Teamwork helps Wisconsin team into top spot at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    2012USBCOCNicholasJsProShop2.jpgNicholas J's Pro Shop 2 and Nicholas J's Pro Shop of La Crosse, Wis., relied on years of bowling together in college and league to help them into the top two spots in Regular Team at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on March 5.

    Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 (pictured left) rolled games of 1,115, 1,165 and 1,121 for a 3,401 total, while its companion team, made up entirely of first-time participants, had 953, 1,098 and 1,153 for 3,204. Legend of Dung Ho of Cerritos, Calif., previously held the lead with 3,088.

    "Everyone had the same plan in mind," said Nick Heilman, a 29-year-old right-hander and the veteran of the group with nine USBC Open Championships appearances.

    2012USBCOCNicholasJsProShop1.jpg"We were all working towards the same goal. It made it easier with everyone doing the same thing. We didn't have people trying to fight against each other wanting to play their own games. We had all 10 people playing together as one team, breaking it down and doing the best we could."

    Heilman set the pace for Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 with a 769 series and was followed by Andy Mills (680), Trevor Yonan (679), Matt Mysliwiec (659) and Greg Pizl (614).

    The effort included marks in all but eight frames and helped the group become the 33rd team in 109 years of tournament history to eclipse the 3,400 mark.

    Rob Warren led the way for his team of first-timers (right) with a 663 set and was joined by Thomas York (659), Matt Krueger (642) and Jade Lucas and Megan Jirsa with 620 apiece.


    Texas bowler shoots first 300 of 2012 Open Championships, leads three events

    2012USBCOCChrisHansRyanWhitney.jpgRyan Whitney (right) of Lewisville, Texas, rolled the first perfect game of the 2012 USBC Open Championships and stormed into the lead in three events at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 2.

    The 29-year-old right-hander, who does not put his thumb in the ball, rolled games of 279, 265 and 222 for a 766 doubles series and teamed with Chris Hans (left) of Rocky Mount, N.C. (654), to grab the top spot in Regular Doubles with a 1,420 total. Danny Smith of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Darin Belsito of Oakwood, Ga., previously held the lead with 1,343.

    2012USBCOCLegendofDungHo.jpgWhitney's 773 singles set helped him to a career-best, 2,170, all-events total and the lead in Regular Singles and Regular All-Events. Michael Daniels of Slidell, La., previously held the singles lead with 734, while Ed Seliga of Kenosha, Wis., topped all-events with 1,969.

    Legend of Dung Ho (pictured right) still owns the top spot in Team All-Events with 9,666. Michael Tucker, the 1992 Regular All-Events champion, led the group with a 2,078 all-events total, which is second overall, and was followed by Vayle Floria (2,034), John Mongillo (1,950), Scott Poddig (1,835) and Douglas Svela (1,769).


    Illinois bowler celebrates 50 years at USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCRichardVanRossem.jpgRichard VanRossem of Canton, Ill., became the 143rd bowler in USBC Open Championships history to make 50 tournament appearances when he took to the lanes at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 5.

    The 77-year-old right-hander made his tournament debut at the 1963 event in Buffalo, N.Y., and has competed every year since. He is the first of 13 bowlers who will reach the milestone this year. To commemorate the occasion, VanRossem received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin.

    On the lanes this year, VanRossem shot 513 in singles, 467 in team and 448 in doubles for a 1,428 all-events total. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 80,592 pins for a career average of 179.


    A look ahead

    The upcoming week at the USBC Open Championships includes two more bowlers joining the 50-Year Club, followed by the second live stream broadcast from the Baton Rouge River Center.

    Joseph Egofske of Monee, Ill., and Don Larson of Fort Dodge, Iowa, both are scheduled to make their ceremonial marches down Center Aisle on March 8 at 2:30 p.m.

    This week's live action from the lanes can be seen on or and will feature Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour standouts Kevin Croucher and Mark Williams. The broadcast will begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on March 10.

    2012USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Sponsors for the 2012 USBC Open Championships include Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno. Other sponsors include the Belle of Baton Rouge, official brackets sponsor; Kegel, official lane maintenance provider; Humana, official registration sponsor; Bud Light and Budweiser, official beer sponsors; The Advocate, official publication sponsor; Brunswick, official lane provider; US Steltronic, official scoring system; Storm Bowling Products and Nationwide Insurance.


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    2012 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Nicholas J's Pro Shop #2 (Nick Heilman, Matt Mysliwiec, Greg Pizl, Trevor Yonan, Andy Mills), La Crosse, Wis., 3,401. 2, Nicholas J's Pro Shop, La Crosse, Wis., 3,204. 3, Legend of Dung Ho, Cerritos, Calif., 3,088. 4, Seliga's Pro Shop, Kenosha, Wis., 3,042. 5, FOURINOX, Green Bay, Wis., 2,987. 6 CMS Concrete 1, Nashua, N.H., 2,979. 7, Street Rags, Cottage Grove, Wis., 2,972. 8, Don Carter Line, Broad Brook, Conn., 2,964. 9, Before The 1st Frame, Rocky Mount, N.C., 2,961. 10, Pita Too, Shakopee, Minn., 2,950.

    1, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, Fla./Ryan Whitney, Richardson, Texas, 1,420. 2, David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,363. 3, Jeremy Crist, Bemus Point, N.Y./Jeff Wadsworth, Lakewood, N.Y., 1,347. 4, Michael Tucker, Las Vegas/John Mongillo, Long Beach, Fla., 1,345. 5, Richard Thomas, Middleton, Wis./William Gray, Columbus, Ind., 1,344. 6, Danny Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga./Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 1,343. 7, Michael Lichstein, Broad Brook, Conn./Larry Lichstein, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,296. 8, Pat Grogan/Bill Holler, Marshall, Texas, 1,295. 9(tie), Tim Maiseroulle, Buford, Ga./Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Fla., and John Middlestead, Argusville, N.D./Lance Teubner, Fargo, N.D., 1,294.

    1, Ryan Whitney, Richardson, Texas, 773. 2, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 755. 3, Robert Baldwin, State College, Pa., 751. 4(tie), Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, and Kevin Reinhardt, Schaumburg, Ill., 742. 6, Michael Daniels, Slidell, La., 734. 7, Michael Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 727. 8(tie), Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., and Ron Westfall, Mentor, Ohio, 719. 10, Brian Makan, Copley, Ohio, 715.

    1, Ryan Whitney, Richardson, Texas, 2,170. 2, Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, 2,078. 3, Jeff Wadsworth, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,052. 4, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 2,034. 5, Stephen Hardy, Manchester, N.H., 2,007. 6, Michael Lichstein, Broad Brook, Conn., 1,991. 7, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 1,990. 8, Michael Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,977. 9, Brian Makan, Copley, Ohio, 1,970. 10(tie), Robert Baldwin, State College, Pa., Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., and Darik Rude, Mazeppa, Minn., 1,969.

    Team All-Events
    1, Legend of Dung Ho (Vayle Floria, Douglas Svela, Scott Poddig, John Mongillo, Michael Tucker), Cerritos, Calif., 9,666. 2, Don Carter Line, Broad Brook, Conn., 9,254. 3, Dykemans Farm, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., 9,134. 4, Before The 1st Frame, Rocky Mount, N.C., 9,114. 5, Seliga's Pro Shop, Kenosha, Wis., 9,020. 6, St. Louis Visionary 2, Jennings, Mo., 9,016. 7, Central Lanes, Bradford, Pa., 8,935. 8, 900 Global of S Florida, Delray Beach, Fla., 8,887. 9, Booost 2, Auburn, Ga., 8,866. 10, Durk Wholesale Lumber Co., Hayden, Idaho, 8,806.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, K Lines 2 (Ron Turner, Dan Redding, Lyle Harrison, Andy Owens, Todd Langel), Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 2, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,553. 3, Wafflers, Romeoville, Ill., 2,568. 4, Country Boys, Stickney, S.D., 2,553. Cresco Lanes 2, Calmar, Iowa, 2,521. 6(tie), Seek & Destroy, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Sheps Cleaners, Starkville, Miss., 2,510. 8, Bowling Buddies, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,507. 9, Hilo Local Style 2, Pahoa, Hawaii, 2,504. 10, Golden Eagle Dist. 1, Bowling Green, Mo., 2,498.

    1, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,231. 2, Kristine Kreuser, Wayne, Ill./Keith White, Gurnee, Ill, 1,153. 3, Christopher Guza, Minden, Mich./Anthony Guza, Ubly, Mich., 1,092. 4, Robert Krcil, Hutchinson, Minn./Lester Schauer, Glencoe, Minn., 1,083. 5(tie), Justin Montgomery/Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., Bill Henry/Mike Mariani, Harve, Mont., and Charles Zanto, Malta, Mont./Barry Zanto, Harve, Mont., 1,080. 8, Marie Martin, Dickinson, N.D./Terry Otto, Carrington, N.D., 1,079. 9, Richard Maurer/Ben Booms, Harbor Beach, Mich., 1,075. 10, Keke Bourque, St. Martinville, La./Joseph Bourque, Lafayette, La., 1,073.

    1, Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, 655. 2, Dennis Hanson, Harbor Beach, Mich., 640. 3, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 607. 4, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., 605. 5, Dondi Pratt, Eufaula, Okla. 598. 6, Bob Dorn, Little Falls, Minn., 597. 7, Tony Wheaton, Port Washington, Wis., 591. 8(tie), Bryan Green, Springdale, Ark., and Kevin Stark, Buffalo Lake, Minn., 587. 10, Bryce Bray, Thief River Falls, Minn., 586.

    1, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,739. 2, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676. 3, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,673. 4, Bridget Riley, Baton Rouge, La., 1,654. 5(tie), Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, and Anthony Masters, Monroe, La., 1,649. 7, Richard Maurer, Harbor Beach, Mich., 1,641. 8, Gary Fedders, Sioux Center, Iowa, 1,639. 9, Mike Robertson, Harrison, Ark., 1,638. 10, Terry Wibstad, Jamestown, N.D., 1,637.