Wilkins 511, Affordable Awards 2,393.

Terre Haute Bowling Center

Affordable Awards Ladies — High games: Mary Jones 277, School Belles 913. High series: Jones 652, School Belles 2,498.

Guarantee Roofing — High games: Kelly Chesshir 279, Affordable Awards 1,105. High series: Doug Weaver 724, Affordable Awards 3,160.

Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: Stewart Cole 276, Melissa Dressler 236, Affordable Awards 831. High series: Gene Bedwell 745, Dressler 576, Affordable Awards 2,327.

Chandler Construction — High games: Robert Kiefner 276, Tracy Pine 211, Over the Hill 747. High series: Kiefner 597, Pine 504, Over the Hill 2,020.

THBC Prime Timers — High games: Ed Beasley 267, Rita Turner 225. High series: Dale Liggett 676, Ruth Frey 540.

Ang Mixed — High games: George Meiners 259, Jodi Moan 222, Shear Madness II 756. High series: Estel Nightingale 654, Moan 621, Big Dogs 2,085.

Terre Haute Restaurant — High games: Jason Downs 236, Lindsay Scherb 181, Get Em Out 683. High series: Downs 666, Heather Vanarsdale 448, Cheeseburger No. 2 1,876.

Wabash Valley Christian — High games: David Rottmann 223, Debra Rottmann 172, OBC 6 745. High series: Da.Rottmann 658, De.Rottmann 451, OBC 6 2,083.

Prime Timer — High games: Jay Scamihorn 277, Jean Liggett 186. High series: Scamihorn 714, Judy Meng 517.

THBC Minors — High games: Kevin Williams 127, Kadi Troxel 95. High series: Williams 371, Troxel 251.

THBC Majors — High games: Sean Pepper 279, Brittany Gambill 215. High series: Pepper 716, Gambill 625.

Toyota of Terre Haute — High games: Darrell Davis 269, Springhill Plaza 1,075. High series: Davis 775, The Pro Shop Too 3,132.

Gartland Foundry — High games: Matt Lugar 254, Elnora Murrell 206, NWT 736. High series: Lugar 681, Murrell 529, NWT 2,128.

THBC Bantams — High games: Garrett Hart 173, Emma Bly 84. High series: Ben Dillion 374, Kellee Edington 232.

THBC Preps — High games: Travis Pugh 210, Halley Carter 167. High series: Nathan Pugh 497, Katie Goekler 398.

THBC Juniors — High games: Rodney Lockman 241, Madison Peabody 199. High series: Lockman 566, Peabody 543.

THBC Seniors — High games: Dayton Huebner 275, Mackenzie Pepper 196. High series: Huebner 696, Pepper 565.

Imperial Lanes

Saturday Youth — High games: Allen Breshears 300, Ricki Bowker 212, 4s a Crowd 815. High series: Breshears 728, Tabitha Dixon 497, 4s a Crowd 2,208.

Archie’s Sports Bar — High games: Jim Decker 277, Springhill Wholesale 1,100. High series: Terry Pierce 714, WIMS 3,076.

WIMS Lounge Monday Mixed — High games: Mike Holmes 254, Ann Barnes 195, Barnes Construction 765. High series: Phillip Anderson 683, Barnes 568, Barnes Construction 2,258.

Tuesday Morning Ladies — High games: Berneeta Harmon 188, We Try Harder 487. High series: Harmon 487, Genes Gals 1,319.

Austins Bar Thursday Mixed — High games: Tod Harris 268, Lindsay Conley 193, Austins 971. High series: Harris 669, Conley 552, Al’s Sports Bar 2,779.

Sunday Mixed — High games: Steve Greene 258, Theresa Moreland 247, PCC 797. High series: Wesley Owens 666, Lanie Sullivan 542, 2 Tired 2 Strike 2,239.

Smith Trucking — High games: Darrell Davis and Don Peters 265, Al’s Sports Bar 1,153. High series: Jeremy Pruiett 736, Al’s Sports Bar 3,252.

John Curry Lanes (Elks)

Tuesday Men — High games: Phil Cooper 258, PCC 959. High series: Rob Doti 660, Greenleaf 2,774.

Thursday Men — High games: Randy Jenkins 257, Carosi’s 972. High series: Bill Chance 649, Vardas 2,622.



Denny’s PBA Tour Pepsi Championship Standings



Friday

At Woodland Bowl

Indianapolis

Round of 32

(Round robin record, 23-game pinfall, top 16 advance; 17-32 receive $2,200)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 8-1-0, 5,872. 2, Mike DeVaney, Temecula, Calif., 6-3-0, 5,622. 3, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 7-1-1, 5,597. 4, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 6-3-0, 5,586. 5, Tommy Delutz Jr, Flushing, N.Y., 6-3-0, 5,577. 6, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3-6-0, 5,547. 7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-4-0, 5,538. 8, Michael Haugen Jr, Cave Creek, Ariz., 5-4-0, 5,518.

9, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 5-3-1, 5,479. 10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8-1-0, 5,449. 11, Wes Malott, Argyle, Texas, 4-5-0, 5,422. 12, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5-4-0, 5,412. 13, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 4-5-0, 5,405. 14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 7-2-0, 5,403. 15, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6-3-0, 5,387. 16, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 6-3-0, 5,373.

17, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 6-3-0, 5,366. 18, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Ocala, Fla., 3-6-0, 5,362. 19, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-5-0, 5,359. 20, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2-7-0, 5,313. 21, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 4-5-0, 5,311. 22, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-6-0, 5,274. 23, Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 4-5-0, 5,247. 24, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 4-5-0, 5,242.

25, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2-7-0, 5,235. 26, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 2-6-1, 5,227. 27, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore, 2-7-0, 5,213. 28, Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 3-6-0, 5,197. 29, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2-7-0, 5,138. 30, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3-6-0, 5,106. 31, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3-6-0, 5,080. 32, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 4-4-1, 5,013, $2,000.

300 Games (3) Mike Machuga, Tony Reyes, Chris Warren.



Round of 16

(Round robin record with 32-game pinfall totals)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 15-3-0, 8,346. 2, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 15-2-1, 7,896. 3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 11-7-0, 7,868. 4, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 10-8-0, 7,821. 5, Mike DeVaney, Temecula, Calif., 9-9-0, 7,780. 6, Michael Haugen Jr, Cave Creek, Ariz., 8-9-1, 7,780, $4,000. 7, Tommy Delutz Jr, Flushing, N.Y., 12-6-0, 7,739, $3,700. 8, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 12-6-0, 7,679, $3,500.

9, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 10-7-1, 7,660, $3,000. 10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 10-7-1, 7,629, $2,900. 11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-7-0, 7,581, $2,800. 12, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 11-7-0, 7,542, $2,700. 13, Wes Malott, Argyle, Texas, 7-11-0, 7,477, $2,625. 13, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 8-10-0, 7,477, $2,625. 15, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 4-14-0, 7,406, $2,550. 16, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 9-9-0, 7,295, $2,500.