Anthony LaCaze takes All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships


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    New leaders in Regular Singles and Regular Doubles emerge at National Bowling Stadium; two more 800s rolled

    2014USBCOCAnthonyLaCaze.jpgAnthony LaCaze (pictured left) of Melrose Park, Ill., recorded the fourth-highest All-Events total in 111 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history on his way to the Regular All-Events lead at the 2014 tournament April 21.

    The 31-year-old right-hander fired sets of 766 in Doubles, 765 in Team and 742 in Singles for a 2,273 total and an average of 252.56. Tim Damerow of Waupun, Wis., previously held the lead with 2,228.

    The USBC Open Championships all-events record belongs to Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., who shot 2,326 (258.44) to win the 2010 Regular All-Events title.

    2014USBCOCTeamUSASupport1.jpgLaCaze came to the National Bowling Stadium as a member the defending Team All-Events champion, Junior Team USA Support 1 of Mansfield, Texas (right). The team fell short of a second consecutive win, settling into third place in this year's standings with a 10,084 final tally.

    The teamwork and communication between LaCaze and his teammates was key to his individual success.

    "The team really helped me out," said LaCaze, who also is fourth in Regular Doubles with Steve Novak of Bay City, Mich., with a 1,367 total. "We played the team game, stayed right and developed the lanes really well. I just tried to keep my first step short and wait for the swing to get through, and the results were good."

    LaCaze was joined on the lanes by Erik Vermilyea (2,013), Matthew Tuckfield (1,974), Novak (1,967) and Jeffrey Mersch (1,857).


    New leaders in Regular Singles and Regular Doubles emerge at NBS

    2014USBCOCLouisJenkins.jpgLouis Jenkins Jr. (left) of Warr Acres, Okla., battled back from a disappointing doubles performance with 29 strikes on the way to the Regular Singles lead at the USBC Open Championships with an 826 series April 22.

    The 46-year-old right-hander rolled games of 257, 300 and 269 to pass Jeff Grego of Fort Wayne, Ind., who previously held the lead with 798.

    Jenkins made his seventh Open Championships appearance and had 709 in team and 527 in doubles for a career-best, 2,062, all-events total.

    2014USBCOCRobertWileyBrianWaliczek.jpgJust before Jenkins started striking April 22, Brian Waliczek of Frankenmuth, Mich., and Robert Wiley of Victor, N.Y. (right, r-l), grabbed a share of the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,378 total.

    Wiley stepped up needing a strike on his fill ball to tie Joe Janz of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Tim Damerow of Waupun, Wis., who set the bar on April 4, and he delivered to cap off a 663 doubles set. Waliczek added a 715 series.

    Wiley had 706 in singles and 555 in team for a 1,924 all-events total, while Waliczek, a 36-year-old right-hander and Professional Bowlers Association regional champion, added a 704 series in team and 646 in singles for 2,065. Last year, in their Open Championships doubles debut, the pair finished 59th with a 1,329 total.


    Two more 800s rolled at 2014 USBC Open Championships

    2014USBCOCGrahamFach.jpgGraham Fach (left) of Urbana, Ohio, and John Ricalde of Del City, Okla., also rolled 800s at the 2014 USBC Open Championships this week.

    Fach posted games of 290, 246 and 300 for an 836 series April 15 and helped Donovan's Bunch of Painted Post, N.Y., into second place in Regular Team with 3,551, the second-highest score in Open Championships history. Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis., leads Regular Team with a record score of 3,561.

    James Tucker added a 757 series for Donovan's Bunch and was followed by Chris Via (755), Kevin Donovan (642) and Donovan's father, Mike, a 17-time tournament participant (561).

    2014USBCOCJohnRicalde.jpg Fach was in town to compete at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships with Urbana University and didn't bowl doubles and singles due to his team making the nationally-televised finals. Fach was named the tournament's MVP.

    Ricalde (right) put together games of 279, 280 and 243 on April 21 for an 802 series to help Mazzio's of Edmond, Okla., to a 3,168 set. He added sets of 665 in doubles and 621 in singles to cap off his 11th tournament appearance with a 2,088 all-events total.


    A look ahead

    Participation and longevity highlight the next week on the tournament lanes as USBC Hall of Famers Jimmy Schroeder, Glenn Allison and Les Zikes all continue their pursuits of the lifetime participation and pinfall records at the Open Championships.

    All three have participated in more than 60 tournaments and belong to the exclusive 100,000-Pin Club. Billy Nesbitt of Rossville, Ga., will join the 50-Year Club on April 25 at 10 p.m. EDT.

    The next live stream broadcast from the Open Championships will take place April 25 at 2 p.m. Eastern as international standout Tim Mack and former collegiate player of the year Lou Franzetti hit the lanes for doubles and singles.

    All live stream broadcasts from the 2014 Open Championships are sponsored by Track and can be watched at For more information on the Open Championships, visit


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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), Cudahy, Wis., 3,561. 2, Donovan's Bunch, Painted Post, N.Y., 3,551. 3, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 4, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 5, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 6, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479. 7, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 3,403. 8, Before the 1st Frame 1, Rocky Mount, N.C., 3,385. 9, Cambridge 2, Arlington, Texas, 3,366. 10, Before the 1st Frame 4, Rocky Mount, N.C., 3,345.

    1(tie), Joe Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis./Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., and Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich./Robert Wiley, Victor, N.Y., 1,378. 3, Tim Janz/Andy Bunkoske, Beaver Dam, Wis., 1,370. 4, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill./Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 1,367. 5, Clay Herrbach, Montgomery, Fla./P.J. Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,363. 6, Brandyn Cox/Jimmy Cox, Petersburg, Va., 1,360. 7, T.J. Mento/Art Alexander III, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,352. 8, Anthony Wysinger, Peoria, Ill./Eddie Flanigan, Peoria Heights, Ill., 1,346. 9, Steve Slifka, Phoenix/Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,344. 10, Ryan Losli, Hillsboro, Ore./Tim Myers, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,343.

    1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 3, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 4, Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 5, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 6, Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., 782. 7, Matt Kirkham, Rochester, Minn., 774. 8, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 772. 9, Damon Stalkfleet, Muscatine, Iowa, 767. 10, Michael Walker II, Weedsport, N.Y., 766.

    1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 4, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 5, Art Alexander III, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 2,132. 6, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 2,129. 7, Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., 2,128. 8, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 2,118. 9, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,107. 10, Chris Pierson, Waukesha, Wis., 2,104.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 3, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 4, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 5, Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 9,995. 6, Lakeview Lanes, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 9,851. 7, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,756. 8, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 9,699. 9, Northern Lanes, Sanford, Mich., 9,685. 10, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 9,682.


    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, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 3, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 4, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 5, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 6, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 7, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,657. 8, Hughes Farms 2, Parsons, Kan., 2,653. 9, Burnside Lobster Farms, New Effington, S.D., 2,650. 10, Force Majeure, Missouri City, Texas, 2,643.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 3, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., 1,149. 4, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 5, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 6, Eric Ohlrogge/Dave Essler, Alexandria, Minn., 1,130. 7, Rose Weinrich/Wayne Weinrich, Foxfield, Colo., 1,118. 8, Gary Miskovic, Naperville, Ill./Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,113. 9,Sam Barricella, Henderson, Nev./Thomas Candura, Las Vegas, 1,110. 10, Eric Leigh, Libby, Mont./Jeff Drake, Troy, Mont., 1,107.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628. 3, Frank D'Alessio, Germantown, Wis., 618. 4, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 5, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 6, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 610. 7, Stanley Higashihara, Honolulu, 603. 8, Allan Wendt, Frazee, Minn., 602. 9, Brian Luosa, Waukegan, Ill., 600. 10, Rana Bogan, Kensington, Md., 599.

    1, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 2, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 3, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 4(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734. 6, Perry Rynders, Hudson, Wis., 1,702. 7, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,698. 8, Dona Hamabata, Waimanalo, Hawaii, 1,695. 9, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 1,692. 10, Jed Lye, Benson, Minn., 1,687.