2012 USBC Women's Championships comes to a close

    07/10/12

    United States

    Reno to host the Women's Championships and the USBC Open Championships in 2013, marking the first time both tournaments will be held in the same host city in the same year

    2012USBCWCLindsayBaker.jpgLindsay Baker (pictured left) of Brigham City, Utah, had a breakout performance at the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships and is in position to win three titles now that the event has ended its 86-day run at the National Bowling Stadium.

    The 2005-06 NCAA Collegiate Bowler of the Year at the University of Nebraska rolled a 784 series in doubles, 735 in singles and 707 in team to take the Scratch All-Events crown with a 2,226 total, the third-highest all-events score in 93 years of tournament history.

    2012USBCWCLindsayBakerElysiaCurrent.jpgJodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, set the all-events record with 2,330 at the 2010 USBC Women's Championships in El Paso, Texas.

    Baker, a 26-year-old right-hander, also teamed with two-time Junior Team USA member Elysia Current (right) of Ephrata, Pa., to win Scratch Doubles and tie for the top spot in Diamond Doubles with 1,480. Current, the 2011 USBC Queens runner-up, added a 696 set to the doubles effort.

    2012USBCWCMeganHillCorinaGrasso.jpgSince their combined entering average exceeded 440, Baker and Current did not receive any handicap. They share the top Diamond spot with Corina Grasso of Fort Collins, Colo., and Megan Hill (left, r-l) of Eastlake, Ohio, who shot 769 and 606, respectively, and received an additional 35 pins of handicap per game to reach their final total.

    All Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire standings are unofficial until final verification is made.

    "I'm completely ecstatic," Baker said. "It's been an interesting few weeks waiting, but I'm glad it worked out the way it did. I've put so much time and effort into my game, and there are so few opportunities for female bowlers, so I'm really excited. I also got to bowl with a doubles partner who is such a great talent, so I'm happy we get to share this."

    2012USBCWCPamPancoast.jpgBaker nearly put herself in position for a fourth title, too. She is second in Diamond All-Events with a 2,262 handicap total, behind Joyce Biondo of Carpentersville, Ill., a member of the 2011 Diamond Team champion, who leads with 2,269.

    Pam Pancoast of Lomita, Calif., needed every pin she could get in her final game to win Scratch Singles. She finished with 779, one pin ahead of Tammy Lewis of San Jose, Calif.

    The 50-year-old right-hander began her singles competition with games of 213 and 266 before rolling one of the record four perfect games at the 2012 event. Pancoast, who finished second in Scratch All-Events with 2,219, struck on 27 of her last 28 shots.

    2012USBCWCBettyBrooks.jpg2012USBCWCKristinWarzinski.jpg"Oh my gosh, I'm elated," Pancoast said. "It has sunk in more since I actually bowled the tournament. I think my husband was more excited about it than me at first. The closer I got to holding onto something, the more excited I got. I didn't think that score would stick, so it's pretty exciting to become a national champion."

    Betty Brooks (left) of Lakewood, Calif., Caryn Evitts of Waukegan, Ill., and Kristin Warzinski (right) of Fort Worth, Texas, also rolled perfect games at the 2012 Women's Championships, bringing the all-time total to 19. There also were three 299s, two 298s and two 297s this year.

    2012USBCWCCoefficientofFriction.jpgCoefficient of Friction of Palo Alto, Calif. (pictured left), also tasted victory for the first time at the Women's Championships as the Scratch Team winner with a 3,302 total.

    Games of 1,160, 1,053 and 1,089 helped the group edge out Together Once Again of Keller, Texas, which finished with 3,297. Brittany Hillman led the way for Coefficient of Friction with a 720 set and was joined by Mandy Green (655), Jackie Wyckoff (654), Terri Stynes (639) and Kimberly Power (634).

    "We've been on pins and needles all week just hoping our score would hold up," said Wyckoff, a Bowling Writers Association of America board member. "I'm absolutely thrilled, and my teammates are just ecstatic. Now, we can cross that off the bucket list."

    Complete standings for the 2012 Women's Championships can be found here.

    2012USBCWCMiniTvaskaCeremony.jpgAlso in the headlines this year was Mini Tvaska of St. Petersburg, Fla., who extended her own participation record by making her 66th consecutive Women's Championships appearance.

    The 94-year-old (pictured right with her teammates) began her historic run at the 1947 event in Grand Rapids, Mich. Seven other bowlers made memorable marches down Center Aisle at the one-of-a-kind facility as they celebrated 50 years of tournament participation.

    The 2012 Women's Championships featured more than 6,100 teams and ran each day from April 14 until July 8.

    In 2013, the Women's Championships will move down the street to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, where 44 specially-constructed lanes will be set up to host the world's largest participatory sporting event for women.

    The Stadium will be home to the USBC Open Championships in 2013, marking the first time both tournaments will be held in the same host city in the same year.

    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 June 8

    Diamond Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 900 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 1,100)
    1, Some Strike It Hot (Marsha Kuhnley, Wendy Shelton, Tina Ingram, Brandy Silva, Shauna Shannon), Albuquerque, N.M., 3,462. 2, Shootin Nines, Indianapolis, 3,461. 3, Dangerous Dames, Lompoc, Calif., 3,455. 4, Hawaiian Punch - Hana Hou, Kapolei, Hawaii, 3,441. 5, Coefficient of Friction, Palo Alto, Calif., 3,422. 6, Bff Center, Jacksonville, Fla., 3,397. 7, Clearview Lanes, Elizabethtown, Pa., 3,379. 8(tie), Time of Our Life II, Saddle Brook, N.J., and Coefficient O Restitution, Palo Alto, Calif., 3,372. 10, Pindemonium, Elgin, Ill., 3,368.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 360 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 440)
    1(tie), Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa./Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, and Megan Hill, Eastlake, Ohio/Corina Grasso, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,480. 3, Sadie Oda, Seal Beach, Calif./Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 1,469. 4, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas/Kristin Warzinski, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,468. 5, Amy Kehrberg/Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 1,466. 6, Megan Kelly/Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,464. 7, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Christina Kinney, Las Vegas, 1,460. 8, Julie Schaeffer, Hamden, Conn./Cynthia Palmieri, Meriden, Conn., 1,451. 9, Pam O'Neil, Hoffman Estates, Ill./Kristine Guindon, McHenry, Ill., 1,449. 10, Amie Silveira, Riverbank, Calif./Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 1,441.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220)
    1, Lashon Henderson, Elgin, Ill., 823. 2, Shawna Lane, Tucson, Ariz., 818. 3, Michele Morris, Harvard, Ill., 805. 4, Andee Tadiello, Brentwood, Calif., 799. 5, Nikki Dalesandro, Indiana, Pa., 798. 6, Lori Vermeer, Frisco, Texas, 797. 7(tie), Michele Sierak, Byron, Ga., and Stephanie Aldridge, Bellwood, Ill., 796. 9, Brittany Pratt, Citrus Heights, Calif., 793. 10(tie), Patricia Wilson, Newnan, Ga., and Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 788.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220)
    1, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,269. 2, Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, 2,262. 3, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,261. 4, Andee Tadiello, Brentwood, Calif., 2,257. 5, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 2,248. 6, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,231. 7, Jolene Walker-Akau, Kaneone, Hawaii, 2,225. 8, Jazzmine Miller, Payette, Idaho, 2,223. 9, Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., 2,219. 10, Mihoko Matsuoka, Japan, 2,214.

     


    Ruby Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 750-899, with handicap based on 100 percent of 900)
    1, Team Paulos 3 (DeAnna Pinger-DeVoto, Patricia McNally, Nichole Bigham, Coleen Hedspeth, Della Kallenback), Suisun City, Calif., 3,026. 2, Jungle Kats, Salem, Ore., 2,928. 3, Chi-Towners, Chicago, 2,900. 4, Pathway Bank, Grand Island, Neb., 2,897. 5, Five Strikers, Newark, N.J., 2,885. 6, TEAM 22168, Idleyld Park, Ore., 2,881. 7, Bowlmor 2, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 2,880. 8, Where The Shots, Oceanside, Calif., 2,878. 9, Diannes Dreamers, Rockdale, Ill., 2,876. 10, Rodeo Bowl, Ellensburg, Wash., 2,872.

    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, Kimie Roller/Raelene Roller, Kapolei, Hawaii, 1,277. 4, Kim Johnson, Rogers, Ark./Sharon Spencer, Chicago, 1,276. 5, Mary Pitta-Fry/Vicky Reid, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,258. 6, Suzanne Gregoire/Linda Hawkins, Calhoun, Ga., 1,253. 7, Valerie Bathrick, Hardy, Ark./Jody Thielemier, Pocahontas, Ark., 1,245. 8, Pam Cearns/Carolyn VanNatta, Galesburg, Ill., 1,244. 9, Sherri Brown, Bay City, Mich./Bernadette Montoya, Socorro, N.M., 1,243. 10, Barbara Whitehead, Bennett, Colo./Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,239.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180)
    1, Edna Rilloraza, Beaverton, Ore., 728. 2, Dianne Kost, Aurora, Colo., 700. 3, Diane Duffy, Auburn, Mass., 695. 4(tie), Angela Gates, Delta, Colo., and Katie Bess, Napa, Calif., 687. 6, Gina Chov, Apple Valley, Minn., 685. 7, JoAnn Olson, Hutchinson, Minn., 683. 8(tie), Marcia Fox, Antioch, Ill., Tina Rose, Lacey, Wash., Theresa Faber, Plummer, Idaho, and Kassandra Mack, Addison, Ill., 673.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180)
    1, Dianne Kost, Aurora, Colo., 1,942. 2, Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif., 1,925. 3, Fallon Willis, Chicago, 1,907. 4, Catherine McCoy, Milford, Mass., 1,894. 5, Peachie Stock, San Jose, Calif., 1,889. 6, Monica Kirkland, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,878. 7, Edna Rilloraza, Beaverton, Ore., 1,872. 8(tie), Tiffany Lebahn, Wasilla, Alaska, and Catherine Cook, Merlin, Ore., 1,870. 10, Allison Fintelmann, Sheboygan, Wis., 1,869.

     


    Sapphire Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 749 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 750)
    1, Casa De Castillo (Sherry Lewis, Deanna Hollenback, Betty Kyle, Regina Foster, Tyann Bohne), Waco, Texas, 2,575. 2, X-Out 4, Lorton, Va., 2,569. 3, Forever Friends, Taft, Calif., 2,508. 4, Pin Pals, Fort Collins, Colo., 2,504. 5, Girls Bowling, Avilla, Ind., 2,490. 6, Let It Roll, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 2,487. 7, TEAM 22966, Yorkville, Ill., 2,483. 8, Margarita Queens, West Allis, Wis., 2,464. 9(tie) TX Yellow Roses, Center Point, Texas, and PA Pin Pals, Port Angeles, Wash., 2,463.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 299 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 300)
    1, Minnie Bidtah/Connie Atcitty, Shiprock, N.M., 1,104. 2, Heather Butler, Temple, Texas/Cynthia Purvis, Belton, Texas, 1,089. 3, Heidi Colvin, Riverton, Neb./Linda Mans, Red Cloud, Neb., 1,087. 4, Pamella Overturf/Sheila Hofmann, Sutton, Neb., 1,076. 5(tie), Lisa Johnson/Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., and Minnie Davis/Jocelyn Davis, Racine, Wis., 1,074. 7, Leslie Sams/Amber Browne, Richmond, Mo., 1,073. 8, Donna Coyne, Perryville, Md./Sheryl Kohl, Abingdon, Md., 1,071. 9, Terry Cantrell/Carrie Cantrell, Phoenix, 1,070. 10, Mary Sapp/Lora York, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,068.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150)
    1, Natasha Schultz, Perry, Okla., 640. 2, Flame Cotton, Fayetteville, N.C., 624. 3(tie), Alyssa Kottwitz, Bridger, Mont., and Sarah Hoskins, Connell, Wash., 601. 5, Evelyn Nolde, San Antonio, 595. 6, Roberta Pugh, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 594. 7(tie), Cindy Rutledge, Collinsville, Miss., Jocelyn Davis, Racine, Wis., and Rachel DeWitt, Westminster, Colo., 590. 10, Christina Lecuyer, Washington, Kan., 589.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150)
    1, Roberta Pugh, Glenwood Springs, Colo., 1,756. 2, Flame Cotton, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,741. 3, Rebecca Buhrle, Pocatello, Idaho, 1,701. 4, Valerie Bathrick, Hardy, Ark., 1,683. 5, Martha Lafod, Cumberland, R.I., 1,662. 6, Amy Simon, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 1,655. 7, Natasha Schultz, Perry, Okla., 1,652. 8, Kath James, Williams, Ariz., 1,644. 9(tie), Lora York, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Kristol Marquez, Lovington, N.M., 1,643.

     


    Scratch Division (Actual scores with no handicap)


    Team
    1, Coefficient of Friction (Kimberly Power, Brittany Hillman, Terri Stynes, Jackie Wyckoff, Mandy Green), Palo Alto, Calif., 3,302. 2, Together Once Again, Keller, Texas, 3,297. 3, Bowlieve, Arlington, Texas, 3,296. 4, Shootin Nines, Indianapolis, 3,287. 5, Team Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 3,284. 6, Time of Our Life II, Saddle Brook, N.J., 3,282. 7, TEAM 23704, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,276. 8, Bff Center, Jacksonville, Fla., 3,262. 9, AM Duggans Pro Shop 2, Edmond, Okla., 3,235. 10, Misfits, Oregon, Ohio, 3,224.

    Doubles
    1, Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah/Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,480. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky/Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,464. 3, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas/Kristin Warzinski, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,411. 4, Char Hammel, Las Vegas/Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,409. 5, Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif./Linda Wilson, Moore, Okla., 1,407. 6, Christina Kinney, Las Vegas/Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif., 1,403. 7, Caryn Evitts, Waukegan, Ill./Melanie DeCarlo, Peru, Ill., 1,396. 8, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D./Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 1,394. 9, Megan Hill, Eastlake, Ohio/Corina Grasso, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,375. 10, Jennifer Asplin/Xan Halog, Oakley, Calif., 1,361.

    Singles
    1, Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., 779. 2, Tammy Lewis, San Jose, Calif., 778. 3, Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas, 774. 4, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 773. 5, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 761. 6, Shawna Lane, Tucson, Ariz., 749. 7, Samantha Kelly, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 745. 8, Judy Gurney, Omaha, Neb., 741. 9, Melissa Legault, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, 739. 10, Hilary Aycock, Clayton, N.C., 738.

    All-Events
    1, Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, 2,226. 2, Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., 2,219. 3, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,171. 4, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,168. 5, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 2,167. 6, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,134. 7, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif., 2,121. 8, Crystal Shaw-Wesby, Hyattsville, Md., 2,111. 9(tie), Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, Tina Stickney, Phoenix, and Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,097.