New doubles leaders emerge at USBC Open Championships


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    Classified Division gets new all-events and team leaders

    2012USBCOCHughMillerAdamBarta.jpgAdam Barta of Girard, Ohio, and Hugh Miller (pictured r-l) of Mercer Island, Wash., took the Regular Doubles lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with a 1,429 total at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 22.

    Barta started the night with games of 235 and 204 before calmly stepping up in the final frame of doubles and firing three clutch strikes for a 279 finish and 718 series. Miller added games of 269, 209 and 233 for a 711 set, and the two passed Ryan Whitney of Lewisville, Texas, and Chris Hans of Rocky Mount, N.C., who previously held the lead with 1,420.

    "It's an unbelievable feeling," said Barta, a 32-year-old right-hander, who made his 11th USBC Open Championships appearance.

    "It's something that everyone who bowls this tournament dreams of. To be in the position to take the lead, and knowing you need those strikes to do it, adds a little pressure, but it's a dream everybody wants. Luckily, Hugh and I were able to take advantage of it. He doubled in the 10th, and I struck out, and it's an awesome feeling."

    Barta added 636 in team and 629 in singles for a 1,983 all-events total. Miller, a seven-time Professional Bowlers Association national champion, ended his 28th tournament appearance with 598 in singles and 576 in team for 1,885.


    Thiel celebrates 67 years at USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCSylvesterThiel.jpgSylvester Thiel (pictured left) of Lake City, Minn., made his 67th USBC Open Championships appearance March 23 and now is the tournament's active participation leader after breaking a tie with Les Berry of Wooster, Ohio, who bowled in 66 tournaments, but isn't scheduled to compete this year.

    USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris of San Diego and Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., share the participation record of 71 years.

    Thiel, who made his debut at the 1940 event in Detroit, entered the 2012 tournament eighth on the all-time pinfall list. He turned in scores of 362 in team, 332 in doubles and 309 in singles for a 1,003 all-events total to move past Don Ellis (109,072), Glenn Allison (109,509), Doehrman (109,566) and Dick Weber (109,745) to fourth with a career pinfall of 109,942.


    USBC's Mike Larsen shoots fourth 300 of 2012 USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCMikeLarsen.jpgMike Larsen of Arlington, Texas, rolled the fourth perfect game of the 2012 USBC Open Championships during doubles on March 26.

    The 28-year-old right-hander finished with games of 185, 300 and 194 for a 679 series and teamed with Gary Brown, USBC's Director of Collegiate and Youth Tournaments, for a 1,275 total.

    Larsen, the USBC Director of Association Development, closed with a 716 series in singles, and his 598 effort in team gave him a career-best 1,993 all-events total, which is just shy of the top 10. Ryan Whitney of Lewisville, Texas, who also rolled a 300 game at this year's tournament, leads Regular All-Events with 2,170.


    Classified Division gets new all-events and team leaders

    2012USBCOCDennisPoepping.jpg2012USBCOCFrazee2.jpgDennis Poepping (pictured left) of Alexandria, Minn., took the Classified All-Events lead with a 1,746 total at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 24. Paul Schrubbe of Horicon, Wis., previously held the lead with 1,742.

    Poepping, a 52-year-old right-hander, had a career-high 643 series in doubles and added 554 in team and 549 in singles.

    On March 26, Frazee 2 of Vergas, Minn. (pictured right), moved into the Classified Team lead with a 2,678 total. K Lines 2 of Gildford, Mont., previously held the lead with 2,658.

    Mark Kemper led the way for Frazee 2 with a 615 series and was followed by Mark Bylander (594), Bill King (539), Greg Mickelson (485) and Jon Smith (445).


    A look ahead

    There are no live stream broadcasts or milestone bowlers scheduled for the coming week.

    The next live stream broadcast will be April 3, the same day Dick Jones of Brigantine, N.J., makes his 50th trip down Center Aisle.

    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, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 3,227. 3, Nicholas J's Pro Shop, La Crosse, Wis., 3,204. 4, Jr. Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,170. 5, Bud Light Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Wis., 3,154. 6, Bob's Custom Decks, Romeoville, Ill., 3,144. 7(tie), Solid9proshop 1, Taylorville, Ill., and Lake Ripley Lanes, Waterloo, Wis., 3,134. 9(tie), Towne & Country Lanes 1, Bassett, Wis., and Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,129.

    1, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash./Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 1,429. 2, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C./Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 1,420. 3, Paul Marmolejo, Rialto, Calif./Alex Marmolejo, Alta Loma, Calif., 1,398. 4(tie), Patrick Smart/Rick Meneley, Santa Maria, Calif., and Gary Schmit, Grand Prairie, Texas/Steve Schmit, Random Lake, Wis., 1,368. 6(tie), David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Jeffrey Mersch, Orlando, Fla./Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 1,363. 8, Robert Raymond/Jay Nephew, Oakland Park, Fla., 1,360. 9(tie), Jeremy Crist, Bemus Point, N.Y./Jeff Wadsworth, Lakewood, N.Y., and Kevin Haynie/Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,347.

    1, Andrew Kleutgen, Wild Rose, Wis., 785. 2, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 773. 3, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 763. 4, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 755. 5, Robert Baldwin, State College, Pa., 751. 6(tie), Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, Kevin Reinhardt, Schaumburg, Ill., and Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D., 742. 9(tie), Tim Burnett, Rushville, N.Y., and Jeffrey Ward, Lancaster, N.Y., 739.

    1, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 2,170. 2, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 2,121. 3, Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,087. 4, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,080. 5, Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, 2,078. 6, Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D., 2,057. 7, Jeff Wadsworth, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,052. 8, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 2,034. 9, Bill Guszczo, Palos Park, Ill., 2,030. 10, Tim Burnett, Rushville, N.Y., 2,017.

    Team All-Events
    1, Legend of Dung Ho (Vayle Floria, Douglas Svela, Scott Poddig, John Mongillo, Michael Tucker), Cerritos, Calif., 9,666. 2, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,632. 3, Jr. Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 9,505. 4, Jr. Team USA Support 2, Mansfield, Texas, 9,487. 5, Meczynskis 1, Buffalo, N.Y., 9,376. 6, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 9,366. 7,, Portland, Ore., 9,355. 8, Bowl For Soul, Arlington, Texas, 9,269. 9, Bud Light Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Wis., 9,267. 10, Don Carter Line, Broad Brook, Conn., 9,254.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Frazee 2 (Greg Mickelson, Jon Smith, Bill King, Mark Bylander, Mark Kemper), Vergas, Minn., 2,678. 2, K Lines 2, Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 3, Lani Ohana, Honolulu, 2,650. 4, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,639. 5, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,614. 6, Easy Five, Palmyra, Neb., 2,588. 7, Wafflers, Romeoville, Ill., 2,568. 8, Acadiana Trophies 1, Lafayette, La., 2,563. 9, FCA, Ogallala, Neb., 2,561. 10(tie), Country Boys, Stickney, S.D., and Northern Grain One, North Kansas City, Mo., 2,553.

    1, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,231. 2, Daniel Broussard, Broussard, La./Rob Clark, Rayne, La., 1,196. 3, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn./Larry Sorenson, West Union, Minn., 1,187. 4, Jeremy Skelenar/Bobby Turner, Kearney, Neb., 1,177. 5, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Dale Helgevold, Osceola, Iowa, 1,170. 6, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn./Norman Skarphol, Madelia, Minn., 1,163. 7, Kristine Kreuser, Wayne, Ill./Keith White, Gurnee, Ill, 1,153. 8, Brian Engleman, Hawarden, Iowa/Chad Vlotho, Ireton, Iowa, 1,146. 9, Todd Kettner, Winthrop, Minn./Paul Meyer, Gaylord, Minn., 1,129. 10, Chris Nygaard, Boyd, Minn./Tim Anderson, Montevideo, Minn., 1,124.

    1, Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, 655. 2, Dennis Hanson, Harbor Beach, Mich., 640. 3, Rick Richter, Primghar, Iowa, 634. 4, Dustin Space, Minden, Neb., 613. 5, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 607. 6, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., and Dennis Friest, Radcliffe, Iowa, 605. 8, Dondi Pratt, Eufaula, Okla. 598. 9, Bob Dorn, Little Falls, Minn., 597. 10, Brandon Meyer, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 596.

    1, Dennis Poepping, Alexandria, Minn., 1,746. 2, Paul Schrubbe, Horicon, Wis., 1,742. 3, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,739. 4, Terry Turner, Shoreline, Wash., 1699. 5, Daniel Broussard, Broussard, La., 1,684. 6, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676. 7, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,673. 8, Jeremy Skelnar, Kearney, Neb., 1,665. 9, Mike Jessen, Gower, Mo., 1,663. 10(tie), Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn., and Leon Green, Keystone Neb., 1,658.