Former high school bowling foes team up to take USBC Women's Championships Classic Doubles lead


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (March 16 - July 2, 2006)

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg Floridians Linda Martinez and Melissa Stewart competed against each other in a state high school bowling tournament in Florida in 1999. They soon became friends, but little did they know that seven years later they would team up to take the Classic Doubles lead in the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.

    Martinez, a 26-year-old human resources professional from Jacksonville, and Stewart, 24, who works for her family's ventilation business in Port St. Lucie, combined for a 1,411 total Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium.

    Stewart, bowling in her first Women's Championships, led the way with a 717 series on games of 253, 237 and 227. Martinez, in her second Women's Championships, contributed 694 with games of 248, 212 and 234.

    "Ever since that state high school tournament we have become good friends," Stewart said. "I have so much fun bowling with Linda - it just seemed natural for us to be able to bowl together."

    In addition to their high school bowling experience, both are collegiate bowling alums as well. Stewart bowled for the University of Nebraska and Martinez for the University of Central Florida.

    Martinez was one of the founding members of the UCF bowling program, a program which has produced one of the top women's bowling programs in the country. The UCF women's team finished second in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Rockford, Ill., last April - something Martinez took great pride in.

    "I was using quite a few cell phone minutes keeping up with their progress at the collegiate championships," Martinez said. "I was very proud of them."

    Stewart, who also moved into second in Classic All-Events with 2,017, and Martinez weren't initially aware that they had taken the doubles lead.

    "When Linda told me we had taken the lead I was talking to my mom on my cell phone," Stewart said. "I got so excited I accidentally hung up on her. Whether we win or not, this will have exceeded my expectations."

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    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Barry Asher's Embroidery, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,154. 2, High Roller, Henderson, Nev., 3,150. 3, Bowlingball Dot Com, Orlando, Fla., 3,083. 4, Bowlingball Dot Com II, Jacksonville, Fla., 3,067. 5, Mass Strikes, Annapolis, Md., 3,055.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Melissa Stewart, Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Linda Martinez, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,411. 2, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla./Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1,342. 3, Carrie Meares, Seneca, S.C./Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 1,331. 4, Kari Schwager, Chicago, Ill./Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, Ill., 1,325. 5, Shari Tanselle, Shepherdsville, Ky./Cheryl Wilkerson, Louisville, Ky., 1,319.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Gina Daroszewski, Franklin, Wis., 720; 2, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 712. 3, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 710. 4, (tie), Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla. and Shannon Duplantis, New Orleans, La., 707.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 2,097. 2, Melissa Stewart, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 2,017. 3, (tie) Olivia Standham, Wichita, Kan., and Lisa Stevens, St. Charles, Ill., 1,991. 5, Kelly Borysiewicz, Franklin Square, N.Y., 1,989.


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Village Bar II, Omaha, Neb., 2,842. 2, Washington Mojo, Ferndale, Wash., 2,818. 3, Cavalettes 1, Sacramento, Calif., 2,811. 4, The Queen Bs 1, Loveland, Colo., 2,807. 5, BeauBien Street Saloon, Troy, Mich., 2,781.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Pam Schulz, Longview, Wash./Valery Hubbard, Kelso, Wash., 1,264. 2, Irma Day, Helotes, Texas/Julie Howard, San Antonio, Texas, 1,223. 3, Deidre Hicks, Morris, Ill./Joyce Underwood, Marseilles, Ill., 1,215. 4 (tie), Tonya Justinger, Painesville, Ohio/Marina Rimes, Madison, Ohio and Tracey Shaud, Fairlawn, N.J./Elissa Gotta, Kenosha, Wis., 1,203.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Cathy Woessner, Euless, Texas, 710. 2, Kristine Kiesling, Las Vegas, 686. 3, Wynn Brandon, Reno, Nev., 676. 4, Paula Hallead, East Wenatchee, Wash., 674. 5, Barbara Stauffer, Liverpool, N.Y., 671.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Maika Winkler, Antelope, Calif., 1,856. 2, Christel Butler, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,853. 3, Holly Fett, Las Vegas, 1,852. 4, Cathy Woessner, Euless, Texas, 1,819. 5, Kristine Kiesling, Las Vegas, 1,804.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Jax 1, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,734. 2, The X Effect, Purcellville, Va., 2,692. 3, Lady Queens, Merit, Texas, 2,691. 4, Southern Girls V, Pomona, Calif., 2,690. 5, Centennial Lanes 2, Hays, Kan., 2,658.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Sharon Cassidy, San Mateo, Calif./Elaine Van Otten, Pacifica, Calif., 1,171. 2, Kim Illhardt, Seguin, Texas/Janice Kuhen, San Marcos, Texas, 1,169. 3, Marilyn Hykes, Monrovia, Calif./Lynn Spencer, Temple City, Calif., 1,159. 4, Jeanna Brown, Bloomington, Ill./Joan Kaufman, Heyworth, Ill., 1,154. 5, Darcy Netz, Blue Lake, Calif./Linda Scott, Eureka, Calif., 1,143.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Carol Hausman, Port Charlotte, Fla., 632. 2, Judith Kaufman, Winslow, Ill., 620. 3, Julie Andres, American Canyon, Calif., 619. 4 (tie), Joyce Moss, Columbus, Ohio, Linda Urbanek, Poway, Calif. and Sylvia Thomas, Columbus, N.C., 616.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Shelley Hall, Long Beach, Calif., 1,774. 2, Nikita Williams, Oakland, Calif., 1,767. 3, Becky Carter, Anaheim, Calif., 1,741. 4, Pearl Cates-Bullock, Durham, N.C., 1,735. 5, Cheryl Blosch, South Wayne, Wis., 1,705.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Unbowlievables, Meridian, Idaho, 2,530. 2, Idaho Pick-Up Gals, Pocatello, Idaho, 2,501. 3, Just Marked, Oakland, Calif., 2,458. 4, D.C. Rollers Team 3, Brentwood, Md., 2,449. 5, Take Ten, Oklahoma City, 2,424.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Liese Parent/Jerry Best, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1,084. 2, Ronda Lutz, Paris, Idaho/Teresa Singleton, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,083. 3, Helen Sellars, Conroe, Texas/Linda Schmidt, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,081. 4, Anne Greer, Rainier, Ore./Alonnie Bolton, Oakland, Ore., 1,075. 5, Sandy Jackson, Minden, Nev./Sylvia Griffin, Detroit, 1,072.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Nancy Galinat, Harrold, S.D., 638. 2, Linda Gearhart, Casa Grande, Ariz., 620. 3, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kansas, 605. 4, Robin McGinnis, Petrolia, Pa., 598. 5, C.C. Deaky, Los Angeles, 596.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Jennifer Reed, Hamilton, Va., 1,680. 2, Stephanie Dowd, El Paso, Texas, 1,644. 3, Ellen Harper, Visalia, Calif., 1,631. 4, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kansas, 1,616. 5, Jen Helton, Huachuca City, Ariz., 1,609.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Bear Nasty, Monticello, Minn., 2,187. 2, Got Pins, Santa Rosa, Calif., 2,156. 3, North Idaho Crushing II, St. Maries, Idaho, 2,111. 4, Tumbleweed Lanes, Ness City, Kan., 2,096. 5, Lundeen Ford, Annandale, Minn., 2,091.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Kathy Belmer, Manteca, Calif./Regina Antunes, Stockton, Calif., 973. 2, Jenna Cameron/Debra Ingram, Springdale, Ark., 962. 3, Sharon Carroll/Dee Carroll, Newport, Wash., 945. 4 (tie), Lorna Robinson/Holly Rybensky, Omaha, Neb. and Dorothy Gabbard, Camden, Ohio/Michelle Poe, College Corner, Ohio, 941.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Barbara Dynes, New Castle, Ind., 593. 2, Rose Postle, Rice Lake, Wis., 554. 3, Connie Monk, Yelm, Wash., 549. 4, Tracy Goodson, Belen, N.M., 546. 5, Shelly Bloch, Ramsey, Minn., 538.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Linda Azuma, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,491. 2, Carol Hood, Waterville, Kansas, 1,490. 3, Connie Monk, Yelm, Wash., 1,481. 4, Kristine Ferguson, Greenville, Mich., 1,475. 5, Georgia Roberts, Wayland, Mo., 1,467.