Craig Szplett becomes first bowler in USBC Open Championships history with three 300s


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    Three more bowlers toss perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

    2013USBCOCCraigSzplett.jpgCraig Szplett (pictured left) of Beecher, Ill., rolled a perfect game during his team event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on June 20 and became the first bowler in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history with three 300s on the championship lanes.

    The 43-year-old right-hander also had 300s at the 1996 event in Salt Lake City and 2005 tournament in Baton Rouge, La. His effort this year marked the 30th perfect game of the 2013 USBC Open Championships and 800th in the event's 110-year history.

    Despite being in familiar territory, Szplett admitted to being nervous as he stepped up in the final frame on the 41-foot Sport Bowling-certified oil pattern.

    "I was pretty nervous," said Szplett, who made his 12th tournament appearance and added games of 259 and 217 for a 776 series and helped Bowlers Universe 1 of Rockford, Ill., to a 3,380 team score.

    "I just tried to relax and go through the motions the same way I did before, and it worked out. I had a good look in practice, and I adjust pretty quickly, so I think that helped me. Every time something went high flush, I moved off of it. There was a nice shim on the lane, so I tried to stay around it."


    Three more bowlers toss perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

    2013USBCOCCliffSjolander.jpgCliff Sjolander of Baytown, Texas, Ryan Fauland of Longview, Wash., and Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., also rolled perfect games at the USBC Open Championships this week.

    Sjolander (left) , a 43-year-old right-hander, battled through a leg injury, and his run at perfection came between games of 186 and 183 for a 669 singles series June 18. He added 446 in doubles and 439 in team to finish his 13th Open Championships appearance with a 1,554 all-events total.

    2013USBCOCRyanFauland.jpgFauland (right), a 32-year-old right-hander who made his second Open Championships appearance, started his team event June 20 with a 214 game before firing 12 consecutive strikes. He finished with 161 for a 675 series.

    2013USBCOCWarrenCrawford.jpgIn 2004, Fauland married his wife, Crystal, on lanes 27-28 at the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium, and he was excited about sharing another special NBS moment with her.

    Crawford (left), a 35-year-old two-hander who attacks the lane from the right side, started his team event June 23 with a 193 game before striking on 22 of his next 24 shots for games of 300 and 276 for a 769 series. He added 723 in singles and 647 in doubles for a 2,139 all-events total, which is just outside the top 10 in Regular All-Events.


    A look ahead

    2010USBCWCJodiWoessner.jpgThe final live stream broadcast from Reno will take place June 30 at 2 p.m. EDT from the USBC Women's Championships at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

    Jodi Woessner (pictured) of Oregon, Ohio, who won the Scratch and Diamond All-Events titles at the 2010 Women's Championships with a record score of 2,330, will lead her talented group onto the lanes for the final team squad of the 2013 tournament. The broadcast can be viewed live at

    The 2013 Women's Championships kicked off its 81-day run April 12 and will conclude July 1. The 2013 Open Championships, being contested across town at the National Bowling Stadium, started its 125-day run March 1 and will wrap up July 7.


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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, The Bowling Shop 1, Keller, Texas, 3,506. 5, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 6,, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 7, Team Pabst, Verona, Wis., 3,450. 8, K & K Bowling Services 5, Las Vegas, 3,445. 9, Fox Bowl 1, Wheaton, Ill., 3,443. 10(tie), S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., and, Portland, Ore., 3,439.

    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, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio., 795. 2, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 3, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 787. 4, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 783. 5, Aaron Jones, Palos Hills, Ill., 778. 6, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 7, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 773. 8(tie), Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., Brandon Hinderer, York, Pa., and Rick Minier, Houston, 771.

    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, Higgy, Westerville, Ohio, 10,058. 7, Fox Bowl 1, Wheaton Ill., 10,039. 8, K & K Bowling Services 5, Las Vegas, 10,019. 9, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 10, Degenerate Bowlers, Redding, Calif., 10,003.


    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, Cash Gas Co LLC, Ava, Mo., 2723. 4, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,720. 5, Aztec 2, Lacey, Wash., 2,707. 6, RDU Rollers 5, Durham, N.C., 2,704. 7, Skyline Chili, Independence, Ky., 2,702. 8, It was the Water, Lacey, Wash., 2,687. 9, The Inexplicables, Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 10, Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, 2,659.

    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, Adam Atherton, Independence, Ky., 635. 7, Russell Hirayasu, Kailua, Hawaii, 632. 8, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 9(tie), Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, and Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 627.

    1, Daniel Pero, Tacoma, Wash., 1,807. 2, Jerry Fagan, Apple Valley, Calif., 1,798. 3, Rick Sixberry, Boulder City, Nev., 1776. 4, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 5, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 6, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 7, Adam Atherton, Independence, Ky., 1,715. 8, Cory Overman, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,708. 9, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 1,707. 10(tie), Keith Gerger, Albany, Ore., and Jose Rivera, New Sharon, Iowa, 1,706.