Five bowlers roll perfect games at 2014 USBC Open Championships


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    Number of perfect games at the 111th Open Championships increases to 21; wwo teams crack 3,500 mark at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCChristopherSmith.jpg2014USBCOCMarcMassie.jpgThe number of perfect games at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships increased to 21 this week at the National Bowling Stadium.

    The first to roll 12 consecutive strikes was Christopher Smith (pictured left) of Madison Heights, Mich., a 27-year-old right-hander who started his team event May 14 with games of 180 and 195 before finishing with the 300 game for a 675 series.

    Marc Massie (above right) of Alexandria, Ky., ended his team event May 16 with a 300 game. The 44-year-old right-hander, who tied for fifth in Regular Doubles in 2013 with Patrick Dombrowski, added games of 223 and 236 for a 759 series.

    2014USBCOCMikeMaerder.jpg2014USBCOCEricCoppingIanParker.jpgMike Maerder (left) of Dousman, Wis., rolled his first career perfect game May 17 during his last game of doubles. The 39-year-old right-hander started his set with 169 and 186 for a career-best 655 series.

    Companion team members Eric Copping of Websterville, Vt., and Ian Parker of Burlington, Vt. (right, l-r), each rolled a 300 game May 19 during doubles and singles. Copping struck first, firing his perfect game in the last game of doubles for a 722 series, while Parker sandwiched his 300 between games of 216 and 235 for a 751 series in singles.

    Copping had 760 in singles and 744 in team to move into third place in Regular All-Events with 2,226. Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., leads with 2,273.


    Two teams crack 3,500 mark at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCStormCincinnati.jpgThe 1 of Oregon, Wis., and Storm Cincinnati moved into the top 10 in Regular Team on May 16 with series of 3,502 and 3,501, respectively.

    The 1 group posted games of 1,212, 1,207 and 1,083, while Storm Cincinnati (pictured) had 1,112 and 1,104 before rolling the second-highest game in USBC Open Championships history (1,285) to reach its final total.

    The teams are fifth and sixth, respectively, in Regular Team. Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis., leads with a record score of 3,561, and of Naugatuck, Conn., owns the single-game record of 1,299, rolled earlier this year at the NBS.


    A look ahead

    2014USBCOCLogo.jpgAnthony Cerrato of East Hanover, N.J., will be the 10th and final competitor to celebrate 50 years of participation at the 2014 USBC Open Championships. The 77-year-old, who started his tournament career at the 1962 event in Des Moines, Iowa, will make his ceremonial march down Center Aisle on May 20 at 6 p.m. EDT.

    There will be three live stream broadcasts from Reno this week, starting with defending Regular Doubles champions Brian Burkhardt of St. Louis and Rick Gatlin of Eureka, Mo. The duo claimed the title with a 1,440 effort, also at the National Bowling Stadium, and will take to the lanes May 23 at 1:30 a.m. Eastern.

    The next live stream broadcast from the USBC Women's Championships will be May 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern as defending Scratch Singles champion Jeanette Adams of Rancho Cordova, Calif., returns to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

    The final broadcast of the week will be from the NBS as collegiate standouts Matt Gasn and A.J. Johnson join Matthew O'Grady, Anthony Pepe and Andrew Koff for doubles and singles May 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern.


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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, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 5, The 1, Oregon, Wis., 3,502. 6, Storm Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,501. 7, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 8, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 9, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479. 10, HYBC, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 3,455.

    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, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,425. 5, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 6, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 7, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398. 8, John Kempf/Cody Sonnemann, Menomonee Falls, Wis., 1,397. 9, Heath Haug, DeForest, Wis./Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 1,396. 10, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y./Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 1,395.

    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.

    1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226. 4, Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208. 5, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 6, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 7, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 8, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,175. 9, Dean Richards, Tacoma, Wash., 2,173. 10, Robert Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,172.

    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, Higgy's Crew, Westerville, Ohio, 10,106. 7, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 8, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 9, Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 9,995. 10, Backhaul Direct - Lumper, Indianapolis, 9,966.


    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, Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,806. 3, Kenn's Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,755. 4, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 5, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 6, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 7, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 8(tie), Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa and Plymouth Club, Jonesboro, Ind., 2,676. 10, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 3, Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159. 4, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 5, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., 1,149. 6, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 7, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 8, Joseph Bramblett, Fyffe, Ala./Anthony Cox, Henagar, Ala., 1,134. 9, Eric Ohlrogge/Dave Essler, Alexandria, Minn., 1,130. 10, Michael Bryant, Calgary, Alberta/Geoffery Bryant, Courtenay, British Columbia, 1,125.

    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, T.J. Simmons, Kahoka, Mo., 614. 10, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612.

    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, Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,718. 10, Tony Hatley, Concord, N.C., 1,717.