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Liz Johnson delivers in final frame at Women’s Championships

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, delivered two strikes in her final frame May 28 to secure the lead in Diamond Singles at the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships with a 757 series.

The five-time Women’s Championships titlist started singles at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas with games of 212 and 278 before finding herself in must-strike territory after a spare conversion in the fourth frame. Johnson fired seven consecutive strikes starting in the fifth frame to finish with a 267 game.

Team USA’s Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, had taken the lead earlier in the day with 749.

“I guess I had to be patient,” said Johnson, who added 703 in team and 619 in doubles for an all-events total of 2,079, placing her fourth overall.

“In doubles, I really didn’t miss the pocket, but the carry wasn’t great. I had the right ball in my hand, and once I got to move into a more comfortable spot, the strikes seemed to come. It was just a matter of making good shots and staying down, and everything fell into place the last couple of games.”

New leaders emerge in the Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz divisions

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The 2016 Women’s Championships saw new leaders in the Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Topaz divisions this week at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

Daphne Williams (pictured above) of Mount Vernon, New York, moved into the lead in Ruby Singles with games of 226, 236 and 216 for a 678 series June 1. Billie Roberts of Rockford, Illinois, previously held the lead with 673.

Williams also took the Ruby All-Events lead with a nine-game total of 1,806, but her time at the top of the standings only lasted until June 3 as Rhonda Ybarra of Chicago finished her 2016 tournament with a 1,834 total.

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Ybarra (pictured above) rolled sets of 666 in doubles, 621 in singles and 547 in team to reach her leading total, and her performance in doubles helped her and Clara Lyall of Chicago move into the top spot in Emerald Doubles with 1,187. Lyall added 521 to the effort as the pair surpassed Kitty Cody of Citrus Heights, California, and Chris Mahana of Eagle, Idaho, who previously held the lead with 1,167.

The Sapphire Team lead changed hands June 2 as Wyoming Wild Bunch of Thermopolis, Wyoming, took the lead with 1,902. McGuire Construction of Ebson, Kansas, had led with 1,890.

Ella Parker‘s 609 series led the way for Wyoming Wild Bunch, which had games of 623, 632 and 647. Parker was joined by Jessica Slagle (582), Shawna Baumeister (430) and Hope Gebes (281).

Selena Fabricius of Burlington, Wyoming, and Debbie Smith of Emmett, Idaho, also made their way to the top of the standings June 2 as they edged into the Topaz Doubles lead. Fabricius rolled a 476 series, and Smith added 444 to get the pair to 920 to pass Judy Moreman and Rosalinda Walker of Danville, Illinois, who had held the lead with 914.

A look ahead

2016USBCWCLogo.jpgLinda Prattini of Metairie, Louisiana, will celebrate her 50th consecutive USBC Women’s Championships appearance this week at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

Prattini is the founder of the famed Zodiacs of New Orleans team, which has earned the distinction of the “World’s Best-Dressed Bowling Team.” The team is celebrating its 48th year of arriving at the event in handmade costumes.

Prattini, who began her tournament career at the 1967 event in Rochester, New York, will hit the lanes June 5 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

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2016 USBC Women’s Championships Team Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 725 and above)
1, Logo Infusion (Kristin Nieter, Rocio Restrepo, Michelle Sterner, Terysa Wojnar), Oregon, Ohio, 2,656. 2, Golden Approach 2, Dayton, Ohio, 2,642. 3, 3 Webbers And An Outcast, Omaha, Neb., 2,629. 4, Edgy Bowlers, West Seneca, N.Y., 2,607. 5, Strike Out Diabetes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,601.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
1, Road Trip (Mari Gallegos, Belle Garcia, Susan Schlink, Jan Schmidt), Naperville, Ill., 2,266. 2, VA Wildcards, Stafford, Va., 2,215. 3, Garden Center Lanes, Alexandria, Minn., 2,206. 4, Tom Kelley’s Pro Shop, Carter Lake, Iowa, 2,150. 5, Revolutions Pro Shop 2, Avondale, Ariz., 2,146.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
1, Toooo Hot!!!! (Crystal Espinosa, Cynthia Martinez, Margaret Romero, Betty Veitch), Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,115. 2, The Bowling Stones, North Platte, Neb., 2,085. 3, DC’s Finest Ladies 4, Capitol Heights, Md., 2,005. 4, Lane Surfers, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,996. 5, Jack in the Box, Aurora, Ill., 1,994.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
1, Wyoming Wild Bunch (Hope Gebes, Shawna Baumeister, Jessica Slagle, Ella Parker), Thermopolis, Wyo., 1,902. 2, McGuire Construction, Esbon, Kan., 1,890. 3, Jeff’s Body Repair, Soda Springs, Idaho, 1,857. 4, St. Croix River Rollers, Stillwater, Minn., 1,835. 5, Arky’s Angels, Little Rock, Ark., 1,808.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships Doubles Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 380 and above)
1, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill./Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 1,413. 2, Astrid Valiente, Carol Stream, Ill./Ingellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,384. 3, Charly Boelter, Oshkosh, Wis./Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 1,369. 4, Linda Wilson, Moore, Okla./Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 1,361. 5(tie), Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan./Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y., and Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 1,358.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
1, Andrea Sharp, Stafford, Va./RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Berryton, Kan., 1,234. 2, Bete Krause, Bartlett, Ill./Cynthia Taylor, Belvidere, Ill., 1,199. 3, Kimberly Tulo, San Clemente, Calif./Nemia Moore, Fort Smith, Ark., 1,183. 4, Ari Bulthuis/Denise Bulthuis, Chicago, 1,176. 5, Janet Hrasch/Connie Kus, Palatine, Ill., 1,153.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
1, Clara Lyall/Rhonda Ybarra, Chicago, 1,187. 2, Kitty Cody, Citrus Heights, Calif./Chris Mahana, Eagle, Idaho, 1,167. 3, Amy Miller, Newport, N.C./Kathi Finley, New Bern, N.C., 1,135. 4, Mari Gallegos/Belle Garcia, Chicago, 1,133. 5, Shanda Jones, Patterson, N.J./Naimah Carson, Newark, N.J., 1,117.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Marge Vieira, Ripon, Calif./Suzanne Ruiz, Delhi, Calif., 1,085. 2(tie), Janet Sward/Arianne Sward, Grasston, Minn., and Tracey Avery, Dameron, Md./Ginger Baker, Abbeville, S.C., 1,073. 4, Ann-Marie Davis, Lithia, Fla./Randi DeVillier, Riverview, Fla., 1,068. 5, Viola Mueller/Liane Butitta, Neenah, Wis., 1,064.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
1(tie), Nancy Jette, Beaverton, Ore./Pamala Conrad, Hillsboro, Ore., and Sabrina Gunn, Lee Summit, Mo./Ashlea Gunn, Colombia, Mo., 1,014. 3, Jean Gilbert, Richmond, Va./Barbara Poe, Glen Allen, Va., 1,004. 4, Linda Armbrister, Soland, Maine/Barbara Clark, Rockville, Md., 998. 5(tie), Barbara Travis, Havelock, N.C./Delia Hibbs, New Bern, N.C., and Lillie Harris, Richmond, Va./Sandie Capelouto, San Pedro, Calif., 990.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
1, Selena Fabricius, Burlington, Wyo./Debbie Smith, Emmett, Idaho, 920. 2, Judy Moreman/Rosalinda Walker, Danville, Ill., 914. 3, Anne Watson/Debbie Apodaca, Casa Grande, Ariz., 895. 4, Terri Treat, Taylorsville, Utah/Margaret Jacobs, Murray, Utah, 884. 5, Brenda Dana, Bedford, Wyo./Heidi Barkdull, Thayne, Wyo., 880.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships Singles Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 757. 2, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 751. 3, Carol Norman, Houston, 750. 4, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 749. 5, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 746.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Daphne Williams, Mount Vernon, N.Y., 678. 2, Billie Roberts, Rockford, Ill., 673. 3, Lindsey Szachta, Charlotte, N.C., 657. 4, Stacy Lau-Snow, Chantilly, Va., 638. 5, Candy Duffey, Lenoir, N.C., 633.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Alyssa Keyser, Bridger, Mont., 638. 2, Patsy Northey, Cambridge, Wis., 631. 3(tie), Teresa Person, Tigard, Ore., and Catherine Macari, Islandia, N.Y., 630. 5, June Dill, Bermuda, 628.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Carolyn Fleming, Trenton, Ill., 619. 2, Marcella Hull, Camdenton, Mo., 595. 3, Judy Mason, Greer, S.C., 591. 4, Mary Jane Shelton, San Antonio, 584. 5, Erin Bright, Chicago, 582.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Anne Watson, Casa Grande, Ariz., 565. 2(tie), Marlana Ayers, Plymouth, Minn., and Deborah Johnson-Nicks, Fayetteville, Ga., 552. 4, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 548. 5, Helen Heritage, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 540.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Sue Browne, Garden City, Mich., 518. 2(tie), Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., and Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., 503. 4(tie), Diane O’Connor, Dexter, Minn., and Doreen Gehrke, Salt Lake City, 498.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships All-Events Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,129. 2, Kristin Nieter, Homewood, Ill., 2,098. 3, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 2,085. 4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,079. 5, Astrid Valiente, Carol Stream, Ill., 2,076.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Rhonda Ybarra, Chicago, 1,834. 2, Daphne Williams, Mount Vernon, N.Y., 1,806. 3, Mindy McNeal, Gurdon, Ark., 1,758. 4, Stephanie Owens, Laurel, Md., 1,755. 5(tie), RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Berryton, Kan., and Nancy Sharp, Salem, Ore., 1,735.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Kathi Finley, New Bern, N.C., 1,788. 2, Mari Gallegos, Chicago, 1,708. 3(tie), Rexiene Smith, Tampa, Fla., and June Dill, Bermuda, 1,690. 5(tie), Jacqueline Morris, Temple City, Md., and Diane Thorne-Bakker, Palos Park, Ill., 1,675.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Cindy Combs, Chicago, 1,673. 2, Erin Bright, Chicago, 1,636. 3, Diana Yu, Monterey Park, Calif., 1,609. 4, Denise Caldwell, Ostrander, Minn., 1,605. 5, Elsie Cooper, Clinton, Md., 1,604.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Sabrina Gunn, Lee Summit, Mo., 1,579. 2, Nancy Jette, Beaverton, Ore., 1,518. 3, Anne Watson, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,513. 4, Kim Grams, Campbell, Neb., 1,510. 5(tie), Sarah King, Fayetteville, N.C., and Chelsie Fox, Enoch, Utah, 1,493.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Sue Browne, Garden City, Mich., 1,502. 2, Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., 1,430. 3, Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., 1,424. 4, Emma Lee Tate, Richmond, Ky., 1,388. 5(tie), Maryann Medellin, Dallas, and Camille Menard, Carencro, La., 1,380.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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