Two bowlers celebrate milestones at USBC Open Championships


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    New Jersey bowlers roll eighth and ninth perfect games

    2013USBCOCMaynardJohnson.jpgMaynard Johnson of Crystal, Minn., and Dale Diamond of Chatham, Ill., each reached participation milestones at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this week in Reno, Nev.

    Johnson (pictured left), an 82-year-old right-hander, became the 17th bowler in 110 years of USBC Open Championships history to participate 60 times, while Diamond, a 71-year-old right-hander, added his name to the list of competitors who have eclipsed the 50-year mark.

    Johnson's tournament career started at the 1951 event in St. Paul, Minn., and now that he's reached one plateau, he's already focused on another elite group, the 100,000-Pin Club.

    2013USBCOCDaleDiamond.jpg"That's what I'd like to do next," said Johnson, who has knocked down 98,753 pins, including 1,561 this year, for a 184 career average at the Open Championships. "I don't get many each year, but I did better than last year."

    Diamond (right) made his ceremonial march down Center Aisle on April 14, becoming the 158th bowler in history, and third of nine this year, to compete in 50 Open Championships. He shot 515 in doubles, 508 in singles and 506 in team for a 1,529 all-events total. He has knocked down 83,269 pins in his career for a 185 average.

    Johnson received a plaque, chevron and engraved money clip to commemorate the milestone, while Diamond received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin.


    New Jersey bowlers roll perfect games

    2013USBCOCKenCarson.jpg2013USBCOCRustyThomsen.jpgKen Carson (left) of Clifton, N.J., and Rusty Thomsen (right) of South Amboy, N.J., rolled the eighth and ninth perfect games, respectively, of the 2013 USBC Open Championships.

    Carson, a 48-year-old right-hander, got a rare second chance at perfection April 12 and took advantage of it, rolling games of 192, 286 and 300 for a 778 series during his team event at the National Bowling Stadium. He added 609 in singles and 495 in doubles for a 1,882 all-events total.

    2013USBCOCHornswogglerS.jpgThomsen started singles April 16 with 15 consecutive strikes before a 7 pin ended his run. He finished with games of 300, 246 and 180 for a 726 series. He added 644 in team and 628 in doubles for a 1,998 all-events total and helped HornswogglerS of Staten Island, N.Y. (left), into second place in Team All-Events with 10,204.

    He was joined by Ray Smarsh (2,075), Dan Dunleavy (2,070), Shannon Sellens (2,064) and Alex Cavagnaro (1,997). Junior Team USA Support 1 of Mansfield, Texas, leads Team All-Events with 10,247.


    A look ahead

    2012USBCOCSBProShop1.jpgDefending Team All-Events champion S&B Pro Shop 1 of Clinton Township, Mich. (pictured), will be on the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium on April 18 at 6 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. Both times are Eastern. The group took home the title last year with a 9,954 total.

    Nick Wissinger, who finished fourth in Regular All-Events, led the way with 2,152 and was followed by Dave Ewald (2,049), Bill Orlikowski (2,038), Kerry Kreft (1,900) and Mark Moore (1,815).

    201112PBA10RickSteelsmith.jpgThere will be one live stream broadcast this week as 2013 USBC Hall-of-Fame inductee Rick Steelsmith (right) hits the lanes looking to add another title to his resume. The 1987 USBC Masters champion won Regular All-Events and Team All-Events in 1988.

    This year, Steelsmith will be joined by Paul Fleming, Dale Lenz, Craig Jensen and three-time Professional Bowlers Association champion Justin Hromek. Their companion team includes A.J. Demond, Casey Slaughter, Chris Drewes, Jesse Buss and 2013 USBC Team USA Trials winner John Szczerbinski.


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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, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,521. 3, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 4, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420. 5, Blue Ball Rebellion, Wichita, Kansas, 3,375. 6, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,371. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,358. 8, 5 ICT Bowlers, Johnston, Iowa, 3,347. 9, Joliet Town and Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., 3,346. 10, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,328.

    1(tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 3, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 4, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 5(tie), Curtiss Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366. 7, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365. 8, Michael Harpster, Flinton, Pa./Anthony Sobczak, Altoona, Pa., 1,363. 9, Tom Milton/Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,356. 10, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore./Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,351.

    1, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 2, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 3, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 4, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 5, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 751. 6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 748. 7, Kris George, Las Vegas, 745. 8(tie), David Rutherford, Warner Robins, Ga., and Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 744. 10, Michael Nett, Kiel, Wis., 743.

    1, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 2, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 3, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kansas, 2,110. 5, Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 2,107. 6, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103. 7(tie), Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, and Garrett Maxey, Greeley, Colo., 2,097. 9, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore., 2,090. 10, Ray Smarsh, Matawan, N.J., 2,075.

    Team All-Events
    1, Junior Team USA Support 1(Matthew Tuckfield, Steve Novak, Anthony LaCaze, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Mansfield, Texas, 10,247. 2, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 10,204. 3, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 4, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 5, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 6, Brunswick Five Horseman, Racine, Wis., 9,841. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,820. 8, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,766. 9, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,650. 10, Southern Storm, Ocala, Fla., 9,605.


    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, High Five, Belen, N.M., 2,632. 5, Concordia Strikers, Jewell, Kan., 2,623. 6, Central City Travelers, Central City, Nebr., 2,616. 7, Burnside Taxidermy, New Effington, S.D., 2,614. 8(tie), Terry's Home Improvement, Musselshell, Mont., and The IncrediBowls, Campbell, Calif., 2,608. 10, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,605.

    1(tie), Tom Musante, San Mateo, Calif./Ryan Riewer, Fargo, N.D., and Wayne Sakai/Glen Yagi, Lodi, Calif., 1,150. 3, Robert Biederstadt/Walter Williamson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,141. 4, Todd Austin, Cedar Springs, Mich./David Lane, Sparta, Mich., 1,140. 5(tie), Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill./Richard Janicke, Lena, Ill., Glenn Smoot, Fay, Okla./Bob Wion, Fairview, Okla., and Arden Schuft, Gaylord, Minn./Glenn Koch, Glencoe, Minn., 1,134. 8, Barbara Allen, Fountain Hills, Ariz./Ellouise Sammetinger, Phoenix, 1,128. 9, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,127. 10, Will Harcum/Yvette Harcum, Randallstown, Md., 1,122.

    1, George Atkinson Jr, Henderson, Nev., 663. 2, Dan Delong, Emerald, Wis., 641. 3, Ryan Peterson, Story City, Iowa, 640. 4, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 5, Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, 627. 6, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625. 7, Jeff Mallory, Weaverville, Calif., 613. 8, Rick Larson, McHenry, Ill., 611. 9, Jon Pelletier, South Elgin, Ill., 608. 10, Gary Miskovic, Aurora, Ill., 607.

    1, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 2, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 3, Fawn Worthen, Las Vegas, 1,700. 4, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 5, Marcus Drew, Dillon, Mont., 1,693. 6, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1,692. 7, Sam Hauter, Van Wert, Ohio, 1,677. 8, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 1,676. 9, Jeff Geimer, Miami Shores, Fla., 1,666. 10, Nick Paden, Billings, Mont., 1,664.