Two bowlers roll perfect games No. 15 and No. 16 at the 2014 USBC Open Championships

    05/14/14

    United States

    Wisconsin's Dennis Lecher makes 50th tournament appearance; Warriors of Lake Wales, Fla., make run at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCKevinVonderHaar.jpg Kevin VonderHaar of Hibbing, Minn., and Mark Sleeper Jr. of Rowlett, Texas, became the 15th and 16th bowlers of the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships to achieve perfection at the National Bowling Stadium.

    2014USBCOCMarkSleeper.jpg VonderHaar (pictured left), a 55-year-old right-hander, sandwiched his perfect game between games of 188 and 180 for a 668 series during his team event May 7.

    Sleeper (right), a 30-year-old right-hander, finished his 11th USBC Open Championships appearance with games of 187, 300 and 266 for a 753 singles series May 10. He added a 679 set in doubles and 604 in team for a 2,036 all-events total, just shy of last year's career-best 2,044.

     


    Wisconsin bowler makes 50th tournament appearance


    2014USBCOCDennisLecher.jpgDennis Lecher of Pewaukee, Wis., became the 173rd bowler in USBC Open Championships history to reach 50 years of tournament participation.

    The 70-year-old right-hander made his first appearance at the 1965 event in St. Paul, Minn., and has been to the tournament every year since his debut. He received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin May 7 to commemorate the milestone.

    Lecher finished his 2014 tournament campaign with 616 in singles, 530 in doubles and 487 in team for a 1,633 all-events total. In 50 years at the Open Championships, he has knocked down 82,324 pins for a career average of 182.9.

     


    Florida team makes run at National Bowling Stadium


    2014USBCOCWarriorsofLakeWales.jpgThe members of Warriors of Lake Wales, Fla., knew they would need to shoot a record score to take the lead at the 2014 USBC Open Championships, and they did not shy away from the challenge.

    The young team started with games of 1,170 and 1,221 before a crowd started to gather to see if they could catch Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis., which leads Regular Team with a record score of 3,561.

    With one frame to go, Warriors still had a shot at the top spot but came up short, finishing with 1,122 and a 3,513 total, which is tied for the seventh-highest team total in 111 years of Open Championships history and fourth in this year's standings.

    Anthony Colosimo, the veteran of the group with five years of Open Championships experience, set the pace with a 764 series. He was followed by Colin Champion (754), Justin Dunn (718), Brandon Hott (639) and Cory Misura (638).

     


    A look ahead


    2014USBCOCLogo_small.jpgThe next live stream broadcast from the Open Championships will take place May 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern as lifetime average leader Gail Myers Jr. of Monroe, Wis., hits the lanes at the NBS for doubles and singles.

    All live stream broadcasts from the 2014 Open Championships are sponsored by Track and can be watched at YouTube.com/BowlTV.

     


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    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, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 5, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 6, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 7, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479. 8, Fusion Realtors, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,443. 9, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,434. 10, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 3,403.

    Doubles
    1, Carl Poelzer/Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465. 2, Angela Chirpich/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,445. 3, Steve Harman/Nicholas Hoagland, Indianapolis, 1,439. 4, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 5, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 6, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398. 7, John Kempf/Cody Sonnemann, Menomonee Falls, Wis., 1,397. 8, Heath Haug, DeForest, Wis./Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 1,396. 9, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y./Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 1,395. 10, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn./Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 1,381.

    Singles
    1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2, Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., 802. 3, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 4, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 5, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 6, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 7(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 9, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 10(tie), Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 782.

    All-Events
    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, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 6, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,175. 7, Dean Richards, Tacoma, Wash., 2,173. 8, Robert Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,172. 9, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 2,171. 10, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,157.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 3, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144. 4, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 5, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 6, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 7, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 8, Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 9,995. 9, Backhaul Direct - Lumper, Indianapolis, 9,966. 10, Buddiesproshop.com, Naugatuck, Conn., 9,921.

     


    2014 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    1, Scotty's 1 (Tom Lee, Dave Fremling, John Fremling, Dan Fremling, Jon Lee), Alexandria, Minn., 2,843. 2, Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,806. 3, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 4, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 5, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 6, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 7, Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, 2,676. 8, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 9, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,657. 10, Pure Luck, Vallejo, Calif., 2,654.

    Doubles
    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 3, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 4, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., 1,149. 5, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 6, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 7, Eric Ohlrogge/Dave Essler, Alexandria, Minn., 1,130. 8, Michael Bryant, Calgary, Alberta/Geoffery Bryant, Courtenay, British Columbia, 1,125. 9, Bob Stevens, Tonasket, Wash./Gary Lewis, Omak, Wash., 1,119. 10, Rose Weinrich/Wayne Weinrich, Foxfield, Colo., 1,118.

    Singles
    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 3, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 4(tie), Trey Kolbo, Gothenburg, Neb., and Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628. 6, Mark Knippers, Baker, La., 624. 7, Frank D'Alessio, Germantown, Wis., 618. 8, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 9, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 10, Pete Bender, Ellensburg, Wash., 611.

    All-Events
    1, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 2, Steve Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 1,774. 3, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 1,773. 4, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 5, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 6, David Williams, Mandan, N.D., 1,743. 7(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734. 9, Tony Hatley, Concord, N.C., 1,717. 10, Rob Delp, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,709.