Atlanta friends mark 44th consecutive national tournament at 2006 USBC Women's Championships

    05/23/06

    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (March 16 - July 2, 2006)

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg Jo Milam and Ann Murray marked their 44th consecutive national tournament bowling together at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.

    The two Atlanta women, ages 77 and 82, first met on the lanes in 1963, then traveled to the nationals in Memphis that year. They've been at it ever since, with only one near miss.

    The advent of daylight-saving time in New York City in 1967 caught them napping and almost caused them to miss their flight to Rochester for the tournament. A New York cabbie managed to save the day.

    In 1996 in Buffalo, Milam's individual tournament string almost came to an abrupt end when she hurt her foot severely enough that she had to return to Atlanta without having bowled. When her doctor released her, she shuffled off to Buffalo two weeks later and kept the streak intact.

    These two Georgia peaches have more in common than just an abiding love for the sport. In fact, one might call them mutual mothers-in-law, since Murray's son, Robert, married Milam's daughter, Cathy. Like their parents, the two offspring - wed now 30 years - met through their mothers' bowling league in Atlanta.

    But they quickly found out that blood is not thicker than bowling. When Cathy and Robert wanted to marry on a Thursday, their mothers nixed the idea because it would have interfered with their league night.

    Milam and Murray bowl for Base Manufacturing at the Northeast Fun Bowl and Suburban Lanes in the Atlanta area, where they carry 151 and 156 averages, respectively. Milam has been bowling 53 years, Murray for 52.

    The friends have seen a lot of changes in bowling over six decades, but the one constant seems to be the sport's practitioners. "The facilities, lanes and equipment are so much better," said Milan. "But the bowlers haven't changed," Murray chimed in. "They're the same warm and friendly people who care."

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    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:

    CLASSIC DIVISION


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Strike 3, Sun City, Ariz., 3,021. 2, C&S Bowling Supply I, Plainfield, Ill., 2,946. 3, Laurel Bowl, Johnson City, N.Y., 2,917. 4, Miche's Mob, Irvine, Calif., 2,877. 5, Lucky Ducks #5, Mohnton, Pa., 2,869.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Carrie Meares, Seneca, S.C./Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 1,331. 2, Dianna Innerst, San Jose, Calif./Cathy Johnston, Folsom, Calif., 1,274. 3, Cherylee Secl-Cross, Marne, Mich./Carole Morgan, Wyoming, Mich., 1,263. 4, Bonnie Vaughan, Englewood, Ohio/Rae Parks, Vandalia, Ohio, 1,234. 5, Nicole Van Deventer/Laurie Clark, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,231.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Shannon Duplantis, New Orleans, 707. 2 (tie), Valerie Carrillo, Montebello, Calif., and Dawn Convay, Las Vegas, Nev., 691. 4, Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 683. 5, Alisha Caballero, Riverside, Calif., 678.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 2,097. 2, Lisa Stevens, St. Charles, Ill., 1,991. 3, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1,967. 4, Patti Gleason, Palatine, Ill., 1,928. 5, Cally Hall, Pierre, S.D., 1,924.


    DIVISION 1


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Village Bar II, Omaha, Neb., 2,842. 2, Cavalettes 1, Sacramento, Calif., 2,811. 3, The Queen Bs 1, Loveland, Colo., 2,807. 4, BeauBien Street Saloon, Troy, Mich., 2,781. 5, Cruizin', White City, Ore., 2,759.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Pam Schulz, Longview, Wash./Valery Hubbard, Kelso, Wash., 1,264. 2, Irma Day, Helotes, Texas/Julie Howard, San Antonio, Texas, 1,223. 3, Deidre Hicks, Morris, Ill./Joyce Underwood, Marseilles, Ill., 1,215. 4, Janet McLeod, Redding, Calif./Susan Fuller, Cottonwood, Calif., 1,196. 5, Darci Roberts, Canby, Ore./Sandra Currie, Dundee, Ore., 1,181.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Kristine Kiesling, Las Vegas, Nev., 686. 2, Wynn Brandon, Reno, Nev., 676. 3, Paula Hallead, East Wenatchee, Wash., 674. 4, Casea Little, Longview, Wash., 670. 5 (tie), Dawn Jessie, Atlanta and Jean Almaria, Lexington, Ky., 662.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Maika Winkler, Antelope, Calif., 1,856. 2, Holly Fett, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,852. 3, Kristine Kiesling, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,804. 4, Wynn Brandon, Reno, Nev., 1,802. 5, Jackie Brantley, Littleton, Colo., 1,800.


    DIVISION 2


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Jax 1, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,734. 2, Centennial Lanes 2, Hays, Kan., 2,658. 3, Team 20022, White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,640. 4, Family and Friends #1, Rohnert Park, Calif., 2,633. 5, Camas Lanes, Grangeville, Idaho, 2,628.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Sharon Cassidy, San Mateo, Calif./Elaine Van Otten, Pacifica, Calif., 1,171. 2, Jeanna Brown, Bloomington, Ill./Joan Kaufman, Heyworth, Ill., 1,154. 3, Deborah Nowak-Frick, Walkerton, Ind./Pat Dukarm, South Bend, Ind., 1,141. 4 (tie), Janet Bowcutt, Henderson, Nev./Shelley Hall, Long Beach, Calif. and Becky Compton/Deborah Konwinski, Kentwood, Mich., 1,135.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Judith Kaufman, Winslow, Ill., 620. 2, Julie Andres, American Canyon, Calif., 619. 3 (tie), Joyce Moss, Columbus, Ohio and Linda Urbanek, Poway, Calif., 616. 5, Bonnie Magnussen, Wyoming, Ill., 615.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Shelley Hall, Long Beach, Calif., 1,774. 2, Nikita Williams, Oakland, Calif., 1,767. 3, Becky Carter, Anaheim, Calif., 1,741. 4, Pearl Cates-Bullock, Durham, N.C., 1,735. 5, Cheryl Blosch, South Wayne, Wis., 1,705.


    DIVISION 3


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Idaho Pick-up Gals, Pocatello, Idaho, 2,501. 2, Just Marked, Oakland, Calif., 2,458. 3, D.C. Rollers Team 3, Brentwood, Md., 2,449. 4, The Happy Hookers, Mesa, Ariz., 2,418. 5, Cutting Edge, Glencoe, Minn., 2,417.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Ronda Lutz, Paris, Idaho/Teresa Singleton, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,083. 2, Jamie Huyser, Kearney, Neb./Connie Huyser, Johnson Lake, Neb., 1,062. 3, Loretta Haynes, Sissonville, W. Va./Lori Derrick, Charleston, W. Va., 1,058. 4, Sharon Schutts, South St. Paul, Minn./Barb Strus, McGregor, Minn., 1,053. 5, Jeanierose Tabulina, Tumwater, Wash./Lola Bernard, Tacoma, Wash., 1,052.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Nancy Galinat, Harrold, S.D., 638. 2, Robin McGinnis, Petrolia, Pa., 598. 3, Carmen Trader, Defiance, Iowa, 593. 4, Billie Crane, Montpelier, Idaho, 589. 5, Tisha Martin, Seattle, 586.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Jennifer Reed, Hamilton, Va., 1,680. 2, Stephanie Dowd, El Paso, Texas, 1,644. 3, Veronica Dugenio, Branchburg, N.J., 1,608. 4, Ginger Engel, Pahrump, Nev., 1,601. 5, Nancy Galinat, Harrold, S.D., 1,592.


    DIVISION 4


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Bear Nasty, Monticello, Minn., 2,187. 2, North Idaho Crushing II, St. Maries, Idaho, 2,111. 3, Tumbleweed Lanes, Ness City, Kan., 2,096. 4, Lundeen Ford, Annandale, Minn., 2,091. 5, Shelton-Christmas Town, Shelton, Wash., 2,079.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Kathy Belmer, Manteca, Calif./Regina Antunes, Stockton, Calif., 973. 2, Jenna Cameron/Debra Ingram, Springdale, Ark., 962. 3, Sharon Carroll/Dee Carroll, Newport, Wash., 945. 4, Lorna Robinson/Holly Rybensky, Omaha, Neb., 941. 5, Ann Harvey, Pleasanton, Texas/Meaghan Bedwell, Jourdanton, Texas, 926.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Barbara Dynes, New Castle, Ind., 593. 2, Rose Postle, Rice Lake, Wis., 554. 3, Connie Monk, Yelm, Wash., 549. 4, Shelly Bloch, Ramsey, Minn., 538. 5, Ashley Rivera, Kingsville, Texas, 536.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Linda Azuma, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,491. 2, Connie Monk, Yelm, Wash., 1,481. 3, Michele Burzinski, Soldotna, Alaska, 1,447. 4, Karen Clements, Blair, Neb., 1,443. 5, Barbara Wade, Nampa, Idaho, 1,442.