American Bowling News Overview



Ryan Ciminelli steady as April Bowler of the Month

2016PBA06RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Ryan Ciminelli (center), Cheektowaga, New York, has been chosen as the April 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Ciminelli defeated Tommy Jones, 2-0 (255-213, 225-203), in a best-of-three match for the PBA Maine Shootout crown, his sixth PBA title, fourth in the last two seasons. In close voting this month, others obtaining consideration were Walter Ray Williams Jr., E.J. Tackett, Rob Gotchall, and Pete Weber.



Rocio Restrepo, Francois Lavoie are PABCON Champion of Champions

2016PCCOCRocioRestrepoFrancoisLavoie_small.jpg Rocio Restrepo of Colombia and Canadian Francois Lavoie emerged as Masters champions in the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament which concluded Monday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Both championship matches in best-of-three games format went the distance. Restrepo came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Stefanie Johnson, United States, 2-1. Top-seeded Lavoie secured a 2-1 victory over Chris Via, United States, with a 235-191 win in the decider.



USA sweeps Doubles gold medals at PABCON Champion of Champions

Colombia, USA, Venezuela qualify for 2017 World Games

2016PCCOCWorldGamesQualifiers2_small.jpg Team USA swept the gold medals, Colombia the silver medals and Venezuela the bronze medals in the Doubles competition of the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament Sunday at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. The top three countries after eight games in Singles and eight games in Doubles automatically qualified for the 2017 World Games, which will be held in Wroclaw, Poland. Those three countries were Colombia, United States and Venezuela (pictured).



Colombia sweeps Singles titles at 4th PABCON Champion of Champions

2015PWBATourClaraJulianaGuerrero_small.jpg 2014PBAWSOBManuelOtalora_small.jpg Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero and Manuel Otalora swept the titles in singles at the 4th PABCON Champion of Champions tournament currently underway at Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico. Guerrero (l.) averaged of 230 for eight games to lead the 25-player women's field with the field-best 1840 total. Otalora (r.) survived a late scare from Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. to beat out the Venezuelan for the top spot by three pins, 1828 to 1825.



Karen Marcano, Jose Lander win Venezuelan Team Trials

Trials determine adult and youth national teams for 2016

2016VENTTAdultTeam_small.jpg Karen Marcano and Jose Lander led the women's and men's adult division in the 2016 Venezuelan Team Trials, which determined the members of the adult and youth national teams for 2016. Men and women bowled 48 games over six days on six different lane conditioning patterns, while the boys and girls bowled 30 games over five days. The top 6 women and the top 5 men earned berths into the 2016 Venezuelan national team.



IBMA member Joyce Letourneau dies

20160412JoyceLetourneau_small.jpg Joyce Letourneau, former owner of the TenPin Alley bowling newspaper, died April 12 at her home in North Las Vegas following a long illness. A member of the BWAA/IBMA for 20 years, Joyce served as TenPin Alley's Operations and Sales Manager. She jointly owned the monthly paper for 16 years with her husband, IBMA member Frenchy Letourneau. An avid consumer advocate, Joyce's monthly column "Reality Bites" tossed hard and fast commentary toward slick business practices, utility weirdness, and all types of consumer fraud.



IBMA announces finalists for College Bowlers of the Year

IBMALogo_small.jpg The International Bowling Media Association has announced the sixteen nominees for the 2016 College Bowler of the Year. The committee, comprised of IBMA members who are bowling media and former college coaches, met on April 7, 2016 to determine the top eight male and female players eligible to receive the award. The IBMA College Bowler of the Year Award is given each season to the male and female bowlers who excel on the lanes in USBC officially certified tournament play.



Danielle McEwan rolls on as March Bowler of the Month

2016HHEmirCupChampionDanielleMcEwan_small.jpgDanielle McEwan of Stony Brook, New York, has been chosen as the March 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. McEwan defeated Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 540-416 in a two-game total pins match to claim the H.H. Emir Cup 2016, her first World Bowling Tour title. McEwan received eight pins per game of handicap granted each woman during a WBT event, thus does not receive credit for a PBA title.



CTF Board announces Bowlers of the Year

2016CTFBowlerOTYRobinOrlikowski_small.jpg2016CTFBowlerOTYDanMacLelland_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has announced its Bowler of Year selections for 2015. The adult team Bowler of the Year awards go out to Robin Orlikowski of Grand Rapids, MI (l.) and Dan MacLelland from Kitchener, Ontario (r.). Mykaela Mitchell from London, ON, and Mitch Hupe, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, are the youth selections. Senior selections go to Lauraine Fast of Calgary, Alberta and John Chapman from Toronto, Ontario.




Puebla, Mexico to host 4th PABCON Champion of the Champions Tournament

Noria Pro Bowling in Puebla, Mexico (April 22-26, 2016)

2016PABCONLogo_small.jpgThe city of Puebla in Mexico will host the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Champion of Champions tournament April 22-26, 2016 at 36-lane Noria Pro Bowling. Two male and two female athletes from each of the 25 PABCON federations are eligible to participate in the COC tournament. The top three countries in both the men's and women's field automatically qualify for the 2017 World Games which will take place from July 20-30 in Wroclaw, Poland.

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172 average bowler throws four Brooklyns to win $20,000 in TAT Nationals

2016TATAmateurNationalsJamescartAlarcio_small.jpg Jamescart Alarcio (center) of Pomona, California, threw four Brooklyn strikes (3 in a row) in the final game of the TAT Amateur Nationals to become the first bowler ever from the "189 & Under Division" to win a TAT Nationals title. The TAT, which was held Feb. 1-6 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., had over 4,000 entries and paid out over $300,000 in just six days in all its events, including over $220,000 in the TAT Main Finals. Champion Alarcio took home $20,000.



Jesper Svensson historic as February Bowler of the Month

2016PBA03JesperSvensson5_small.jpg Jesper Svensson of Sweden has been chosen as the February 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Svensson defeated Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tennessee, 226-177, to become the youngest winner of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. In the process, just days before his 21st birthday, the the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year won his first major title on the PBA Tour and his third PBA title overall.



Ageless Amleto Monacelli is IBMA January Bowler of the Month

2016PBA02AmletoMonacelli4_small.jpg Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, has been chosen as the January 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Monacelli defeated Don Barrett, England, 255-233, to win the DHC PBA Japan Invitational for his 20th PBA title. The 1997 PBA Hall of Famer becomes the fourteenth player to win 20 PBA titles, and also his third win in Japan. He defeated legendary Japanese bowler Takeo Sakai in 1987 for his first PBA title, and the late David D'Entremont in 1995.



Sandy Lowe retires from CTF High Performance Program

2010BWCSandyLowe_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation, the governing body for Tenpin Bowling in Canada, has announced that long-time national team member and head coach, Sandy Lowe (pictured), has elected to retire from the High Performance Committee for CTF. Sandy worked for High Performance for five years after retiring from the head coach position, a position she held for 10 years after she retired from the Canadian national team. In her 10 years as a national team member, Sandy earned a respectable 17 medals for her country.



Gary Faulkner Jr. historic as December 2015 IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA23GaryFaulkner_small.jpgGary Faulkner Jr. (pictured), Memphis, Tennessee, has been unanimously selected as the December 2015 Kegel Bowler of The Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Faulkner won the Rolltech PBA World Championship, defeating E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Indiana, 216-178, in the title match, for his first Professional Bowlers Association title. Faulkner now joins 1993 PBA Tournament of Champions winner George Branham III as the only African American champions on the PBA Tour.



Canadian Tenpin Federation introduces new President Brian McMaster

2016CTFPresidentBrianMcMaster_small.jpg The Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) Board of Directors has elected Brian McMaster (pictured) as their new President. He will begin his new term January 1, 2016. McMaster has many years of related experience. In addition to three years as a CTF Director, he has been a Director on his Local Bowling Association (Niagara Peninsula) for 20+ years. The Executive Team includes Elaine Yamron as First Vice President and Cathy Innes as Second Vice President. Past President Brian Von Richter and Ron Molinski remain on as Directors.



Lucas Wiseman, the main voice of BowlTV, leaves USBC after 13 successful years

2014WCAbuDhabiLucasWiseman_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Public Relations and Social Media Manager Lucas Wiseman has left USBC and will be moving into a new career outside the bowling industry later this month. Wiseman, who worked at USBC for 13 year and was the main voice of BowlTV, covered his last event at the 2015 World Bowling Women's Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this week. As a pioneer of BowlTV's live streaming, Wiseman helped usher in a new era of bowling fans being able to watch the sport.



Ryan Ciminelli repeats as IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA18RyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured), Cheektowaga, New York, has been unanimously selected as the November 2015 Kegel Bowler of The Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Ciminelli won his second PBA title in as many months, the Bowlmor AMF U.S Open, defeating Dom Barrett, Colchester, England, 236-223, in the title match. This is Ciminelli's first major title and fourth overall PBA title. He also becomes the fifth bowler in the last eight years to repeat as IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month.



Ryan Ciminelli named October IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PBA17RyanCiminelli_small.jpg Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, New York, has been selected as the October 2015 Kegel Bowler of The Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Ciminelli won the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open defeating Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, New York, 269-211, in the title match. This was Ciminelli's third PBA title along with his first, the One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Classic in 2011, and the Chameleon Championship at the 2013 PBA World Series of Bowling.



Liz Johnson stellar in September as IBMA Bowler of the Month

2015PWBAPlayeroftheYearLizJohnson_small.jpgLiz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, has been unanimously selected as the IBMA September 2015 Kegel Bowler of The Month. Johnson won the 2015 Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open defeating Shannon O'Keefe of O' Fallon, Illinois, 190-189, in the title match. The following week, Johnson placed third in The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, the final event in the PWBA season. Based on season-long points the USBC Hall of Famer added to her stellar 2015 season by being named PWBA Player of the Year.

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