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PBA offers fans two free trial days to experience Xtra Frame

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will lead the Xtra Frame crew in calling the action and providing insights that are not available through any other media outlets.

The PBA, a pioneer in live, online video-streaming of its competition, will offer bowling fans around the world free access to both rounds of match play and the stepladder finals of the Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open from South Point Bowling Plaza on Sunday, Oct. 30, where a PBA Tour title will be won.

PBA also will provide fans with exclusive access to the final day of match play in the U.S. Open on Tuesday, Nov. 8, including one of the most exciting rounds of competition in the sport – the position round of match play to determine the five stepladder finalists for the live CBS Sports Network finals which will air on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Xtra Frame’s comprehensive coverage of the final two rounds of match play on Tuesday will begin at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) and 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman also will join the XF team for coverage of the final round of U.S. Open match play.

To activate the free trial day, fans will simply need to go to the page for subscription options on the Xtra Frame site on Oct. 30 and/or Nov. 8 and click on the “Day Pass” option.

They will then need to complete their registrations and, upon doing so, will have free viewing access on either or both days. (The “Day Pass” option will not be visible except on those two days: Oct. 30 and Nov. 8).

Draft pool set for 2017 PBA League Draft

2016PBALeagueLogoPBA League team managers will have a pool of 84 players to choose from when they draft two additional players to complete their rosters during the 2017 PBA League Draft on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

Players who have made themselves eligible for the draft, which will be video-streamed live at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Xtra Frame, include the following players, listed in alphabetical order:

David Adcox, Shawnee, Kan.; Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y.; Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.; D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas; Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio; Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan.; Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio; Kenneth Bland, Cibilo, Texas; Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas;

Kim Bolleby, Thailand; Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill.; Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz.; Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif.; Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y.; Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.; Graham Fach, Canada; Mike Fagan, Berkeley, Calif.; Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn.; Trey Ford, Bartlesville, Okla.;

John Furey, Freehold, N.J.; Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn.; Patrick Girard, Canada; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass.; Michael Haugen, Phoenix; David Haynes, Las Vegas; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa; J.T. “Action” Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill.;

Robert Johnson, Amboy, Wash.; Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y.; Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.; w-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Anthony LaCaze, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas; Francois Lavoie, Canada; Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich.; John Maglio, Oceanside, N.Y.;

Shawn Maldonado, Houston; Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa.; Gerald Marrs, Huntley, Ill.; Robert McBride, Dallas; Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.; w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y.; Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn.; Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo.; Jonathan Miller, Jacksonville, Fla.; Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela;

Paul Moor, England; B.J. Moore, Greensburg, Pa.; Paul Nebel, Wellman, Iowa; Scott Newell, Deland, Fla.; Ryan Normand, Portland, Ore.; Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio; Matthew O’Grady, Matawan, N.J.; Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J.; Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla.; Osku Palermaa, Finland;

Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.; w-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif.; Kevin Paskevich, Burlington, Vt.; Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.; Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev.; Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C.; Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla.; J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich.; Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla.; Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela;

Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.; Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.; Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla.; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.; Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif.; Richie Teece, England; Greg Thompson Jr., San Jose, Calif.; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.; Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I.;

Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan.; Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash.; Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio; w-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia.

Teams will draft in the following order, which is the reverse order of how they finished in 2016 PBA League competition. Listed are teams with team manager and three players protected from each team’s 2015 roster:

Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett; Tom Smallwood; Chris Loschetter.
L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen.
Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Sean Rash, Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Tom Daugherty, Jesper Svensson.
Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Wes Malott, Ryan Ciminelli, Liz Johnson.
Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard.
NYC WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, John Szczerbinski.
Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke): Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill.

Next up on Xtra Frame: PBA Fall Classic, PBA League Draft, U.S. Open on tap

2016XtraFrameLogo2Xtra Frame is headed to Las Vegas for the PBA Fall Classic, including the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, the final event in the 2016 Xtra Frame PBA Tour points competition that will reward the overall winner with a $10,000 bonus.

In the Las Vegas Open, set for Oct. 29-30, the winner will receive 25 points with the next 19 players earning points in descending value. The players to watch are E.J. Tackett with 76 points, Tommy Jones with 72, and Ryan Ciminelli with 69.

Following the South Point Las Vegas Open, live coverage will include the second PBA Team Challenge, a five-player team competition that will award PBA Tour titles to all five winning teammates (if they are PBA members) for the first time. Team Challenge coverage is set for Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

On Nov. 2, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the PBA League Draft, with eight team managers selecting the final two players to round out their 2017 rosters, beginning at 8:50 p.m. ET.

PBA’s Xtra Frame team will then provide exclusive live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of Bowling’s U.S. Open, Nov. 4-8. The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. ET.

QubicaAMF PBA Regional Update: Lemond de-rails Weber’s bid for 100th win

2016PBAKokomoCentralMidwestClassicJoeBaileyJoe Bailey (pictured with host Dave Small, right) of Doylestown, Ohio defeated Craig LeMond of Jasper, Ind., 278-230, to win the PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., Sunday, for his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional title, a $2,500 prize and eligibility to enter the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions.

Bailey downed Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., 214-189, and LeMond topped Teddy Patrick of Indianapolis, 214-204, to advance to the championship match, but LeMond also distinguished himself by eliminating PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in the best-of-three-game semifinal round, 2-0, to end Weber’s bid for his 100th overall PBA title. Walter Ray Williams Jr., who is tied with Weber with 99 overall titles, finished 32nd in the event.

2015PBAWSOBNathanBohrThree-time PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Nathan Bohr (right) from Austin, Texas, won seven of his eight matches to overtake Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, and claim his 23rd QubicaAMF PBA Regional title in the PBA Greenville Southwest Open Sunday at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas.

Findling opened the tournament with a 280 game and remained at the top of the leader board until the final game. Leading Bohr by 52 pins going into their position round match, Findling struggled while Bohr struck out from the second frame for a 290-161 victory and a 21-game total of 5,197 pins and a 107-pin margin of victory over Findling. Bohr earned $2,500.

2016PBAMapleCityDodgeOpenRyanShaferRyan Shafer (pictured with Steve Crandall, left, and proprietor Bill Scheiwer, right) of Horseheads, N.Y. posted a 6-6 match play record and a 4,568 pinfall total, good enough to win the PBA Maple City Dodge Open presented by 900 Global by 88 pins over Matt Zasowski of Tonawanda, N.Y., at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y., on Sunday.

Shafer qualified second, but moved into the lead after four games Sunday morning. Once in the lead, he never trailed on his way to the $2,400 top prize and his 29th QubicaAMF PBA Regional title. Zasowski, who was competing in his first PBA regional event in over 10 years, posted a 9-3 match play record and 4,480 total pins.

2016PBAPBA50WestNorthwestDoublesJakePetersParkerBohnPBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and Jake Peters (right, r-l) of Henderson, Nev., took advantage of their 5-1 match play record to post a 14-game total of 6,462 pins and win the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Center West/Northwest Doubles hosted by Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif., Sunday.

The title was Bohn’s 26th in QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition while Peters earned his second. They shared the $3,000 first prize. Bohn and Peters defeated Joe Petrovich of Tracy, Calif., and Sean Mamlok of San Jose, Calif., by 341 pins for the title.

Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., captured the inaugural PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open title in Hampton, Va., Sunday by defeating top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 218-202, in the championship match.

Johnson, the no. 3 qualifier going into the stepladder finals, received $2,500 for his second QubicaAMF PBA Regional win. In the first stepladder match, Johnson defeated 15-time PBA Regional champion Kip Roberts of Glen Allen, Va., 258-247, and he then disposed of Jason Sterner from Cocoa, Fla., 235-222.

For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here to find the event(s) in your area.

Quick Notes

201213PBABillONeillSeven-time PBA Tour titlist and seven-time Team USA member Bill O’Neill (right) of Langhorne, Pa., has been selected to serve a three-year term as an athlete representative on the USBC Board of Directors through the 2018-19 season. He fills the spot vacated by PBA titlist Mike Fagan who decided against seeking re-election. Other Team USA athletes on the USBC Board are PBA members Kelly Kulick and Rhino Page and former Team USA member Dan Patterson.

Reminder: Tickets for all six GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII ESPN television finals Dec. 10 and 11 at the National Bowling Stadium are available online at pba.com/tickets. An all-day pass to attend the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championship finals on Dec. 10 are $20. An all-day pass for the live PBA World Championship finals and the “USA vs. The World” telecast on Sunday is $15. Amateur bowlers who would like to bowl in the WSOB pro-am on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. should call the National Bowling Stadium (800-304-2695).

This week marks the conclusion of the special PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Halloween-themed bowling ball promotion. New Halloween balls have been released by Concrete Software over the past month, and all of the special balls will be available be Friday through Sunday.

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