Louisiana bowler shoots first 300 since May 8


    United States


    Andre Trahan (pictured) from nearby Houma, La., rolled the 18th perfect game of the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on June 19, ending a perfect-score drought that lasted more than five weeks.

    The 25-year-old right-hander started doubles with a 162 game, but he then connected on 12 consecutive shots to record the first 300 at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., since May 8.

    2012USBCOCMattMcNielCharlesVashaw.jpgHe finished with a 199 game for a 661 series and teamed with his father, Kirk Trahan, for a 1,228 doubles total. Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., and Charles Vashaw of Deephaven, Minn. (l-r), lead Regular Doubles with 1,489.

    "It's an honor for me to have a 300 here because not a lot of people expect to come out here and shoot really big scores," said Trahan, who made his fourth USBC Open Championships appearance. "It's awesome to be one of the few to do it this year, and I'm excited that my name will always be on the wall next to so many great bowlers."

    Trahan's previous high series at the Open Championships was 562, so his only goal heading into this year's event was to shoot 600. He added 631 in singles and 604 in team for a career-best all-events total of 1,896, more than 350 pins better than his previous high.


    Florida bowler takes Classified All-Events lead

    2012USBCOCEdSwietek.jpgEd Swietek (pictured) of Sarasota, Fla., had six games of 202 or better on the way to 602 in singles, 600 in doubles and 595 in team for a career-best 1,797 all-events total, and he took the Classified All-Events lead June 15. Mark Knippers of Baker, La., previously held the lead with 1,789.

    Swietek, a 56-year-old left-hander, started singles with 232 and 212 and knew he had a shot at the top spot, but he didn't know all-events was within reach, too. When he finished with 158, he knew would not be taking home a singles title. Joel Fee of Pella, Iowa, leads Classified Singles with 655.


    A look ahead

    2006USBCOpenMikeNape.jpgLifetime average leader Michael Nape (pictured left) of Yorkville, Ill., will lead his Fox Bowl team into the Baton Rouge River Center on June 20-21.

    Nape tops the lifetime list with a 217.66 average for 216 games. Eligible bowlers must have competed in the Open Championships a minimum of 20 times. Gail Myers Jr. of Monroe, Wis., entered the year second on the list (217.53 for 207 games) and posted a 1,858 all-events total in May.

    2008USBCOCFoxBowl2.jpg Last year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Nape helped his team to a second-place finish in Team All-Events (10,242) and an eighth-place effort in Regular Team (3,387).

    Four members of the team (Nape, Gregg Zicha, Peter Spreadbury and Anthony Jordan) took home the Team All-Events title in 2008 (pictured right). Their fifth bowler, for the second consecutive year, is 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard.

    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, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 3,344. 3, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,319. 4, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 3,316. 5, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 3,278. 6, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,277. 7, Badger Pro Shop 1, Madison, Wis., 3,266. 8, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, N.D., 3,247. 9, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 3,244. 10, Frans Pro Shop 1, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,239.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn./Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 1,489. 2, Roger Blanchard/Jimmy Zimmerman, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,464. 3, Jeff Fehr/Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 1,462. 4, Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y./Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 1,453. 5, Thomas Corbett, Minneapolis/Gary Green, Houlton, Wis., 1,439. 6, Chad Newman, Grapevine, Texas/Michael Warren, Dallas, 1,436. 7, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash./Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 1,429. 8, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C./Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 1,420. 9, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn./Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 1,419. 10, Wayne Copper/Dave Cooper, Pensacola, Fla., 1,418.

    1, Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 800. 2(tie), Andrew Kleutgen, Wild Rose, Wis., and Dustin Knipp, Mansfield, Ohio, 785. 4, Will Smith, Albany, Ore., 782. 5, Mark Blasius, Terrell, Texas, 779. 6, Heath Hartgrove, Columbus, Ohio, 775. 7, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 773. 8(tie), John Ferretti, Erie, Pa., and Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 771. 10, Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 765.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 2,202. 2, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 2,170. 3, Derek Eoff, Madison, Wis., 2,167. 4, Nick Wissinger, Clinton Township, Mich., 2,152. 5, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 2,121. 6, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,111. 7, Brian Diede, Huron, S.D., 2,105. 8, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2,099. 9, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,095. 10(tie), Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., and Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 2,089.

    Team All-Events
    1, S&B Pro Shop 1 (Bill Orlikowski, Nick Wissinger, Mark Moore, Kerry Kreft, Dave Ewald), Clinton Township, Mich., 9,954. 2, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, Minn., 9,925. 3, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,817. 4, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 9,801. 5, Fran's Pro Shop 1, Waterloo, Iowa, 9,795, 6, Little Bears Pro Shop 1, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 9,781. 7, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 9,770. 8, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,744. 9, POHL POSITION, W. Henrietta, N.Y., 9,741. 10, Five Horsemen, Racine, Wis., 9,731.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Nite Owls (David Dean, Winston Ware, Leon Clark, Michael Hicks, John Sperry), Madison Heights, Va., 2,707. 2, K & K Bowling Services, Saint Joseph, Mo., 2,691. 3, Frazee 2, Vergas, Minn., 2,678. 4, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,670. 5, K Lines 2, Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 6(tie), Lani Ohana, Honolulu, and Cardinal Lanes, Hoisington, Kan., 2,650. 8, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,639. 9, Donnas Lounge 2, Sheffield, Iowa, 2,631. 10, HGNB 4, Chicago, 2,617.

    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, Kathy Barthel, Jacksonville, Ala./Thomas Gaskins, Bessemer, Ala., 1,184. 5, Jewell Ownbey/Forrest Ownbey, Newport, Wash., 1,182. 6, Don Driver, Howard, Colo./Dave Culp, Salida, Colo., 1,180. 7, Jeremy Skelenar/Bobby Turner, Kearney, Neb., 1,177. 8, Jamie Lee Robertson/Chris Marsh, Boonville, Mo., 1,174 9, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Dale Helgevold, Osceola, Iowa, 1,170. 10, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn./Norman Skarphol, Madelia, Minn., 1,163.

    1, Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, 655. 2, Brian Mason, Baldwin, Ga., 642. 3, Dennis Hanson, Harbor Beach, Mich., 640. 4, Jerry Roberts, Primghar, Iowa, 637. 5, Rick Richter, Primghar, Iowa, 634. 6, Douglas Hines, St. David's Island, Bermuda, 625. 7, Travis Simplot, Oregon, Wis., 622. 8(tie), Ken Brewster, Goshen, Ind., and Randy Irvin, Cortez, Colo., 621. 10(tie), Randy Witters, New Weston, Ohio, and Mark Herring, Seymour, Mo., 619.

    1, Ed Swietek, Sarasota, Fla., 1,797. 2, Mark Knippers, Baker, La., 1,789 3, Aaron Lam, Columbia, Mo., 1,763. 4, Dennis Poepping, Alexandria, Minn., 1,746. 5, Paul Schrubbe, Horicon, Wis., 1,742. 6, Harry Arnold, Falls City, Neb., 1,741. 7, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,739. 8, Darrin Remiticado, Stockton, Calif., 1,735. 9(tie) John Davis, Oxford, Ala., and Jerry Roberts, Chino Valley, Ariz., 1,721.