California bowler rolls 24th perfect game of the 110th USBC Open Championships


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    Larry Rumple (pictured) of Malibu, Calif., finished his team event at the National Bowling Stadium on May 30 with the 24th perfect game of the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 66-year-old right-hander started with games of 183 and 202 before firing 12 consecutive strikes for a 685 series. He helped Racette Insurance 2 of Lakewood, Calif., to a 3,053 total. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., leads with a record score of 3,538.

    As the strikes began to add up, Rumple was reminded of days gone by as bowlers and spectators turned their attention his way.

    "In league, it used to be that when you shot 300, there would be dead silence," said Rumple, who made his 24th USBC Open Championships appearance. "Now, there could be three 300s shot, and you wouldn't even know it. But here, I could feel the people watching. You're very conscious of what's going on. They're rooting for you, though, and it's a good feeling."


    2013 Open Championships by the numbers

    2013USBCOCLogo.jpg2013USBCOCDeanBillings.jpgThree months of competition at the 2013 USBC Open Championships are in the books, and there have been 24 perfect games, a dozen 299s and one 298, while 22 other bowlers have thrown 11 strikes in a row. The lone 800 series of this year's tournament at the National Bowling Stadium belongs to Dean Billings (right) of Rootstown, Ohio, who shot 813 on May 8.

    The 2013 tournament kicked off its 125-day run March 1. Competition will slow down briefly as the NBS welcomes the USBC Senior Championships from July 1-3. The Open Championships will wrap up July 7 when the last of 10,253 teams take the lanes.


    Past champion has memorable return

    2013USBCOCDanielPero.jpgDaniel Pero (left) of Tacoma, Wash., has battled a number of physical ailments in recent years that have kept him from the USBC Open Championships, and he managed to fight through exhaustion May 29 as he capped off a memorable return to the championship lanes.

    The 54-year-old right-hander shot 658 in doubles, 585 in singles and 564 in team for a 1,807 all-events total to take the Classified All-Events lead. LeRoy Krein of Mandan, N.D., previously held the lead with 1,762. Pero won Classified All-Events in 2000.

    After his 2007 Open Championships appearance, Pero found himself bowling through knee and ankle pain and actually thought his bowling career might be over. He ended up having arthroscopic surgery on both knees, one in July 2012 and the other a month later. The 2013 event marked his 15th Open Championships appearance, and first since 2007.

    To be eligible for the Classified Division, a bowler must have an entering average of 180 or less.


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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(tie), S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., and, Portland, Ore., 3,439. 9,, Naugatuck, Conn., 3,438. 10, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,436.

    1, Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis/Rick Gatlin, Eureka, Mo., 1,440. 2, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,422. 3(tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 5(tie), Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn./Glenn Hood, Ellington, Conn., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio/Marc Massie, Alexandria, Ky., 1,399. 7, Marc Scherlis, San Diego/Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,397. 8, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 9, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 10, Jacob Wright, Terre Haute, Ind./Jeremy Dixson, Bay City, Mich., 1,389. Singles
    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 787. 3, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 783. 4, Aaron Jones, Palos Hills, Ill., 778. 5, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 6(tie), Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., and Rick Minier, Houston, 771. 8(tie), Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., and Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 769. 10, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 767.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,214. 3, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 4, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,166. 5, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 6(tie), Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., and Andrew Colon, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,153. 8, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 9, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,141. 10, Dean Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,140.

    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, Rushmeier Homes, Spanaway, Wash., 2,652. 8, Moeller Plastering, Woodland, Wash., 2,643. 9, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642. 10, NEFF, Mammoth, Wyo., 2,635.

    1, Jose Rivera, New Sharon, Iowa/Ronnie Licht, Montezuma, Iowa, 1,209. 2, Dick Shroyer, Florence, S.C./Paul Locklair, Effingham, S.C., 1,160. 3, Bruce Mercer/Anita Mercer, Vermont, Ill., 1,159. 4(tie), Tom Musante, San Mateo, Calif./Ryan Riewer, Fargo, N.D., and Wayne Sakai/Glen Yagi, Lodi, Calif., 1,150. 6, Robert Biederstadt/Walter Williamson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,141. 7, Todd Austin, Cedar Springs, Mich./David Lane, Sparta, Mich., 1,140. 8, Raymond Cummings, Miramar, Fla./Rudolph Levarity, Miami, 1,139. 9, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn./John Kolstad, Bedford, Texas, 1,135. 10(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.

    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, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 637. 6, Russell Hirayasu, Kailua, Hawaii, 632. 7, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 8(tie), Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, and Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 627. 10, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625.

    1, Daniel Pero, Tacoma, Wash., 1,807. 2, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 3, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 4, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 5, Cory Overman, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,708. 6, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 1,707. 7(tie), Keith Gerger, Albany, Ore., and Jose Rivera, New Sharon, Iowa, 1,706. 9, Fawn Worthen, Las Vegas, 1,700. 10, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698.