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ESPN partners Pedersen, Jakubowski to cover Xtra Frame PBA Tour events

The PBA has announced PBA Hall of Famer and veteran ESPN color analyst Randy Pedersen will join ESPN/Xtra Frame lead announcer Mike Jakubowski in the broadcast booth for a series of exclusive PBA Xtra Frame tournaments, beginning with the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 4-6 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

L-R Pedersen and Jakubowski at the 2015 PBA World Championship

PBA’s 2016 Xtra Frame tournament series will include tournaments across the United States. Each Xtra Frame event is an expanded weekend tournament that will award PBA Tour titles and will be covered exclusively, live by PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The Xtra Frame tour will include two stops in the suburban Chicago area; Jonesboro, Ark.; Lubbock, Texas; Houston, Texas; Middletown, Del.; Detroit, Tamarac, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn., and Las Vegas. Details will be announced soon.

Also, the PBA reported that as of March 1, Xtra Frame had surpassed the 8,000 paid subscriber milestone for the first time. The previous high for paid monthly and annual subscribers was 7,448 on Jan. 2, 2015.

The current subscriber total – 8,045 – is 1,122 ahead of the same date a year earlier. The paid subscriber base doesn’t include three-day passes.

Complete version of “The Bad Boy of Bowling” avaiable online

2016BadBoyofBowlingPoster.jpgThe complete version of “The Bad Boy of Bowling” documentary on the career of PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber made its debut on ESPN.com Feb. 23 and an abbreviated 10-minute version of the film made its broadcast debut as part of Friday Night Movie Night on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Feb. 26.

“Bad Boy” was directed by SideStilt Films’ Bryan Storkel and produced by Amy Storkel and Daniel Judge.

In conjunction with the “Bad Boy” debut, PBA is offering a special “Who Do You Think You Are?” coffee mug and t-shirt for a limited time. PDW fans can order their special Pete Weber items at the PBA Tour Store on pba.com now through March 31.

PBA Regional Update: Greg Thompson Jr., Stoney Baker victorious

2013PBAWestGregThompson.jpgGreg Thompson Jr. (left) of Dublin, Calif., defeated Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif., 236-178, to win the PBA West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 21. Along with his fourth PBA Regional title, Thompson earned $2,500.

2014PBA50StoneyBaker.jpgStoney Baker (right) of Canton, Ga., defeated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 245-156, 243-198, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 28th PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg Southern Open presented by Global 900 at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21. Baker earned $2,000.

Kicking off a busy March schedule over the March 4-6 weekend will be the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by 900 Global in Galion, Ohio; the Lakewood Holiday Lanes Southwest Open presented by Storm in Lakewood, Colo.; the PBA50 Monte Skeels Allstate Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass. Ore.

The only regional activity over the March 13 weekend is the one-day PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The March 18-20 weekend includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Odessa Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas; the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 in Virden, Ill.; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y., and the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio.

The March regional calendar concludes over the March 25-27 weekend with the Cooperfield Bowl Houston Challenge presented by 900 Global in Houston, Texas; the South Point West Challenge and Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Track, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here and open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

Quick Notes

2015WBTFinalsDomBarrett.jpgEngland’s Dom Barrett (pictured left), who rolled a unique 10-strike 300 game in winning the World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals presented by the PBA, was mildly surprised when PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced that Barrett would receive the traditional $10,000 bonus for bowling a nationally-televised perfect game.

The finals, which aired on Feb. 21 on ESPN, introduced an experimental World Bowling scoring system that awarded 30 pins for each strike in a 10-frame game with no “bonus” shots in the 10th frame.

But to make sure he complied with the traditional 12-strike scoring system in earning the bonus, Barrett told Clark, “I’ll be happy to throw two more strikes if you’d like.”

2016CP3TerrellOwensPeteWeber.jpgFollowing his victory in Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational with partner Pete Weber (left), former NFL All-Star wide receiver Terrell Owens (right) was a guest on the Tiki and Tierney Show on CBS Sports Radio Network, talking about the celebrity bowling event and the NFL Hall of Fame.

To listen to the interview, click here.

Adeline DeBiasi, a co-owner of long-time PBA tournament host Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich., died on Feb. 23 in Allen Park, Mich. She was 79. She is survived by sons William (Ann Adams) DeBiasi and Alan (Kerri) DeBiasi; daughter Maryellen (Fred) Darin, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. Funeral mass was held Saturday in Allen Park.

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