Florida team breaks 20-year-old record at USBC Open Championships


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    Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., rolled the highest team series in the 110-year history of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Tuesday, shooting 3,538 at the National Bowling Stadium to break the 20-year-old record by a single pin.

    Five-time Team USA member and two-time USBC Open Championships titlist John Janawicz threw three strikes in his final frame to put the finishing touches on the historic performance.

    L-R Jabczenski, Gaines, Newell, Peterson and Janawicz.

    1993USBCOCBrueggersBagels3537.jpgThe team opened with a 1,206 game, the highest of the 2013 event, and added 1,167 and 1,165. Bruegger's Bagels of Albany, N.Y., previously held the record with 3,537, rolled in Tulsa, Okla., in 1993.

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    "It was an unbelievable feeling, especially because I had no clue what I needed," said Janawicz, who won Regular Singles and Regular All-Events at the NBS in 2004. "I knew we were in good position to take the lead, so at that point, you just try to get every stick you can. I had no idea, and it's probably a good thing I didn't know, actually. You just have to trust in yourself and make the three best shots you can, one at a time."

    2013USBCOCLodgeLanesToo3538.jpgFormer Team USA member Vernon Peterson led the way for Lodge Lanes Too with a 772 series. He was followed by Janawicz (752), three-time Open Championships winner John Gaines (681), 1987 Team All-Events champion Mitch Jabczenski (669) and Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Scott Newell (664).

    "We were just focused on bowling, and nothing else," said Gaines, who made his 25th Open Championships appearance. "We were obviously making good shots, and we were in the right part of the lane with the right balls, and so on, so at that point in time, you kind of have to turn it off and just start to bowl. You can't get too far ahead of yourself. You hate the cliches, but it's really just one frame at a time."

    Gaines, who won the 1998 Regular Singles title and helped Lodge Lanes of Belleville, Mich., to back-to-back Team All-Events titles in 1997 and '98, holds team bowling in the highest regard and also has found past success with Team USA and in the Brunswick World Team Challenge. One key to their success Tuesday is that they are great friends as well as talented and accomplished bowlers.

    "This goes back to (USBC Hall of Famer) Bob Goike and Chris Barnes and the guys I bowled with back in the 90s, and it morphed into bringing Mitch in with us and then the rest of the guys. That's what makes it so special. It's not just the five of us, it's the 10 of us."

    Lodge Lanes Too's companion team, HammerBowling.com, moved into ninth place in Regular Team on Tuesday with a 3,247 total on games of 1,033, 1,127 and 1,087. Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 of Sartell, Minn., previously held the team lead at the 2013 Open Championships with 3,358.

    Mike Sealy set the pace for HammerBowling.com with a 686 series and was followed by Jeff Ussery (665), Matt Gilman (645), Shawn Lee, who rolled a perfect game at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC earlier in the day (633) and Keith Nolan (618).


    California bowler has career day at USBC Open Championships

    2013USBCOCJoeSmith.jpgJoe Smith (pictured) of Escalon, Calif., put together the performance of a lifetime as he started his singles event with 17 consecutive strikes and made a run at the Regular Singles lead at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on March 30.

    The 59-year-old right-hander finished with games of 300, 234 and 193 for a 727 series, and although he will not become the next singles champion, his name forever will be part of tournament history. Kelly Bonta of Wichita, Kan., also rolled a perfect game this year on his way to the Regular Singles lead with 776.

    Smith, a Modesto USBC Hall of Famer, became the fourth bowler of the 2013 event to shoot 300 at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "I was pretty nervous, and the legs were wobbling a little bit," said Smith, who compiled a lifetime average of 181 with a high series of 612 in his 10 previous appearances at the USBC Open Championships. "I didn't make a very good shot, but I wanted to hit the head pin, and I did that. It was the most difficult 300 game I've shot, without a doubt."

    Smith added a 546 series in team and 514 in doubles for 1,787 all-events score, also a career high at the event.


    Defending Regular Team champions won't repeat at Open Championships

    2013USBCOCNicholasJsProShop2.jpgNicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis. (pictured), the 2012 Regular Team champion, made a run at defending its title at the 2013 USBC Open Championships, but fell short and settled into seventh place with a 3,271 effort March 29.

    Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 of Sartell, Minn., had Regular Team lead at that time with 3,358.

    Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2's Nick Heilman and Andy Mills cracked the top 10 in Regular Doubles with 1,316, and Mills moved into a tie for fourth place in Regular All-Events with 2,051. The effort helped Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 into third place in Team All-Events with 9,650.

    Trevor Yonan added 1,998 and was followed by Heilman (1,965), Greg Pizl (1,864) and Matt Mysliwiec (1,772).


    A look ahead

    2012USWODCLeanneHulsenberg_small.jpg2012USBCOCHenryTeetzIII_small.jpgBowlTV will feature two live events from the National Bowling Stadium this week.

    USBC Hall of Famer Leanne Hulsenberg (left) of Roseville, Calif., will take to the lanes for Doubles and Singles April 3 at 2 p.m. EDT., while defending Regular Singles champion Henry Teetz III (right) of West Allis, Wis., will put his title on the line April 6 at 2 p.m. EDT.


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    2013 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Lodge Lanes Too (Mitch Jabczenski, John Gaines, Scott Newell, Vernon Peterson, John Janawicz), Orlando, Fla., 3,538. 2, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,358. 3, Joliet Town and Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., 3,346. 4, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,328. 5, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 3,326. 6, National Bowling Stores, Flowery Branch, Ga., 3,288. 7, Rancho Bowl 1, Lompoc, Calif., 3,285. 8, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 3,271. 9, HammerBowling.com, Orlando, Fla., 3,247. 10, Kingpin Lanes, Central Square, N.Y., 3,246.

    1, Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 1,403. 2, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 3, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365. 4, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore./Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,351. 5, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan./Scott Hartnell, Kenosha, Wis., 1,341. 6, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill./Rick Coy, Taylorville, Ill., 1,323. 7, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis./Andy Mills, Onalaska, Wis., 1,316. 8(tie), Dave Gajewski, Oak Creek, Wis./Tony Buss, Milwaukee, and Keli Callahan, Las Vegas/Pierre Thiffeault, Fresno, Calif., 1,314. 10, James Gronwoldt/Mike Norby, LeRoy, Minn., 1,312.

    1, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 2, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 3, Robert Young, Ontario, Canada, 769. 4, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 5, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 748. 6, Kris George, Las Vegas, 745. 7, David Rutherford, Warner Robins, Ga., 744. 8, Jason Rasinske, Dimondale, Mich., 742. 9, Terry Fredrickson, Grand Island, Neb., 741. 10, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 739.

    1, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 2, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103. 3, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore., 2,090. 4(tie), Richard Thomas, Middleton, Wis., and Andy Mills, Onalaska, Wis., 2,051. 6, Steve Diederick, Wahpeton, N.D., 2,049. 7, Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 2,043. 8, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,038. 9, Kris George, Las Vegas, 2,033. 10, Justin Ward, Lexington, Ky., 2,031.

    Team All-Events
    1, Team Tilt (Thomas Ault Jr., Russ Wilson, Chris Greene, Joe Keltner, Jay Futrell), Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 2, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,766. 3, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,650. 4, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 9,553. 5, Kingpin Lanes, Central Square, N.Y., 9,521. 6, Joliet Town and Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., 9,509. 7, Reunited, Lawrence, Kan., 9,506. 8, Ross Cottom Lanes 4, Johnston City, Ill., 9,444. 9, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 9,408. 10, FSU Dogs, Fresno, Calif., 9,370.


    2013 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Scotty's 1 (Tom Lee, Dave Fremling, John Fremling, Dan Fremling, Jon Lee), Alexandria, Minn., 2,720. 2, The Inexplicables, Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 3, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642. 4, Concordia Strikers, Jewell, Kan., 2,623. 5, Burnside Taxidermy, New Effington, S.D., 2,614. 6, The IncrediBowls, Campbell, Calif., 2,608. 7, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,605. 8, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,593. 9, Team Yucca, Chino, Calif., 2,585. 10, Katy Boys, Parsons, Kan., 2,579. 10, Eagle II, Moore, Okla., 2,578.

    1, Tom Musante, San Mateo, Calif./Ryan Riewer, Fargo, N.D., 1,150. 2, Todd Austin, Cedar Springs, Mich./David Lane, Sparta, Mich., 1,140. 3(tie), Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill./Richard Janicke, Lena, Ill., and Adren Schuft, Gaylord, Minn./Glenn Koch, Glencoe, Minn., 1,134. 5, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,127. 6, Eric Tolifson/Kelly Aeikins, Bensen, Minn., 1,119. 7, Dennis Huston, Las Vegas/Joshua Spencer, San Antonio, 1,115. 8, Jeffrey Vinca, Chandler, Ariz./Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn., 1,113. 9, Scott Johnson/Mindie Meyer-Mohr, Alexandria, Minn., 1,108. 10, Brent Line, Clarissa, Minn./Daniel Booker, Eagle Bend, Minn., 1,103.

    1, Ryan Peterson, Story City, Iowa, 640. 2, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 3, Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, 627. 4, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625. 5, Jon Pelletier, South Elgin, Ill., 608. 6, Gary Miskovic, Aurora, Ill., 607. 7, Marvin Staus Sr., Grand Forks, N.D., 600. 8, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 599. 9, Gary Brockman, Richfield, Idaho, 595. 10, Tim Wagner, Hardin, Mont., 594.

    1, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 2, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 3, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 4, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1,692. 5, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 1,676. 6, Jeff Geimer, Miami Shores, Fla., 1,666. 7, Roger Porto, Kerman, Calif., 1,656. 8(tie), Rory Thomas, Mesa, Ariz., and Marvin Staus Sr., Grand Forks, N.D., 1,655. 10, Wilson Silva, San Mateo, Calif., 1,652.