Companion team members roll perfect games at USBC Open Championships


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    USBC Hall of Famer Lowell Rothschild celebrates five decades at Open Championships

    2013USBCOCBenLaughlin.jpg2013USBCOCMiguelLopez.jpgPerfect games have come in bunches a few times during the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and Miguel Lopez (pictured left) of Wichita, Kan., and Ben Laughlin (right) of Chandler, Ariz., managed to shoot 300 on the same pair of lanes at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on June 28.

    Lopez, a 23-year-old right-hander, was the first to accomplish the feat as he rolled 12 consecutive strikes in the second game of team event. Laughlin, a 42-year-old right-hander, then rolled the 33rd perfect game of the 2013 event.

    2013USBCOCLodgeLanesToo.jpgLopez added games of 212 and 220 for a 732 series to help Phoenix Phantoms 2 of Register, Ga., into 10th place in Regular Team with a 3,440 total, the record 19th team score above 3,400 this year.

    Laughlin started with games of 183 and 222 before making his run at perfection for a 705 set, and he helped Phoenix Phantoms 1 of Register, Ga., to a 3,306 effort. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla. (pictured), leads Regular Team with a record score of 3,538.


    Arizona bowler celebrates five decades at Open Championships

    2013USBCOCLowellRothschild.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Lowell Rothschild of Tucson, Ariz., became the 164th bowler in history to make 50 appearances at the USBC Open Championships.

    His election to the USBC (then American Bowling Congress) Board of Directors led to his Open Championships debut at the 1963 event in Buffalo, N.Y. He later served as the organization's president during the 1977-78 season.

    The 85-year-old also played a key role in raising the funds necessary to create the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, originally in St. Louis, but now part of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

    "It meant a lot for me to be honored," Rothschild said. "I really wanted to make 50, and thanks to good health, great teammates and a supportive family, I was able to get there. A lot of bowling stars, friends of mine and others who have helped shape the history of the game have come down Center Aisle, so it was a proud moment for me."

    This year, Rothschild posted 432 in singles, 425 in team and 367 in doubles for a 1,224 all-events total. For his 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 64,696 pins.


    A look ahead

    2013USBCOCLogo.jpgThe USBC Open Championships will take a break to welcome the USBC Senior Championships on July 2 and 3.

    The Senior Championships is a national event for bowlers who have qualified through their state's senior tournament. More than 400 bowlers are expected to compete for an estimated prize fund of $40,000.

    The Open Championships will resume July 5 before the final squad takes to the lanes July 7. The 2013 event began its 125-day run March 1. A total of 10,253 teams will make the trip to Reno to compete in the 110th running of the event.


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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, Phoenix Phantoms 2, Register, Ga., 3,440.

    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., 2,723. 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., 1,776. 4, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 5, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 6, Rick Masangcay, Vallejo, Calif., 1,725. 7, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 8, Adam Atherton, Independence, Ky., 1,715. 9, Alejandro Escoboza, Nogales, Ariz., 1,712. 10, Cory Overman, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,708.