Division 3 team lead changes rapidly at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg For the second time in three days, a team hastily put-together has moved into first place in Division 3 (651-745 average) at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.

    On Saturday, the Idaho Pick-up Gals from Pocatello, bowling together for the first time, took the top spot with a 2,501 pinfall. Two nights later, the Unbowlievables from Meridian, Idaho, Grass Valley, Calif., and Chicago, have eclipsed that mark with 2,530. Prior to those changes the division lead had remained intact for more than three weeks.

    According to Unbowlievables team captain Valerie Robinson of Meridian, "We found out we were in the lead on Tuesday morning when we came back to the bowling stadium and checked the leaderboard. We had to take digital pictures of it so that people back home would believe us," she laughed.

    The teammates weren't total strangers, seeing as how Robinson and her mother-in-law, Lois Robinson, used to bowl together in Grass Valley. Renee Isack, now living in the Chicago area, also bowled with them occasionally before she moved. She brought Bonnie Borms, another Chicago-area resident with her to Reno. The fifth Unbowlievable, Angela Shelly, is Valerie Robinson's neighbor in Meridian.

    But this is the first time they bowled together as a team, adopting a team name they concocted a couple of weeks ago. Apparently it won't be their last appearance together since they're already hatching plans for Charlotte next year.

    Captain Robinson led her team with a 539 series. Borms registered a 518; Isack, 513; Lois Robinson, 487; and Shelly shot a 473. The bowling gods must have been smiling down on the Unbowlievables as each member shot above her average.

    "We got lucky," Robinson admitted. "As soon as one of us cooled off, it seemed another team member got hot and picked up the slack. We were pretty excited."

    The ladies are a disparate group off the lanes. Lois Robinson is retired, but her daughter-in-law owns a construction company in Boise. Borms described herself as a bookkeeper for a grain elevator. Shelly is a mother of four and a "sky-diving instructor in-training," she claimed. Finally, Isack called herself simply, a homemaker.

    Additional standings changes for the day included Washington Mojo, Ferndale, Wash., moving into second place in Division 1 Team play with a score of 2,818. Also, the Valley Bowl Pro-Shop from Spokane, took over fourth place in the Classic Division Team with a 2,911 pinfall.

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    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:


    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, Valley Bowl Pro-Shop, Spokane, Wash., 2,911. 5, Miche's Mob, Irvine, Calif., 2,877.

    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, 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.


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Village Bar II, Omaha, Neb., 2,842. 2, Washington Mojo, Ferndale, Wash., 2,818. 3, Cavalettes 1, Sacramento, Calif., 2,811. 4, The Queen Bs 1, Loveland, Colo., 2,807. 5, BeauBien Street Saloon, Troy, Mich., 2,781.

    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, Tonya Justinger, Painesville, Ohio/Marina Rimes, Madison, Ohio, 1,203. 5, Janet McLeod, Redding, Calif./Susan Fuller, Cottonwood, Calif., 1,196.

    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.


    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, The Go Getters, Friderickton, Ohio, 2,634. 5, Family and Friends 1, Rohnert Park, Calif., 2,633.

    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.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Unbowlievables, Meridian, Idaho, 2,530. 2, Idaho Pick-Up Gals, Pocatello, Idaho, 2,501. 3, Just Marked, Oakland, Calif., 2,458. 4, D.C. Rollers Team 3, Brentwood, Md., 2,449. 5, The Happy Hookers, Mesa, Ariz., 2,418.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Ronda Lutz, Paris, Idaho/Teresa Singleton, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,083. 2, Anne Greer, Rainier, Ore./Alonnie Bolton, Oakland, Ore., 1,075. 3, Jamie Huyser, Kearney, Neb./Connie Huyser, Johnson Lake, Neb., 1,062. 4, Loretta Haynes, Sissonville, W. Va./Lori Derrick, Charleston, W. Va., 1,058. 5, Sharon Schutts, South St. Paul, Minn./Barb Strus, McGregor, Minn., 1,053.

    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.


    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, Kristine Ferguson, Greenville, Mich., 1,475. 4, Michele Burzinski, Soldotna, Alaska, 1,447. 5, Karen Clements, Blair, Neb., 1,443.