New Mexico bowler Eric Espinda breaks triplicate record at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Two-hander Chris Schuch rolls 25th perfect game at National Bowling Stadium

    2013USBCOCEricEspinda.jpgEric Espinda (pictured left) of Albuquerque, N.M., rolled the highest triplicate in 110 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships competition June 5 on the way to an 837 series at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    The 29-year-old right-hander struck 30 times during his team event, and his trio of 279 games tops Kevin Shafer of Eaton, Ind., and Gary Exner Jr. of Racine, Wis., who previously held the triplicate record with 248.

    201213PBAJohnSzczerbinski.jpg"It felt really good, and my main focus all night was just one shot at a time," said Espinda, who made his eighth USBC Open Championships appearance and entered this year with a high set of 692.

    "I got away with a break earlier in the final game when I tugged it a good three or four boards and it held, so I knew I had some room to play with. I just knew if I got it off my hand clean, it would take care of itself down lane."

    Espinda's set is the second 800 of the 2013 event. Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, fired an 813 series during his team event May 8.

    Espinda added 719 in singles and 627 in doubles for a 2,183 total, which is third overall this year. Team USA member John Szczerbinski (right) leads Regular All-Events with 2,228.


    Two-hander rolls perfect game at National Bowling Stadium

    2013USBCOCChrisSchuch.jpgChris Schuch (left) of Oak Lawn, Ill., recorded the 25th perfect game of the 2013 USBC Open Championships on June 7.

    The 27-year-old, who uses a two-handed approach to attack the lanes from the right side, made his fourth Open Championships appearance and kicked off his team event with a 224 game before lining up 12 consecutive strikes.

    2013USBCOCMatthewKuba.jpgHe finished with 213 for a 737 series to help Lawn Lanes 3 of Homer Glen, Ill., to a 3,063 team total. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., leads Regular Team with a record score of 3,538.

    Three pairs away, another member of Schuch's 10-team group nearly matched his effort.

    Matthew Kuba (right) of Burbank, Ill., a 21-year-old right-hander making his Open Championships debut, started with games of 153 and 221 before his run at perfection ended with the 6 and 10 pins still standing for the second 298 of this year's tournament for a 672 effort.


    A look ahead

    201213PBAKurtPilon_small.jpg201213PBAMikeWolfe_small.jpgThe USBC Open Championships will be back on BowlTV at 10 p.m. EDT on June 15 as former Professional Bowlers Association standouts Kurt Pilon (l.) and Mike Wolfe (r.) lead their teams into the National Bowling Stadium.

    The group includes former collegiate standouts Chris Hester, Brian Hatcher and Brett Shepherd. The broadcast can be viewed live at


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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.

    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, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 773. 7(tie), Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., and Rick Minier, Houston, 771. 9(tie), Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., and Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 769.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,214. 3, Eric Espinda, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,183. 4, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 5(tie), Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., and Mike Moore, Orlando, Fla., 2,166. 7, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 8(tie), Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., and Andrew Colon, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,153. 10, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151.

    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. Trinity Clothing, Glendale, Ariz., 2,746. 3, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,720. 4, Aztec 2, Lacey, Wash., 2,707. 5, It was the Water, Lacey, Wash., 2,687. 6, The Inexplicables, Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 7, Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, 2,659. 8, Rushmeier Homes, Spanaway, Wash., 2,652. 9, Moeller Plastering, Woodland, Wash., 2,643. 10, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642.

    1, Jose Rivera, New Sharon, Iowa/Ronnie Licht, Montezuma, Iowa, 1,209. 2, Isaac Vidaurri/Frank Goff, Kingsville, Texas, 1,180. 3, Dick Shroyer, Florence, S.C./Paul Locklair, Effingham, S.C., 1,160. 4, Bruce Mercer/Anita Mercer, Vermont, Ill., 1,159. 5(tie), Tom Musante, San Mateo, Calif./Ryan Riewer, Fargo, N.D., and Wayne Sakai/Glen Yagi, Lodi, Calif., 1,150. 7, Robert Biederstadt/Walter Williamson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,141. 8(tie), Todd Austin, Cedar Springs, Mich./David Lane, Sparta, Mich., and Tim Reeder, Phoenix/Dale Waddell, Mesa, Ariz., 1,140. 10, Raymond Cummings, Miramar, Fla./Rudolph Levarity, Miami, 1,139.

    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.