Regular Doubles lead changes hands at USBC Open Championships


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    Two bowlers celebrate 50 years of participation; defending Doubles and All Events champions won't repeat; Former NFL star Terrell Owens makes his debut

    2013USBCOCAlexAguiarBrianLeClair.jpgAlex Aguiar (left) of Dartmouth, Mass., and former Professional Bowlers Association exempt player Brian LeClair (right) of Albany, N.Y., broke a long-standing tie atop the Regular Doubles leaderboard by posting a 1,422 total at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on May 4.

    Aguiar, a 33-year-old right-hander, paced the duo with a 780 series, while LeClair, a 48-year-old right-hander, added 642 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Two teams had been tied for the top spot with 1,403.

    "Winning an eagle is all I bowl for," said Aguiar, who made his 16th USBC Open Championships appearance.

    "I've competed at high levels and bowled Tour stops. There are two things in my life I want to win - a USBC eagle and the U.S. Open. Those two tournaments are the Mecca of bowling, and if we find a way to hold onto this, it would mean everything.

    Aguiar added 676 in team and 664 in singles to move into 10th place in Regular All-Events with a 2,120 total, a career high at the event. LeClair had 708 in team and 675 in singles for 2,025. Team USA member John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., leads with 2,228.


    Two bowlers celebrate 50 years of participation

    2013USBCOCBobBrissette.jpgBob Brissette of Petersburg, Mich., and Robert Costew of Clinton Township, Mich., each celebrated 50 years of participation at the USBC Open Championships this week.

    2013USBCOCRobertCostew.jpgBrissette (left), 76, became the 159th bowler in tournament history to make 50 appearances when he made his milestone march down Center Aisle on May 2. Costew (right), 71, added his name to the elite list May 3.

    Brissette finished the 2013 event with 632 in doubles, 529 in team and 528 in singles for a 1,689 all-events total. Costew had 484 in team, 407 in doubles and 405 in singles for 1,296.

    Each bowler received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to recognize the achievement.


    Defending Doubles and All Events champions won't repeat

    2013USBCOCCharlesVashawMattMcNiel.jpgMatt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., and Charles Vashaw of Deephaven, Minn. (pictured left, r-l), entered this year's USBC Open Championships as the defending Regular Doubles champions, while McNiel also came in as the reigning Regular All-Events winner. Although they will not repeat as champions, McNiel did make a run in singles May 1.

    The 27-year-old left-hander had a 612 series in team but averaged more than 247 in doubles and singles, closing with games of 258, 277 and 252 for a 787 singles set, which is second overall. John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., leads Regular Singles with 789.

    McNiel and Vashaw finished with a 1,252 doubles total, which included a 700 series from McNiel, giving him a 2,099 all-events total.


    Former NFL star makes USBC Open Championships debut

    2013USBCOCTerrellOwens2.jpgFormer National Football League star Terrell Owens (pictured) made his USBC Open Championships debut at the National Bowling Stadium on May 1-2.

    The 39-year-old right-hander, who is the celebrity owner of the PBA League's Dallas Strikers, made his first march down the tournament's famed Center Aisle and rolled games of 185, 129 and 161 for a 475 series in team. He added 530 in singles and 503 in doubles for a 1,508 all-events total.

    "It's all about repetition," said Owens, who caught nine passes for the Philadelphia Eagles in a loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. "You're only going to get out of it what you put in. I'm starting to get in a rhythm and starting to bowl a little more, so it'll come in time. I just tried to focus on some of the things I've been taught and dialed in on that."


    A look ahead

    Three participants will reach 50 years of participation at the Open Championships this week.

    Jerry Rich Sr. of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, John Kerpan of Waukegan, Ill., and Clifford Thompson of Waterford, Mich., will make their ceremonial marches down Center Aisle on May 11 at 6 p.m., May 13 at 6 p.m. and May 14 at 6 p.m., respectively. All times are Eastern.


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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, Leaf Lovers, Justin, Texas, 3,509. 4, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 5,, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 6, Team Pabst, Verona, Wis., 3,450. 7, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,439. 8,, Naugatuck, Conn., 3,438. 9, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,436. 10, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420.

    1, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,422. 2(tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 4, Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn./Glenn Hood, Ellington, Conn., 1,399. 5, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 6, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 7, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio/Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 1,373. 8, Donald Robinson/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,370. 9(tie), Curtiss Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 787. 3, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 4, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 5, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 6(tie), Alan Pittman, Clarkston, Mich., and Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., 759. 8, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 756. 9, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 10(tie), Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, and Michael Raquidan, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, 754.

    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, Rick Miller, Lincoln, Neb., 2,130. 8(tie), Mark Buffa, Montreal, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,124. 10, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 2,120.

    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, Leaf Lovers, Justin, Texas, 10,108. 5, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 6, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 7, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 8, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,953. 9,, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 10, Team, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,906.


    2013 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Schmitt Reddi Mix 2 (Ray Green, Ron Morgan, Dan Palmer, Kent Stoker, Randy Taylor), Bennett, Colo., 2,763. 2, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,720. 3, Aztec 2, Lacey, Wash., 2,707. 4, It Was The Water, Lacey, Wash., 2,687. 5, The Inexplicables, Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 6, Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, 2,659. 7, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642. 8, NEFF, Mammoth, Wyo., 2,635. 9, High Five, Belen, N.M., 2,632. 10, Concordia Strikers, Jewell, Kan., 2,623.

    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, Kathleen Sukon/Darrell Sukon, El Paso, Texas, 1,133.

    1, George Atkinson Jr, Henderson, Nev., 663. 2, Wayne Laszczak, Bartlett, Ill., 658. 3, Dan Delong, Emerald, Wis., 641. 4, Ryan Peterson, Story City, Iowa, 640. 5, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 6, Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, 627. 7, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625. 8, Joe Post, Celina, Ohio, 618. 9, Steve Maczynski, Reed City, Mich., 614.10, Jeff Mallory, Weaverville, Calif., 613.

    1, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 2, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 3, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 4, Fawn Worthen, Las Vegas, 1,700. 5, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 6, Vic Norbury, Gresham, Ore., 1,696. 7, Marcus Drew, Dillon, Mont., 1,693. 8, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1,692. 9, Holly Lamountain, North Oxford, Mass., 1,681. 10, Sam Hauter, Van Wert, Ohio, 1,677.