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Zodaics’ Prattini celebrates 50th USBC Women’s Championships appearance

The founder of the famed Zodiacs of New Orleans, Linda Prattini, made her 50th consecutive United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships appearance June 5.

The 74-year-old right-hander began her tournament career at the 1967 event in Rochester, New York, and was awarded a plaque, chevron and pendant at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas this week to commemorate her achievement.

Prattini introduced the Zodiacs at the 1969 USBC Women’s Championships in San Diego as a rebellion against the tournament’s dress code. The team arrived in full-length formal dresses that would break away at the knees once they were on the lanes.

Since that trip to University Lanes, the Zodiacs have returned to the event each year, debuting a new handmade costume that often reflects characteristics of the host city. The group, which featured three teams in 2016, is known as the “World’s Best-Dressed Bowling Team.”

“There are many, many reasons why I’ve enjoyed this 50-year journey,” said Prattini, who rolled sets of 428 in team, 421 in singles and 350 in doubles for a 1,199 all-events total in her 50th appearance.

“Yes, the publicity is fun, and designing the costumes is my little niche into the fashion design world, since I wanted to be a clothes designer. But, I love the sport and my team. I have bad feet, bone-on-bone knees and spinal stenosis, so you need to have the desire to do this. I will keep doing this as long as I can, working towards the goal of celebrating the Zodiacs’ 50th consecutive year in 2018.”

Sisters take Sapphire Doubles lead at South Point Bowling Plaza

Sisters Pua Edayan of Waimanalo, Hawaii, and Tatiana Montez of Kapolei, Hawaii, used a strong final game to push their way into the lead in Sapphire Doubles at the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships on June 10.

Edayan led the way with games of 180, 180 and 202 for a 562 series, while Montez added 162, 161 and 215 for 538 and a 1,100 total. Suzanne Ruiz of Delhi, California, and Marge Vieira of Ripon, California, previously led with 1,085.

Sapphire Doubles features bowlers with combined entering averages of 290-319.

A look ahead

2016USBCWCLogo.jpgThe USBC Women’s Championships will be joined in Las Vegas by a pair of top senior events starting next week, so bowling fans and Women’s Championships competitors can stop by and see some of the best USBC members age 50 and older compete.

Beginning on June 17, the International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic will welcome the top super seniors age 60 and above to Sam’s Town Bowling Center to compete for the top prize of $4,000. The cashers’ round and stepladder finals will be broadcast live on BowlTV on June 19 starting at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The 2016 USBC Senior Masters also will take place at Sam’s Town, starting June 21 with the first of three rounds of qualifying. The field will be cut to the top 63 players and defending champion and USBC Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli for the double-elimination match-play bracket June 24. The stepladder finals will be June 26 starting at 1 p.m. Eastern. All rounds of the Senior Masters will be broadcast live on BowlTV.

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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, Prairie Pals, Bennett, Colo., 1,830.

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, Linda Mayette/Jessica Tuggle-Prades, Sierra Vista, Ariz., 1,178. 3, Kitty Cody, Citrus Heights, Calif./Chris Mahana, Eagle, Idaho, 1,167. 4, Amy Miller, Newport, N.C./Kathi Finley, New Bern, N.C., 1,135. 5, Mari Gallegos/Belle Garcia, Chicago, 1,133.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Pua Edayan, Waimanalo, Hawaii/Tatiana Montez, Kapolei, Hawaii, 1,100. 2, Marge Vieira, Ripon, Calif./Suzanne Ruiz, Delhi, Calif., 1,085. 3(tie), Janet Sward/Arianne Sward, Grasston, Minn., and Tracey Avery, Dameron, Md./Ginger Baker, Abbeville, S.C., 1,073. 5, Ann-Marie Davis, Lithia, Fla./Randi DeVillier, Riverview, Fla., 1,068.

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, Debra Headrick, Franklin, Neb./Cheryl Vap, Riverton, Neb., 912. 4, Anne Watson/Debbie Apodaca, Casa Grande, Ariz., 895. 5, Toni Graves, Parker, Colo./Sandy Miller, Strasburg, Colo., 885.

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, Miriam Galluzzo, Montebello, Calif., 1,681.

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, Sandy Miller, Strasburg, Colo., 1,444. 3, Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., 1,430. 4, Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., 1,424. 5, Emma Lee Tate, Richmond, Ky., 1,388.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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