Kegler's Korner: South grad 13th in NCAA bowling rankings
By Dennis Clark
TERRE HAUTE — There has been no indication of a sophomore jinx involving Purdue University sophomore Kara Bunting, a former Terre Haute South standout bowler.
According to the individual rankings of Collegebowling.com, Bunting is ranked 13th in the nation for college bowlers with at least 30 games of competition. Bunting is averaging 191.05 in 52 games covering seven events thus far this season with the Boilermakers.
As a team, the Purdue women’s squad in ranked No. 5 nationally.
Bunting, the Indiana high school state singles champion in 2004, has finished first, second, third and fourth in her best four tournament appearances this season.
The following are Bunting’s individual performances, along with the ranking of her Purdue team thus far this season:
Oct. 6-7 — Hammer Midwest Collegiate, Wauwatosa, Wis.. (Bunting fourth individually with a 195.22 average, Purdue team second in event).
Oct. 20-21 — Orange and Black Classic, Beaver Creek, Ohio (Bunting 15th individually with a 191.50 average, Purdue team fourth in event).
Oct. 27-28 — Illinois State BPA Collegiate, Freeport, Ill. (Bunting second individually with a 200.33 average, Purdue team second in event).
Nov. 3-4 — Boilermaker Classic, West Lafayette (Bunting first individually with a 198.40 average, Purdue team fourth in event).
Nov. 23-24 — National Team Match Games, Saint Louis, Mo. (Bunting 43rd individually with a 174.67 average, Purdue team eighth in event).
Dec. 27-28 — Keystone Quaker Classic, Allentown, Pa. (Bunting 39th individually with a 168.00 average, Purdue team second in event).
Dec. 29-30 — Nittany Lion Kegler Classic, Stratford, N.J. (Bunting third individually with a 202.33 average, Purdue team third in event).
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• Breshears update — Allen Breshears continues to enjoy a successful sophomore campaign as well for the Vincennes University men’s team.
Breshears averaged 210 recently at the Keystone Quaker Classic in Allentown, Pa. on Dec. 27-28. The former Terre Haute North standout is averaging 191.143 through 42 games this season.
Breshears’ Vincennes University men’s team is currently ranked No. 11 nationally in the same Collegebowling.com poll.
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• Fugate times three — News flash: John Michael Fugate, 18, rolled a 300 game in the Davison Service and Equipment League at Vigo Bowl on Thursday.
With the high frequency of 300 games being rolled these days, that specific bit of news is not overly newsworthy. But as veteran newscaster Paul Harvey likes to say, “now for the rest of the story.”
What makes this so special is that he bowls on the same team with his father (Rick Fugate) and grandfather (John Fugate). Also, all three of the generations have rolled 300 games this year.
Dad and grandpa bowled their 300s on the same night earlier in the season according to Men’s Association manager Tony Leturgez.
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• PBA on TV today — Pete Weber won seven games in the final eight-game block of round robin match play Friday to earn the No. 4 seed for today’s stepladder finals in the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Weber’s father, Dick, passed away in Feb. 2005 and the next season the Dick Weber Open was created in his honor. Weber finished 35th in the 2006 Dick Weber Open and missed the cut to match play last season, finishing 26th.
Weber will need to win four matches today to win the title, his first match will coming against No. 5-seed Mike Scroggins, with the winner facing No. 3 Tommy Delutz Jr., looking for his first title since 2001.
Earning the No. 2 seed was Jack Jurek seeks to break one of the longest title droughts on Tour. Jurek’s lone title came in the 1995 Tums Classic, a span of 132 events. Oh what a relief a win it would be for him to win today
The No. 1 seed is eight-time titlist Chris Barnes, making his Tour-high tying fifth championship round of the season but is still searching for his first win this season.
Today’s action begins at 1 p.m. EST on ESPN.
• More bowling on TV today — If you want a further break from watching grown men playing professional football in abysmal weather conditions today, you might want to check out ESPN Classic for a full day of bowling coverage.
Fans of women’s bowling have the opportunity to watch their favorite competitors as ESPN Classic features seven hours of non-stop action, starting at noon EST.
The coverage begins with a re-airing of the 2006 USBC Queens, to be followed by all five shows from the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.
Looking ahead, the next live televised major women’s bowling championship will be the finals of the 2008 USBC Queens from Detroit on April 30 at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2.
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Bowling is becoming more and more mainstream.
Now a list of celebrities connected to the sport of bowling is up for election. Go to the bowl.com homepage and choose who you think is the best celebrity bowler out there. You can even submit your own write-in candidate, but you have to explain why that person is a credit to bowling.
Listed in no particular order are a sampling of the finalists on the ballot:
LeBron James: Cleveland Cavaliers forward. Has four lanes installed in his home.
Dave Mirra, X Games star. Posted a 167 average in 2005-06 while bowling in the Monday Night Handicap League in Greenville, N.C. Has posted one 600 series.
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic forward. Says he has a 185 average and a high game of 244. Owns five balls, including a New York Yankees ball, a “Finding Nemo” bowling ball.
Michael Conley, Memphis Grizzlies guard. Throws strike ball right handed and spare ball lefty. Can be seen on YouTube video from Peyton Manning’s charity bowling event last year.
Vince Vaughn: troubled movie star. Is a frequent kegler at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood and has his own ball named “The Matador”.
John Burkett: former major league baseball pitcher. Burkett has eight 300 games and three 800 series to his credit. Posted a 231 average in 2006-07, and a 2,082 all-events score at the 2006 USBC Open Championships
Tom Candiotti: another former major league pitcher. He is no knuckleballer on the lanes, averaging 212 in the Scottsdale Rollers League in 2006-07. Inducted into Celebrity Wing of the Bowling Hall of Fame in 2007. Bowled his first sanctioned 300 in March 2007.
Terrell Owens: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. Best of 15 athletes to win ESPN Bowling Night tournament in 2005. Claims a high game of 288 and 185 average.
Danny Jackson: yet another former major league pitcher. This lefthander owns a bowling center in the Kansas City area.
Nelly: The rap artist is a league bowler in St. Louis under his real name of Cornell Haynes Jr. with a 206 average last season in the Florissant Men’s Handicap league.
Roy Williams: Detroit Lions wide receiver. He is an avid bowler and frequently pantomimes a bowling delivery when he scores a touchdown.
Gilbert Arenas: Washington Wizards guard. Bowled in leagues in Los Angeles as a teen and claims a high game of 277. Owns three balls — two standard 16 lb. balls and a 14 lb. translucent ball with a boxing glove in it.
Jerome Bettis: former NFL running back. Bettis has a 200 average and one perfecto to his credit.
Norman Chad: a regular contributor to ESPN. Claims to watch bowling from his easy chair while wearing a wrist guard while also claiming a 213 average on the Wii system.
Ken Griffey Jr.: Cincinnati Reds outfielder. Has lanes installed in his home (complete with lane machine).
Just thought you’d like to know.
Dennis Clark can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail at P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; or by fax at (812) 231-4321.
Vigo County Bowling Leagues
Terre Haute Bowling Center
Chandler Construction — High games: William Stewart 210, Nancy Sons 202, Lucky Strikes 724. High series: Stewart 578, Letty Chandler 555, Lucky Strikes 2,169.
THBC Prime Timer — High games: Jay Scamihorn 279, Pat Kays 216. High series: Scamihorn 694, Kays 597.
ANG Mixed — High games: George Meiners 256, Jodi Moan 222, Shear Madness II 740. High series: Shane Mullenix 678, Moan 583, Shear Madness II 2,173.
Wabash Valley Christian — High games: Tony Morris 215, Janet Swalls 169, Open Door 641. High series: Morris 569, Swalls 482, Open Door 1,854.
Wednesday Prime Timers — High games: Jay Scamihorn 278, Sharon Cook 189. High series: Scamihorn 677, Carolyn Hall 499.
Guarantee Roofing — High games: Trey Minett 279, Applied Bookkeeping 1,140. High series: Doug Weaver 736, Applied Bookkeeping 3,307.
Affordable Awards Ladies — High games: Carol Davis 234, Affordable Awards 921. High series: Sarah Tharp 644, Affordable Awards 2,612.
THBC Minors — High games: Cole Walker 168, Kadi Troxel 109. High series: Walker 448, Troxel 285.
THBC Majors — High games: Wade Sons 190, Brittany Wence 183. High series: Ian Huffington 489, Wence 423.
THBC Bantams — High games: Josh Combs 135, Rachel Goekler and Madison Rice 67. High series: Combs 341, Rice 173.
THBC Preps — High games: Michael Rogers Jr. 178, Kelly Combs 160. High series: Rogers Jr. 475, Katie Goekler 388.
THBC Juniors — High games: Jacob Vencel 235, Megan Schmidt 222. High series: Vencle 598, Schmidt 507.
THBC Seniors — High games: Cameron Bolinger 264, Mackenzie Pepper 179. High series: Bolinger 661, Pepper 495.
Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: Mike Rogers 268, Brittany Foster and Melissa Dressler 236, Tony’s Cafe 845. High series: Billy Furry 705, Foster 653, Tony’s Cafe 2,399.
Russ Fisher Truck Parts — High games: Eldon Blubaum Sr. 276, Springhill Plaza 1,099. High series: Dale Liggett 722, T.H. Heart Center 3,143.
Affordable Awards — High games: Melinda Clark 227, Casey Coffee Shop 865. High series: Kathy Couch 630, Casey Coffee Shop 2,462.
Wolfe’s Auto Auction — High games: Brittany Foster 217, B&B; Foods 723. High series: Darla Evinger 586, B&B; Foods 1,981.
Thursday Senior Mixed — High games: B.L.Chandler 247, Pat Stewart 199, Cobras 775. High series: Chandler 667, Barb Hills 547, Cobras 2,246.
Bell Welding — High games: Rufus Pace 289, Bell Welding 1,006. High series: PAce 687, Good Ole Boys 2,893.
Eagles Mixed — High games: Jason Hiddle 266, Crystal Sullivan 215, Four Skinz 836. High series: Hiddle 788, Sullivan 636, Four Skinz 2,433.
Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Aubrey Jessell 226, Distributor’s Terminal 680. High series: Carla Hendricks 540, Distributor’s Terminal 1,875.
Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Jevan McCoskey 91, Victoria McMillen 84, Rock N Bowlers 436. High series: McCoskey 152, McMillen 163, Rock N Bowlers 648.
Mic’s Pics — High games: Alusta Kneeves 215, Bell’s Gals 544. High series: Kneeves 575, 3 Gals 1,480.
Springhill Wholesale — High games: Alusta Kneeves 193, Vigo Bowl 484. High series: Kneeves 538, Vigo Bowl 1,375.
Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: Bradley Travioli 181, Darian Perry and Kianna Sweatt 136, Silver Dragons 659. High series: Travioli 526, Perry 364, Silver Dragons 1,816.
Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: Tyler Lawrence 211, Brittani Chamberlain 196, Otter Creek Pride 784. High series: Lawrence 588, Chamberlain 442, Otter Creek Pride 2,305.