Team USA member John Szczerbinski leads two events at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Scott Pohl, Blaine Weninger roll 10th and 11th perfect games

    201213PBAJohnSzczerbinski.jpgJohn Szczerbinski (pictured left) of North Tonawanda, N.Y., threw 31 strikes in his final set at the National Bowling Stadium on April 21 to take the lead in Regular Singles and Regular All-Events at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 25-year-old right-hander finished with games of 279, 269 and 241 for a 789 singles series and had 777 in team and 662 in doubles for a 2,228 all-events total.

    Kelly Bonta of Wichita, Kan., previously held the Regular Singles lead with 776, while two-time USBC Open Championships titlist John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., topped the All-Events standings with 2,169.

    "I had a pretty good look last night and knew the pattern would be close, even though it's a little bit shorter," said Szczerbinski, who won the 2013 USBC Team USA Trials to earn his third berth on Team USA and a trip to the QubicaAMF World Cup in Siberia (Russia) later this year.

    "I came in with a game plan of making quality shots, and that's what happened. When you've got ten guys around you who are rooting for you and giving you support, it makes it a lot easier to make those quality shots."

    Three of Szczerbinski's five Open Championships appearances have come at the NBS, where he has averaged 238.5 for 27 games, including a 299 game and 805 series in singles in 2011.


    Familiar names come up big

    2013USBCOCScottPohl.jpg2013USBCOCBlaineWeninger.jpgFormer Team USA member Scott Pohl (left) of Burnsville, Minn., and Blaine Weninger (right) of Clackamas, Ore., became the 10th and 11th competitors to roll perfect games at the 2013 USBC Open Championships.

    The two right-handers achieved perfection during team competition at the National Bowling Stadium on April 22, while Matthew Smith of Altoona, Iowa, fell one pin shy of becoming the 27th bowler in tournament history to notch multiple 300 games on the championship lanes.

    A 4 pin after 11 consecutive strikes left him with 299. His first 300 at the Open Championships came in singles in 2012.

    Smith and Pohl also made runs at the first 800 series of the tournament, before settling for 752 and 749, respectively. Weninger closed with a 731 series to kick off his 2013 campaign.


    A look ahead

    2012USBCOCMattMcNielCharlesVashaw_small.jpgMatt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., the defending Regular All-Events champion, will put his title on the line April 30 and May 1.

    He and Charles Vashaw of Deephaven, Minn., also claimed the 2012 Regular Doubles title and will look to successfully defend live on BowlTV on May 2 at 1:30 a.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, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,521. 3, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 4,, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 5, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,439. 6, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420. 7, Blue Ball Rebellion, Wichita, Kansas, 3,375. 8, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,371. 9, Team, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,361. 10, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,358.

    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, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio/Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 1,373. 6, Donald Robinson/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,370. 7(tie), Curtiss Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366. 9, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365. 10, Michael Harpster, Flinton, Pa./Anthony Sobczak, Altoona, Pa., 1,363.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 3, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 4, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 5, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 756. 6, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 7, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 754. 8, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 751. 9(tie), Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Gordon Kilpatrick, Waterloo, Iowa, 748.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 3, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 4, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 5, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 6, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 2,139. 7, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,124. 8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kansas, 2,110. 9, Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 2,107. 10, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103.

    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, Backhaul Direct - Lumper, Indianapolis, 10,111. 4, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 5, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 6, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 7,, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 8, Team, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,906. 9, Brunswick Five Horseman, Racine, Wis., 9,841. 10, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,820.


    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, Raymond Cummings, Miramar, Fla./Rudolph Levarity, Miami, 1,139. 6, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn./John Kolstad, Bedford, Texas, 1,135. 7, (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. 10, Barbara Allen, Fountain Hills, Ariz./Ellouise Sammetinger, Phoenix, 1,128.

    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, Joe Post, Celina, Ohio, 618. 8, Jeff Mallory, Weaverville, Calif., 613. 9, Rick Larson, McHenry, Ill., 611. 10, Ben Dowler, Palm Harbor, Fla., 609.

    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(tie), Kelly Funk, Tripoli, Iowa, and Stewart Tanner, Gainsville, Ga., 1,668.