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96th USBC Women’s Championships concludes in Reno

The 96th United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships concluded Tuesday as the final shots of the 2015 event made their way down the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

The 82-day tournament kicked off April 10 and welcomed nearly 16,000 bowlers for the event’s record 10th trip to Reno and seventh visit to the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins.”

2015USBCWCBrookeBower.jpgThe 2015 USBC Women’s Championships featured plenty of highlights on the lanes, including a late rush at the top of the leaderboard in many categories. All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.

Among the new leaders during the final days were Brooke Bower (pictured right) of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, in Diamond Singles and Jennifer Asplin of Oakley, California, in Diamond All-Events.

2015USBCWCJenniferAsplin.jpgBower, a former Kutztown University standout, fired a 781 series June 25 to cruise into the top singles spot. The 22-year-old right-hander finished her second Women’s Championships appearance with games of 257, 257 and 267.

The following day, Asplin (left) made her own run at the singles lead before settling into second place with a 751 performance, but her overall effort left her at the top of the standings in Diamond All-Events with 2,182.

2015USBCWCAZGalsofPeoria.jpgThe 39-year-old right-hander added 736 in team and 695 in doubles in her return to the NBS, where she rolled a 299 game and finished seventh in Scratch All-Events in 2012.

In team competition, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky rolled a 706 series June 19 to help AZ Gals of Peoria, Arizona (right), into the lead in Diamond Team with a 2,717 total.

The team rolled games of 915, 960 and 842, and Pluhowsky was joined by Megan Withey (682), Megan Kelly (668) and Brenda Burns (661).

2015USBCWCLyndaBarnesTennelleMilligan.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and 2005 USBC Queens champion Tennelle Milligan of Arlington, Texas (pictured left, l-r), posted the only 1,400 in doubles at the 2015 event, 1,404, on their way into the lead in Diamond Doubles on May 8.

2015USBCWCLaDeenaGray.jpgMilligan led the way with games of 266, 217 and 277 for a 760 series, while Barnes added 194, 234 and 216 for a 644 set.

LaDeena Gray (right) of Eureka, California, was the only bowler to hold onto the lead in multiple events this year.

The 39-year-old right-hander had a 554 set to help Eureka’s Harbor Ladies into the Sapphire Team lead with a 1,942 series, and she continued strong the following day with 479 in singles and 441 in doubles for a 1,474 all-events total, which landed her at the top of the Topaz All-Events standings.

2015USBCWCBettyBarnes.jpg2015USBCWCSylviaBroyles.jpgAlong with high scores, participation also was celebrated at the NBS this year as seven bowlers joined the 50-Year Club at the 2015 Women’s Championships, including USBC Hall of Famers Betty Barnes (left) of Reno and Sylvia Broyles (right) of Spring Branch, Texas.

Joining Barnes and Broyles in reaching milestones this year were Yvonne Carrel of Buena Park, California; Vivian Harasim of Portage, Michigan; Frances Plaia of Mandeville, Louisiana; Lucille Strauss of Richmond, Virginia; and Shirley Williams of Corona, New York.

The 2016 Women’s Championships will head to Las Vegas and be held at the new South Point Bowling Plaza, which is part of the South Point Hotel and Casino. The 2016 event will run from April 9-July 10 (last team date), marking the tournament’s third visit to Las Vegas, and first trip since 1983.

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2015 USBC Women’s Championships Team Event

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall, changes highlighted in yellow.
Note: All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 725 and above)
1, AZ Gals (Brenda Burns, Megan Withey, Megan Kelly, Shannon Pluhowsky), Peoria, Ariz., 2,717. 2, Bowlieve In A Cure, Arlington, Texas, 2,634. 3, East Coast, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,588. 4, Storm Nation, Brigham City, Utah, 2,555. 5, Time of Our Life, Randolph, N.J., 2,513.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
1, Fox Bowl Ladies (Anne Hjelmberg, Stefanie Quayle, Tracy Wrase, Katrina Raysby), Naperville, Ill., 2,230. 2(tie), Altitude With Attitude, Buena Vista, Colo., and Loralee’s Ladies, Pinole, Calif., 2,176. 4, CT Divas, Waterbury, Conn., 2,173. 5, Alaska Belles II, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,163.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
1, Herbalife (Michelle Schwarz, Tonya Sayer, Jodi Myers, Glenda Beenblossom), Cozad, Neb., 2,080. 2, Goofy’s Gang, Hemet, Calif., 2,049. 3, Maine Fish Market 2, Hampden, Mass., 2,037. 4(tie), Sunny Meadows, Kearney, Neb., and DMJ Shuttles 2, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,017.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
1, Harbor Ladies (Deborah Smith, Stacy Rafferty, Carrie Hagedorn, LaDeena Gray), Eureka, Calif., 1,942. 2, Awesome Four, Houston, 1,876. 3, Prairie Pals I, Bennett, Colo., 1,844. 4, HJB Party Jumpers, Bastrop, La., 1,837. 5, Not To Worry, Las Cruces, N.M., 1,834.

2015 USBC Women’s Championships Doubles

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall, changes highlighted in yellow.
Note: All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 380 and above)
1, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas/Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,404. 2, Erin McCarthy/Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 1,398. 3, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Kristin Warzinski, Lincoln, Calif., 1,392. 4, Caryn Evitts, Waukegan, Ill./Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,377. 5, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla./Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 1,376.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
1, Gayle Cruickshank, Wellington, Colo./Corina Grasso, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,228. 2, Senli Chu, San Francisco/Michele McLaughlin, Redwood City, Calif., 1,191. 3, Anne Hjelmberg, Naperville, Ill./Katrina Raysby, Lombard, Ill., 1,172. 4, Sissy Christy/Debbie Strong, Oklahoma City, 1,170. 5, Tonya Carroll/Elaine Urruchurtu, Las Vegas, 1,163.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
1, Michele Jansen, Oakdale, Minn./Lee Jorgensen, Woodbury, Minn., 1,180. 2, Shawn Kirk, Timnath, Colo./Nancy Headrick, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,171. 3, Emily Corsaw, Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Wanda Graham, North Chicago, Ill., 1,143. 4, Tricia Green, Luckey, Ohio/Heidi Haney, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1,134. 5, Liz Merritt, Big Piney, Wyo./Jerene Smith, Houston, 1,131.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Terri Terry/Robin Cnossen, Ponca City, Okla., 1,088. 2, RosaMae Anderson, Lacey, Wash./Carolyn Smart, Olympia, Wash., 1,076. 3, Connie Dew/Toni Jamieson, Crossville, Tenn., 1,064. 4(tie), Janet Sward/Arianne Sward, Grasston, Minn., and Falena Cotton, Rockford, Ill./Shaleah Woods, Los Angeles, 1,063.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
1, Debbie Sapp, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Betty Williams, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 992. 2(tie), Tanya Henrie/Cindy Ramirez, Helper, Utah, and Betty Wasko/Brea Bozarth, Ness City, Kan., 977. 4, Paula Howell/Julie Juvan, Fort Collins, Colo., 976. 5, Ellena Dominguez, Las Vegas/Marlyn Bisnar, Henderson, Nev., 970.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
1, Kaye Poulson, Redlands, Calif./Susan Russell, Baytown, Texas, 970. 2, Kristin Caldwell, Mount Vernon, Wash./Kara Bonnema, Anacortes, Wash., 930. 3, Heather Hartman, Fort Benton, Mont./Janet Jewell, Carter, Mont., 919. 4, Trenisa Jackson, Waukegan, Ill./Kimberly Corsaw, Racine, Wis., 901. 5, Lucretia Stewart, Grand Ledge, Mich./Sandra Whitehead, Lansing, Mich., 899.

2015 USBC Women’s Championships Singles

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall, changes highlighted in yellow.
Note: All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 781. 2, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 751. 3(tie), Darris Ruffner, Exeter, Calif., and Rochelle Roventini, Franklin, Wis., 742. 5, Lisa Friscioni, Randolph, N.J., 740.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Nicole Ryan, Johnson City, N.Y., 654. 2, Jazzmine Miller, Payette, Idaho, 642. 3, Rochelle Blasche, Washington, 639. 4, Brittany Wilson, Chicago, 638. 5, Norma Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 628.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Marva Cobb, Inglewood, Calif., 617. 2, Barbara Frank, Battle Ground, Wash., 610. 3(tie), Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn., Heather Zacharis, Mundelein, Ill., and Vivian Geary, Orlando, Fla., 602.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Michelle Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 622. 2, Denise Bowerman, Browns Mills, N.J., 588. 3, Antoinette Atcitty, Porterville, Calif., 578. 4, Clarita Laje, Milpitas, Calif., 573. 5(tie), Susan Hedges, Waterloo, Neb., and Gilda Franklin, Los Angeles, 568.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Alice Javey-Linton, Manchaca, Texas, 564. 2, LaTasha Wada, Arlington, Texas, 563. 3, Carrie Hagedorn, Eureka, Calif., 546. 4, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 544. 5(tie), Julie Harter, Lakeland, Fla., and Randi Prater, Blanchard, Okla., 541.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Jerry Corbett, Mineral Wells, Texas, 547. 2, Shila Longcor, Illinois City, Ill., 513. 3, Andrea Hartman, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 511. 4, Michelle Jensen, Estherville, Iowa, 487. 5, Donna Bong, Brodhead, Wis., 486.

2015 USBC Women’s Championships All-Events

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall, changes highlighted in yellow.
Note: All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 2,182. 2, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 2,169. 3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,112. 4, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,102. 5, Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,096.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Ashley Bonebright, Lincoln, Neb., 1,836. 2, Patti Pope, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,778. 3, Jessica Roberts, Portland, Ore., 1,771. 4(tie), Terry Lena, Mahopac, N.Y., and Mary Lindegaard, Oroville, Calif., 1,755.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Tamara Smith, Poncha Springs, Colo., 1,699. 2, Debra Haskell, Berney, Calif., 1,693. 3, Heather Zacharis, Mundelein, Ill., 1,687. 4, Jodi Myers, Cozad, Neb., 1,677. 5, Vivian Geary, Orlando, Fla., 1,675.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,631. 2, Roxanna Palm, Tenino, Wash., 1,610. 3, Sherry Jantzi, Fairmont, Neb., 1,606. 4, Kim Stromain, Baytown, Texas, 1,601. 5, Barbara Burgess, Los Alamitos, Calif., 1,598.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Julie Harter, Lakeland, Fla., 1,524. 2, Carrie Hagedorn, Eureka, Calif., 1,515. 3, Ellena Dominguez, Las Vegas, 1,503. 4, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 1,493. 5, Linda Johnson, Blaine, Minn., 1,486.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, LaDeena Gray, Eureka, Calif., 1,474. 2, Jerry Corbett, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,454. 3, Robyn Pagel, Strasburg, Colo., 1,409. 4, Michelle Jensen, Estherville, Iowa, 1,370. 5, Shila Longcor, Illinois City, Ill., 1,351.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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