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New Jersey bowler joins 50-Year Club

The United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships has helped Alicia Straka of Bridgewater, New Jersey, travel across the country and build countless friendships, and her trek in 2016 gave her another memory to cherish as she celebrated her 50th tournament appearance June 19.

The 89-year-old right-hander began her journey at the 1966 event in New Orleans, and she has made an annual appearance at the tournament each year since 1984. Straka was awarded a plaque, chevron and pendant to commemorate the milestone at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

“I had this angst and anticipation going in because I hoped I would make it,” said Straka, who rolled sets of 384 in doubles, 374 in singles and 314 in team for a 1,072 all-events total in 2016. “When you’re 89 years old, every day is a blessing. I’m looking forward to Baton Rouge. Last time we were there, we had a great time.”

Four other competitors joined Straka in reaching the 50-year plateau at the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships, including Alyce Hansen of Port Ludlow, Washington, Martha Johnson of Johnson City, Tennessee, Linda Prattini of New Orleans and Jelemia Sanders of Richmond, Kentucky.

Utah bowler moves into Ruby All-Events lead in Las Vegas

Two lead changes in Ruby All-Events occurred this week at the South Point Bowling Plaza, with Rhonda Greenhalgh of West Valley City, Utah, emerging at the top of the standings after finishing with a 1,879 total June 22.

Greenhalgh used sets of 653 in singles, 618 in team and 608 in doubles to reach her leading score. She passed Julie Jaques of Henderson, Nevada, who posted a 1,862 total on June 19. Rhonda Ybarra of Chicago started the week in the lead with 1,834.

Ruby All-Events features bowlers with entering averages of 175-189.

A look ahead

2016USBCWCLogo.jpgLess than three weeks remain before the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships concludes its 94-day run at the South Point Bowling Plaza on July 11. The 2016 event kicked off April 9.

This year marked the tournament’s 97th edition, with a tradition that began in 1916.

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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, Canucks (Judy Hansen, Karen MacNeil, Debbie Sims, Jill Friis), London, Ontario, Canada, 2,334. 2, Road Trip, Naperville, Ill., 2,266. 3, VA Wildcards, Stafford, Va., 2,215. 4, Garden Center Lanes, Alexandria, Minn., 2,206. 5, Crazy Vegas Chicks, Henderson, Nev., 2,177.

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, Christian Ladies, San Antonio, 2,041. 4, Badgerlands Finest, Columbus, Wis., 2,025. 5, Strike Force, North Chicago, Ill., 2,013.

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(tie), Tubbs Racing, Gem, Kan., and McGuire Construction, Esbon, Kan., 1,890. 4, Jeff’s Body Repair, Soda Springs, Idaho, 1,857. 5(tie), St. Croix River Rollers, Stillwater, Minn., and Down The Hatch, New Braunfels, Texas, 1,835.

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, Shanice Brown/Doreen Antrombrown, Platte City, Mo., 1,177. 5, Ari Bulthuis/Denise Bulthuis, Chicago, 1,176.

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, Teisha Hatch/Trayce Maxze-Davis, Lynwood, Ill., 1,162. 5, Cynthia Brown, Bahama, N.C./Cynthia McMillin, Durham, N.C., 1,156.

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(tie), Ann-Marie Davis, Lithia, Fla./Randi DeVillier, Riverview, Fla., and Angela Hoskins/Shirley Robinson, Birmingham, Ala., 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, Sandy Ames, Canyon Lake, Texas/Karla Wheeler, New Braunfels, Texas, 1,001. 5, Linda Armbrister, Soland, Maine/Barbara Clark, Rockville, Md., 998.

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, Dolores Dombkowski/Melissa Kunow, Michigan City, Ind., 893.

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, Rhonda Greenhalgh, West Valley City, Utah, 653. 5, Christina Mahin, Gresham, Ore., 645.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Faith Nealon, Dallas, 642. 2, Alyssa Keyser, Bridger, Mont., 638. 3, Patsy Northey, Cambridge, Wis., 631. 4(tie), Teresa Person, Tigard, Ore., and Catherine Macari, Islandia, N.Y., 630.

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, Adella Williams, Anchorage, Alaska, 590. 5, Mary Jane Shelton, San Antonio, 584.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Anne Watson, Casa Grande, Ariz., 565. 2, Carol Schimke, Wind Lake, Wis., 560. 3(tie), Marlana Ayers, Plymouth, Minn., and Deborah Johnson-Nicks, Fayetteville, Ga., 552. 5, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 548.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Sue Browne, Garden City, Mich., 518. 2, Joann Schneider, Spearman, Texas, 507. 3(tie), Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., and Carolyn Kahlich, Cuero, Texas, 503.

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 Greenhalgh, West Valley City, Utah, 1,879. 2, Julie Jaques, Henderson, Nev., 1,862. 3, Rhonda Ybarra, Chicago, 1,834. 4, Daphne Williams, Mount Vernon, N.Y., 1,806. 5, Clara Smith, Cleveland, 1,775.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Kathi Finley, New Bern, N.C., 1,788. 2, Esther Ah Yo, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,719. 3, Mari Gallegos, Chicago, 1,708. 4(tie), Rexiene Smith, Tampa, Fla., and June Dill, Bermuda, 1,690.

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, Angela Hoskins, Birmingham, Ala., 1,503.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Sue Browne, Garden City, Mich., 1,502. 2, Karla Wheeler, New Braunfels, Texas, 1,488. 3, Sandy Miller, Strasburg, Colo., 1,444. 4, Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., 1,430. 5, Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., 1,424.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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