Minnesota, Wisconsin teams lead at USBC Open Championships


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    Wisconsin's Shannon Dins rolls first 300 game; Michigan's Brandon Brilinski takes Regular All-Events lead; active participation leader and active pinfall leader to compete this week

    ImageThe Regular Team lead changed hands five times this week at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, with Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 of Sartell, Minn. (pictured left), settling into the top spot with a 3,358 total March 17.

    Games of 1,128, 1,124 and 1,106 helped Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 finish just ahead of Towne and Country Lanes 1 of Hartland, Wis., which moved into second place with 3,328 several pairs away. Rancho Bowl 1 of Lompoc, Calif., set the bar earlier in the day with 3,285.

    Jeff Smith led Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 with a 762 series and was joined by Eric George (668), Barry Zimmerman (657), Justin Schiffler (645) and Greg McCullough (626).

    "We really don't have any expectations coming in, but I think this year everybody stayed in the same zone a lot longer than we have in the past, and it really seemed to help as we went along," said McCullough, who made his 24th USBC Open Championships appearance.

    Image"Sometimes, this event is the only time we get to see each other, so it's fun to get together. Obviously, when you're bowling well, it makes it even better."

    Towne and Country Lanes 1 (right) returned to the National Bowling Stadium on March 18 and cruised into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,766 total. Milwaukee's Tony Buss led the charge with a 2,016 all-events effort, and he was joined by Matt Zagar (2,003), Dave Gajewski (1,983), Robert Milbrath (1,909) and Jerry Riemer (1,855).


    Wisconsin bowler rolls first 300 of 2013 USBC Open Championships

    ImageShannon Dins of Fitchburg, Wis., rolled the first perfect game of the 2013 USBC Open Championships on March 15.

    The 38-year-old right-hander started his team event at the National Bowling Stadium with a 191 game before firing 12 consecutive strikes to earn his place in tournament history. He finished his set with 153 for a 644 series to help Bhoff's Buds of Madison, Wis., to a 3,021 team total.

    Dins added 640 in singles and 605 in doubles for a 1,889 all-events total.


    Michigan right-hander takes Regular All-Events lead

    ImageBrandon Brilinski of Flint, Mich., took the Regular All-Events lead at the USBC Open Championships with a 2,103 total March 19.

    The 30-year-old right-hander had 739 in singles, 717 in doubles and 647 in team to move past Richard Thomas of Middleton, Wis., who previously held the lead with 2,051.


    A look ahead

    2012USBCOCSylvesterThiel.jpgSyl Thiel of Lake City, Minn., and USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. of Houston will continue their marches toward history this week at the National Bowling Stadium.

    2010USBCOCBillLillard.jpgThiel (left) is the active participation leader at the USBC Open Championships and will make his 68th tournament appearance on March 20 at 3 p.m. He is in pursuit of Bill Doehrman and USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris, who each competed in 71 Open Championships.

    Lillard (right), an eight-time eagle winner and the event's active pinfall leader, will compete for the 66th consecutive year. He will hit the lanes March 25 at 3 p.m. His 120,015 career pinfall total is 3,755 pins shy of Norris, who tops the list with 123,770.


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    2013 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 (Greg McCullough, Eric George, Justin Schiffler, Barry Zimmerman, Jeff Smith), Sartell, Minn., 3,358. 2, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,328. 3, Rancho Bowl 1, Lompoc, Calif., 3,285. 4, Stars and Strikes 1, Channahon, Ill., 3,222. 5, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 3,197. 6, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 3,174. 7, Action Realty 2, Fargo, N.D., 3,152. 8, KK Bowling Services 1, Las Vegas, 3,120. 9, The Legend of Dung Ho, Cerritos, Calif., 3,114. 10, Aframe Awards 3, Grand Blanc, Mich., 3,104.

    1, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan./Scott Hartnell, Kenosha, Wis., 1,341. 2, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill./Rick Coy, Taylorville, Ill., 1,323. 3, Dave Gajewski, Oak Creek, Wis./Tony Buss, Milwaukee, 1,314. 4, James Gronwoldt/Mike Norby, LeRoy, Minn., 1,312. 5, Brian Shidler, Coldwater, Mich./Brent Ritchie, Madison, Wis., 1,303. 6, Steve Kenyon/Dan Knowlton, Dade City, Fla., 1,302. 7, Bo Johnson/Doug McHugh, Huron, S.D., 1,300. 8, Jason Link, Billings, Mont./Josh Link, Glendive, Mont., 1,297. 9, Kyle Taylor, Loveland, Colo./Scott Horvath, Windsor, Colo., 1,294. 10, James Skarhus, Rosemount, Minn./Zack Wilhelmi, Fargo, N.D., 1,292.

    1, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 2, Kris George, Las Vegas, 745. 3, Terry Fredrickson, Grand Island, Neb., 741. 4, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 739. 5, Scott Salinas, Racine, Wis., 731. 6, Thomas Wolf, Bismarck, N.D., 728. 7, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 727. 8, Henry Dykeman, Pawling, N.Y., 722. 9, Robert Grexer, Lords Valley, Pa., 721. 10, Dan Knowlton, Dade City, Fla., 720.

    1, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103. 2, Richard Thomas, Middleton, Wis., 2,051. 3, Steve Diederick, Wahpeton, N.D., 2,049. 4, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,038. 5, Kris George, Las Vegas, 2,033. 6, Justin Ward, Lexington, Ky., 2,031. 7, Kyle Taylor, Loveland, Colo., 2,025. 8, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 2,023. 9, Scott Salinas, Racine, Wis., 2,019. 10, Tony Buss, Milwaukee, 2,016.

    Team All-Events
    1, Towne and Country Lanes 1 (Matt Zagar, Robert Milbrath, Dave Gajewski, Tony Buss, Jerry Riemer), Hartland, Wis., 9,766. 2, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 9,553. 3, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 9,408. 4, Solid 9 Pro Shop 1, Taylorville, Ill., 9,336. 5, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,274. 6, Stars and Strikes 1, Channahon, Ill., 9,244. 7, KK Bowling Services 1, Las Vegas, 9,231. 8, Action Realty 2, Fargo, N.D., 9,123. 9, Dykeman's Farm, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., 9,119. 10, Action Realty, Fargo, N.D., 9,116.


    2013 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, The Inexplicables (Willie Andrews, Elizabeth Romero, George Andrews, Larry Ellis, Audrey Andrews), Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 2, Concordia Strikers, Jewell, Kan., 2,623. 3, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,605. 4, Katy Boys, Parsons, Kan., 2,579. 5, Eagle II, Moore, Okla., 2,578. 6, Wally's Pau Hana Club, Honolulu, 2,575. 7, NCABA 1, Hyattsville, Md., 2,553. 8, All the Way In, Arvada, Colo., 2,544. 9, Lucky Strike Lanes, Spearfish, S.D., 2,517. 10, Lightning Strikes Pro Shop, Winter Garden, Fla., 2,516.

    1(tie), Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill./Richard Janicke, Lena, Ill., and Adren Schuft, Gaylord, Minn./Glenn Koch, Glencoe, Minn., 1,134. 3, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,127. 4, Jeffrey Vinca, Chandler, Ariz./Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn., 1,113. 5, Brent Line, Clarissa, Minn./Daniel Booker, Eagle Bend, Minn., 1,103. 6, Christopher Petrie, Joshua Tree, Calif./Keith Petrie, Long Prairie, Minn., 1,098. 7, Craig Carnahan, Altamont, Kan./Dave Smith, Parsons, Kan., 1,086. 8, Rich Solberg/Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 1,082. 9, Patricia Anderson/Chris Nygaard, Montevideo, Minn., 1,074. 10, Marlin Yarlott, Hardin, Mont./Terry Singer, Crow Agency, Mont., 1,071.

    1, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 2, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625. 3, Jon Pelletier, South Elgin, Ill., 608. 4, Marvin Staus Sr., Grand Forks, N.D., 600. 5, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 599. 6, Gary Brockman, Richfield, Idaho, 595. 7, Tim Wagner, Hardin, Mont., 594. 8, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 593. 9, Angie Duarte, Santa Ana, Calif., 591. 10(tie), Philip Veldink, Jacksonville, Fla., and Charles Zanto, Malta, Mont., 589.

    1, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 2, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 3, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 4, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 1,676. 5, Jeff Geimer, Miami Shores, Fla., 1,666. 6(tie), Rory Thomas, Mesa, Ariz., and Marvin Staus Sr., Grand Forks, N.D., 1,655. 8(tie), Donald Fellbaum, Webster, S.D., and Glenn Koch, Glencoe, Minn., 1,648. 10, Roger Southland, Lowell, Mich., 1,640.