Mini Tvaska extends participation record at USBC Women's Championships

    05/26/12

    United States

    2012USBCWCMiniTvaskaCeremony.jpgMini Tvaska (second from left) of St. Petersburg, Fla., was the talk of the town as she extended her United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships participation record with her 66th consecutive appearance May 18-19.

    The 94-year-old was honored with a plaque, fruit bouquet and other gifts and graciously greeted the local media to talk about her career on the lanes at the USBC Women's Championships and at home.

    "Some of my favorite memories are from when we used to bowl all day in the All-Stars Tournament held at the Chicago Armory," Tvaska said. "All the big names of bowling were there - Don Carter, Marion Ladewig and other men and women who made the sport such a huge draw."

    Tvaska began her Women's Championships run at the 1947 event in Grand Rapids, Mich. She took ownership of the tournament's participation record when she made her 62nd appearance in Detroit in 2008. Mary Covell of Chicago previously held the record with 61 years.

    2012USBCWCAnnMurray.jpg2012USBCWCDorothyWilliams.jpgTwo other bowlers also were recognized at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., this week for their dedication to the tournament.

    Ann Murray (pictured left with Tournament Manager Eric Pierson) of Atlanta celebrated 50 consecutive years on May 20, and Dorothy "Dotty" Williams (right) of Lakewood, Colo., competed for the 52nd time.

    Murray, 88, made her Women's Championships debut at the 1963 event in Memphis, Tenn., while Williams, 87, began her tournament career at the 1960 event in Denver.

    On the lanes this year, Murray shot 455 in team, 416 in doubles and 402 in singles for an all-events total of 1,534. Williams finished her 2012 tournament campaign with a 323 series in doubles, 308 in team and 279 in singles for a 1,252 all-events total. All scores include handicap.

     


    Exciting weekends stirs standings at USBC Women's Championships


    2012USBCWCJenniferAsplin.jpgJennifer Asplin (pictured left) of Oakley, Calif., highlighted a scoring frenzy at the National Bowling Stadium as she used the momentum of a 299 game during her team event to take the top spots in Scratch All-Events and Scratch Doubles on May 20.

    2012USBCWCXanHalogJenniferAsplin.jpgThe 36-year-old right-hander, making her fifth tournament appearance, became just the 10th competitor in USBC Women's Championships history to roll a 299 game, which helped her to a 696 series in team. She followed that performance with 715 in singles and 710 in doubles for a 2,121 scratch all-events score. Beckie Eynon of Apalachin, N.Y., previously held the lead with 2,093.

    2012USBCWCJudyGurney.jpgAsplin teamed with Xan Halog (right), also from Oakley, to take the Scratch Doubles lead with a 1,361 total. Halog contributed a 651 set as the pair passed Cynthia Palmieri of Meriden, Conn., and Julie Schaeffer of Hamden, Conn., who previously held the lead with 1,358.

    Judy Gurney (left) of Omaha, Neb., saw her name atop the Scratch Singles standings after rolling games of 235, 268 and 238 for a 741 series May 19. Brittany Pratt of Citrus Heights, Calif., previously held the lead with 736.

     


    Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire leads change hands at National Bowling Stadium


    In the Diamond Division at the USBC Women's Championships this week, Michele Morris of Harvard, Ill., made her way to the top of the singles standings with an 805 handicap score May 18, while Pindemonium of Elgin, Ill., grabbed the team lead May 20 with 3,368. Pratt previously held the Diamond Singles lead with 793, and KOs Pro Shop 2 of Ankeny, Iowa, led Diamond Team with 3,327.

    The Ruby Division got new doubles and all-events leaders as Patricia Klinefelter of Deltona, Fla., and Debra Brouwer of New London, Conn., teamed up to post a 1,305 doubles effort, and Karla Alsgood of Rio Linda, Calif., finished her 2012 event May 20 with a 1,925 handicap all-events total. Kiara and Erika Shambry of Camden, N.J., previously held the Ruby Doubles lead with 1,280, and Nicole Hibbered of Denver owned the Ruby All-Events lead with 1,877.

    Sapphire Team also got a new leader as X-Out 4 of Lorton, Va., worked its way into the lead with games of 771, 831 and 787 on May 19. An extra 60 pins of handicap per game helped the group to a 2,569 total. Pin Pals of Fort Collins, Colo., previously held the lead with 2,504.

    2012USBCWCLogo_small.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2012 USBC Women's Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado Hotel Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Harrah's Reno Casino, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Humana, official registration sponsor, Steltronic, official scoring system, and supporting sponsors Storm Bowling Products, Nationwide Insurance, Sands Regency Casino Hotel and Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa and MyBowlingVacation.com.

     


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    2012 USBC Women's Championships


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall as of May 18

    Diamond Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 900 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 1,100)
    1, Pindemonium (Terri Crawley, Cathy Gober, Sandy Koga, Melanie Anderson, Pam O'Neil), Elgin, Ill., 3,368. 2, KOs Pro Shop 2, Ankeny, Iowa, 3,327. 3, Mouses Cats, Port Huron, Mich., 3,317. 4, Meadowood Lounge, Rapid City, S.D., 3,306. 5, Havin Fun, Harker Heights, Texas, 3,303. 6, Alleygators, Warren, Mich., 3,300. 7, McClatchy Management, Citrus Heights, Calif., 3,295. 8, Mug Shots, Portage, Ind., 3,292. 9, Nutty Buddies, Pensacola, Fla., 3,281. 10, Fun City Rollers, Mansfield, Ohio, 3,280.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 360 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 440)
    1, Sadie Oda, Seal Beach, Calif./Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 1,469. 2, Amy Kehrberg/Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 1,466. 3, Julie Schaeffer, Hamden, Conn./Cynthia Palmieri, Meriden, Conn., 1,451. 4, Pam O'Neil, Hoffman Estates, Ill./Kristine Guindon, McHenry, Ill., 1,449. 5, Marilyn Brown, Bellingham, Wash./Janice Eisenhut, Ferndale, Wash., 1,425. 6, Vanessa Chatman/Susie Shaw, Mansfield, Ohio, 1,407. 7, Carolyn Dodge, Silver Lake, Wis./Sandy Barkley, Round Lake Beach, Ill., 1,405. 8, Megan Simon, Dallas/Amy Todd, Portland, Ore., 1,398. 9, Allison Jones, Rocklin, Calif./Brandy Mastro, San Ramon, Calif., 1,383. 10, Xan Halog/Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 1,373.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220)
    1, Michele Morris, Harvard, Ill., 805. 2, Brittany Pratt, Citrus Heights, Calif., 793. 3, Patricia Wilson, Newnan, Ga., 788. 4, Jacqueline Watkins-Ashby, Philadelphia, 785. 5, Andee Tadiello, Brentwood, Calif., 784. 6, Marilyn Webb, Albany, Ore., 761. 7, Karla Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 755. 8, Samantha Lawton, Sacramento, Calif., 751. 9, Hazee Tran, Gainesville, Va., 744. 10(tie), Loyce Frazier, Manzanola, Colo., Penny Wichman, Petersburg, Ky., Emily Montoya, Santa Rose, Calif., and Kitty Colgrove, Alexandria, Minn., 743.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220)
    1, Mihoko Matsuoka, Japan, 2,214. 2, Andee Tadiello, Brentwood, Calif., 2,212. 3, Tiffany Larson-Briceno, Vallejo, Calif., 2,205. 4, Michele Morris, Harvard, Ill., 2,176. 5, Brittany Pratt, Citrus Heights, Calif., 2,165. 6, Niki Ryan, Johnson City, N.Y., 2,164. 7, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2,157. 8, Amy Kehrberg, Alexandria, Minn., 2,146. 9, Cindy Girard, Lakewood, Colo., 2,142. 10, Susan Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,131.

     


    Ruby Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 750-899, with handicap based on 100 percent of 900)
    1, Jungle Kats (Julie Holden, Laurie Grenya, Heather Collee, Tammie Gibson, Melissa Jungling), Salem, Ore., 2,928. 2, Pathway Bank, Grand Island, Neb., 2,897. 3, Just Family, Brighton, Colo., 2,892. 4, Rodeo Bowl, Ellensburg, Wash., 2,872. 5, Three MT Pockets, Toronto, 2,865. 6, Friends of K-Bay 1, Waimanalo, Hawaii, 2,851. 7, Wild Colorado Roses, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,847. 8(tie), Styles Unique, Tonawanda, N.Y., and Dazed and Confused, Buena Vista, Colo., 2,845. 10, NR Construction, Stanley, N.D., 2,839.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 300-359, with handicap based on 100 percent of 360)
    1, Patricia Klinefelter, Deltona, Fla./Debra Brouwer, New London, Conn., 1,305. 2, Erika Shambry/Kiara Shambry, Camden, N.J., 1,280. 3, Valerie Bathrick, Hardy, Ark./Jody Thielemier, Pocahontas, Ark., 1,245. 4, Sherri Brown, Bay City, Mich./Bernadette Montoya, Socorro, N.M., 1,243. 5, Pam Thomas, Atlanta/Shari Lingle, Villa Rica, Ga., 1,229. 6, Gail Lynch/Cindy Flores, Waco, Texas, 1,223. 7, Carol Wolff, Woodstock, Ill./Sheila Bednarke, Bartlett, Ill., 1,209. 8(tie) Kara Thomas/Lori Woodward, Stow, Ohio, and Catherine Cook, Merlin, Ore./Cindy Lawless, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,206. 10(tie) Karen Kenyon, Addison, Ill./Gail Benson, Aurora, Ill., and Wilma Mansfield/Cece Harrington, Fallon, Nev., 1,205.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180)
    1, Edna Rilloraza, Beaverton, Ore., 728. 2(tie), Angela Gates, Delta, Colo., and Katie Bess, American Canyon, Calif., 687. 4, Gina Chov, Apple Valley, Minn., 685. 5, JoAnn Olson, Hutchinson, Minn., 683. 6(tie), Marcia Fox, Antioch, Ill., Tina Rose, Lacey, Wash., and Kassandra Mack, Addison, Ill., 673. 9(tie), Dava Buss, Clayton, Ill., and Donna Ray, Rock Hill, S.C., 671.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180)
    1, Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif., 1,925. 2, Monica Kirkland, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,878. 3, Edna Rilloraza, Beaverton, Ore., 1,872. 4, Tiffany Lebahn, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,870. 5, Allison Fintelmann, Sheboygan, Wis., 1,869. 6(tie) Penny Matthies, Salida, Colo., and Marcia Fox, Antioch, Ill., 1,856. 8, JoAnn Olson, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,854. 9, Lucy DiMauro, Rockfall, Conn., 1,851. 10, Rita Harkins, Brandywine, Md., 1,849.

     


    Sapphire Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 749 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 750)
    1, X-Out 4 (Sharon McNeil, Julia WoodFolk, Benita DeLaCruz, Laura Henry, Jessica Freeman), Lorton, Va., 2,569. 2, Pin Pals, Fort Collins, Colo., 2,504. 3, Bowlmor 2, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 2,487. 4, TEAM 22966, Yorkville, Ill., 2,483. 5, PA Pin Pals, Port Angeles, Wash., 2,481. 6, TX Yellow Roses, Center Point, Texas, 2,463. 7, Jodys Salon, Zenda, Kan., 2,449. 8, Gould, Grantville, Ga., 2,442. 9, The Iron Doctor Inc, Afton, Wyo., 2,434. 10, Richmond Rollers, Richmond, Minn., 2,433.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 299 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 300)
    1, Pamella Overturf/Sheila Hofmann, Sutton, Neb., 1,076. 2(tie), Lisa Johnson/Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., and Minnie Davis/Jocelyn Davis, Racine, Wis., 1,074. 4, Terry Cantrell/Carrie Cantrell, Phoenix, 1,070. 5, Mary Sapp/Lora York, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,068. 6, Frances Allen, Lapwai, Idaho/Jackie Soule, Lewiston, Idaho, 1,063. 7(tie), Kimberly Davis, West Monroe, La./Tracie Chumley, Monroe, La., and Monica Oliver, Farmington Hills, Mich./Loretta Loacano, Garden City, Mich., 1,059. 9(tie), Shirley Quealy/Autumn Fisher, Granby, Colo., and Diana Miller, Attica, Kan./Danielle LaCore, Medicine Lodge, Kan., 1,057.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150)
    1, Flame Cotton, Fayetteville, N.C., 624. 2, Alyssa Kottwitz, Bridger, Mont., 601. 3(tie), Cindy Rutledge, Collinsville, Miss., Jocelyn Davis, Racine, Wis., and Rachel DeWitt, Westminster, Colo., 590. 6, Christina Lecuyer, Washington, Kan., 589. 7, Deanna Kons, Jackson, Wis., 588. 8, Kimberly Tapia, Arlington, Texas, 587. 9(tie), Marilyn Eustis, Limington, Maine, and Amy Simon, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 586.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150)
    1, Flame Cotton, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,741. 2, Marilyn Eustis, Limington, Maine, 1,710. 3, Catherine Cook, Merlin, Ore., 1,690. 4, Valerie Bathrick, Hardy, Ark., 1,683. 5, Amy Simon, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 1,655. 6, Kath James, Williams, Ariz., 1,644. 7, Lora York, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,643. 8, Alyssa Kottwitz, Bridger, Mont., 1,641. 9, Sarah L. King, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,634. 10, Diane Matsche, Weston, Wis., 1,633.

     


    Scratch Division (Actual scores with no handicap)


    Team
    1, Purple Brusers (Ginna Baray, Ana Portillo, Patty Patterson, Solanja Perez-Rede, Camille Sykos), El Paso, Texas, 3,026. 2, Linds Northern Stars, Blaine, Minn., 3,004. 3, Pindemonium, Elgin, Ill., 2,993. 4, Norcal EFX, Orange, Calif., 2,922. 5, Meadowood Lounge, Rapid City, S.D., 2,916. 6, TEAM 23963, Rocklin, Calif., 2,893. 7, Havin Fun, Harker Heights, Texas, 2,892. 8, Mug Shots, Portage, Ind., 2,851. 9, The Queens Bs 1, Loveland, Colo., 2,843. 10, TEAM 23611, Brentwood, Calif., 2,833.

    Doubles
    1, Jennifer Asplin/Xan Halog, Oakley, Calif., 1,361. 2, Julie Schaeffer, Hamden, Conn./Cynthia Palmieri, Meriden, Conn., 1,358. 3, Michelle Lee, Little Elm, Texas/Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 1,342. 4, Allison Jones, Rocklin, Calif./Brandy Mastro, San Ramon, Calif., 1,329. 5, Amy Kehrberg/Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 1,292. 6, Yako McDonnell, Danville, Calif./Tamlyn Murata, Daly City, Calif., 1,277. 7, Dawn Benson, Dunkirk, Md./Linda Peters, Glen Burnie, Md., 1,270. 8, Melissa Morrow, Raleigh, N.C./Hilary Aycock, Clayton, N.C., 1,269. 9, Michelle Murman, Little Canada, Minn./Ryan Oswood, Bloomington, Minn., 1,268. 10, Tammy Kramer, Orangevale, Calif./April Lemieux, Sacramento, Calif., 1,264.

    Singles
    1, Judy Gurney, Omaha, Neb., 741. 2, Hilary Aycock, Clayton, N.C., 738. 3, Brittany Pratt, Citrus Heights, Calif., 736. 4, Tammy Kramer, Orangevale, Calif., 717. 5, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 715. 6, Andee Tadiello, Brentwood, Calif., 706. 7, Mary Martinez, Pahrump, Nev., 701. 8, Christine Smith, Sun Prairie, Wis., 696. 9, Samantha Lawton, Sacramento, Calif., 694. 10, Michele Morris, Harvard, Ill., 691.

    All-Events
    1, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 2,121. 2, Rebecca Eynon, Apalachin, N.Y., 2,093. 3, Yvonne Smith, Port Deposit, Md., 2,069. 4, Mihoko Matsuoka, Japan, 2,061. 5, Hilary Aycock, Clayton, N.C., 2,055. 6, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2,049. 7, Karin Ciesiolka, Harker Heights, Texas, 2,035. 8, Brittany Pratt, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,994. 9, Leisa Herider, Denver, 1,987. 10, Andee Tadiello, Brentwood, Calif., 1,978.