Oregon group excels at USBC Open Championships


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    Three bowlers celebrate 50 years of participation

    2014USBCOCTimMyersRyanLosli.jpgAfter just missing the top spot in Regular Team the day before, Ryan Losli of Hillsboro, Ore., and Tim Myers of Milwaukie, Ore. (pictured, r-l), returned to the National Bowling Stadium on March 23 and left with the Regular Doubles lead at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    Losli and Myers held off three other pairings from their four-team group to take the top spot with a 1,343 total. Kathy Tribbey of Cornelius, Ore., and Wade Rees of Spokane Valley, Wash., were close behind with 1,342.

    Joe Lipan of Sheridan, Ore., and Nick West of Gladstone, Ore., finished with 1,311 and Jodey Rees of Renton, Wash., and Evan Nash of Kennewick, Wash., had 1,305. Russ and Dillon Meyer of Fargo, N.D., previously held the lead with 1,318.

    2014USBCOCTowneCountryLanes1.jpgMyers, a 56-year-old right-hander, led the way with 687, while Losli, a 29-year-old right-hander, added 656 to the effort.

    Over the course of the weekend, the group from the Northwest rewrote the standings at the USBC Open Championships. Two teams and four doubles pairings are in the top 10, along with three of the teams landing near the top of the Team All-Events standings (third, fourth and eighth).

    Towne & Country Lanes 1 (pictured) of Hartland, Wis., leads Team All-Events with 9,756.


    Three bowlers celebrate 50 years of participation

    2014USBCOCRichardBliss.jpgRichard Bliss of Portage, Ind., Val Medich Sr., of South Bend, Ind., and Michael Wiser of Grand Blanc, Mich., joined the 50-Year Club at the USBC Open Championships.

    Bliss (left) became the 167th competitor to reach the milestone when he made his march down the National Bowling Stadium's Center Aisle on March 22, while Medich and Wiser shared the stage March 23 as they became the 168th and 169th members of the club.

    Bliss, a 70-year-old right-hander, began his Open Championships career at the 1962 event in Des Moines, Iowa. As his bowling career progressed, he joined the Hal Lieber Trophies team and helped the group capture the 1979 Regular Team and Team All-Events titles.

    2014USBCOCValMedich.jpgIn his 50th appearance, Bliss rolled 567 in singles, 495 in team and 472 in doubles for an all-events total of 1,534. He has knocked down 84,275 pins for a lifetime average of 189.8.

    Medich (right), an 86-year-old right-hander, joined his second 50-Year Club with his march down Center Aisle. He also has competed in The Petersen Classic more than 50 times and is a member of the Petersen Classic, Indiana State, South Bend, Mishawaka and Michiana Halls of Fame.

    His Open Championships career started at the 1961 tournament in Detroit. This year, he shot 457 in team, 434 in doubles and 430 in singles for a 1,321 all-events effort. In 50 tournaments, he has knocked down 81,039 pins for a career average of 180.

    2014USBCOCMichaelWiser.jpgWiser (left), a 70-year-old right-hander, was 17 years old when he made his Open Championships debut in 1961. This year at the NBS, he shot 603 in team, 557 in singles and 528 in doubles for a 1,688 total. He has knocked down 81,496 pins for a career average of 183.5 and now is focused on reaching 100,000 pins.

    Active participation leader Sylvester Thiel of Lake City, Minn., recently made his 69th tournament appearance and is two years away from matching USBC Hall of Famers Joe Norris and Bill Doehrman, who each competed in 71 tournaments.

    Only 13 bowlers in history have toppled 100,000 pins, including Norris, who tops the career pinfall list with 123,770.


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Storm Products Inc. (Dave Symes, Chris Sand, Ernest Goedicke, Lindsay Boomershine, Tyler Jensen), Brigham City, Utah, 3,341. 2, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 3,319. 3, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,311. 4, Fusion Realty, Clive, Iowa, 3,253. 5, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,237. 6, Coach's Corner 1, Lafayette, Colo., 3,236. 7, Union County 4, Roselle Park, N.J., 3,195. 8, Last Chance, Shermansdale, Pa., 3,187. 9, Clifford 1, Essexville, Mich., 3,182. 10(tie), Palpac Industries Inc., Lima, Ohio, and Oregon Bowlers Association 4, Cornelius, Ore., 3,179.

    1, Ryan Losli, Hillsboro, Ore./Tim Myers, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,343. 2, Kathy Tribbey, Cornelius, Ore./Wade Rees, Spokane Valley, Wash., 1,342. 3, Dillon Meyer/Russ Meyer, Fargo, N.D., 1,318. 4, Jason Aikens, West Branch, Mich./Darris Wiltse, Las Vegas, 1,316. 5, Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore./Nick West, Gladstone, Ore., 1,311. 6, Jodey Rees, Renton, Wash./Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., 1,305. 7, Craig Fester, Washington Township, Mich./Joey Saccucci, Eastpointe, Mich., 1,304. 8, Jason Eman, Springfield, Va./Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 1,296. 9, Paul Geiger, Hinsdale, N.Y./Justin Feldman, Bradford, Pa., 1,291. 10, Jacob Schroeder, Ottawa, Ohio/Jordan Schroeder, Findlay, Ohio, 1,289.

    1, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 2, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 772. 3, Damon Stalkfleet, Muscatine, Iowa, 767. 4, Dave Gajewski, Oak Creek, Wis., 754. 5, Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore., 749. 6, Wilbur Betts, Millmont, Pa., 745. 7, Larry Brande, Lake Worth, Fla., 742. 8, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 741. 9, Chris Stenger, Bloomington, Ill., 734. 10, Dan Gould, East Hampton, Mass., 726.

    1, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,076. 2, Chris Sand, Brigham City, Utah, 2,069. 3, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 2,064. 4, Dillon Meyer, Fargo, N.D., 2,061. 5, Jason Rasinske, Dimondale, Mich., 2,054. 6, Dave Gajewski, Oak Creek, Wis., 2,032. 7, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2,018. 8(tie), Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore., and Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2,016. 10, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 2,014.

    Team All-Events
    1, Towne & Country Lanes 1 (Matt Zagar, Robert Milbrath, Dave Gajewski, Tony Buss, Jerry Riemer), Hartland, Wis., 9,756. 2, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 9,682. 3, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 9,529. 4, Oregon Bowlers Association 3, Cornelius, Ore., 9,479. 5, Houges 3, Oshkosh, Wis., 9,462. 6, Storm Products Inc., Brigham City, Utah, 9,401. 7, Lilac City Tournament, Henrietta, N.Y., 9,309. 8, Oregon Bowlers Association 2, Cornelius, Ore., 9,274. 9, Union County 4, Roselle Park, N.J., 9,178. 10, Fusion Realty, Clive, Iowa, 9,163.


    2014 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Oakridge Farms (Greg Mickelson, Jon Smith, Allan Wendt, Jerry Kemper, Mark Bylander), Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 2, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 3, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 4, Hughes Farms 2, Parsons, Kan., 2,653. 5, Hughes Farms 1, Parsons, Kan., 2,639. 6, Falkos 23, Aurora, Ill., 2,622. 7, Minnesota Select Sires 2, Fergus Falls, Minn., 2,618. 8, Blue Dog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,607. 9, Manly Drug, Grundy Center, Iowa, 2,586. 10, Waz N Friends 2, Des Plaines, Ill., 2,583.

    1, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 2, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 3, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 4, Gary Miskovic, Naperville, Ill./Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,113. 5(tie), Robert Kaytor/Jerry Rechtzigel, Glencoe, Minn., and Clinton Dougherty, Palm Bay, Fla./James Naylor III, Melbourne, Fla., 1,101. 7, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D./Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,097. 8, Leroy Godfrey, Garibaldi, Ore./Ronald Haymond, Tillamook, Ore., 1,080. 9, Delmer Gruber/Roy Rieger, Falls City, Neb., 1,078. 10, Jan Hadenfeldt/N. Richard Hadenfeldt, Dannebrog, Neb., 1,074.

    1, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 2, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 3, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 610. 4, Stanley Higashihara, Honolulu, 603. 5, Allan Wendt, Frazee, Minn., 602. 6, Rana Bogan, Kensington, Md., 599. 7(tie), Del Stewart, Grand Junction, Colo., and Ken Ewalt, Grenville, S.D., 595. 9, Douglas Giles, Kearney, Neb., 593. 10, Paul Buendiger, Richville, Minn., 589.

    1, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 2, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,698. 3, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 1,692. 4, Clinton Dougherty, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,667. 5, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 1,661. 6, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 1,658. 7, Jason Robertson, Boise, Idaho, 1,656. 8, Gary Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,654. 9, Nicole Perreira, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 1,648. 10, Allan Wendt, Frazee, Minn., 1,642.