New Jersey's Anthony Cerrato celebrates 50 years at USBC Open Championships


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    Rick Gatlin, Brian Burkhardt fall short in their quest for a second consecutive Regular Doubles title; number of perfect games at the 2014 USBC Open Championships increases to 27; two live stream broadcasts from Reno this week

    2014USBCOCAnthonyCerrato.jpgAnthony Cerrato (pictured left with wife Christine) of East Hanover, N.J., celebrated two milestones in Reno on May 20.

    The 77-year-old became the 174th bowler in history, and last of 10 this year, to reach 50 years of participation at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The day also marked the 50th wedding anniversary for Cerrato and his wife, Christine.

    "It's a wonderful coincidence that they both fell on the same day," said Cerrato, who made his tournament debut at the 1962 event in Des Moines, Iowa. "It made my wife very happy. As you get older, you almost live for making your wife happy. She enjoys coming to the tournament each year now."

    This year on the championship lanes, Cerrato shot 535 in doubles, 490 in team and 436 in singles for 1,461 all-events total. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 82,713 pins for a career average of 183.8.


    Doubles champions won't repeat at USBC Open Championships

    2014USBCOCRickGatlinBrianBurkhardt2013Doubleschampions.jpgAlthough Rick Gatlin of Eureka, Mo., and Brian Burkhardt of St. Louis (l-r) fell short in their quest for a second consecutive Regular Doubles title at the USBC Open Championships on May 22, they put together a big final game for a 1,313 total and moved into the top 100 in this year's standings.

    Gatlin posted a 659 set, and Burkhardt finished with 654 this year at the National Bowling Stadium, the same venue where they claimed the title in 2013 with a 1,440 total. Carl and Clark Poelzer of Arden Hills, Minn. lead with 1,465 (244.17 average).


    Six bowlers roll perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCDarrinCisar.jpgThe number of perfect games at the 2014 USBC Open Championships increased to 27 this week at the National Bowling Stadium.

    The first to achieve the feat was Darrin Cisar (left) of Grand Junction, Colo., whose 300 on May 20 was the 825th in 111 years of Open Championships history and the 250th at the NBS, which opened in 1995 and has hosted the tournament nine times. The 48-year-old right-hander finished his team event with a pair of 161 games for a 622 series.

    2014USBCOCVanceVetter.jpgVance Vetter (right) of Menomonee Falls, Wis., a 25-year-old right-hander, added his name to the list a few hours after Cisar on May 20, rolling games of 179, 207 and 300. He finished with a 686 series to help Rich Mueller's Pro Shop to a 1,234 final game and 3,306 team total.

    2014USBCOCMatthewAnderson2.jpgMatthew Anderson (left), a 23-year-old right-hander from Las Vegas, needed a little good fortune on his final delivery, and the 2, 4, 5 and 8 pins fell like dominoes to give him the 24th perfect game of the year. The 300 came between games of 205 and 182 for a 687 series.

    2014USBCOCNickKokenos.jpgNick Kokenos (right) of St. Clair Shores, Mich., just missed the top 10 in Regular Singles with games of 300, 225 and 248 for a 773 series. The 27-year-old right-hander added 679 in team and 662 in doubles to finish his second Open Championships appearance with a 2,114 all-events total.

    2014USBCOCJohnSlavichIV.jpgJohn Slavich IV (left) of Schaumburg, Ill., rolled a 300 game en route to a 753 singles series, and his JB Mechanical 1 team of Brookfield, Ill., averaged more than 239 as a group in singles to move into ninth place in Team All-Events with a 10,040 total. The 45-year-old right-hander had a 619 in doubles and 586 in team for a 1,958 total.

    2014USBCOCMerlinNg.jpgMerlin Ng (right) of Concord, Calif., came within one shot of becoming the fourth bowler in tournament history with two 300s in the same year. The 49-year-old right-hander started his team event with a perfect game, struggled to a 162 finish in his second game and closed with a 299 effort, leaving a 2 pin on his final offering.


    A look ahead

    2014USBCOCLogo.jpgThere will be two live stream broadcasts from Reno this week, starting with standout senior players Wayne Webb, Tom Carter and Mark London, whose doubles and singles will be shown live on BowlTV on May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT.

    20131103RPIFinalsBenLaughlin.jpgThe second broadcast will be May 31 at 10 p.m. Eastern and feature companion team members Ben Laughlin and Miguel Lopez, who both rolled perfect games during their team event at the National Bowling Stadium in 2013.

    Laughlin (right) is coming off a win at the 2013 Professional Bowlers Association Regional Players Invitational Finals, which was part of the World Series of Bowling V in November.


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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, JB Mechanical 1, Brookfield, Ill., 10,040. 10, Turbo Grips 3, Chesterfield, Mich., 10,001.


    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, Yeah Spare II, Sacramento, Calif., 2,795. 4, Kenn's Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,755. 5, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 6, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 7, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 8, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 9(tie), Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa and Plymouth Club, Jonesboro, Ind., 2,676.

    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, William Reutzel, Ogallala, Neb./Kenny Groves, Holyoke, Colo., 1,142. 9, Ben Robertson, Lemoore, Calif./Jesse Anzelc, Davis, Calif., 1,137. 10, Jacqueline Kennison/Herman Kennison, Chino, Calif., 1,135.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 3, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 4, Tim Despain, Redwood City, Calif., 633. 5(tie), Trey Kolbo, Gothenburg, Neb., and Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628. 7, Mark Knippers, Baker, La., 624. 8, Frank D'Alessio, Germantown, Wis., 618. 9, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 10, T.J. Simmons, Kahoka, Mo., 614.

    1, Trevor Silva, Davis, Calif., 1,855. 2, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 3, Steve Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 1,774. 4, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 1,773. 5, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 6, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 7, David Williams, Mandan, N.D., 1,743. 8(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734. 10, Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,718.