Wisconsin team breaks record at 2014 USBC Open Championships


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    After a close call last year, Motion Plus Lanes of Greenfield, Wis. (pictured), returned to the National Bowling Stadium and left its mark in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships record books with the highest team score in 111 years of tournament competition.

    The group posted games of 1,269, 1,177 and 1,115 for a 3,561 total, 23 pins better than the previous record of 3,538, rolled by 2013 Regular Team champion Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla. Janz's H.I. of Beaver Dam, Wis., previously held the lead at this year's event with 3,499, bowled just 24 hours earlier.

    Chad Kloss led the way for Motion Plus Lanes on Friday with a 762 series and was followed by former Junior Team USA member Chris Pierson (756), Chad Maas (717), Dave Beres (698) and two-time USBC Open Championships titlist Jeff Nimke (628).

    "We felt like even last year, we could have gotten more," said Kloss, who made his 14th Open Championships appearance. "Now that we've been together for another year, we knew we could score, and we did today."

    Last year, as Red Carpet Lanes of Waukesha, Wis., Kloss and his teammates finished their 2013 campaign with a 1,272 game, the third-highest in tournament history, on the way to a 3,499 total, which now is tied for eighth all-time with Janz's H.I., and was good enough for a fifth-place finish.

    Kloss rolled a 300 game in last year's finale and started Friday's team event with seven consecutive strikes. Their opening game of 1,269 ranks fourth all-time.

    "We bowl great together as a team," Kloss said. "We talk a lot, and there are no egos. This tournament, everybody gave everything. Whenever we come out here, that's the main goal - to leave everything out there and leave here emotionally and physically drained."

    When Lodge Lanes Too dramatically capped off its record-run on April 2 of last year, soon-to-be USBC Hall of Famer John Gaines and his teammates were a single pin ahead of the previous mark of 3,537 held by Bruegger's Bagels of Albany, N.Y., since 1993.

    Gaines said at the time that if his team could get there, others could, too, and the record wouldn't mean as much unless they held on to win.

    Now, Motion Plus Lanes is in the same position, knowing that many talented teams are scheduled to compete before the 2014 Open Championships concludes July 13.

    "Winning would mean the world," said Kloss, who along with Beres, spent time as an exempt player on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. "A lot of us have bowled on different levels. Winning a team eagle is the pinnacle of this sport, in my opinion."

    Motion Plus Lanes' companion team, Southern Storm of Ocala, Fla., posted games of 1,062, 1,036 and 1,148 for a 3,246 total, which is just outside the top 10. The team includes 2008 Regular Doubles champion Dennis Rakauskas (681), Jace Peterson (675), three-time titlist John Socha (667), Rich Abboud (658) and Brian Brazeau (565).

    Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, the 2012 Regular Team winner, also bowled on Friday afternoon's team squad and finished close behind with 3,240.

    The highest single-game score in Open Championships history (1,281) was rolled by Turbo 2-N-1 Grips of Madison, Wis., on the way to a 3,473 total and the 2011 Regular Team title.


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Motion Plus Lanes (Jeff Nimke, Chris Pierson, Chad Maas, Chad Kloss, Dave Beres), Greenfield, Wis., 3,561. 2, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 3, Storm Products Inc., Brigham City, Utah, 3,341. 4, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 3,319. 5, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 3,316. 6, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,311. 7, Strike It Rich Pro Shop 1, Tafton, Pa., 3,305. 8, Dan Nadeau's Pro Shop, Grand Junction, Colo., 3,280. 9, Country Lanes North 2, Ostego, Minn., 3,276. 10, Fusion Realty, Clive, Iowa, 3,253.

    1, Joe Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis./Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 1,378. 2, Tim Janz/Andy Bunkoske, Beaver Dam, Wis., 1,370. 3, Brandyn Cox/Jimmy Cox, Petersburg, Va., 1,360. 4, Ryan Losli, Hillsboro, Ore./Tim Myers, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,343. 5, Kathy Tribbey, Cornelius, Ore./Wade Rees, Spokane Valley, Wash., 1,342. 6, Kenneth Schwartz/Andrew Glass, Racine, Wis., 1,322. 7, Kyle McNally/Justin McNally, Joliet, Ill., 1,321. 8, Dillon Meyer/Russ Meyer, Fargo, N.D., 1,318. 9, Jason Aikens, West Branch, Mich./Darris Wiltse, Las Vegas, 1,316. 10(tie), Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore./Nick West, Gladstone, Ore., and Jason Stetina, Pittston, Pa./Matt Freiberg, Las Vegas, 1,311.

    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, Steven Howell, Fairview, N.C., 751. 6, Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore., 749. 7, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 746. 8(tie), Wilbur Betts, Millmont, Pa., and Joe Crenshaw, Racine, Wis., 745. 10, Larry Brande, Lake Worth, Fla., 742.

    1, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 2, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,076. 3, Andy Bunkoske, Beaver Dam, Wis., 2,075. 4, Chris Sand, Brigham City, Utah, 2,069. 5, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 2,064. 6, Dillon Meyer, Fargo, N.D., 2,061. 7, Mike Taylor, Havertown, Pa., 2,056. 8, Jason Rasinske, Dimondale, Mich., 2,054. 9, Ben Hafeman, Wausau, Wis., 2,053. 10, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 2,047.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,756. 3, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 9,699. 4, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 9,682. 5, Strike It Rich Pro Shop, Tafton, Pa., 9,612. 6, Dan Nadeau Pro Shop, Grand Junction, Colo., 9,551. 7, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 9,529. 8, Oregon Bowlers Association 3, Cornelius, Ore., 9,479. 9, Houges 3, Oshkosh, Wis., 9,462. 10, K&K Bowling Services 1, Las Vegas, 9,436.


    2014 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Scotty's 1 (Tom Lee, Dave Fremling, John Fremling, Dan Fremling, Jon Lee), Alexandria, Minn., 2,843. 2, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 3, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 4, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 5, Hughes Farms 2, Parsons, Kan., 2,653. 6, Burnside Lobster Farms, New Effington, S.D., 2,650. 7, Hughes Farms 1, Parsons, Kan., 2,639. 8, Falkos 23, Aurora, Ill., 2,622. 9, Minnesota Select Sires 2, Fergus Falls, Minn., 2,618. 10, Blue Dog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,607.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 3, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 4, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 5, Rose Weinrich/Wayne Weinrich, Foxfield, Colo., 1,118. 6, Gary Miskovic, Naperville, Ill./Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,113. 7(tie), Robert Kaytor/Jerry Rechtzigel, Glencoe, Minn., and Clinton Dougherty, Palm Bay, Fla./James Naylor III, Melbourne, Fla., 1,101. 9(tie), Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D./Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., and Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn./Jed Lye, Benson, Minn., 1,097.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 3, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 4, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 610. 5, Stanley Higashihara, Honolulu, 603. 6, Allan Wendt, Frazee, Minn., 602. 7, Rana Bogan, Kensington, Md., 599. 8(tie), Del Stewart, Grand Junction, Colo., and Ken Ewalt, Grenville, S.D., 595. 10, Douglas Giles, Kearney, Neb., 593.

    1, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 2, William Hawkins, Houston, 1,734. 3, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,698. 4, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 1,692. 5, Jed Lye, Benson, Minn., 1,687. 6, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,682. 7, Alan Sibley, Muskegon, Mich., 1,668. 8, Clinton Dougherty, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,667. 9, Bruce Hatcher, Kearney, Neb., 1,662. 10(tie), Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D. and Tom Lee, Benson, Minn., 1,661.