By Dennis Clark
A pair of high school bowlers have earned the title state finalist.
Kara Bunting, a senior at Terre Haute South and 2004 Indiana High School Bowling girls individual state champion (as a sophomore), placed second in the individual competition at the IHSB Noblesville Semistate at Cooper’s Stardust Bowl on Saturday.
Bunting earned her state finals slot by firing a three-game series of 621, but was defeated by Lisa MacAllister of Brownsburg 209-184 in the final stepladder game to determine the Semistate champion.
Allen Breshears, a senior at Terre Haute North, qualified for the state finals for the second straight year with a 588 series to finish seventh in the boys individual competition.
North’s boys team had a team score of 2,879 good enough for fifth place in the 12-team field. However, only the top four teams advanced to the state finals, the Patriots missing the cut by just 15 pins.
Two other South bowlers, Brittany Gambill and Jordan Stone competed in the semistate but did not advance to the state finals.
High school regional — Breshears was the boys individual champion in the Indiana High School Bowling Southwest Regional at the Terre Haute Bowling Center on Feb. 11.
Breshears was the top qualifier with a three-game series of 716 then defeated Adam Marchino of Jasper 224-215 in the Regional championship game.
Gambill was the second-high qualifier in the girls individual competition with a three-game set of 612. Gambill finished third after losing to eventual Regional champion Karmyn Mosley of Lawrence Central 203-158 in the semifinal match.
Breshears and Gambill advanced to the Noblesville Semistate along with Stone (618) and Bunting (573).
In the team competition, Terre Haute North’s boys team — coached by Phil Cooper — placed fifth overall with a score of 2,999 and also advanced to the Noblesville Semistate.
At Terre Haute Bowling Center
Terre Haute Regional results
Teams advancing to semistate — Brownsburg 3,146, Ben Davis 3,113, Center Grove (regional champion) 3,070, Warren Central 3,063, Terre Haute North 2,999, Lawrence Central 2,967, Evansville Central 2,939.
Rolloff to determine regional champion — Center Grove def. Warren Central 370-345, Center Grove def. Ben Davis 447-403, Center Grove (regional champion) def. Brownsburg 381-365.
Individuals advancing to semistate — Allen Breshears (Terre Haute North) 716, Mike Vandiver (Evansville Central) 710, Tom Snodgrass (Boonville) 681, Adam Marchino (Jasper) 668. Joel Cox (Mt. Vernon) and Ryan Durham (Lawrence North) 654, Zach Lone (Brownsburg) 649, Todd Ward (Brownsburg) 635, Will Haroldson (Brownsburg) 632, Daniel Cofer (Lawrence Central) and Nick Arbogast (Franklin Central) 629, Jordan Brown (Shelbyville) 628, Jordan Stone (Terre Haute South) 618, Danny Linck (Mt. Vernon) 613, Anthony Myers (Whiteland) 608, Brad Hackett (Center Grove) 606, Adam Kostelac (Evansville Harrison) 603.
Rolloff to determine regional champion — Marchino def. Snodgrass 195-150, Marchino def. Vandiver 235-195, Breshears (regional champion) def. Marchino 224-215.
Teams advancing to semistate — Ben Davis 2,838, Evansville Central 2,645, Jasper 2,643, Roncalli 2,621, Whiteland 2,585.
Rolloff to determine regional champion — Jasper def. Roncalli 356-334, Jasper def. Evansville Central 365-326, Ben Davis (regional champion) def. Jasper 392-306.
Individuals advancing to semistate — Khala Figg (Ben Davis) 672, Brittany Gambill (Terre Haute South) 612, Karmyn Mosley (Lawrence Central) 609, Corey Kreger (Lawrence Central) 595, Heather Brown (Roncalli) 591, Saprina Austill (Ben Davis) 590, Cindy Franklin (Beech Grove) 589, Vanessa Caldwell (Evansville Central) 581, Laura Wilkins (Warren Central) 579, Andrea London (Evansville Central) 575, Kara Bunting (Terre Haute South) 573, Catherine Bramlette (Jasper) 570, Amanda Gerber (Jasper) 566, Lisa MacAllister (Brownsburg) 551.
Rolloff to determine regional champion — Mosley def. Kreger 169-165, Mosley def. Gambill 203-158, Mosley (regional champion) def. Figg 201-179.
Norris earns statewide honor — Jared Norris of Terre Haute South was named by the IHSB to its first Academic All-State Teams for boys.
Criteria for nominees were to be a senior that has competed in at least one varsity game, a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent and a minimum SAT score of 1,500 or ACT score of 22.
Norris was one of 17 boys and 18 girls selected by the Indiana High School Bowling Advisory Board.
Cox on No. 3-ranked team — A familiar face to Terre Haute bowlers can be viewed in an action shot on the bowling page of her college website.
Sara Cox, a senior at Central Missouri State University, is shown releasing the ball during competition at the CMSU Region/NCAA Duals at the University Union Cosmo Bowl in Warrensburg, Mo., on Jan. 20.
CMSU is ranked third nationally in the first 2005-06 season national poll released this season by the National Tenpins Coaches Association. The Jennies have finished as runner-up in the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships — the first two years of this NCAA event.
Two-time defending national champion University of Nebraska is ranked No. 1 team in this poll. The Huskers have won the past two NCAA national championships, defeating CMSU in the title match both years.
The Jennies, 42-6-1 in NCAA head-to-head matches this season, have won the Arkansas State Lady Indians Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., National Team Match Games in St. Louis and the Southern Varsity Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.
Cox was the Jennies’ top performer at the NCAA Mid-Winter Classic in January, hosted by Arkansas State University, finishing 10th individually with an average of 197.20. CMSU ended in third-place in the six-team event despite getting a victory over eventual champion Nebraska.
The Jennies were back in action this weekend at the Morgan State Invitational in Baltimore. This year’s NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship returns to Houston on April 13-15.
To view Cox’s picture (it was on the website as of Saturday), go to www.cmsu.edu. Click on athletics then select women’s bowling.
Super Bowl IV — Fast becoming one of the most competitive tournaments for bowlers in the Wabash Valley is Imperial Lanes’ annual Super Bowl A-B-C-D-E tournament.
In fashion with the National Football League’s use of Roman numerals, this year’s tournament was titled “Super Bowl IV.”
The five-man team of Dave Elder, Rick Rogers (the best “B” bowler in Terre Haute), Mike Gambill, Dan Hunt and veteran bowler Paul Cherpekai was the winner — claiming the $1,500 first prize purse — by 52 pins over the quintet of Jerry Lee Hoopingarner, Marc Pruett, Jerry Norris, John Akers and Anya Fisher.
Team results (six games)
5,349 — Dave Elder, Rick Rogers, Mike Gambill, Dan Hunt, Paul Cherepkai
5,307 — Jerry Lee Hoopingarner, Marc Pruett, Jerry Norris, John Akers, Anya Fisher
5,236 — Allen Fagg, Mike Fisher Sr., Joe Jeffries, Paul Edington Jr., Tom Jones
5,193 — Scott Hill, Craig Uhlers, Jay Grayless, Harold Harris, Dave Alumbaugh
5,020 — Dave Paulin, Tom Hays, John Smith, Dan Moreland, Chris Keen
5,014 — Ryan Nichols, Harold Costello, Aaron Myers, Mysti Fisher, Steve Penmann
4,979 — Jason Hiddle, Danny Travelstead, Larry Davison, Bill Alumbaugh Jr., Kenny Wooden
4,964 — Scott Blanchard, Steve Lang, Paul Wright, Chad Klopfenstein, Marty Combs
4,893 — Matt Wilkins, Brent Hoopingarner, Everett Sweatt Jr., Paul Stone, Bob Moreland
4,884 — Brian Taylor, Chuck Thompson, Robby Steinberg, Mark Owens, Ted Schneider
4,823 — Lissa Dressler, Steve Greene, Jim Zebrowski Sr., Bill Barnes, Shawn Daugherty
4,821 — Dave Fields, Troy Williams, Chris Wooden, Bill Alumbaugh III, Terry Simonson
4,816 — Darrell Davis, Jim Shepherd, Tony Leturgez, Chuck Montgomery, Jim Smith
4,773 — Bill Fairchild, Richard Rich, Crystal Sullivan, Dave Elkins, Scott Barbour
4,750 — Trey Minnett, Phil Huynh, Wesley Owens, Jack Jones, Keith Jones Jr.
4,660 — Brad Burris, Gary Myers, Harley Jones, Don Alumbaugh, Kenny Bosc
Top bowler by classification — Nichols (A) 1,508; Rogers (B) 1,509; Grayless (C) 1,305; D.Moreland (D) 1,289; Jones (E) 1,289.
High average — Rogers (male) 251; Dressler (female) 219.
High games — Rogers 299, Nichols 279, Hiddle 278, Combs 269, Montgomery 269, Greene 269.
Only in New York — The Professional Bowlers Association and ESPN will offer coverage of today’s finals of the 63rd U.S. Open — the second Major event of the Denny’s PBA Tour season — live in their entirety on the Super Sign in New York’s famous Times Square.
This year’s U.S. Open is being contested at Brunswick Zone Carolier in nearby North Brunswick, N.J. The event is the second of four PBA Major events this season, joining the USBC Masters, the Denny’s World Championship and the Dexter Tournament of Champions.
The live telecast will be aired beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Dennis Clark can be reached by phone at 1-800-783-8742, ext. 276.
Vigo County bowling scores
Terre Haute Bowling Center
THBC Juniors — High games: Jordan Taylor 230, Madison Peabody 164. High series: Taylor 617, Brogan Myers 432.
THBC Preps — High games: Tanner Tuberosa 192, Brittany Sanders 128. High series: Tuberosa 442, Ashli Ray 351.
THBC Seniors — High games: Richard Danforth and Sean Pepper 225, Mackenzie Pepper 179. High series: Danforth 608, M.Pepper 515.
Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: John P. Walton 267, Melissa Dressler 237, A.K. Enterprizes 803. High series: Bryan Barton 706, Dressler 703, A.K. Enterprizes 2,266.
Chandler Construction — High games: John Verostko 229, Tracey Keeney 204, Celebration 755. High series: Verostko 598, Anya Fisher 537, Lucky Strikes 2,051.
THBC Prime Timers — High games: Robert Whitaker 236, Charity Wessol 215. High series: Herb Gosnell 598, Bev Deming 525.
Ang Mixed — High games: John McWilliams 246, Marsha Marcum 223, Shear Madness II 713. High series: McWilliams 668, Marcum 515, Shear Madness II 2,054.
C and E Environmental — High games: Scott Buchanan 247, Brazil Auto Plex 1,120. High series: Mike Fisher Sr. 647, Brazil Auto Plex 2,964.
Prime Timers — High games: Richard Stephens 224, Josephine Miller 211. High series: Stephens 587, Miller 552.
Guarantee Roofing — High games: Brian Taylor 299 Affordable Awards 1,246. High series: Taylor 804, Affordable Awards 3,549.
Affordable Awards Ladies — High games: Lynn R. Bolinger 223, The Pro Shop 905. High series: Bolinger 600, The Pro Shop 2,629.
THBC Minors — High games: Cole Walker 135, Maria Walton 113. High series: Kevin Williams 341, Walton 287.
THBC Majors — High games: Sean Pepper 236, Brittany Gambill 200. High series: Zach Perry 668, Eryn Remley 562.
THBC Bantams — High games: Dylan Davis 129, Olivia Gennaro 138. High series: Davis 318, Gennaro 326.
Gartland Foundry — High games: Matt Lugar and John Bullis 247, Peggy T. Clery 212, Vacant 738. High series: Lugar 664, Elnora Murrell 543, Shadows 2,097.
Toyota of Terre Haute — High games: Chris Coveleskie 279, Team 6 1,109. High series: Mick Landes 671, Team 6 3,194.
Affordable Awards — High games: Laura Hayworth 216, Clean Sweep Plus 931. Highs series: Nancy Effner 597, Clean Sweep Plus 2,623.
Bush Restaurant Senior — High games: Doc Stephens 265, Jeri Russell 231, Good Ones 833. High series: Stephens 702, Russell 579, Die Hards 2,329.
Wolfe’s Auto Auction — High games: Brenda Cooprider 279, Family of Five 862. High series: Cooprider 632, Affordable Awards 2,442.
Thursday Senior Mixed — High games; Bob Beshaw 235, Madonna Crooke 201, Cobras 804. High series: Woody Ferris 618, Barbara Terrell 530, Cobras 2,110.
Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Cameron Goedeck 98, Taylor Reese 87, Bad Boys 339. High series: Jacob Bean 163, Reese 152, Bad Boys 674.
Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: C.J. Brooks 178, Brittani Chamberlain 151, Mystery Inc. 592. High series: Brooks 485, Sara Sebring 388, Rock Star Pins 1,638.
Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: J.D. Pizzola 256, Tiffany McConnell 183, Little Leprechauns 790. High series: Pizzola 699, McConnell 490, Little Leprechauns 2,251.
Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Brad Moreland 278, Brittany Foster 278, Team 5 1,074. High series: C.J. Holt 740, Foster 637, Smooth Operators 3,018.
Church — High games: Frank Crist 244, Robin Fry 187, Foursquare No. 1 796. High series: John Smith 636, Fry 484, Foursquare No. 1 2,305.
School Staff — High games: Matt Lugar 244, Sara Cuvelier 191, Union Hospital 702. High series: Lugar 687, Karla Smith 540, Union Hospital 2,034.
Eagles Mixed — High games: Jim Booker 249, Crystal Sullivan 223, Team 14 839. High series: John Fugate 713, Sullivan 635, Team 14 2,345.
Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Suzanne Finn 196, Steve Burris State Farm Insurance 650. High series: Finn 534, Steve Burris State Farm Insurance 1,800.
Mic’s Pics — High games: Ginny Chumley 220, The No Names 570. High series: Alusta Kneeves 549, The No Names 1,567.
Springhill Wholesale — High games: Alusta Kneeves 232, Jim’s Cleaners 746. High series: Kneeves 643, Jim’s Cleaners 2,119.
Saturday Youth — High games: Lance Weir 180, Tiffany Fields 140, West T Kids 476. High series: Weir 506, Fields 349, West T Kids 1,364.
Austins Bar Thursday Mixed — High games: Jeremy Pruiett 257, Jody Waters 222, Austins 1,044. High series: Pruiett 664, Waters 590, Austins 2,889.
Wabash Valley Speed and Performance — High games: John Bertacchi 263, Richard Rich 723, Al’s Sports Bar 1,161. High series: Jerry Stevens 764, Travis Hamm 285, Lucky Strike 3,296.
Sunday Mixed — High games: Phil Cooper 254, Vicki Rich 218, Stuckey’s 812. High series: Cooper 683, Rich 648, Stuckey’s 2,402.
Tuesday Morning Ladies — High games: Phylis Long 182, 2 Plus 1 455. High series: Betty Swan 478, 2 Plus 1 1,294.
WIMS Lounge Monday Mixed — High games: Bill Barnes 287, Michele Irwin 213, Left Overs 824. High series: John Hansford 739, LaDonna Singleton 540, Left Overs 2,280.
Archie’s Sports Bar — High games: Paul Edington Jr. 300, JLS Construction 1,147. High series: Edington 727, Stuckeys 3,234.
ISU Monday Coed — High games: Mindy Miller 191, The Bowler Ramas 548. High series: Jake K. 357, The Bowler Ramas 1,016.
ISU Mens Frat Monday — High games: Ryan Kates 226, ATO 603. High series: Kates 404, ATO 1,202.
ISU Mens Frat Tuesday — High games: Derek Vorndran 212, Phi Delt 645. High series: Dave Kepperliy 380, Phi Delt 1,279.
ISU Mens Frat Wednesday — High games: Joe Maksyon 245, Davenport King Good 721. High series: Maksyon 479, Davenport King Good 1,440.
ISU Women Wednesday — High games: Brittany Foster 234, The Girls 557. High series: Foster 439, The Girls 1,097.
John Curry Lanes (Elks)
Tuesday Mens — High games: Rob Doti 247, Joseph Realtors 992. High series: Phil Cooper 627, Joseph Realtors 2,835.
Monday Mens — High games: Phil Cooper 236, Williams Plumbing and Heating 1,026. High series: Cooper 632, Williams Plumbing and Heating 2,974.
Thursday Mens — High games: Jon Stinson 258, Amercian Beverage Center 981. High series: Jeremy Jackson 651, Crapo Insurance Alley Cats 2,725.