American Bowling News Overview

Team USA News

08/20/15

Team USA roster set for PABCON Men's Championships

PABCONLogo.jpgTeam USA will send a talented group of six bowlers to represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships in Puerto Rico next month. The U.S. team will be made up of Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Florida, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois.

IBMA News

08/13/15

Longest-writing sports columnist, Mary Jane Sporar, dies at age 95

20150807IBMAMaryJaneSporar_small.jpg Mary Jane Sporar (nee Muhlig) formerly of Joliet, Ill., passed away peacefully at the Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Chicago Heights, Friday, August 7, 2015 at age 95. Well known female bowler and women's bowling advocate she wrote the bowling column for the Joliet Herald News for nearly 60 years and was the longest-writing sports columnist in the country. Sporar, an icon in the bowling industry, was inducted into seven Halls of Fame and garnered 73 industry awards for her work in print and on the radio.

IBMA News

08/05/15

Osku Palermaa named July IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015BWOJoeyYeoOskuPalermaa_small.jpgTwo-handed star Osku Palermaa of Finland (pictured with women's division winner Joey Yeo, Singapore) has been selected as the July 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Palermaa defeated Isao Yamamoto of Japan, 248-224, for the Bowling World Open men's division title. In addition to the 10 million Yen top prize (approx. $81,814), Palermaa earned his fifth PBA title. This is Palermaa's third IBMA Bowler of the Month award, his first since August 2014.

IBMA News

08/04/15

Keith Hamilton voted new President of International Bowling Media Association

2013IBMHOFPresidentKeithHamilton_small.jpg During its annual board meeting, longtime industry leader, Keith Hamilton (pictured), was elected President of the International Bowling Media Association. Freelance writer Mark Miller was elected Vice President. In addition to Hamilton, six others were either reelected or voted on as new IBMA Board members: Brian Hirsch, Phoenix; Gianmarc Manzione, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Bill Zuben, Largo, Fla.; Johnny Campos, Peoria, Ill.; Kevin Hong, Normandy Park, Wash., and Sam Vasta, Milwaukee.

United States

07/27/15

Jon Rakoski wins $20,000 in 2015 TAT Summer Classic

2015TATSummerClassicJonRakoski_small.jpgJon Rakoski (center) from Estero, Florida, shot 257 in the final match to win the TAT Summer Classic and the $20,000 first-place check July 4th at The Orleans bowling center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jon Kroll from West Seneca, New York took home 2nd place and $10,000 shooting 216. Russ Oviatt and Cliff Connors both residing in Tempe, Arizona, earned $7,500 and $6,000 for third and fourth place with Armando Martinez of Mission, Texas, in fifth place, worth $5,000.

2015 Pan American Games

07/26/15

Pluhowsky, Suartz win Singles gold to end Pan American Games bowling competition

Top-seeded Johnson, MacLelland eliminated in semifinal round

2015PAGSinglesGoldShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg2015PAGSinglesGoldMarceloSuartz_small.jpgTeam USA's Shannon Pluhowsky and Marcelo Suartz of Brazil captured the gold medals in women's and men's singles Saturday to end the bowling competition of the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Pluhowsky, seeded second, defeated Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic in the gold medal match, 223-212. Suartz, also seeded second, topped Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli for the men's title, 201-189.

2015 Pan American Games

07/25/15

Team USA's Johnson, Bidwell lead in Singles at Pan American Games

2015PAGLizJohnson_small.jpg2015PAGDevinBidwell_small.jpgTeam USA's Liz Johnson (l.) and Devin Bidwell (r.) led the women's and men's Singles qualifying at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" on Friday as the field was reduced to the top eight bowlers for Saturday's round robin match play. Qualifying pinfall will be carried forward. Match play features one-game matches with the winner receiving 20 bonus pins. The top four bowlers after match play advance to the medal round, also on Saturday.

2015 Pan American Games

07/24/15

Francois Lavoie, Dan MacLelland shatter five record to cruise to Men's Doubles gold medal

Lavoie ends the 300 game jinx; rolls the first perfecto in the history of the Pan American Games; Colombia earns the silver medal and the U.S. team takes bronze

2015PAGFrancoisLavoieDanMacLelland_small.jpgFrancois Lavoie and Dan MacLelland (l-r) from the host country Canada rewrote the Pan American games bowling record book by posting five new records Thursday at the Pan Am bowling center on their way to the gold medal in men's doubles at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015". The Canadians out averaged their nearest competitors, Jaime Gonzalez and Manuel Otalora of Colombia, by more than 13 pins. The U.S. duo of Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones took the bronze medal.

2015 Pan American Games

07/24/15

Clara Guerrero, Rocio Restrepo win gold for Colombia in Women's Doubles

Team USA takes silver medal and Venezuela gets bronze

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Clara Juliana Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo (l-r) captured the title in Women's Doubles Thursday at the Pan Am bowling center to win the first gold medal in the bowling competition at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" for Colombia. The duo led the 14-nation field after 12 games with with 5074 total an average of 211.42. Team USA's Liz Johnson and Shannon Pluhowsky took the silver medal and Patricia De Faria and Karen Marcano of Venezuela got bronze.

2015 Pan American Games

07/23/15

Colombia's Guerrero, Restrepo set the pace as Women's Doubles reaches halfway mark

2015PAGClaraJulianaGuerreroRocioRestrepo_small.jpgColombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo (l-r) set the pace in Women's Doubles at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" as competition reached its halfway mark Wednesday at the Pan American Games bowling center in Toronto, Canada. In sharp contrast to the record-breaking performance of the men's Doubles earlier on Wednesday, the Colombians were the only women's team of the participating 14 PABCON member federations which averaged over 200.

2015 Pan American Games

07/22/15

Canada's MacLelland, Lavoie take the lead in Men's Doubles after 6/12 games

Canadians and silver medalists Devin Bidwell, Tommy Jones USA) set four records on opening day of the Pan American Games Bowling competition

2015PAGDanMacLellandFrancoisLavoie_small.jpgFrancois Lavoie and Dan MacLelland (r-l) from the host country Canada averaged 226 in the first of two six-game blocks to take the lead in men's doubles at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" with 2712 pinfall total. MacLelland led the way with the field-best 1416 series, while Lavoie contributed 1296. Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones, United States, were second (2649) with Colombia's Jaime Gonzalez and Manuel Otalora in third place (2605).

2015 Pan American Games

07/21/15

Team USA bowlers to compete in Pan American Games

2015PanAmGamesLogo_small.jpg Team USA will have a mix of newcomers and veterans when the four-member bowling team takes part in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, this week. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kansas, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, will represent the United States in what is considered the most important event in the four-year cycle of the Team USA bowling program.

2015 Pan American Games

07/18/15

Bowling competition at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" starts Wednesday

6,100 athletes from 41 countries and territories from the Americas are competing in 36 sports

2015PanAmGamesLogo_small.jpg The XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" run from July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada. This year, 6,100 athletes from 41 countries and territories from the Americas are competing in 36 sports in the 15 host communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe region. Bowling competition takes place at Planet Bowl in Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada, from July 22-26. Maximum two men and two women from the 15 PABCON member federations compete for medals in Singles and Doubles.

IBMA News

07/07/15

Pete Weber major choice as June IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA5005PeteWeber_small.jpgPete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Missouri, has been selected as the June 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Weber threw a clutch tenth frame double to defeat Eric Forkel, 224-212, to win the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open. Weber now has four PBA50 Tour titles, including two majors. With four remaining events on the PBA50 schedule the 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year is the leader on the competition points list for PBA50 Player of the Year.

2015 PABCON Youth

07/04/15

Team USA's Young, Brummett sweep the gold medals in Under-21 Masters

Venezuela's Monacelli, Colombia's GarcĂ­a end the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships with victory in Under-16 Masters

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Junior Team USA's Gregory Young Jr. and Sydney Brummett swept the gold medals in Under-21 Masters while Rodolfo Monacelli of Venezuela and Colombia's Laura García captured the titles in the Under-16 Masters at the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships which concluded Friday at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. The top 16 U21 boys and girls and the top 8 U16 boys and girls in All-Events advanced to match-play Masters in best-of-three games bracket format.

2015 PABCON Youth

07/03/15

Colombia sweeps gold medals in Mixed Team and All-Events in Under-16 Division

U.S. boys and Colombian girls share the gold medals in Under-21 Division

2015PABCONYouthBoysTeamUSA_small.jpgColombia won five gold medals and the United States two in the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships Thursday at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. Colombia's Under-16 bowlers captured the titles in boys and girls All-Events and in Mixed Team and the Under-21 girls won the four-player team event and in All-Events. The U.S. boys (l.) swept the medals in All-Events and teamed to win gold medal No. 5 in the Team event.

2015 PABCON Youth

07/01/15

Mexican girls, U.S boys cruise to the U21 Trios titles in Panama

Colombia's Laura Garcia & Felipe Gil dominate the U16 Mixed Doubles

2015PABCONYouthBoysTrioUSA_small.jpgThe Mexican girls and the U.S. boys (pictured) cruised to the Under-21 Trios titles at the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships while Colombia's Laura Garcia and Felipe Gil captured the gold medal in the Under-16 Mixed Doubles Tuesday. Junior Team USA leads the medal tally in the U21 division after six of 12 events with four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Colombia dominates the U16 division after 5/10 events with four gold and two bronze medals.

2015 PABCON Youth

06/30/15

U.S. boys, Colombian girls claim gold in Doubles in Under-21 division

Venezuelan boys and Colombian girls win the titles in the Under-16 division

2015PABCONYouthMichaelTangKamronDoyle_small.jpgU.S. Boys Kamron Doyle and Michael Tang (U21; r-l), Venezuela's Gianmarco Gaglione and Rodolfo Monacelli Jr. (U16) and the girls from Colombia, Juliana Franco and Laura Plazas (U21) and Laura Garcia and Ana Sofia Olaya (U16) shared the gold medal in Doubles on the second day of competition at the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships currently underway at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. Tang, Plazas, Monacelli and Garcia lead their respective division in All-Events.

2015 PABCON Youth

06/29/15

USA, Colombia sweep U21, U16 Singles titles to start 2015 PABCON Youth Championships

U21 Boys Singles champion Kamron Doyle (USA) and Andres RodrĂ­guez (VEN) achieve perfection

2015PABCONYouthKamromDoyle_small.jpgJunior Team USA's Kamron Doyle and Gazmine Mason and Colombia's Felipe Gil and Laura García won the gold medals in Singles in the Under-21 and Under-16 divisions to start the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships Sunday at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá. Doyle (pictured) started the championships with bang rolling the first 300 game of the event in the first game of the U21 Boys Singles. Andres Rodríguez of Venezuela posted the second 300 in his third game.

IBMA News

06/09/15

Bill O'Neill reigns as May IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA08BillONeill_small.jpgBill O'Neill (pictured) of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the May 2015 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill downed reigning PBA Player of the year, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 247-172 for the PBA Oklahoma Open crown. O'Neill then defeated Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina, 191-164, for the King of the Swing crown, featuring each of the four tournament winners and the top point getter of the PBA Summer Swing.

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