News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 15, 2006

Kegler’s Korner: Bunting, Breshears excelling in collegiate ranks

By Dennis Clark

TERRE HAUTE — A pair of talented products of junior bowling programs in Terre Haute are taking their abundant bowling skills to major universities this season.

Kara Bunting, a graduate of Terre Haute South, is currently one of four freshmen on the Purdue University women’s bowling team. Bunting competed in both the Terre Haute Bowling Center and Vigo Bowl junior programs.

Meanwhile, Allen Breshears, a graduate of Terre Haute North, is a freshman on the men’s bowling team at Vincennes University. Breshears still competes in the Imperial Lanes junior program.

The Purdue women’s team started its season with a second-place performance in the Hammer Midwest Collegiate Bowling Tournament at Wauwatosa, Wis. on Oct. 7-8. In a field of 21 teams, the Boilers finished behind only last year’s national champion Lindenwood University.

According to Bunting, the Boilers were strongest in the Baker-scoring rounds. Purdue began the Baker round 365 pins behind the leader, and by the end of the round were within 80 pins.

Bunting had earlier contemplated going to Central Missouri State University — an NCAA finalist the past three seasons — but more recently opted for Purdue.

“I didn’t want to bowl at an NCAA [bowling] school … they have too many restrictions to how I can bowl,” Bunting said on Thursday. Another plus for Bunting was that CMSU was six hours away from Terre Haute, while Purdue is much, much closer.

As for being at Purdue, Bunting — who is planning to major in Law and Society with a minor in Sociology — quickly added, “I love it here.”

If Bunting wasn’t busy enough, she has also just been elected to a two-year term as President of the United States Bowling Congress Youth Association for the state of Indiana.

The next competition for Purdue will be at the Orange and Black Classic in Beavercreek, Ohio. on Oct. 21-22.

As for Breshears, he had to withstand a rigorous tryout process to land a spot on the Trailblazers men’s squad.

According to his stepfather Phil Cooper, Allen had to compete with 44 bowlers for just four available spots on the team. The competitors bowled for two days, cut to the top 15, then bowled two more days to narrow down to the final four.

VU also competed in the Hammer Midwest Collegiate Tournament, but Breshears did not make the trip as only their top team was entered. Breshears first collegiate action will be at Dayton, Ohio, next weekend.

One of the more talented collegiate bowlers in recent years, Sara Cox, completed her playing career at CMSU last season. Cox — no stranger to the NCAA finals in recent years — finished eighth in the individual competition at the NCAA National Bowling Finals last year in Houston.

n Mark your calendar — A pair of annual local tournaments have distinctly different dates this year than in the past.

The Terre Haute Bowling Center Men’s Shootout will be Nov. 18-19. Entry fee is $65 for bowlers with an average of 180 and over based on 33 games in the 2005-06 season. The first day will start at 1 p.m., the second day at 11 a.m.

Also, the Greater Terre Haute Men’s Association City Tournament has been moved up to the consecutive weekends of Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5. The Bowling Center will host the team event, Imperial Lanes the individual and doubles events.



BOWLING LEAGUES



Vigo Bowl

Affordable Awards — High games: Kathy Couch 212, Just Us 925. High series: Couch 603, Just Us 2,614.

Wolfe’s Auto Auction — High games: Stephanie Weishaupt 229, Affordable Awards 826. High series: Pam Wilkins 621, Affordable Awards 2,429.

Thursday Senior Mixed — High games: Richard Stephens 231, Barb Terrell 195, Cobras 738. High series: Stephens 624, Clarene Fisher 541, Cobras 2,144.

Springhill Wholesale — High games: Alusta Kneeves 207, Bell’s Bowlers 639. High series: Kneeves 532, Bell’s Bowlers 1,854.

Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Nan Lammers 212, Steve Burris State Farm Insurance 647. High series: Lammers 537, Steve Burris State Farm Insurance 1,852.

Mic’s Pics — High games: Rosie Chaney 198, Bowling Belles 554. High series: Jackie Webster 509, Bowling Belles 1,447.

Church — High games: Tom Smith Jr. 257, Nan Ryder 185, Foursquare No. 2 794. High series: Ken Smith 607, Ryder 462, Foursquare No. 2 2,189.

Eagles Mixed — High games: John Howard 252, Crystal Sullivan 196, Me and the Cap’n 784. High series: Howard 696, Sullivan 517, C and E Environmental 2,247.

Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Chris Salyer 262, Sarah Switzer 249, Team 5 1,051. High series: Salyer 745, Kelsea Bedwell 547, Team 5 2,877.

Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: Cameron Frye 218, Marlee Yeager 192, Da Patriots 849. High series: Joseph Gray 520, Sara Shepherd 457, Da Patriots 2,237.

Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: Braden Stephens 187, Lacey Cooksey 121, Team 2 527. High series: Travis Reese 396, Cooksey 303, Team 5 1,504.

Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Devon Thomson 91, Gabrielle Yeager 70, Dark Dragons 248. High series: Thomson 138, Yeager 122, Dark Dragons 488.

Terre Haute Bowling Center

Toyota of Terre Haute — High games: Edward Gowgiel 279, Outkasts 1,105. High series: Gowgiel 762, The Pro Shop Too 3,183.

THBC Majors — High games: Cameron Bolinger 232, Eryn Remley 212. High series: Sean Pepper 654, Remley 565.

THBC Minors — High games: Kevin Williams 147, Kadi Troxel 56. High series: Williams 346, Troxel 164.

Affordable Awards Ladies — High games: Deeanne Jones 244, Honey Creek Mall Honies 994. High series: Debi Zebrowski 637, Honey Creek Mall Honies 2,718.

Guarantee Roofing — High games: Jeff Alford 289, Affordable Awards 1,185. High series: Michael Winemiller 771, Pott’s Tax Service 3,435.

Prime Timer — High games: Bill Meng 256, Bert Hoffman 180. High series: Dale Liggett 659, Josephine Miller 489.

Wabash Valley Christian — High games: David Rottmann 229, Debra Rottmann 218, OBC 6 660. High series: Da. Rottmann 645, De.Rottmann 545, OBC 6 1,858.

Ang Mixed — High games: Albert Mayes 269, Jodi Moan 208, Big Dogs 785. High series: John McWilliams 767, Moan 539, Big Dogs 2,337.

THBC Prime Timers — High games: Dean Kays 248, Pat Kays 235. High series: Rob Klemaszewski 684, P.Kays 578.

Chandler Construction — High games: Roger Kerns 231, Ann Wasnidge 237, Lucky Strikes 737. High series: Travis Waldon 552, Wasnidge 668, Wasnidge Racing 2,067.

Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: Gen Bedwell 280, Melissa Dressler 216, Affordable Awards 823. High series: Bedwell 793, Dressler 599, Affordable Awards 2,342.

Happiness Bag — High games: Bradley Allen 155, Patty Bryant 125, Team 16 544. High series: Allen 298, Bryant 214, Team 16 1,064.

Happiness Bag Ramps — High games: Jerry Hill 153, Catherine Whited 172, Team 1 570. High series: Hill 254, Whited 294, Team 4 1,117.

THBC Seniors — High games: Michael Schmidt 256, Tyler Lockman 199. High series: Cameron Bolinger 643, Danielle Overholser 507.

THBC Juniors — High games: Clayton Harlan 204, Brooke McMullen 200. High series: Harlan 572, McMullen 507.

THBC Preps — High games: Bobby Bennett 188, Katie Goekler 136. High series: Travis Pugh 465, Goekler 374.

THBC Bantams — High games: Cory Keller 144, Kellee Edington 77. High series: Ben Dillion 351, Edington 209.

Gartland Foundry — High games:Matt Lugar 264, Elnora Murrell 255, The Next Level 790. High series: Lugar 643, Murrell 610, The Next Level 2,321.

Imperial Lanes

Saturday Youth — High games: Allen Breshears 224, Heather Breshears 222, 4’s a Crowd 655. High series: A.Breshears and H.Breshears 565, 4’s a Crowd 1,694.

Archie’s Sports Bar — High games: Guy Johnson 279, The Pro Shop 1,109. High series: John McWilliams 704, Stuckey’s 3,199.

WIMS Lounge Monday Mixed — High games: Mike Rains 287, Angi King 198, Hunter’s Tavern 818. High series: Jeff Exline 735, LaDonna Singleton and King 522, Hunter’s Tavern 2,293.

Tuesday Morning Ladies — High games: Christel Cooper 204, We Try Harder 475. High series: Cooper 532, We Try Harder 1,354.

Austin’s Bar Thursday Mixed — High games: Jim Shepherd 254, Jenny Tackett 234, Austin’s 970. High series: Rich Gregory 657, Tackett 647, Austin’s 2,711.

Sunday Mixed — High games: Dan Moreland 268, Rose R. 225, The Bada Bing Club 831. High series: Phil Cooper 716, Rose R. 550, The Bada Bing Club 2,363.

Smith Trucking — High games: John McWilliams 277, Al’s Sports Bar 1,195. High series: McWilliams 748, Al’s Sports Bar 3,350.

John Curry Lanes (Elks)

Thursday Men — High games: Ken Bosc 246, Pro Finish 945. High series: Joe Goda Jr. 630, Pro Finish 2,706.

Tuesday Men — High games: Phil Cooper 266, Greenleaf 1,007. High series: Bill Chance 676, Greenleaf 2,950.