Reno welcomes USBC Open Championships for record 12th time


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    2014USBCOCLogo.jpgThe National Bowling Stadium has played a big role in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and that tradition continued Friday as the 111th edition of the tournament kicked off in The Biggest Little City in the World.

    2014USBCOCRibbonCutting.jpgHundreds of bowlers, fans, friends, family and dignitaries helped usher in the 2014 USBC Open Championships, which will run for 136 days, concluding July 13. It is the event's record 12th trip to Reno and ninth visit to the NBS.

    The Opening-Day festivities included a ribbon cutting (pictured right), traditional Mass Ball Shot Ceremony and live entertainment from the cast of "Ring of Fire," a musical based on the music of American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The show is playing at the Eldorado Showroom until May 4.

    2014USBCOCJoeBowler.jpgAs has been the tradition since 1951, Joe Bowler presided over the opening ceremony and helped officially start the tournament by throwing out the first ball (pictured left). This year, the honor went to 63-year-old James Campton of Leavenworth, Kan., who knocked down five pins on his initial delivery.

    "It was quite an experience," said Campton, who made his 16th Open Championships appearance overall and second on Opening Day. "I enjoyed it, and it was a lot of fun, but a little nerve-wracking, too. I'll say this much, it's something that I'll never forget."

    On the lanes, Team Keeney of Casey, Ill., set the pace in Regular Team with a 2,731 total. The group was led by Chad Stevens, who shot 589. He was followed by Travis Heil (567), Stan Keeney (544), Tom Elsberry (525) and Jim Osborne (506).

    In the Classified Division, Fagan Trucking of Shelton, Neb., set the bar with a 2,416 effort. Richard Hadenfeldt contributed a 586 series and was joined by Chuck Wellensiek (497), Van Alberts (485), Jan Hadenfeldt (469) and Dorothy Obermeier (379).

    Friday's squad included the first of more than 9,000 teams that will make their way to the NBS for this year's Open Championships, one of a handful of events being held in Reno in the coming months.

    The first night of the 2014 Open Championships also marked the first live stream broadcast of the year from Reno. There are nearly 30 broadcasts on the schedule, and they all will air on BowlTV, which is being sponsored by Track.


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Team Keeney (Stan Keeney, Jim Osborne, Chad Stevens, Tom Elsberry, Travis Heil), Casey, Ill., 2,731. 2, Texa Tonka Green 2, Pacific Grove, Calif., 2,654. 3, Gil's Bunch, Kilgore, Texas, 2,617. 4, Goldsborough Marine, Pocomoke City, Md., 2,551. 5, Wakefield Bowl, Wayne, Neb., 2,473. 6, Mascoutah Community Lanes, Mascoutah, Ill., 2,429. 7, Wildcat Lanes, Wayne, Neb., 2,420. 8, Bowlers Image Pro Shop 1, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,415. 9, Texa Tonka Green 1, Pacific Grove, Calif., 2,396. 10, Ch 4 News Team, Aurora, Ill., 2,395.


    2014 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Fagan Trucking (Jan Hadenfeldt, Dorothy Obermeier, Van Alberts, Richard Hadenfeldt, Chuck Wellensiek), Shelton, Neb., 2,416. 2, Hoegemeyer Hybrid, Shelton, Neb., 2,409. 3, RHL Associates, Leavenworth, Kan., 2,314. 4, We Are Family, Orange, Calif., 2,309. 5, Dazed and Confused, Germantown, Md., 2,218. 6, Tom's Bowling Center 2, Gibbon, Minn., 2,213. 7, Mascoutah Community Lanes, Mascoutah, Ill., 2,069.